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A charcuterie board with cured meats, cheese, and snacks on a wood background.
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Easy Charcuterie Board

How to make an easy charcuterie board or cheese board to wow your friends and party guests. This works as a charcuterie board for two with some minimal changes or a party of ten.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword charcuterie tray, cheese board, deli tray, snack board
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 346kcal
Author Rachel
Cost $50

Equipment

  • Serving Board

Ingredients

Cured Meats

  • 4 ounces Prosciutto
  • 10 oz Salamis 1-2 kinds
  • 6 oz Smoked Ham

Cheeses

  • 2 Wedge Cheeses Parmesan, Asiago, Brie, or Blue Cheese
  • 12 ounces Slicing Cheeses Provolone, Vermont White Cheddar, Smoked Gouda
  • 10 oz Soft Cheese Mozzarella, Brie, BabyBel, Roquefort Blue Cheese, Fontina, Borsin

Accompaniment Ideas

  • 6 oz Crackers At least 2 kinds
  • 1 cup Olives
  • ½ cup Nuts
  • 1 cup Dried Fruits Figs, apricots, berries, or cranberries
  • 3 cups Fresh fruits Grapes, Berries, Pear Slices, Figs
  • 3 tablespoon Ground Mustard
  • 1 cup Cracker Dip Brushchetta or Spinach Dip
  • 3 cups Breadsticks or sliced Crusty Bread
  • 2 cups Chocolates or Sweet Finger Foods

Instructions

  • Place wet or soft ingredients like olives, dips, or ground mustard in small bowls or ramekins. Arrange the bowls around the board.
  • To the board, add the largest items such as wedges of cheese, large fruits or slices of crusty bread.
  • Add foods that are stacked or placed in rows like sliced meats, cheese slices, and crispy crackers.  Fan them out around the bowls and wedges.
  • File in gaps with piles placed closely together. This can be cheese cubes, berries, chocolate and other accompaniments.
  • Sometimes, I find there are little gaps not big enough for a full pile. Cheese cubes, candies, and nuts work great to fill these little gaps and give some continuity to the entire tray.

Video

Notes

  • Prepare about 3-5 ounces of meat/cheese per person.  While you are doing your shopping, this will give you a ballpark estimate of how much food you will need. This will vary depending on whether it is an appetizer to a large meal or a simple snack tray, and, of course, the appetites of those you are feeding.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cup | Calories: 346kcal | Protein: 19g