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How to Make a Charcuterie Board

A good Cheese Platter or Charcuterie Board can make a big statement at your next get-together or holiday party. A variety of cheeses, nuts, fruits, meats, and condiments will create a beautiful and appetizing display.

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Fruit, olives, meats, cheeses and nuts on a board.
 
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How to Make Your Cheese Platter Appealing?

Add the utensils you will need on the board. This will guide your guests to know what to use when and where. Meats are best served thinly sliced and the suggested best meats are Salami and Prosciutto. 

Use hard cheeses for the best results. Nuts and small dried fruits are great to fill in empty spots on the platter. You can add more olives, nuts, and meats if you don’t want to add fresh fruit. The best fruits are berries. Make your Charcuterie Board colorful. This is most pleasing to the eye. Add different textures, colors, and sizes of ingredients. 

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Fruit and Cheese Charcuterie Board

A delicious array of fruits, cheeses and meets along with nuts and condiments for an appetizing spread at your next gathering.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: French
Keyword: charcuterie board, fruit and cheese board
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Candi Elm
Cost: $20.00

Equipment

  • Large board
  • Small bowls for wet or small ingredients
  • Serving utensils

Ingredients

Dips

  • Cranberry Chutney
  • Honey
  • Garlic Hummus
  • Fresh Rosemary Optional Garnish

Olives

  • Large Black Olives Pitted
  • Jalapeno Stuffed Green Olives

Crackers

  • Pretzel Crackers
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Sesame Topped Wheat Crackers

Dried Fruits

  • Dried Cranberries
  • Dried Apricots

Fresh Fruits

  • Grapes
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries

Nuts

  • Pistachios
  • Candied Spice Pecans

Meats

  • Thin-sliced salami
  • Prosciutto wrapped cheese
  • Large thin-sliced Pepperonis

Cheese

  • Cubed Colby jack cheese
  • Cubed Cheddar
  • Thin sliced white Cheddar
  • Brie round cut in half
  • Cranberry topped goat cheese

Instructions

  • Begin by preparing the cheese if needed. You can also buy prepared cubed cheese in most deli departments. Set Aside
  • Prepare the meats, Set Aside
  • Wash and pat dry all fresh fruit. Set Aside.
  • Fill your bowls or ramekins with the chutney spread, hummus, olives and honey.
  • Start your board with something in the middle such as the olives. Then add the bowls of dips.
  • Now add the prepared cheese, crackers, nuts and fresh fruit.
  • Add fresh fruit by the sweeter cheese like Brie and goat cheese.
  • Fill in the blank spaces with dried fruit and nuts.

Notes

Add your utensils you will need on the board . This will guide your guests to know what to use when and where.
Meats are best served thinly sliced and the suggested best meats are Salami and Prosciutto. 
Use hard cheeses for best results. 
Nuts and small dried fruits are great to fill in empty spots on the platter. 
You can add more olives, nuts, and meats if you don’t want to add fresh fruit. The best fruits are berries. 
Make your Charcuterie Board colorful. This is most pleasing to the eye. Add different textures, colors and sizes of ingredients. 
 
Cheese Platter with meats, cheese and olives.

Can you make your cheese platter in advance?

I suggest you make your platter the day of your party, for the best results but it can be started the night before. You can start by preparing the board, the utensils, the nuts, and dried fruits. Place your fresh fruit, and dips on a platter just before serving.

What does Charcuterie mean?

Charcuterie (pronounced “shahr-ku-tuh-ree”) is the art of preparing and assembling cured meats and other meat products. But, many people use the term charcuterie to refer to an assortment of meats that are paired with different accompaniments, such as toast, fruit, cheese, and sauces.

In French, the person that prepares the meat is called a Charcutier. Additionally, the English pronunciation of charcuterie varies slightly from the original French. The correct French pronunciation of charcuterie is “shar-coo-tree.”

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