Recently, we decided to have a little family dinner night at our house and I thought I’d try my hand at making a charcuterie board. It was so much fun to get creative with my food and make our night feel just a little bit more fancy, plus it tasted delicious!!!
It’s something I definitely want do more often this season. They’re so many ways to make it more festive for the holidays and it definitely makes staying inside for dinner feel much more elegant.
I’ve listed all my steps so you can give it a try for yourself. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, but I hope this can give you a little bit of guidance to making the charcuterie board of your dreams.
- 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.
- Keep a color theme in mind when planning your board. I went for oranges and reds with a touch of green in this charcuterie board.
- Choose the right board for your spread. You can use large cutting boards, slate boards, or large marble or ceramic platters.
- Start with your meats. You’ll want 3-4 slices of meat per person, but also a variety of flavors and textures.
- Choose your cheeses. I recommend a balance between soft and hard cheese and mild and robust flavors.
- Add in both fresh and dried seasonal fruit: figs, pomegranate, pears, dried cranberries, apples, strawberries and grapes are good options.
- Add in an assortment of nuts.
- Add in an assortment of crackers in both shape and flavor.
- 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.
- 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 bowls and jars slightly off center. Then place whole cheeses and grape bunches. Fill with meats, cut cheese and nuts.
- Get creative with it!