Thanksgiving is this week already! I have to admit though, I’ve been listening to Christmas music since November 1st, and I got my holiday decor out last weekend. Some call it “skipping” Thanksgiving, I call it celebrating this WHOLE winter season all at once, with fun decor, nostalgic music, and remembering all that we have to be grateful for throughout the year. I think we can all agree that one of the best things about this time is year is the FOOD. So, whether you’re the type to wait for Thanksgiving to be over, or you’re already indulging in all-things-Christmas, this easy, holiday charcuterie board will be the perfect addition to your next holiday party.
This weekend I hosted some girlfriends over for a Christmas-themed brunch, and while I didn’t want to go overboard on the food, I still wanted to provide a variety of finger foods for us to enjoy. I’m not necessarily a charcuterie connoisseur (say that five times fast), but this was SO incredibly easy to put together. It can be daunting to see all kinds of professional-looking meat-and-cheese platters on Pinterest, but the truth is – you don’t need to be a sous chef to put together this easy holiday charcuterie board.
Of course I had to hit up my favorite grocery store, Trader Joe’s, and try really hard not to purchase every single cracker and type of cheese they have on display. But for real – Trader Joe’s is one of the BEST places to start if you want to put together a winning charcuterie board, because of their vast variety of meats, nuts, cheeses, fruit, and more. I ended up spending around $34 on supplies for my medium size charcuterie board, but you could always spend more or less if you absolutely need or want to!
Charcuterie Board Ingredients:
Here are the things I bought for my charcuterie board, of course you can purchase to your liking, but as a guideline I tried to include one meat, a hard cheese, a soft cheese, two types of crackers, one type of fruit and one type of nut.
- Unexpected Cheddar
- Cranberry Chevre (Goat Cheese) Log
- Columbus Italian Dry Salame
- Fresh Grape Medley
- Fig and Olive Crisps
- Scalloped Cracker Trio
- Dry Roasted and Salted Almonds
- Fresh Rosemary (for garnish)
How To Assemble:
There is no “right” or “wrong” way to assemble a charcuterie board (in my opinion, of course) but on this occasion, my plan was to layer the ingredients in such a way that displayed everything evenly. I started from the bottom and worked upward, including crackers, meat, cheese, fruit, and then repeated the pattern. I added the almonds in a bowl so serving would be easier. I also chose to add some fresh sprigs of rosemary for a pretty, green garnish.
You also don’t “need” a wooden cutting board to display a charcuterie board, although that is what I used for my display. You could use a platter, or even your table, depending on how big your spread needs to be. This was such an easy, yet festive addition to my holiday party, and it’s so simple to recreate this spread using all of your own favorite crackers, cheeses and meats depending on you or your guests preferences. I hope you’ll re-create this easy Christmas charcuterie board for your next holiday party!