Are you looking for a new and exciting way to entertain guests at your next party or gathering? A charcuterie board might be one of the best ideas because it brings many things! It doesn’t get better than a beautifully arranged selection of cured meats, cheeses, and other accompaniments that is sure to impress your guests and satisfy their appetites.
In this article, we will explore the art of creating the perfect charcuterie board, from choosing the right meats and cheeses to selecting the perfect accompaniments and presenting it all in a visually stunning way. We will also introduce various charcuterie board ideas and recipes for different kinds of gatherings.
Partnering with Platterful, the expert on crafting awesome and delicious charcuterie boards, we are taking charcuterie boards to the next level! We will reveal the secret to make the perfect charcuterie board for the right situations as well as how you can turn the charcuterie board into customized gifts for anyone!
Whether you are a charcuterie novice or a seasoned pro, you will find plenty of inspiration and charcuterie board ideas for your next creation.
What is a Charcuterie Board?
A charcuterie board is a delicious and visually appealing spread of cured meats, cheeses, and other accompaniments. It's a fun－ and interactive way to enjoy a variety of flavors and textures with friends and family at a party or gathering. You can customize your charcuterie board to suit your own tastes and those of your guests, making it a unique and personalized snack experience. So why not try putting together your own charcuterie board the next time you have people over? It's sure to be a hit!
Where is the Charcuterie Board Originated?
Charcuterie originally means the art of preparing and assembling cured meats. But in the current century, it refers to the practice of preparing and presenting meats accompanied by a variety of other items such as bread, fruit, cheese, and sauces in a beautiful way.
The word actually translates to “Pork Butcher Shop”. It originated in France, where there were and still are a lot of shops selling all types of meats on display, including pork, chicken, duck, and goose. Oftentimes, the shops will also sell other food that goes great with the different kinds of meats.
How to Pronounce Charcuterie?
After all the information and history about the charcuterie board, you are probably wondering how to pronounce Charcuterie. There are actually a few different ways to pronounce the word.
In American English, the pronunciation goes “shaar · koo · tr · ee”.
In British English, the pronunciation is “shaa · koo · tuh · ree”.
In French, the pronunciation would be “sha · kuew · t · ree”, where the “t” is silenced and the ultima is the heavy syllable.
Watch this video by Julien Miquel to listen to how to pronounce charcuterie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHQeZb0v7J4
If you are looking to embrace the culture, learn to say it in the French way, otherwise the more widely used pronunciation of charcuterie would be in English. But of course, pick the one that you are most comfortable with.
3 Different Styles of Charcuterie Boards
Before we dive into some great charcuterie board ideas, let’s learn the 3 different styles of charcuterie boards. From a more traditional platter of cured meats and cheeses to more creative and diverse spreads that include a wide range of accompaniments. Here are a few tips for choosing the style of charcuterie board that will best suit your needs:
- Consider the occasion: The style of charcuterie board you choose should be appropriate for the occasion. For example, a more formal event might call for a traditional platter of cured meats and cheeses, while a casual gathering might be better suited for a more creative and diverse spread.
- Think about your audience: Consider the preferences and dietary restrictions of your guests when choosing the style of charcuterie board. If you have vegetarians or guests with food allergies in attendance, you might choose a board that includes a variety of vegetarian options or allergen-free items.
- Get creative: Don't be afraid to get creative and try something new when it comes to your charcuterie board. You can mix and match different meats, cheeses, and accompaniments to create a unique and personalized spread.
- Keep it simple: While it's fun to get creative with your charcuterie board, it's also important to keep things simple and avoid overwhelming your guests with too many choices. Choose a few high-quality meats, cheeses, and accompaniments, and focus on presenting them in an attractive and appetizing way.
By considering the occasion, your audience, and your own creative ideas, you can choose the perfect style of charcuterie board for your event. Now, let’s take a look at what the main styles are.
1. Cheese Charcuterie Boards
A cheese charcuterie board can be a versatile and delicious addition to any meal or gathering. It can be served as a starter before a dinner party, as part of the main course, or even as a dessert when paired with sweet accompaniments like grapes and chutneys.
2. Meat Charcuterie Boards
A meat charcuterie board featuring an assortment of cold meats can be a tasty and visually appealing addition to any gathering. It is a very great option for family or friends gathering on a perfectly relaxed Sunday afternoon.
3. Fruit Charcuterie Boards
A fruit charcuterie board is a delicious and healthy way to end a meal or add some variety to an existing savory charcuterie board. It can turn a healthy fruit dessert into something more extravagant and satisfying for your guests, definitely a great idea on your kid’s birthday where there will be a lot of children.
How to Make A Charcuterie board?
Making a charcuterie board is literally art! You will need to consider many things including but not limited to what is occasion, who you are serving, what you want to present, etc.
That is why Giftpack partnered with Platterful - the company that is dedicated to providing the best charcuterie experience that gives you everything you need to build an Instagram-worthy board. Platterful believes in the spirit of DIY, so they won’t take out the fun in letting the maker assemble the charcuterie board.
Here is what they do for their customers:
- Deliver the ingredients straight to your doorstep.
