How to Make a Charcuterie Board

Learn how to make a charcuterie board that’s both beautiful and functional, filled with meats, cheese, and crackers. We are showing you exactly what to put on your charcuterie board and how to arrange it!

Whether you want to put together a charcuterie board for yourself or for a party, you will impress yourself with how beautiful you can make a meat and cheese platter. The trick to making a pretty looking charcuterie board is by fanning and arranging things evenly while also crowding them in together. 

A wood round filled with meats, cheese, crackers, almonds, and olives.
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What is a charcuterie board?

A charcuterie board is traditionally a platter of an arrangement of smoked meats like salami, sausages, ham, and bacon. Many people build charcuterie boards and add cheeses and other tasty items like crackers, olives, dried fruits, pickles, and spreads. 

Traditionally, charcuterie is mostly meats, but we love it with meats and cheeses. Not only does it have a beautiful presentation, but it offers a wonderful flavor combination, as well!

What kind of meat goes on a charcuterie board?

Smoked and cured meats like salami, ham, pepperoni, sausage, and prosciutto.

Close up of charcuterie board.

What kind of cheese goes on a charcuterie board?

The beauty of building a charcuterie board or cheese platter is you can use a variety of your favorite cheeses. I love goat cheese and brie, but you can also use sliced cheeses like sharp cheddar, pepper jack, and Swiss.

More entertaining ideas: 

Overhead shot of charcuterie board.

How to Make a Charcuterie Board

Yield: Serves 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Learn how to make a charcuterie board that's both beautiful and functional, filled with meats, cheese, and crackers. We are showing you exactly what to put on your charcuterie board and how to arrange it!

Ingredients

  • 250 grams Applewood Cheddar
  • 250 grams Brie
  • 200 grams Havarti
  • 200 grams Genoa Salami
  • 3 turkey pepperettes, chopped
  • Green Spanish Queen olives
  • Gluten-free Breton crackers (Original with Flax)
  • Rice Crackers
  • Roasted almonds
  • Prana Organic Chocolaty Bark

Instructions

    1. Place the cheeses equal distances apart on the board, forming a rough triangle.
    2. Arrange the crackers in a long row on opposite sides of the board. Close up of crackers
    3. Fan out the salami and place in the center of the board. Close up of salami in center.
    4. Place the chocolaty bark alongside the brie.Chocolate bark next to cheese.
    5. Chop the pepperettes and place alongside one of the cheeses. Pepperettes between olives and cheese
    6. Fill in remaining gaps on the board with the olives and almonds. Olives and almonds on charcuterie board.
Nutrition Information
Yield 8 Serving Size 1/8 board
Amount Per Serving Calories 455Total Fat 37gSaturated Fat 20gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 15gCholesterol 117mgSodium 1032mgCarbohydrates 3gNet Carbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 1gSugar Alcohols 0gProtein 28g

Nutrition information is an estimate.

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Close up of charcuterie bard on wood round.

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