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How to Make the Perfect Charcuterie Board

Entertaining is kicked up a notch with a simple, beautiful charcuterie board! Your guests will love the delicious, elegant variety of cheeses, meats, and snacks this easy appetizer offers.
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian


  • Soft Cheese: I usually go with a brie
  • Mild Cheese: Gouda every.single.time.
  • Firm: Unexpected Cheddar
  • Prosciutto/various meats
  • Nuts
  • Fruit
  • Olives
  • Crackers
  • Dried Fruit
  • Veggies
  • Hummus


  • Start by cutting up all the cheese. Keep the pieces bite-sized to best fit on the board. For the brie (or other soft cheeses), just put the wedge on the board and include a cheese knife (love this set) so guests can slice off their own.
  • Next, add the meat. Meats like prosciutto, salami, or turkey are popular. You can use what you prefer, and what your guests will like!
  • Add the light sides next, like a selection of olives, veggies for dipping, and hummus. Serve these sides in small ramekins to keep them from making a mess!
  • Next, add the snacks. Fresh fruit and dried fruit like grapes, raspberries, strawberries, raisins, dried cranberries, and dried apricots add color to the board.
  • Crackers come next. I used raisin rosemary crisps and multigrain pita chips. Other popular options are pretzel chips, Ritz crackers, or saltines. There are many options to include!
  • Fill in the gaps between the main features with small additions like nuts. My favorites are almonds, candied pecans, and pistachios.
  • Arrange your board however you think looks appetizing and presentable! Include your favorite treats and a great variety of options for all your guests.
Keyword charcuterie board