- Prepare perfectly-paired, unique, artisan products. The Meats, cheeses and other accompaniments.
- Make easy step-by-step written and video instructions that come along with the package.
- Share new products every single month. Unique board assembly ideas for any holidays.
- curate crafted boxes and packaging that support local artisan makers.
If you see their products, you’ll know that they are the one to go to when it comes to making a charcuterie board.
Next, you will learn how to make a charcuterie board on your own.
The Things You Will Need to Assemble a Charcuterie Board
To make a charcuterie board, you will first need to prepare a few things. In the sections below, we will list out the essentials, and go into detail with some great charcuterie board ideas for your reference.
For starter, you will need the following items:
- A board or platter to serve the charcuterie on.
- Various types of cured meats
- Optional items
- Knifes or spreaders to serve the cheese, meats, and accompaniments
- Serving utensils to move the charcuterie from the board to the plates of guests.
What Are the Best Meats for a Charcuterie Board?
Meat is the one of the most important parts of a charcuterie board, like the appearance of a person. To make sure the charcuterie board has a good presentation you will need to pick the right kind of meat. Here are 10 meat recommendations for your charcuterie board idea:
This versatile meat can be enjoyed in many different varieties and can be cut thin to enjoy the full range of flavors. Some prosciutto is aged for a longer period, which results in a richer and higher quality product. The most authentic prosciutto is Prosciutto di Parma, which is only considered true prosciutto if it comes from the Parma region in Italy, similar to how Champagne can only be called that if it comes from the Champagne region of France.
Average price: $22 per pound
Rillettes, similar to pâté, are a type of spread made from slow-cooked meat such as pork or duck. The meat is shredded and mixed with the fat that has been rendered during the cooking process and served chilled, making it a more approachable option for many people compared to pâté. Average price: $10 per pound
Saucisson sed is a classic French sausage, a thick and hard dry-cured salami is seasoned with fresh garlic and black peppercorns and is most often made from pork. As it hangs, ferments, and dries out, the outside will develop white mold, but this is normal. Like prosciutto, as a great entry-level, basic charcuterie to add to a meat and cheese platter, it pairs well with soft cheeses, dried fruits such as apricots, nuts, and Dijon mustard to create a delicious and well-rounded spread for guests to enjoy.
Average price: $12 per pound
Sopressata is a fatty, dry-cured pork salami from Calabria, Vicenza and Tuscany. Made with black pepper, garlic, and additional fat after grinding. Sold as "hot" and "sweet" varieties. Best served on a cutting board with soft cheese, like La Tur, Brillat Savarin or goat cheese, and fresh fruit like blackberries.
Average price: $12 per pound
Genoa salami is a dry, cured, uncooked pork and veal salami seasoned with garlic, salt, black/white peppercorns, wine, and a smoky aroma, which can be found in many stores and markets. Similar to sopressata but softer and greasier. Though named after its origin in Genoa, it can be made anywhere. Serve with Brie or semi-hard cheese like Gouda for the best pairing.
Average price: $15 per pound
Mortadella is a cooked and cured pork sausage, emulsified into a purée with cubes of fat, peppercorns, pistachios, and spices, giving it a marbled look. Its texture is finer than other sausages, similar to bologna and it's from Bologna, Italy. It's served thinly sliced, folded into quarters on a charcuterie board or focaccia bread.
Average price: $8 per pound
Chorizo, a hard salami made from spiced pork, differs from its soft Mexican counterpart. Coarsely ground and fatty, it's seasoned with hot paprika, garlic, and salt, resulting in a bright red color. It can be served sliced thick or thin, best paired with hard Spanish cheeses like Manchego or creamy goat cheese.
Average price: $12 per pound
'Nduja is a spicy, spreadable fermented pork sausage from Calabria, Italy. Made from remaining pork parts, seasoned with Calabrian chilies, and high in fat, making it spreadable. Serve it in small bowls with a knife. It pairs well with funky cheese like Blue or Monterey Jack, also can be spread on bread or added to pizzas.
Average price: $25 per pound
Speck is a dry-cured pork neck salumi, spiced with cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg, it has deep red color with white fat, served thin slices. Also known as "gabagool," a slang term used by some Italian-Americans as seen in Sopranos.
Average price: $18 per pound
Jamón, Spanish ham, has two legal categories: Jamon Serrano and Jamón Ibérico, the latter made from farm-raised Ibérico pigs fed hay, with the most exclusive version being the "jamon Iberico puro de bellota", fed acorns for a nutty flavor. Expensive due to the care and diet of the animals on farms and best served hand-sliced for evenly distributed fat.
Average price: $40 per pound
With these different kinds of meat, you can already make up a number of great combinations for your charcuterie board ideas.
What Are the Best Cheeses for a Charcuterie Board?
Now, comes the cheese! If meat is the body(appearance) of the charcuterie board, then cheese would be the soul of it. Below we also have 10 different cheese for charcuterie board idea for you to choose from:
Boursin is a creamy, crumbly gourmet cheese flavored with herbs and spices, has a buttery taste, and a slightly crumbly texture. It’s a must-have for any charcuterie board! The flavors include onion, tomato, chives, figs, nuts, garlic, cranberries, and cinnamon, found globally. It's easy to spread on bread, crackers, or serve with raw vegetables, salads, or pasta.
