A finger food celebration. Charcuterie boards are traditional beautifully presented picnic, wedding and appetizer type meals on elegant wooden boards. But easy to make charcuterie boards are branching off into more untraditional celebration boards you can enjoy with friends like chocolate charcuterie boards or dessert boards, brunch charcuterie compilations or I have seen hot chocolate boards or wine, cheese and fruit pairings.
What Is A Charcuterie Board?
A compilation of amazing food displayed in a beautifully combine manner creating art with food. Most items are bite size and combine well with the other ingredients on the board. There is no limit really to what can be placed on a charcuterie board. You are only limited by the board size and the number of people you are feeding.
When To Serve A Charcuterie Board?
A traditional charcuterie board is generally served for an appetizer or in a picnic type setting. Or matched with wine or a signature cocktail for evening snacks.
Untraditional charcuterie collections like brunch boards or dessert boards or chocolate boards would all be served at different courses throughout a meal or in replace of it.
Any form of dessert board could be served with coffee for both dessert or snack or even in a picnic or date setting. I have seen all forms of charcuterie boards created for every type of celebration and for simplistic enjoyment.
What Type Of Board Do You Use For A Charcuterie?
Any form of wooden cutting board can be used to serve charcuterie. I have also seen marble and beautiful silver trays used to serve charcuterie food. Larger celebration type charcuterie may use a grazing table and other separate food serving trays to compile a larger charcuterie food display.
How To Create A Charcuterie Board?
Most boards will be an elegant compilation of meats, cheeses, olives, crackers and other items sliced and placed for easy access. Meat slices will be placed folded in halves or thirds or piled in shavings for easy picking.
Cheeses will be sliced or a larger piece of cheese plus slices accompanied by a cheese slicer. Other items like roasted peppers, olives, crackers and spreads will be placed directly on the board or in small containers throughout the board in a collage like pattern.
What Is On A Traditional Charcuterie Board?
- Any Cured Meats
- Blue Cheese
- Cream Cheese
Bread & Crackers
- A Variety of Crackers
- Artisan Breads
Fruits & Nuts
- Apple Slices
- Dried Fruits
- Mixed Nuts
- Hummus & Other Dips
- Roasted Peppers
- Jams & Jellies
- Mustards & Spreads
- Roasted Garlic
Different Types Of Charcuterie Boards:
A beautiful compilation of different types of fruit occasionally paired with cheese, crackers and chocolate. It can also be paired with dips, cream cheese or whip cream.
Meat And Cheese Board
The most traditional westernized view of a French charcuterie board is a meat and cheese appetizer board paired with crackers, dips and pickles.
Hot Chocolate Charcuterie
This is a beautiful winter board compiled with all things you want to place or add into your hot chocolate including hot chocolate bombs. Marshmallows, peppermint candies, whip cream, sprinkles, chocolate swirls, cookies and pastries.
Anything and everything dessert related compiled into an amazing dessert board that can be paired with coffee or wine. And be presented at a wedding, holiday celebration or created into a smaller platter for a date night or family dessert.
Think game day compilation of your favorite finger and appetizer foods including meat and cheese, crackers, chips, sliders, dip, vegetables and more.
All things chocolate or chocolate related. A compilation of dark and milk chocolate pieces, cookies, pastries, chocolate dipped strawberries and other fruits. If it pairs well with chocolate it should be on this board.
Charcuterie boards can be created for all diets including vegan. A vegan board would contain fruit, nuts, crackers, vegan cheeses and spreads, roasted vegetables and artisan breads.
On a Keto board you will find meats, cheeses, Keto crackers, berries, nuts, high fat spreads, olives, eggs and vegetables.
A brunch board is a great compilation of a Sunday brunch menu including bagels, meats, cheeses, spreads, fruit, vegetables, pastries, chocolate and more.
Holiday Charcuterie Boards
Holiday celebration board ingredients are more geared toward the holiday they are celebrating. On a fall board or a Thanksgiving charcuterie board you will find lots of pumpkin variety. On a Christmas board you might find cranberries, sugar cookies, chocolate and more.
Holiday celebration boards are small bite sized pieces of your favorite holiday creations and meals. This includes appetizers to desserts and everything in between.
A charcuterie plate is a single serving or two person setting of charcuterie usually enjoyed in replacement of a meal or dessert or can be used a snack or appetizer. Generally paired with your favorite beverage.
Some deli’s, grocery stores, coffee shops and cafes will serve prepared charcuterie boards as a menu selection or special occasion item.
Easy Charcuterie Boards To Make
Traditional Charcuterie Boards
How To Make A Charcuterie Board – Foodie Crush
Easy Charcuterie Board – With A Blast
Epic Gluten Free Grazing Board – Do You Even Paleo
Individual Charcuterie Boards
Charcuterie Cones – Crafty
Jarcuterie Mason Jar Charcuterie – The Pioneer Woman
DIY Charcuterie Boxes – Modern Mom Life
Keto Grazing Boards
Low Carb Keto Board – Get Fit Laura
DIY Vegan Charcuterie Board – Jillian Harris
Vegan Charcuterie Board – Healthy Seasonal Recipes
Pancake Board – Classy Girls Wear Pearls
Fix Your Own Biscuit Board – The Baker Mama
Coffee Inspired Snackcuterie Board – Inspired By Charm
Brunch Boards – Better Homes & Gardens
Holiday Best Brunch Board – Reluctant Entertainer
Wedding & Celebration Charcuterie Boards
Wedding Day Grazing Tables – Country House Wedding Venues
Make Your Own Mimosa Board – Cocktail Snob
Summer Grazing Charcuterie Board – Pizzazzerie
Winter White Cheese Board – Fashionable Hostess
Ultimate Cheese Board – Joyful Healthy Eats
Mediterranean Antipasto Platter – Half Baked Harvest
Moroccan Snacking Board – Moroc Mama
Meat and Cheese Platter – Modern Honey
Build Your Own Burger Board – How Sweet Eats
Summer BBQ Charcuterie – Delallo
Baked Potato Dinner Board – Reluctant Entertainer
Taco Board – A Table Top Affair
Red, White & Blue Board – Tasty Oven
Movie Night Snack Boards – Simply Made Recipes
Kid Snack Board – Kelley Nan
Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board – Aspen Jay
Build Your Own Ice Cream Sundae Board – The Baker Mama
DIY S’mores Board – NJ Family
Caramel Apple Charcuterie Board – Salt Harvest Creatives
Chocolate Dessert Board – Modern Honey
Gourmet Chocolate Dessert Board – Domestically Blissful
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Updated June 9, 2021