An elegant and beautiful charcuterie board is a great addition to any dinner, party or get together! It’s the best party food, the perfect way to gather your guests around for some finger food and drinks before a dinner. You’ll be the talk of the town with this Instagram-worthy spread! Plus, it’s actually quite easy to put together! Use my simple, step-by-step guide on how to make a charcuterie board for your next party!
Making a great charcuterie board is all about variety, textures, and colors. I always add a nice variety of cheeses, cured meats, dry goods, crackers and fruit. A little something to please everyone! Use my ingredient list below as a shopping list!
Watch my step-by-step video tutorial for more details!
Step 1: Start with a nice wooden board!
A good wooden cheese board or cutting board is a must for any charcuterie spread. I picked this olive tree board up at Home Goods – they usually have several, inexpensive options! Or, buy it online on Amazon here!
Step 2: Add the dry goods/base
Add a variety of crackers, nut crisps and thinly sliced baguette. I like to fan out the pieces, then arrange a little of each over the board, not crowding everything into one place. For this board, I went with butter crackers, cranberry nut crisps and baguette. Parmesan cheese crackers, cheese twists and cocktail bread are also great options.
Step 3: Add the sweet spreads
I absolutely love a good pepper jelly with a mild soft cheese! There’s something so delicious about the combination of spicy jelly with salty cheese! I like to add a variety of sweet spreads, including honey, fig jam and pepper jelly. I also added some apricot jam for this board.
Step 4: Time for the cheese!
The cheese is super important when making a charcuterie board! Make sure to add a variety of cheeses, something for everyone. I like to go with at least four varieties; here I used a mild blue cheese, breakfast brie cheese, smoked gouda, and aged white cheddar. Go for a variety of firmness, taste and texture! To make guests more comfortable with trying different cheeses, slice a few pieces of each variety to get the tasting started!
Step 5: Cured Meats
Just like with the cheese, it’s important to have a variety of cured meats to go along with the crackers and cheese. Use a variety of Italian cured meats such as prosciutto, salami, dry coppa and mortadella. Arrange the meats in between the different varieties of cheeses.
Step 6: Add some refreshments
Add a few different savory snacks to break up all that rich cheese! I like to include some olives, pickles, and even the colorful watermelon radish! You can also add vegetables, like baby carrots and cocktail cucumbers.
Step 7: Nuts and dried fruit
No charcuterie spread would be complete without some nuts and dried fruit! I recommend adding a few handfuls of mixed nuts to the board. I also love some good dried fruit, such as dried apricots, dried apples or even some dried cranberries!
Step 8: Fresh fruit and berries
And last but not least, the fruit! Berries and fruit are a great refreshment and they add tons of color to the cheese board. Add a few handfuls of raspberry, strawberry, grapes or even pomegranate.
And that’s it! Don’t forget to place a few spreaders, lifters, tongs and cheese knives on the board so guests can serve themselves. This set on Amazon is perfect for any charcuterie board lover!
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