Charcuterie boards remind me of so many great times catching up with family and good friends. These beautiful collections of delicious meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts and other delicacies really seem to encourage everyone to linger, catch up and appreciate each other’s company.

When it comes to creating a charcuterie board, the options are almost endless. Keep it casual and low-key… or take it up a notch with more variety and a little indulgence. Choose a theme or do something more seasonal. You can even show off your creativity by making a board like this…it’s beautiful but super easy to do!


  • Preparation Time: 00:30
  • Cuisine: Appetizer


  • 2-3 Meats (salami, ham, turkey, prosciutto, pepperoni, capocollo)
  • 2-3 Cheeses: 1 hard (Cheddar or Gouda), 1 soft (Brie or Goat cheese), 1 special (Gorgonzola or flavored cheese)
  • 1-2 condiments, dips or spreads
  • 1 brine-y such as olives or pickles
  • Fillers: nuts, fruits (apples, grapes and pears work well) or chocolate


  • 1DO: The most important element is FLAVOR: Include an assortment of flavors—salty, spicy, savory, and sweet.
  • 2Keep it interesting with a variety of TEXTURES: Creamy, crunchy, smooth, chewy, etc.
  • 3We eat with our eyes first, so remember COLOR: Try to vary the colors on your board. 
  • 4Spruce up your board by adding fun DETAILS: Feel free to pop in some sprigs of rosemary and greens. 
  • 5Make it interesting by having a THEME and making it VISUALLY appealing.
  • 6DON'T: Don’t forget to LABEL the various foods.   Don’t OVERSPEND–assess first what you have before going to the store.   Don’t forget to have FUN and not stress!