This Christmas Charcuterie Board is going to be the talk of your next holiday party! It’s packed with delicious holiday favorites and is a perfect centerpiece for any Christmas party!
Charcuterie Boards are one of my favorite things to make this year. So far I’ve shared my Harvest Charcuterie Board and a Hot Chocolate Dessert Style Charcuterie Board, and you guys have loved those too! A Christmas Charcuterie Board was on my must-make list.
How to Make a Charcuterie Board
It can be overwhelming when you are at the grocery store without a plan. So if the thought of creating a big charcuterie board like this one is stressful, use this post as a guide. You can print out the recipe card and use it for shopping.
Start by selecting the meats. Use a mix of hard salami, soft salami and prosciutto. Make sure you have a variety, I usually only add one smoked meat since the smokey flavors can be very strong.
Add the cheese next. Hard cheeses pair well with hard salami and soft cheeses pair well with soft meats like prosciutto. I usually try and place them close to each other on the board when arranging. Prosciutto, brie and fig jam on a baguette is my most favorite pairing, so I always include that.
For this Christmas Charcuterie Board, I tried to stick to a color scheme as well. I used reds, greens and whites.
Use seasonal produce whenever possible. This keeps the cost down and the taste fresher! Pears and pomegranates are winter fruits and they match the Christmas theme, plus they are delicious! I found a bag of rainbow pears at Trader Joe’s and I loved the colors! Grapes aren’t in season, but I loved the green color.
For this board, I wanted to do something a little special. I made homemade sugared cranberries for a little sparkle. They were so easy and delicious, I’ve included the recipe below.
Nuts and fresh fruits are some of my favorite things to add to a charcuterie board, but really anything works! Olives are a great choice too.
For a little festive garnish, I used some fresh rosemary and fresh cranberries for added color.
- 6 oz Prosciutto
- 6 oz Salame di Parma
- 4 oz Applewood Smoked Salami
- 8 oz Italian Dry Salami sliced
- 8 oz 1,000 Day Gouda Cheese cubed
- 8 oz Cranberry Goat Cheese
- 8 oz Triple Cream Brie
- 8 oz White Cheddar sliced
- 8 oz Fresh Mozzarella Balls
- 8 oz Shelled Pistachios
- 5 oz Candied Pecans
- 5 oz Pomegranate Seeds
- 1 Pomegranate cut in half
- 5 oz Sweet and Spicy Pecans
- 2 cups Sugared Cranberries
- 1 pound Green Grapes
- 4 Rainbow Pears sliced
- Fig Jam
- Baguette sliced
- Crackers variety
- Fresh cranberries and rosemary garnish
- Fresh lemon juice
- 1 1/4 cup sugar divided
- 1/4 cup water
- 6 oz fresh cranberries
To assemble charcuterie board, place large items like cheese and meats first. Then fill in with nuts and fruit. Brush sliced pears lightly with lemon juice to prevent browning.
In a small pot, heat 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup of water until sugar is dissolved.
Remove sugar mixture from heat and stir in fresh cranberries. Transfer cranberries to a sheet pan lined with waxed paper and let sit for about an hour until sticky to the touch.
Roll cranberries in remaining sugar.
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