Average price: $6 per package (5.2 Ounces)
Gouda, a sweet and creamy yellow cheese, originates from the Netherlands. Aged gouda has a more distinctive flavor- sharp and sweet, compared to regular gouda. Aging is an important part of the cheese-making process, and aged gouda is a great example of how it can transform cheese.
Average price: $20 per package
Gruyere, a Swiss cheese, originated in the town of Gruyeres, Switzerland. It is made from cow's milk, cured for six months or more, has a rich and creamy taste and pale yellow color. Great for cheese platters, easy to slice, pairs well with other cheeses, fruits, and biscuits.
Average price: $10 per package
Pecorino Siciliano is a type of sheep's milk cheese that is made in Sicily, Italy. Pecorino means "sheep" in Italian, and this cheese is made from the milk of Sicilian sheep. Fresh and semi-mature versions are both great as table cheese, best paired with bread and olives. It has a strong, mature flavor and herbal aroma.
Average price: $15 per package
Burrata is a rich, creamy Italian cheese made from cow's milk, with a soft mOunceszarella exterior and a soft, cheese curds and cream interior. A unique and luxurious type of cheese that originated in the Puglia region of Italy. Best eaten with olive oil and Italian bread.
Average price: $15 per package
Mozzarella originated in Italy, traditionally made from the milk of water buffalo, but today most mozzarella is made with cow's milk. It is known for its smooth, pliable texture and its mild, slightly sweet taste. Mozzarella is a popular, smooth and pliable cheese with a mild, fresh flavor, creamy white or pale ivory color.
Average price: $5 per package
Gorgonzola is a blue-green marbled Italian cheese, made with Penicillium roqueforti fungus in Piedmont and Lombardy. Its flavor can range from nutty and sharp to buttery and creamy, depending on aging. Best enjoyed spread on crackers, crostini or paired with fruits and nuts.
Average price: $9 per package
Goat cheese is made from goat's milk and comes in various flavors and textures, from young to mature, mild to tangy, crumbly to creamy. It has a rich, savory flavor and works well paired with bread, biscuits, or fruit.
Average price: $8 per package
Manchego is a Spanish sheep's milk cheese made in the La Mancha region, it has a semi-hard with a firm and supple texture, it has a fruity, nutty, tangy and sweet flavor and it's usually a pale yellow color. It is often served with quince paste or membrillo, and paired with red wine, which allows it to bring out its nutty and fruity notes.
Average price: $12 per package
Brie, France's most popular cheese, is soft, creamy, with a hard rind and a soft center. Mildly satisfying taste, best served with crusty bread, crackers, fruits, fig jam, honey, also can be served warmed in the oven for a softer texture, gooey and warm as a starter.
Average price: $8 per package
These cheese options will definitely be helpful for your charcuterie board ideas!
What Are the Best Breads/Crackers for a Charcuterie Board?
After the cheese, comes the other accompaniments, breads and crackers are the most popular options. Below we will give you 5 different options of breads and crackers to go with your charcuterie board
Baguette is a long, thin, French bread that is typically made from wheat flour, water, yeast and salt. It is characterized by a crisp crust and soft, airy interior, traditionally it should be cooked in a wood-fired oven. It can be consumed plain or with butter, ham, cheese, or any other ingredients to make a sandwich. It's a classic staple in French cuisine.
Average price: $5 per loaf
Gluten-free bread is made from gluten-free flours such as rice, almond, or coconut flour, it is used for people who are gluten intolerant or have celiac disease. It often has a different texture, but there are different types of gluten-free bread with different varieties in taste, texture and ingredients. It can be found in speciality stores, and many supermarkets also now carry gluten-free bread options.
Average price: $8 per loaf
Sourdough bread is a type of bread made with a sourdough starter, which is a mixture of flour and water that contains wild yeasts and bacteria. Sourdough bread is known for its tangy and complex flavor, and a chewy texture. It can be made with different types of flour, and different variations of the bread can be found around the world.
Average price: $10 per loaf
Ciabatta is an Italian bread characterized by its elongated shape and large, irregular holes. It's made with wheat flour, water, yeast, salt and olive oil and is known for its light, airy texture and tangy flavor. Ciabatta bread is perfect for sandwiches or dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar as an appetizer. It's also a good bread to use as a base for bruschetta.
Average price: $6 per loaf
Multigrain bread is made with a mixture of different types of whole grains such as wheat, barley, oats, rye and corn, which makes it a healthier alternative to white bread. It has a nutty, sweet taste and a dense, chewy texture. It can also be a good source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It's perfect as a toast with butter, jam or cheese and can be used in sandwiches.
Average price: $6 per loaf
Crostini are Italian appetizers that are typically made by toasting slices of Italian baguette and then topping them with various ingredients such as cheese, vegetables, or meats. Crostini is a popular way to serve the bread and it's perfect for a small appetizer, or for a party or gatherings. They are versatile and can be paired with sweet or savory toppings, these can also be a great way to use up leftover bread.
