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How to Make a Charcuterie Board

An impressive charcuterie board is the secret for easy entertaining! Piled high with meats, cheeses, olives and other snacks, this elegant appetizer can be as extravagant or as simple as you like.

Charcuterie Board

When it comes to hosting, I love efficiency and recipes that allow for customizations, and a charcuterie board hits all those points and then some!

What is a charcuterie board?

Pronounced [shahr-koo-tuh–ree]. Simply put, it’s a meat and cheese board with a little extra pizazz added in the form of nuts, jams, breads, dried fruits… and whatever else you can conjure up.

If you are looking for stunning inspo for a charcuterie board, Skinny Taste has it going on!

My husband and I make this a lot during busy weeks when cooking isn’t an option or we don’t want to heat up the oven. It’s also great for hosting a crowd for the holidays or weekend company.

What to include

  1. Meats - salami, capicola, calabrese, pepperoni, deli meats, prosciutto
  2. Cheeses - cheddar, mozzarella, pepperjack, goat cheese
  3. Vehicles - crackers, breads, crisps
  4. Dips - a combo of olive oil, balsamic vinegar with some fresh rosemary is our fav! Sweet or savory jams and other dips are great additions, too.
  5. Accessories - dried fruits, nuts, pickles, marinated peppers or other veggies, fresh berries or apple slices

Now that you’ve got your grocery list, it’s time to build it up!

Charcuterie Board Close Up

Putting it all together

  1. Pull out a beautiful board or platter. Flat and square is always best. We like to use a large cutting board.
  2. Unpackage your meats and cheeses. Arrange meats, cheeses, olives, and other items in a trailing motion on the board.
  3. Add jams, dips, spreads or oils in small bowls for dipping.
  4. Don’t forget the vehicles! No board is complete without sliced, buttery (and garlicky!) bread for dipping and pairing. Crackers and crisps will work, too.

Pro Tips

  • As you begin to assemble the charcuterie, think about the depths and different colors you are using on the board. Use colorful ramekins, or different shaped bowls or glasses to add depth. The variety of foods will bring in bright colors and different shapes to your masterpiece.
  • Have a variety for everyone, but don’t overload your board. There should be plenty of room to allow cocktail forks or other utensils to grab the pieces of food.
  • Account for about 4 pieces of each item per person. You kinda have to eyeball this one. Take into consideration the number of people eating and if your charcuterie board is an appetizer or the main course.
  • Use colorful ramekins to add depth and keep the juices from running into other areas of the board.
  • Make this a party favorite and serve it as a part of your Kentucky Derby party menu
  • This also makes a great snack for a game day or tailgating party menu. Just package in plastic containers for a quick set up when you arrive!
  • Serve this to entertain your guests as you get your Low Country Boil set up.

How to Make a Charcuterie Board

How to Make a Charcuterie Board

An impressive charcuterie board is the secret for easy entertaining! Piled high with meats, cheeses, olives and other snacks, this elegant appetizer can be as extravagant or as simple as you like.

Instructions

  1. Pull out a beautiful board or platter. Flat and square is always best. We like to use a large cutting board.
  2. Unpackage your meats and cheeses. Arrange meats, cheeses, olives, and other items in a trailing motion on the board.
  3. Add jams, dips, spreads or oils in small bowls for dipping.
  4. Don’t forget the vehicles! No board is complete without sliced, buttery (and garlicky!) bread for dipping and pairing. Crackers and crisps will work, too.

Notes

Please read the entire post for details, tips, and more!

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1 grams

Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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All of these tips are so helpful! Now I want to throw a party!

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Can't wait to use these tips to make a board next!! Thank you!

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