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How to Make the Best Charcuterie and Cheese Board

This post will show you How to Make the Best Charcuterie and Cheese Board that is homemade and epic, ready to serve on the menu for holidays, parties, and events. This DIY platter consists of an Italian meat and cheese tray. You can prepare this huge plate using an array of your favorite ingredients and without cooking. That’s right, you don’t need a recipe!

charcuterie board with artichokes, fig spread, cheese, and meat

What is a Charcuterie Board and Definition?

How do you pronounce charcuterie? It is pronounced [shahr-koo-tuhree].

Traditionally, charcuterie is defined as the process of preparing and serving cured meats. The actual term charcuterie only refers to meat. If cheese served, the board is a charcuterie and cheese platter or tray.

The word charcuterie originates from Eastern Europe and means pork butcher. In French, the person that prepares the meat is the Charcutier. You can read more about What Charcuterie is and Means here.

charcuterie board with artichokes, fig spread, cheese, and meat

What Board or Surface is Used for Charcuterie? 

A wooden cutting board is commonly used. Its neutral color helps bring out the vibrant colors of the ingredients going on the board. I like this cutting board from Amazon. Add it to your Amazon Shopping List.

What Should Be on a Charcuterie Platter? What to Put on a Charcuterie Board

The board or tray typically includes a focus on pork for the meat. The board also includes an array of cheeses, pickles, flavored spreads, fruit, fresh veggies, crackers, or toast.

What Kind of Meat is on a Charcuterie Board

The platter usually focuses on cured pork, whole muscle cuts and cured sausage.

  • ProscuittoItalian dry ham, thinly sliced and served uncooked.
  • Salamifermented air-dried pork, typically seasoned with garlic and peppercorns.
  • Spicy Chorizo – hard, dry, and cured pork with a smoky taste
  • Sausages

I like to use uncured, nitrate-free versions of these as a healthier option. Most grocers carry uncured meat. I found mine in the health section of the grocery store.

Typically, you will want to include about 2oz of meat per person you plan to serve.

uncured nitrate free salami and prosciutto on a flat surface

charcuterie board with artichokes, fig spread, cheese, and meat

What Kind of Cheeses are on a Charcuterie Board

The combination of cheese on the board is really key. You will want to focus on balancing out the flavors and pairings. Here are common types of cheese that can be used.

  • BrieSoft a creamy white cheese served with the rind (you eat the rind). Remove it from the fridge at least an hour prior to serving so that it comes to room temperature. Pairs well with sweet treats like honey and fig spread.
  • Blue Cheese – pairs well with dried fruit, such as dates
  • Gouda – pairs well with the cured meats
  • White Cheddar (sliced into blocks)
  • Aged Cheddar (sliced into blocks)
  • Parmesan
  • Goat Cheese – pairs well with olives and nuts
  • Provolone
  • Havarti
brie, white cheddar, cheddar, parmesan, and blue cheese for charcuterie board

Brie is a must because of the shape. A white circular ring will look gorgeous on the board. You can add a pop of color by placing roasted red peppers on the top or any colored veggies will work well, too.

Blue Cheese is a must because it also provides gorgeous color. In my experience, many people do not like blue cheese. To accommodate this, I moved the blue cheese into its own area of the board and somewhat away from the star items.

charcuterie board with artichokes, fig spread, cheese, and meat

What Sweet Flavors Can You Add to the Board?

ingredients for charcuterie board olives, artichokes, honey, nuts, and dates
close up photo of fig spread in a bowl on a charcuterie board

What Savory Flavors and Vegetables Can You Add to the Board?

charcuterie board with artichokes, fig spread, cheese, and meat

Crackers to Included on the Board

You can add any crackers to the board that you love. Here are a few of my favorites.

crackers on a flat surface for charcuterie board

Charcuterie Board Ideas and How to Arrange a Charcuterie Board

The first key to styling is to take your time. It doesn’t take a significant amount of skill to lay the items neatly on the board, if you move a little slower than you normally would while preparing a dish in the kitchen.

charcuterie board with artichokes, fig spread, cheese, and meat

How to Make a Charcuterie Board

  1. Determine which ingredients may need serving bowls. I chose to place the fig spread and artichokes in bowls.
  2. Gather the cheese that you will want for the board. Arrange the cheese around the serving bowls. I like to angle any wedge block cheese.
  3. Sprinkle the meats throughout the board.
  4. Add in the veggies and sweet treats.
  5. Arrange crackers throughout the board.
charcuterie board with artichokes, fig spread, cheese, and meat

Clean Wines Pairing with Charcuterie Board

Wine will pair wonderfully with the flavors of this board. I like to focus on clean wine consumption. I love the clean wine selection from Thrive Market

Clean wine is made from organically, biodynamically, or sustainably farmed grapes, no added sugar or unnecessary additives, and minimal sulfites.

Here are my favorite bottles:

  • Chateau du Cedre Malbec Cahors France 2015
  • Bodegas Familia Bastida Cibolo Monastrell Spain 2016
  • Costalarbol Red Blend Rioja Spain 2017
  • Tour Des Gendres Bergerac Sec Blanc France 2017
  • Domaine Grand Ribe Cotes Du Rhone France 2017
  • Costanino Arin Grillo Italy 2017

You can save 25% on your clean wine order here.

charcuterie board with artichokes, fig spread, cheese, and meat with 2 glasses of red wine

How to Make a Keto Friendly Charcuterie Board

You can enjoy the meat and cheese on the board and be perfectly fine! Here are the ingredients to avoid for low carb lifestyles:

  • Fig Spread
  • Jellies
  • Dates or any dried fruit
  • Grapes
  • Crackers with carbs (stick to cheese crisps)
  • Honey

How to Make the Best Charcuterie and Cheese Board

How to Make the Best Charcuterie and Cheese Board that is homemade and epic, ready to serve on the menu for holidays, parties, and events. This DIY platter consists of an Italian meat and cheese tray. You can prepare this huge plate using an array of your favorite ingredients and without cooking. That’s right, you don’t need a recipe!
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Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword charcuterie board, How to Make a Charcuterie and Cheese Board, meat and cheese board
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 215kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Use a large serving board, cutting boards work great too. Arrange the meat and cheeses throughout the plate. I roll up the prosciutto and I like to angle the block cheese. You can stack meat like salami.
  • Decide which ingredients will be served in dipping bowls, such as jams, spreads, or artichokes.
  • Carefully style the crackers, sweet treats, nuts, vegetables, etc around the board and serving bowls.

Video

Notes

How to Make a Keto Friendly Charcuterie Board

You can enjoy the meat and cheese on the board and be perfectly fine! Here are the ingredients to avoid for low carb lifestyles:
  • Fig Spread
  • Jellies
  • Dates or any dried fruit
  • Grapes
  • Crackers with carbs (stick to cheese crisps)
  • Honey
Remove Brie Cheese from the fridge at least an hour prior to serving so that it comes to room temperature. 
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Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 215kcal
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