This Easy to Make Holiday Charcuterie Board is a definite “Go-To” when entertaining small or large groups of people. The choices for the board are endless, and regardless what your food preference is, there can be a selection of favorites for just about everyone. If you are on a Keto Diet, this board is a must when entertaining.
What Is A Charcuterie Board?
Charcuterie boards have been around for centuries, having been derived from the French words chair for meat and cuit for cooked. The definition has evolved to mean cooked, preserved meat surrounded by anything that will go with the type of meat you are serving. Think nuts, crackers, bread sticks, fruit (both fresh and dried), dips, hummus, crackers and breads. The beauty of a Charcuterie is that you can serve anything you want on the board-there is no wrong way to do it.
So therein lies the question: If the board is so easy to assemble, why haven’t I been doing one for years? I have to admit, I have been wanting to try a board for years. Holidays, birthdays and parties begged for me to give it a go, but to be honest, I just didn’t think I could be creative enough to make one. Finally, after starting this blog, I decided that I needed to try to put a board together to at least see what all the fuss was about.
How to Make A Charcuterie Board
I really enjoyed doing my Holiday board for my Thanksgiving 2024 dinner. As I gathered the ingredients for my board, I realized it was really a lot of fun selecting the meats, crackers and cheeses, especially ones that I enjoy eating! (I know, selfish, right)? I did a little bit of cheese, a few cured meats, crackers, a small nut bread, bread sticks, horseradish-cheddar cheese spread and a selection of nuts and olives.
Since my board was for Thanksgiving, I first started by placing a few small gourds on the board. I knew that if I didn’t like the way they looked I could always replace them with some other meat or cracker. The beauty of the board is that the same can be done for Christmas (think Cranberries or Holly around the edge of the board, Xmas Tree or Wreath shaped board), Birthdays or Cook-Outs (fresh fruit displays) or even a theme to the board (Mediterranean food, steamed then chilled seafood, meat and cheese only). The options are endless.
After placing the anchors on the board (gourds) I simply worked my way around it, alternating between meat, and cheese. I had a few small white bowls that I used for the Hummus and Cheese Spread along with the nuts and Olives. When I was finished, I placed small, silver ice tongs in various places on the board and put out small appetizer dishes for the guests to use for their selection off the board. For those of us doing Keto the meat, cheese and olives was a great selection, along with a bread stick for added crunch. Guests who were lucky enough to eat whatever they wanted to have a vast selection of dried fruit, nut bread, olives, crackers, cheese and meat. Watching the diners decide what they wanted to eat was satisfying as a hostess and my guests enjoyed having a vast choice of finger food to choose from. Don’t let the size of the board or food on it intimidate you. Grab a cutting board, buy some meat, crackers, cheese fruit or whatever you like and spread it out. You will be pleasantly surprised by the outcome. Enjoy!
Easy To Make Holiday Charcuterie Board
- Wooden Cutting Board or Stone Slab
- 12 Oz Antipasto Meat Package Separate the meat by group
- 3 Oz Box Alessi Thin Breadsticks
- 4 Oz Box Bag Sesame Sticks
- 4.4 Oz Box Lemon, Sea Salt, Olive Oil Crackers
- 5.3 Oz Box Cranberry Oat Sweet & Savory Crisps
- 4.4 Oz Box Organic Water Crackers
- 1 Container Honey Roasted Peanuts
- 1 Container Di Bruno Bros. Cheddar Horseradish w/Smokey Bacon Spread
- 6 Oz Box Fresh Market Cheddar Cheese Straws
- 1 Lb Adams Reserve Cheddar Cheese, sliced
- 4 Oz Swiss Cheese, sliced
- 1 Montcherre Cranberry Cinnamon Goat Cheese Roll
- 12 Oz Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- 1 Container Lobster Spread
- 1 Container Dried Apricots
- ½ Lb Olive Medley
- Take out display board (either wood or marble) and place in the area where you want to offer the food. It will be difficult to move the board once assembled.
- Place your non-food accessories on the tray in various locations. (I.E. Gourds, greenery, etc.).
- Place any small bowls of dips and spreads you have on the board, making sure you leave space between them and the accessories.
- Starting from the middle of the tray, layer each individual item out toward the end of the board.
- Try to alternate the colors of your food, making sure you put different colors next to each other.
- Continue to layer everything until there is no more board showing. Place serving tongs and bread sticks on the top of the display.
- Finish by tucking any greenery you might want to use around the edges of the board. I didn't use any for mine but some people I know who make these boards do use Kale, Escarole, etc.