Average price: $8 pack (14 Ounces)
Buttery crackers are a type of cracker that are known for their buttery flavor and crisp texture. They are typically made with flour, butter, salt, and water. They can be enjoyed on their own as a snack, or as a complement to cheese, dips, and spreads. They can also be a perfect pairing with soups, stews and salad.
Average price: $4 per pack
Herb crackers are a type of crackers that are infused with a variety of herbs and spices to give them a unique and distinct flavor. They are typically made with flour, butter, salt, and a blend of herbs such as parsley, thyme, basil, rosemary, and sage. The herbs give a burst of flavor to the crackers, making them a great addition to any appetizer table.
Average price: $7 per pack
Water crackers are a type of plain crackers that are known for their crisp, light and neutral taste. They are typically made with flour, water, salt and sometimes oil. They are perfect for pairing with cheese, dips, spreads and other toppings, because the neutral taste allows the other flavors to shine. The crackers often have a uniform texture and they are a great options for gluten-free and vegan diets. They are commonly used as a base for canapés and other appetizers.
Average price: $7 per pack
Artisan crackers are a type of crackers that are made by small-scale bakers, using traditional methods and often with high-quality, natural ingredients. They can be made from different types of flour, and may be flavored with herbs, spices, or seeds. They are perfect for pairing with cheese, dips, spreads, and other toppings, and also as an accompaniment to soups and salads.
Average price: $2 per pack
With these accompaniments to put on your charcuterie boards, you can be creative!
Steps to Build a Charcuterie Board
When you have all your ingredients ready, you are 80% done with making your charcuterie board. Follow these simple steps to make any of your charcuterie board ideas come to life:
- Choose a cutting board or platter to assemble your charcuterie board on.
- Arrange your meats in a visually pleasing way, don’t stack them all together.
- Add your cheeses to the board. Try to include a variety of textures and flavors, such as a soft cheese, a hard cheese, and a blue cheese.
- Add the crackers, bread, and other baked goods to the board.
- Add a variety of fruits and nuts to the board, such as grapes, figs, apricots, and almonds. (This step is optional)
- Add any spreads or dips you’d like to include, such as honey, mustard, or jam.
And that’s it!
Tips When Making a Charcuterie Board
Following the steps to make a charcuterie board is simple, but there are a few things you should keep in mind when doing so! Below are some tips when it comes to completing each step of assembling your charcuterie board:
- Note how many people you are serving so you can prepare the right amount of food.
- Think about the taste of each person so you can come up with the best combination.
- Add bread and crackers to make sure no one is hungry after eating your charcuterie board.
- Make sure your ingredients are fresh, buy them 2-3 days before the gathering.
- Consider something warm. Once everyone has more appetite from the cold food, they would appreciate something warm.
- Pair the charcuterie board with wine. Nothing to explain here.
With these tips, making a charcuterie board that will please everyone is as simple as drinking water.
Making a Charcuterie Board on a Budget
If you are trying to save on the budget, you can simply pick the meats, cheeses, and breads and crackers that have the lowest pricing on the top. Look for them at your local grocery or on ecommerce websites like amazon.
To make it simply for you, we’ve put together a list of websites you can follow for budgeted charcuterie board ideas:
Charcuterie Board for Corporate Gifting
Charcuterie boards are a good idea for corporate gifting because they are versatile and can be tailored to suit any occasion or budget. They are also a great way to show appreciation and build relationships with clients, employees, and partners. The presentation of a charcuterie board can be elegant and sophisticated, making it a perfect gift for any corporate setting. Additionally, charcuterie boards are enjoyed by a wide range of people, so it can be a great way to please a group with different tastes.
If you are looking for a charcuterie board to send to your employees, clients, or at a business event that you are hosting, Giftpack has the solution for you. We partnered with Platterful to bring the best charcuterie board ideas in.
15 Charcuterie Board Ideas to Use for Any Gathering
By now, we pretty much taught you everything about building a charcuterie board! Below we put together 15 different charcuterie board ideas for different kinds of gatherings from house-warming parties to corporate team building events.
Without further ado.
3 Family Reunion Charcuterie Board Ideas
Fruit Charcuterie Board
A Fruit Charcuterie Board from the recipe critic is a good idea for family reunions because at family gatherings, there are usually a handful of kids, and it is easier for kids to accept fruits rather than meats and cheeses with strong flavors.
- Green grapes
- Red grapes
- Dragon fruits
- Prepare the pineapple: Cut a pineapple in half and remove the core, then place it on a large round wooden board or platter.
- Prepare the fruits: Clean and dry a selection of fresh fruit, and slice, peel, or cut it into the desired shapes.
- Arrange the fruits: Arrange the fruit around the pineapple and fill the pineapple with some of the fruit. Create sections of colorful fruit and distribute them throughout the board.
- Display the Fruits: Showcase the fruit in a visually appealing way by grouping them in sections on the board.
- Prepare the dip: Make a fruit dip using your desired recipe. Then, spoon it into a decorative bowl.
PB&J Snack Charcuterie Board
The PB&J Snack Charcuterie Board from the baker mama wins everyone’s heart! This board would be something that both adults and kids love. It is also a great snack set to go with for a movie night at the house. That is why it is awesome for family reunions.
