A charcuterie board is a great way to dress up any gathering, from informal get-togethers to more formal events. Not only does it look stunning on a table, but it can also provide a variety of flavors for your guests to enjoy. A charcuterie board is an easy way to create a delicious and visually appealing appetizer that will wow your guests.

 Make a Plan and Shop

Before you go to the grocery store, it’s helpful to have a general idea of what you’re looking for. Cured meats are the foundation of a charcuterie board, you'll typically want 3-5 types. Next you'll want around 1-2 condiments, 3-5 cheeses, 2-3 crackers/breads, and 2-3 fresh or di dried fruits. You can also add a selection of nuts and spreads.

 Slice and Prepare Meats & Cheeses

The first step is to slice and prepare your meat and cheeses. While some will allow a more rustic cut, others present best thinly sliced. Space the cheeses on the board first, and then add your meat. Make sure they are evenly spread across the board.

Place Your Crackers and Breads

Once the meats and cheeses are arranged on the board, it’s time to add the crackers and breads. These can be arranged in a small basket, scattered around the board, or stacked in a neat arrangement. Make sure to evenly space your carbohydrates around the meats and cheeses.

Add the Fruit

The next step to making the perfect charcuterie board is adding the fruit. This will provide a nice balance to the salty and savory flavors of the meats and cheeses. If you’re feeling creative, you can arrange the fruit in an aesthetically pleasing way. To really make your charcuterie board stand out, you can cut some of the fruit into unique shapes, such as stars or crescents.

Fill in the Board with Everything Else

This could include items like olives, nuts, pickles, jams and jellies, condiments like mustard, honey, and other spreads. When arranging these items, try to include a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and textures. Finally, it can be helpful to include some decorative elements, like slices of citrus, edible flowers, or sprigs of herbs to add visual interest

The beauty of charcuterie boards is that they can be customized to your own tastes and preferences. Whether you’re looking for a savory snack or a more elaborate spread, there’s something for everyone. Tap to read the whole post and for more charcuterie ideas! And don't forget to follow along with me on Instagram @ninahendrickhome!

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