How to Make a Charcuterie Board

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Charcuterie boards are not only gorgeous, they contain a combination of flavors and nibbles for a simple no-fuss party snack!

It’s not difficult to prepare a meat and cheese board that everyone will rave about! Adding various flavors from simple everyday ingredients found at Walmart takes very little prep and just minutes to build!

I’ve included a few tips below to make sure your next party platter is the talk of the event!

Weekends around here are for hanging out with friends, enjoying drinks and sitting around the table with a glass of wine telling stories.  It’s truly my preferred way to spend a Friday night.

Preparing a Charcuterie board is not only fun, it always looks gorgeous and it’s quicker and easier than ordering a pizza!

What is Charcuterie?

First off … how do you pronounce charcuterie?  [shahr-koo-tuhree].

Charcuterie is the art of preparing meats which are often cured or smoked such as bacon, ham or salami.  A charcutier is a person who prepares charcuterie and while the term is loosely translated in English to “pork butcher”, any kind of meat can be used.

A charcuterie board is commonly seen on menus pretty much everywhere these days and it’s the perfect way to enjoy some nibbles with friends and family!

Preparing a Charcuterie Board

A charcuterie board most often consists of a variety of meats and cheeses and often fruit or nuts; essentially a meat and cheese board!

It’s very easy to prepare a charcuterie and you can find absolutely everything you need at Walmart!

The gorgeous wood board in the photos on this post was purchased at Walmart (it’s a part of the Pioneer Woman Collection) along with all of the ingredients! If you’d prefer, Walmart also has a great selection of plates to create the perfect Charcuterie platter!

As you begin thinking about making the perfect charcuterie board, you will want to start thinking about different colors and textures to make it vibrant and interesting.

Red and black berries, dried apricots, fresh herbs, pickles, olives and various dips can add lots of color.

The board should look full, don’t be afraid to pile and stack them while thinking about varying the different items throughout.

Meat: I estimate about 3-4 slices of meat per person when building a board.  I try to include a variety of flavors and textures for example a sliced pepper salami, a rolled prosciutto and thoughtfully piled ham.

Cheese: Choose a variety of cheeses; about 1 or 2 oz per person as an hors d’oeuvre.  Look for various hard and soft cheeses from mellow to sharp.  Cheeses are easiest served already sliced.

Bread and Crackers: Again variety is key, I like to include buttery flaky crackers, grain crackers and thinly sliced and toasted baguettes.

Fruit & Nuts: Both dried and fresh fruit will add gorgeous color and lots of flavor to your charcuterie board! As you are purchasing fruits, keep a variety of colors in mind for a beautiful board.  Nuts should be shelled and salted.

Pickles, Olives and Dips: Adding small bowls filled with dill pickles, olives, jellies, mustards and delicious dips is a great way to add some zip and flavor to your board.

Most of the items can be prepared, washed and/or sliced ahead of time meaning this easy appetizer can take just minutes to prepare.

Charcuterie Board (printable list)

A beautiful meat and cheese board with various flavors takes very little prep and just minutes to build! I was able to find all of the items I needed at Walmart.

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Ingredients:

Cheese

  • Sliced Monterey Jack Cheese
  • Sliced Cheddar Cheese
  • El Cortijo Manchego Wedge Cheese   
  • Bel Gioioso Parmesan Cheese Wedge                    

Meat    

  • Peppered Salame
  • Salami
  • Prosciutto
  • Ham

Fruit

  • Dried Apricots
  • Banana Chips
  • Assorted fresh berries
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Grapes

Bread & Crackers

  • Marketside French Baguette, sliced and toasted
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Everything Pretzel Crisps
  • Artisan or Seeded Crackers

Other

  • Planters Nuts
  • Marketside Spinach Dip
  • Marketside Onion Dip
  • Great Value Black Olives
  • Mini Dill Pickles

Directions:

  1. Slice cheeses, wash and dry fruit.
  2. Place small bowls on your board and fill with dips, olives or any wet ingredients.
  3. Place meats, cheeses and crackers around the board.
  4. Finally add in the fruit for color.

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The next time you need an easy and totally fuss free party snack, creating a charcuterie board is not only loved by everyone… it’s so pretty!

I am excited to have partnered with Walmart & SheKnows Media to bring you this post.  While I was compensated, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Working with great brands I love allows me to keep bringing you the great recipes you love!

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Learn how to make a Charcuterie board for a simple no-fuss party snack! A meat and cheese board with simple everyday ingredients is an easy appetizer!
Learn how to make a Charcuterie board for a simple no-fuss party snack! A meat and cheese board with simple everyday ingredients is an easy appetizer!

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Holly

Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

6 comments on “How to Make a Charcuterie Board”

  1. Cheese boards are pretty much my favorite thing in life! Love everything on this!

  2. I am enjoying looking at your recipes; these charcuterie board are too pretty to eat! Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. I love charcuterie, and make it often for holiday parties, and when entertaining guests. It’s so simple and delicious. I love your tips, and how beautiful your finished platter (cutting board) looks. For my next charcuterie tray, I will incorporate some of your ideas, and I can hardly wait.

  4. What a great post!  I love cheese boards and am always looking for new ideas.  Great photos too!

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