This easy to make Charcuterie Board is perfect for parties, and can be served as a fun dinner or as an easy fall appetizer for a bigger party. Colorful and packed with delicious meats, cheeses and fresh fruit, I included all my best tips for how to make a charcuterie board!
Charcuterie boards are such a show stopper, and I have been obsessed with them for a while now. I even follow the #charcuterieboard hashtag on Instagram. I just love looking at all the colors and arrangements, plus cheese and crackers has always been my favorite meal! I linked the supplies I used for this charcuterie board at the end of the post. Keep scrolling to see a fun Halloween Charcuterie Board variation.
To keep this charcuterie board budget friendly, I did almost all the shopping at Trader Joe’s. I love the variety of meats and cheeses that they carry as well as the variety of fruit.
I also included my new favorite find, these naturally flavored candy corn from Brach’s. I picked up a bag at Target because I liked the more muted colors than traditional candy corn and discovered that they are so good! These are must-try! They taste just like fresh buttercream!
How to Make a Charcuterie Board:
- Give yourself plenty of time to prepare so you don’t feel rushed. I really took my time arranging this and it took about an hour. I think the average time to assemble, including slicing, washing and drying fruit and arranging, would be about 45 minutes.
- Replenish the crackers and bread as needed. Slice the bread last and serve the slices close together to keep the bread soft. Slice a second loaf and keep it in a plastic baggie so it doesn’t dry out.
- Keep a color theme in mind when planning your board. I went for oranges and purples with a touch of green in this charcuterie board.
- Place complimentary flavors close together. For example; brie, figs, prosciutto and french bread are all close together, then hard cheese, soft salami and crackers are placed close together.
- Start arranging by placing large items like pumpkins and bowls slightly off center. Then place whole cheeses and grape bunches. Fill with meats, cut cheese and nuts.
- This charcuterie board will feed about 6 adults as a meal, or 12 as an appetizer.
Charcuterie Board Recipe
- 8 oz Italian dry salami sliced
- 4 oz uncured Salame di Parma
- 6 oz smoked prosciutto
- 4 oz sliced prosciutto
- 8 oz 1000 day hard gouda cheese
- 8 oz sharp cheddar cheese
- 8 oz Apricot Cherry Cranberry Goat's Milk Cheese
- 4 oz pepper jack cheese sliced
- 8 oz traditional French Brie
- 11 oz fig butter
- 5 oz sweet and spicy pecans
- 4 oz pumpkin spice pumpkin seeds
- 2 Granny Smith apples sliced
- 2 Honey Crisp apples sliced
- 1 bunch Concord grapes
- 1 bunch Champagne grapes
- 6 fresh figs sliced in half
- 10 oz Stone Ground Wheat Crackers
- 2 11 oz French baguettes sliced
- 11 oz naturally flavored candy corn
- fresh lemon juice as needed
Assemble on a 20 inch round platter.
If assembling ahead of time, brush apples lightly with lemon juice to avoid browning.
Charcuterie Board Supplies
Halloween Charcuterie Board
I had fun with the Harvest Charcuterie Board and switched it up for and created a Halloween Charcuterie board by adding eyeball candy and a fancy spider.
I found the eye ball candy at Home Goods and the jewel spider at World Market.
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