This Easy Charcuterie Board is not only pretty, but makes the perfect appetizer or light dinner for any occasion- parties, wine night, holidays and more!
While recipe creating and photographing at the Foodie Bootcamp, we had a chance to create a variety of dishes from breakfast and lunch bowls to cheese boards.
My friend and one of the hosts of Foodie Bootcamp taught me this simple technique for building a cheeseboard. Ready for it? Simply group items based on color around a marble slab and you have yourself an exquisite board.
What’s on it? Cheese of course, fruit such as grapes, berries, a variety of crackers, olives, nuts, dried fruit, green herbs and flowers for garnish.
When is it a good time to make a Charcuterie board, pronounced shar-koo-tuh-rie (basically a cheese and meat board)?
A charcuterie board, or snack board as we call it, is great for a party, as a dinner appetizer, at a wine tasting event, happy hour or the upcoming holidays.
I make an even simpler version of this and serve it as a light dinner when I don’t have time to cook so in my eyes, it’s ALWAYS a good time for a charcuterie board.
However, to do one right it does take a lot of ingredients. For the holidays or a party, everyone can contribute a couple items towards it.
Follow this simple guideline:
- CHEESE- soft and hard cheese
- CRACKERS- aim for a variety of different types of crackers, none too seasoned as to overwhelm the other components
- FRUIT- a combo of fresh and dried fruit is ideal
- NUTS- any type you like, put them in mini bowls or scatter them in piles
- SPREADS- this can be different cheese spreads, hummus, olive spread, etc.
- HERBS- great for garnish and aroma
- VEGETABLES- raw and/or roasted add a nice color and lightness to the board
- PICKLED ITEMS- cornichons, olives, pickled peppers, Giardiniera, okra, etc.
Now who is inspired to make a charcuterie board for Thanksgiving? I think they are perfect for any occasion and hope this helped you to see how easy it is to make a beautiful creation.
What else could you add to your charcuterie board?
How To Build An Easy Charcuterie Board
Author: Melanie F. | Nutritious Eats
- Items used for this snack board:
- Cheese, soft round and sliced
- red grapes
- dried figs
- green grapes
- Grab a large marble or wood cutting board, group items together based on colors. Serve with a plethora of crackers!