31 Drop-Dead-Gorgeous Charcuterie Board Recipe Ideas
When it comes to entertaining, a charcuterie board is a go-to for hosts—and a fan favorite of guests—for good reason. While "charcuterie" technically means a range of different cured meats, these platters go beyond salami and prosciutto, typically featuring various cheeses, crackers, spreads and produce. But what exactly makes them so popular? For starters, they're extremely flexible: You can adjust the ingredients for different preferences, scale the portions up or down based on the number of guests, and make them as affordable (or high-end) as you'd like. You can even tie them to a certain theme, like a color, geographic region or season. But perhaps the main reason is that they require zero culinary skills to assemble.
Sure, there's an art to making a charcuterie board look as impressive as the ones you've seen all over Instagram and Pinterest. Don't worry—we're here to give you some wow-worthy recipes and charcuterie board ideas for your next gathering or holiday party.
How to Create a Charcuterie Board
Believe it or not, you don't need to be artistically inclined to make a memorable charcuterie board (though it definitely doesn't hurt). It's actually a pretty formulaic process that's as simple as breaking your board up into categories, then choosing ingredients for those categories that complement each other. For instance, charcuterie boards should have soft, easy-to-grab meats on it that are already sliced (like prosciutto or jamón Ibérico), in addition to harder meats that need cutting (like a log of salami or soppressata). Since the harder meats need to be sliced, they're often placed alongside harder cheeses, like a block of sharp cheddar or Manchego. Many boards also include soft, spreadable cheeses, like chevre, but you can swap in any spread or dip to get the same rich, smooth effect, like tzatziki or hummus.
Once you have your main meats, cheeses and spreads or dips figured out, it's time to decorate with allllll the accents. We're talking crackers, jam, bread, pickles, fruit, honeycomb and whatever else you fancy. In terms of presentation, you'll need a flat surface to serve everything on, like a pretty wooden butcher block or a marble cutting board. Tiny label tags for each component are both cute and helpful, while little bowls and plates used to hold preserves or fruit can add color and dimension to the spread.
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31 Charcuterie Board Ideas
1. Prosciutto and Fig Salad Board
The tough part about serving salad from a bowl? All the toppings (read: the best part) fall to the bottom. Using a fancy cutting or charcuterie board solves that problem.
3. Ultimate Cheese Plate with Roasted Grapes
Every charcuterie board should have something unexpected on it, like herb-kissed roasted grapes. They turn uber sweet and jammy after a stint in the oven.
5. Presidential Cheese Board
Treat your guests like VIPs. All of the board's components are inspired by past presidents' favorite foods.
6. Dairy-Free Cranberry Rosemary Cheese Roll and Charcuterie Board
Yeah, we’re serious. Soaked cashews and light miso make this dairy-free gem possible.
12. Meat and Cheese Platter
BRB, stuffing our faces. We love the addition of sweet caramelized pecans, since they cut through the saltiness of the cheese beautifully.
16. Easy Spanish-Inspired Cheese Board
Manchego cheese, smoked chorizo and jamón Ibérico? This calls for a fiesta.
17. Simple Charcuterie Flatbreads
If you're only serving a few people, there's no need to craft a massive charcuterie board. Try these individual prosciutto-burrata flatbreads instead.
20. Dinner-Worthy Charcuterie Board
Hearty enough to play the role of main course. Our favorite part is the homemade basil-artichoke tapenade, hands down.
23. The Ultimate Burrata Cheese Board
Forget the guests—we're betting we can tackle the whole spread solo. The hardest part will be choosing which burrata to have first: balsamic, pesto or truffle.
26. Midwest Charcuterie Board
Think venison sausage, mini cheeseballs, Ritz crackers and red pepper jelly over cream cheese for dipping.
27. Breakfast Board
When it comes to making a killer brunch charcuterie spread, the key is making minis of the basics, like silver dollar pancakes, French toast sticks and bite-sized quiches. Instead of cured meat, use bacon and sausage. As for the cheese, we'd pair either mascarpone, ricotta or a mini wheel of Brie with fresh fruit.
28. Chocolate Charcuterie Board
Hey, not every board needs cheese! In fact, dessert charcuterie is (almost) our favorite kind. Watch this video to see how it's done.
31. Dessert Charcuterie Board with Cheesecake Dip
Additional reporting Alexandra Hough