- 3-4 PB&J Sandwiches
- 1 Cup Snack Mix
- 1/3 Cup Peanut Butter
- 1/4 Cup Honey
- 1 Bunch Red Grapes
- 1 Bunch Green Grapes
- 1 Apple
- 3 Celery Stalks
- 1 Cup Potato Chips
- 1 Cup Cheese Crackers
- 1 Cup Mini Peanut Butter-filled Cracker Sandwiches
- 12 Ritz Crackers
- 1 Cup Popcorn
- 4 Payday Candy Bars
- 1/2 Cup In-shell Peanuts
- Make the sandwiches: Prepare peanut butter sandwiches with different fillings such as grape jelly, strawberry jelly, and sliced banana. Cut each sandwich into fourths.
- Prepare the snack mix: Mix together the ingredients for the Peanut Lovers' Snack Mix and place 1 cup in a small serving bowl on the board.
- Place the condiments: Place the peanut butter in a mini serving bowl and honey in a small bowl or jar for easy drizzling onto the sandwiches or fruit.
- Arrange the food: Arrange the peanut butter sandwich quarters down the middle of the board. Place the grape bunches on opposite sides of the board. Put the apple slices and celery next to the bowl of peanut butter. Arrange the cheese crackers, potato chips, mini peanut butter-filled cracker sandwiches, Ritz crackers and popcorn in various open spots on the board. Place a few Payday candy bars at the top and a few at the bottom of the board. Scatter the in-shell peanuts in various spots on the board.
S’Mores Dessert Charcuterie Board
If you have a fireplace in your house, then the S’more Dessert Charcuterie Board from Number 2 Pencil is going to be the best option for you! Imagine your family all sitting around the fireplace, chatting and having a great time. It can’t get any more cOuncesier.
- 1 Box Family Size Graham Crackers
- 1 Box Chocolate Grahams
- 2 Bags Giant Roaster Marshmallows
- 1 Bag Marshmallows
- 3 Giant Hershey's Bars
- 2 Cadbury Caramello Bars
- 3 Cookies and Cream Bars
- 9 Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
- 9 Reese's White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
- 2 White Chocolate Bars
- Mega Stuf Oreos
- 1 Jar Marshmallow Fluff
- 1 Jar Cookie Butter
- 1 Jar Peanut Butter
- 1 Jar Nutella
- Fresh Strawberries
- Make the s'mores: Make traditional s'mores with graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars. Cut them into desired pieces.
- Arrange the ingredients: Arrange the graham crackers on one side of the board, marshmallows on another side, chocolate bars on another, chocolate chips in small bowls, peanut butter cups in small bowls, and nuts in small bowls.
- Arrange the s'mores: Arrange the s'mores in the center of the board, or on the top of the board.
3 Friends Gathering Charcuterie Board Ideas
Brunch Charcuterie Board
Sunday brunch with a group of friends is always enjoyable. But you have probably been going to the same restaurant for the past years. Why not change it up a bit? If you and your friends love the idea of brunching together, then this Brunch Charcuterie Board from Life Made Sweeter is going to be a great choice for you. And it’s super easy to make!
- Cheddar Cheese
- Crispy Bacon
- Genoa Salami
- Smoked Salmon
- Fresh Vegetables (of your choice)
- Fresh Berries (or any other fruits)
- 2-3 Types of Nuts (Almonds, Pecans, Walnuts, Pili Nuts, Macadamia Nuts)
- 1 Fruit Jam
- Greek Yogurt
- Prepare the waffles: Cook the waffles just like you would for breakfast.
- Arrange the main dish: Place the waffles (or pancakes) in the center of the tray.
- Add the toppings: Use small bowls or cups to hold additional ingredients, such as vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Fill in any empty spaces on the platter with fresh herbs and flowers for a touch of color.
Mediterranean Mezze Charcuterie Board
The Mediterranean Mezze Charcuterie Board from Dinner the Zoo is a good idea for a friend gathering event. It offers a variety of small, shareable plates that can be enjoyed by everyone. It also has variety that allows everyone to find something they like and try something new. It is also a healthier option compared to other types of charcuterie boards or party foods.
- 1 Cup Hummus
- 1 Cup Tzatziki
- 3 RoundsPita Bread
- 1 Cup Fresh Vegetables
- 3/4 Cup Mixed Olives
- 1/2 Cup Feta Cheese
- 1 Cup Tabbouleh
- 8 Dolmas
- 4 Teaspoons Olive Oil
- 1 Cup Grilled or Roasted Vegetables
- Fresh Herbs
- Cook the ingredients: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F or heat the grill to medium-high heat. Brush 2 teaspoons of olive oil over both sides of the pita bread. Heat the pita bread in the oven for 3-5 minutes or on the grill for 2-3 minutes per side or until warmed through. Cut each pita into eighths.
- Arrange the ingredients: Put the pita bread, hummus, tzatziki, fresh and grilled vegetables, olives, feta cheese, tabbouleh and dolmas on the platter.
- Garnish the board: Drizzle the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil over the hummus and tzatziki. Garnish the platter with fresh herbs.
