Everything you need to know How to Make and EPIC Charcuterie Board (Cheese Board) for your next party. Piled with cheeses, fruit, meats, crackers, bread, jams and nuts, this stunning board will surely be a crowd-pleaser.

Party food is definitely a favorite kind of food for me. Whether a Pancake Charcuterie Board, or our spin on the classic Chicken Buffalo Dip, or the popular Shrimp – fingers foods for the win.

I hope these charcuterie board ideas will surely inspire your next event!

Charcuterie cheese board loaded with cheese, meats, fruits, crackers and side dishes.

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what is a charcuterie board?

Charcuterie is the arranging and preparing of cured meats, cheeses and finger foods on a platter or board. From a simple board to a fancy one that fits an entire table – this is true culinary art. Another way of calling a charcuterie board would be a meat and cheese board.

The ULTIMATE charcuterie board has a balanced combination of flavors from sweet, to savory and spicy or sour. Keeping the ingredients diverse will ensure there is something for everyone to choose from.

Charcuterie board with cranberry cheese, capers, olices and jam.

charcuterie board ideas-

The possibilities are endless with a charcuterie board. The ingredients used can be ones that are seasonal or a combination of appetizer favorites.

Here are a few board ideas if you want everything to fit onto the board. You can also just arrange and assemble everything out on the table or countertop if the charcuterie board will be huge.

what is the best jam to use for a charcuterie board?

You can use just about any jam or jelly you enjoy most. My favorite would have to be a pepper jelly or some kind of spicy jam. It adds so much flavor to any cheese, especially brie (which is a favorite of mine for a cheeseboard).

A wooden tray loaded with cheese, meats, fruits, nuts and more to make the ultimate cheese board.

what crackers do I use for a cheeseboard?

  • wheat thins
  • snack crackers
  • sesame and sea salt thins crackers
  • flatbread crisps
  • ritz crackers
  • whole wheat

what is the best cheese for a charcuterie board?

The possibilities for cheeses used are endless. You can use any type of soft cheese, hard cheese or crumbly cheese. For a softer and crumbly cheese, I like to keep the block whole and slice any cheese that’s harder and is able to be cut into slices.

  • brie cheese (my absolute favorite)
  • brie cheese spread
  • cheddar
  • block of blue cheese
  • smoked gouda
  • Parmigiano
  • provolone
  • burrata
  • goat cheese
  • Colby jack cheese

what meats are best for a charcuterie platter?

The meats may be sliced in advanced, stacked and kept refrigerated until platter is ready to be assembled.

  • dried cured salami
  • prosciutto
  • soppressata
  • pepperoni
  • ham
  • turkey

what else goes into a charcuterie board?

Though you can use just about any of your favorite finger food style ingredients, here are some options:

  • nuts (walnuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios)
  • mini pickles
  • sliced cucumbers
  • cherry tomatoes
  • fresh fruit (grapes, oranges, clementines, strawberries, raspberries or blueberries)
  • dried fruit (apricots, prunes, raisins, cherries or cranberries)
  • olives and/or capers
  • favorite dips (hot or cold)

Cheese board loaded with meats, cheese, fruits, nuts and crackers.

how to assemble a charcuterie cheese board?

For the easiest assembly, you want to arrange the small bowls you will be using first and fill them will the small or wet ingredients (use mini spoons for serving).

Then add the jams and finally fill the empty spaces with the remaining ingredients. You want to arrange the ingredients so the colors are evenly balanced as are the cheeses, crackers and everything else.

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How to Make a Charcuterie Board (Cheese Board)

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A detailed guide on how to make the BEST charcuterie board for parties piled with cured meats, crackers, cheeses, dip and jams - the ultimate cheese board recipe.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings, as appetizer

Ingredients

cheeses-

  • 1 wheel brie cheese
  • 1 block blue cheese
  • 1 wheel cranberry cheese
  • 8 oz cheddar cheese, sliced thin
  • 1 wheel smoked gouda cheese, sliced thin

meats-

  • genoa Salami, sliced
  • prosciutto, sliced

other-

  • 1 orange, sliced
  • red and green grapes
  • 1/4` cup dried apricots
  • 1/4 cup green olives
  • 1/3 cup capers
  • mini pickles
  • 1 cup almonds
  • peach jam
  • pepper jack peach jam
  • crackers, pita chips, baguettes

Instructions

Nutrition

Calories: 163kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 8gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 299mgPotassium: 154mgFiber: 2gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 329IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 177mgIron: 1mg
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)