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Charcuterie Board

How to plan the perfect Charcuterie Board, with tips for ingredients and assembling.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings
Calories 250kcal


Spreads and Dips

  • Raspberry jam, fig jam, honey
  • spicy mustard, hummus, pimento cheese, ranch dip


  • 2 pounds Cured meats like pepperoni, salami, honey ham, prosciutto, sopressata and summer sausage. deli sliced


  • 10 ounces Soft cheeses like blueberry goat cheese, gorgonzola or blue cheese, and brie wedges.
  • 10 ounces Hard cheeses like colby jack, sharp cheddar, pepper jack, gouda, manchego


  • Pretzels, pita chips, bagel chips, crackers
  • Crostini or mini toasts

Savory Accompaniments

  • Nuts: Mixed nuts, pistachios, walnuts, cashews
  • Pickled/Marinated: Mushrooms, Olives, Peppers, Artichokes, pickles


  • Strawberries
  • Grapes in small bunches
  • Dried apricots
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Chocolate Covered Raisins


  • Set out a large cutting board or platter.
  • Place all bowls or jars where you would like them. Fill bowls with honey, nuts, or jam.
  • Arrange meats on the board, then cheese, then crackers.
  • Fill in empty spots with fresh fruits, dried fruits, nuts, and chocolate covered raisins.


  • You don't always have to go all out with a fancy board, but I do like to splurge on them for the holidays. You could always ask a couple of family members to chip in.
  • Shop your pantry before making a grocery list. Chances are you'll find some items you can use. I always have crackers and dried fruits on hand.
  • Keep it simple and don't go crazy with the specialty meat, cheese and spreads. Use items you know you'll actually enjoy.
  • Consider colors when arranging the board. Use different colors and textures to create a visually appealing result.
  • Make Ahead - You can prepare your meat and cheese board with just meats, cheeses and fruits up to a day in advance. Add the other items just before serving.


Calories: 250kcal
Keyword charcuterie board