Flatbreads Charcuterie Board
The Flatbreads Charcuterie Board from Spoon Fork Bacon is a simple-to-prepare and easy-to-eat platter. It is great for a friends gathering because it’s delicious and doesn’t take away too much attention, after all, you are there to spend time with your friends.
- 3/4 Cup Tapenade
- 6 Pieces Flatbread
- 18 Ounces Prosciutto
- 12 Ounces Burrata
- 6 Tablespoons Pistachios
- Red Pepper Flakes
- Raw Honey
- Prepare the flatbreads: Spread tapenade onto each piece of flatbread. Put the prosciutto on top of the tapenade.
- Arrange the flatbreads: Place a dollop of burrata on each piece of flatbread. Sprinkle each flatbread with crushed pistachios. Sprinkle each flatbread with crushed red pepper flakes. Drizzle each flatbread with honey. Bake the flatbreads
- Arrange the Ingredients: Arrange the cheeses on the board by grouping them by type, with a small knife or cheese spreader to serve each cheese. Surround the cheeses with crackers, nuts, dried fruit and preserves.
3 Business Conference Charcuterie Board Ideas
Presidential Cheese Charcuterie Board
The Presidential Cheese Charcuterie Board from the Modern Proper comes with a story. Each of the ingredients is the favorite food of past presidents of the United States. Not only will it make your audience feel like a VIP, but it will also be great conversation starters.
- 4 Ounces Gruyere
- 4 Ounces Sharp Cheddar
- 4 Ounces Roquefort
- Bartlett Pear
- Honey Crisp Apple
- 2 Ounces Dried Figs
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Butter
- 3 Ounces Marcona Almonds
- 1 Tablespoon Raspberry Jam
- 1 Tablespoon Sour Cherry
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- Water Crackers
- 2 Ounces Roast Beef
- 2 Ounces Prosciutto
- 4-6 Ounces Hard Salami
- Arrange the ingredients: Arrange the cheeses on the board by grouping them by type, with a small knife or cheese spreader to serve each cheese. Surround the cheeses with crackers, nuts, dried fruit and preserves.You can put them in chronological orders as in when each president served.
- Add decorations: You can add some decorations such as flags, ornaments or small presidential figures that match the theme of the board.
- Serve with the story: Enjoy the charcuterie board and tell a good story to your guests.
Ultimate Cheese Charcuterie Board
The Ultimate Cheese Charcuterie Board from joyful healthy eats is one of the best options to bring to a business conference. This is luxurious platter will make your guests feel welcome!
- 1 Soft Cheese (Mozzarella, Burrata, Brie)
- 1 Semi-soft Cheese (Gouda, Jarlsberg, Blue Cheese, Gorgonzola)
- 1 Semi-hard Cheese (Manchego, Provolone, Comte)
- 1 Hard Cheese (Asiago, Aged Cheddar, Parmesan)
- 2 Cured Meats (Salami, Prosciutto)
- Assorted Crackers and Breadsticks
- Nuts (Almonds, Cashews, Pistachios)
- Fruit (Grapes, Figs, Apple Slices, Pear Slices, Dried Apricots, Dried Cranberries)
- Other (Marinated Olives, Fig Jam, Roasted Red Peppers, Stone Ground Mustard, Sun-dried Tomato Pesto).
- Arrange the cheeses: Arrange a variety of cheeses on the board, grouping them by type and providing a small knife or cheese spreader for each cheese. Surround the cheeses with crackers, nuts, dried fruits, and preserves.
- Add the toppings: Add different toppings such as honey, jam, nuts, dried fruits, and olives to complement the cheeses.
- Add decorations: To enhance the presentation, add decorations such as fresh herbs, berries or edible flowers to the board.
Lighter Cheese Charcuterie Board
Depending on the crowd, you may want to prepare something with lighter cheese. Usually the main purpose for a business conference is to discuss new trends and opportunities pertaining to the business, there would be a lot of talking and nobody would want others to think they have a bad breath from the heavy cheese they’ve eaten. The Lighter Cheese Charcuterie Board from Half-baked Harvest would be a great idea.
- 8 Ounces Fresh Burrata Cheese
- Olive Oil
- 1 Cup Cherry Tomatoes
- Kosher Salt and Pepper
- 1 Block Feta Cheese
- Marinated Goat Cheese
- 6 Ounces Prosciutto
- Whole Grain Crackers
- Prepare the main dish: Place the burrata in a small bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and top with tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Prepare the marinade: In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil, thyme, oregano, garlic, and red pepper flakes over medium-low heat until fragrant, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon zest and a pinch of salt. Let cool.
- Assemble the cheese: Place the feta cheese on a cheese board or serving platter. Drizzle with honey and top with fresh cherries. Arrange the burrata and marinated goat cheese around the feta. Add prosciutto, fruits, vegetables, and crackers around the cheese.
3 Team Building Event Charcuterie Board Ideas
Best Burger Charcuterie Board
The Best Burger Charcuterie Board from Joyful healthy eats is the perfect idea for team building. You can have your team make this charcuterie board together, creating a fun memory for them, a charcuterie night. Most of time, team building just
- 8 Ground Beef Burgers
- 8 Buns
- Assorted Cheeses (Cheddar, Pepperjack, Swiss, Gouda, Muenster)
- Toppings (Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, Onions)
- Condiments (Ketchup, Mustard, BBQ Sauce, Sriracha Mayo)
- Candied Bacon
- Bacon Jam
- Bourbon Caramelized Onions (or Grilled onions)
- Prepare the burgers: Make your favorite burger recipe and grill or cook them to your desired level of doneness.
- Assemble the board: Use a large wooden board or any other suitable serving tray that will fit the amount of food you need to serve the number of guests you have planned.
- Arrange the ingredients: Arrange the cooked burgers on the board, you can cut them in half or in quarters to make them easier to eat. Surround the burgers with small bowls of toppings such as cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and sauces.
- Add some sides: Add some sides such as French fries, onion rings, sweet potato fries, or coleslaw.
- Add decorations: To enhance the presentation, add decorations such as fresh herbs, berries or edible flowers to the board.
Easy Mini Charcuterie Board
The Easy Mini Charcuterie Board from the Oregon Dietitian is another charcuterie board that is great for team building. It can be a complement for a board game night or movie night. Break the tradition of just going to lunch or dinner for team building.
- 3-4 Different Meats (Salami, Summer Sausage, Prosciutto, Pepperoni, Deli Ham)
- A Mix of Spreadable Cheeses and firm Cheeses (Boursin, Brie, Goat cheese, Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Colby Jack, Parmesan, Havarti, Gouda, Bleu Cheese, Swiss)
- Fruits (Fresh Grapes, Olives, Cherries, Pears, Apples, Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Dried Figs, Dried Apricots)
- Nuts (Walnuts, Almonds, Pistachios)
- Spreads and Sauces (Pesto, Honey)
- 2-3 Options of Crackers and Bread (Toasted Baguette Slices, Pretzels)
- Assemble the ingredients: Start by placing the ingredients that you have in bowls on the board, arranging them in various places to create a visually appealing display.
- Arrange the cheeses: Add the softer cheeses, such as brie, bleu cheese, and Boursin cheese, arranging them in a way that they complement the other ingredients and fill any empty spaces on the board.
- Add the meats: Arrange the meats around the board, making sure to place them in various locations for easy access.
- Add the crackers and breads: Add the crackers and sliced baguette to the board, filling in any empty spaces with them.
- Add the toppings: Fill in any remaining gaps with dried and/or fresh fruits, nuts, pretzels, and other toppings of your choice.
- Garnish the board: Use small pieces of cheese, nuts, or more dried fruits to garnish the board and make it look even more appetizing.
Cheese Fondue Charcuterie Board
The Cheese Fondue Charcuterie Board from Half-baked Harvest is another great option for a team building event. It encourages group participation, fosters conversation, and creates a fun, interactive and memorable experience for team members.
Ingredients: For Swiss Fondue:
- 3 Cups Shredded Swiss Cheese
- 3 Cups Shredded Gruyere Cheese
- 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
- 1 Clove Garlic
- 1 Cup White Wine (or Chicken Broth)
- Pinch of Freshly Grated Nutmeg
- Kosher Salt and Pepper For Cheddar Fondue:
- 3 Cups Shredded Cheddar
- 3 Cups Shredded Aged Gouda
- 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
- 1 Clove Garlic
- 1 Cup Beer (or Chicken Broth)
- 1/4 Teaspoon Mustard Powder
- 4 Ounces Crumbled Blue Cheese
- Kosher Salt and Pepper For the Board:
- Assorted Crackers and Breads
- Assorted Winter Fruits and Vegetables
- Sliced Grilled Steak (or Assorted Deli Meats)
- Honey (or Honeycomb)
- Toasted Nuts (Marcona Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios)
Instructions: Swiss Fondue:
- Toss the cheese with cornstarch in a bowl.
- Rub the inside of a fondue pot with garlic and discard the garlic.
- Pour the wine into the fondue pot and place it over medium-low heat.
- Add the cheese by the handful, stirring until melted and combined. Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
- Keep the fondue warm over low heat until ready to serve. Cheddar Fondue:
- Toss the cheese with cornstarch in a bowl.
- Rub the inside of a fondue pot with garlic and discard the garlic.
- Pour the beer into the fondue pot and place it over medium-low heat.
- Add the cheese by the handful, stirring until melted and combined. Stir in the mustard powder and season with salt and pepper. If using blue cheese, add it now and stir until melted and smooth.
- Keep the fondue warm over low heat until ready to serve. For the Board:
- Place the fondue pots on a large board or serving table.
- Arrange the breads, fruits, vegetables, meats, honey, and nuts around the fondue pots.
Bonus: Creative Cultural Charcuterie Board Ideas
On different occasions, you will need to impress differently. There are many creative ways to build a charcuterie board, let’s take a look at a few of them.
Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board
With Valentine’s day just around the corner, it’s time to make your special someone feel loved with some creativity. When you present the Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board from Ottawa Mommy Club, you will make your significant other feel really happy.
- Cheeses (Brie wheel Asiago, Manchego)
- Meats (Kalbassa Sausage Cognac Country Style Pâté, Aalami, Prosciutto)
- Fruits (Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Grapes)
- Crackers (Laiki Rice Crackers)
- Fresh Sage (or Rosemary)
- Heart Donuts (you can buy them)
- Heart Hot Chocolate Bombs
- Prepare the board: Begin by placing large items on the charcuterie board such as grapes or larger fruits.
- Arrange the cheeses: Starting with the largest blocks and wedges and finishing with the slices. Select 1 hard, 1 semi-soft, and 1 soft cheese, such as blue cheese, goat cheese, and brie. Cut firm cheeses into triangles and line them up side by side or stack them in opposite directions.
- Arrange the meats: Use the cheese as a guide to place the cured meats on the board, creating a salami rose or folding them into quarters. Cut hard cured meats like Kalbassa sausage into thin rounds.
- Arrange the ingredients: Fill in gaps on the board with fruits, nuts, and crackers. Add a pop of color with berries and dried fruits such as apricots and oranges. Add heart-shaped hot chocolate bombs, chocolate pieces, and chocolate-dipped strawberries for a unique touch.
- Garnish the board: Use the fresh herbs and edible flowers for a beautiful aesthetic to garnish the charcuterie board.
Japanese Sashimi Charcuterie Board
If your audience (friends, family, or even clients) are from a foreign country or if you are trying to be more diverse, you can try this Japanese Sashimi Charcuterie Board from A Dash of Soy. It is easy to make but very delicious. The only two downsides are you need to take a whole week to prepare this charcuterie board and that you will need to make sure of it if your audience eats raw fish.
Ingredients: The Board:
- 1/2 Pounds Sashimi Grade Salmon
- 1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Dashi
- 1 Tablespoon Bonito Flakes Ikura Marinade: 2 Ounces Ikura 1 Teaspoon Sake 1 Teaspoon Mirin 1/2 Teaspoon Soy Sauce
- Prepare the salmon: Rinse and pat down the salmon dry. In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the seasoning and lightly toss to mix.
- Wrap the salmon: Place a baking sheet with saran wrap and sprinkle half of the mixture on the saran wrap. Lay the salmon on top of the mixture and spread the remaining seasoning evenly across the salmon. Wrap the salmon up in the saran wrap.
- Marinate the salmon: Place the wrapped salmon in a ziplock bag and put it in a baking tray. Use a heavy plate or pan to place on top of the salmon. Refrigerate the salmon for 12 hours.
- Flip the salmon: After 12 hours, take the salmon out and drain the excess water. Flip the salmon upside down and put the heavy plate/pan back on the salmon. Refrigerate for another 12 hours.
- Store the salmon: After 12 hours, take out the salmon and rinse the seasoning out with water. Pat the salmon dry and let it sit out for 1 hour. The salmon is now ready to be served or stored in the refrigerator for 5-7 days. Ikura:
- Mix fresh ikura with marinade. Refrigerate for 3 hours and then serve.
- Serve ikura over rice as a donburi or with crackers.
Vegan Charcuterie Board
The Vegan Charcuterie Board from Emilie eats is the perfect choice for any of your vegan friends. It is not only delicious but has a very good presentation. This charcuterie swapped loads of meats with vegan meats that are just as tasty, if not more. So, you don’t have to worry about the deliciousness of the platter.
- 1 Package Sweet Earth Foods Tuscan Veggie Sausages
- 1 Package Sweet Earth Foods Harmless Ham
- Vegan cheese
- 1/2 Cup Hummus
- 1/2 Cup Jam (or Jelly)
- 1 Pound Green Grapes (or Red Grapes)
- 1 Cup Fresh Cranberries
- 1/2 Cup Olives (Stuffed, Kalamata, Black)
- 2 Medium Carrots
- 2 Celery Stalks
- 1 Bell Pepper
- 1 Box Whole Grain Crackers
- 1/2 Cup Pecan Halves (or Nut of your choice)
- 1/2 Cup Almonds (or Nut of your choice)
- Fresh Rosemary
- Prepare the ingredients: Cook veggie sausages according to package instructions and slice them into bite-sized pieces. Slice veggie ham slices into bite-sized pieces as well.
- Arrange the proteins: Place the veggie sausages and veggie ham slices on a large serving tray.
- Add the dips: Place vegan cheese, hummus, and jam into separate small bowls and place them on the serving tray.
- Arrange the accompaniments: Arrange a variety of fruits, vegetables, crackers, nuts, and rosemary on the serving tray.
Other Charcuterie Board Ideas
Here are a list of links you can go to for more charcuterie board ideas:
- Purewow’s Charcuterie Board Ideas
- Joyful Healthy Eats’ Charcuterie Board Ideas
- Chic Leaf’s Charcuterie Board
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In conclusion, a charcuterie board is a great way to entertain guests at any party or gathering. With a variety of meats, cheeses, and accompaniments, it is sure to please everyone's palate. Whether you are a charcuterie novice or a seasoned pro, by following the tips and ideas in this article, you can create visually stunning and delicious charcuterie boards that will impress your guests.
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