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Quick and Easy Charcuterie Board Ideas for Delicious Meals

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Charcuterie boards are a fun and easy way to get creative in the kitchen. Not only are they elegant and eye-catching, but they’re delicious too! And they’re great for everyone, as you can choose from numerous vegan or gluten-free options.

Plus, making a homemade charcuterie board is easier than you think. You don’t need a fancy charcuterie set, just a wooden chopping board, small bowls, and any foods you like. So keep reading to learn how to make simple but delicious charcuterie boards at home.

The elements of a charcuterie board

Traditionally charcuterie boards are made with a variety of cheese and cured meats. Other common additions include bread, fruit, and vegetables. Here’s how you can add all these elements to your homemade charcuterie boards:

Cured meat

Good meat for charcuterie includes prosciutto, sausage links, smoked bacon, and salami. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, you can use plant-based meat instead.

Cheese

It’s best to add a combination of soft and firm cheeses. For example, you can include gouda, cream cheese, brie, and manchego. It’s all about choosing cheeses you enjoy that go well with the other things on the board.

Fruit and vegetables

Fresh fruit and seasonal veggies are a must in any charcuterie board. You can never go wrong with items like apples, olives, grapes, peppers, carrots, and celery sticks.

Bread and crackers

Crackers are a must because they go great with most cheeses. Sourdough bread, ciabatta, and baguettes are great options. But you can also add other baked goods such as croissants.

Nuts

Nuts and seeds go well with cheese, fruit, and cured meats. I love adding almonds, pistachios, sunflower seeds, and walnuts.

Dips

Dipping sauces and spreads are a great addition to any homemade charcuterie board. I like to add small bowls filled with dips such as peanut butter, spinach and artichoke dip, hummus, ranch dressing, etc.

What you need to make a quick charcuterie board at home

The good news is you don’t need to buy a fancy charcuterie set to make a charcuterie board at home. Listed below are the basic tools and equipment you’ll need and how you can easily substitute them.

  • Wood board. You can find plenty of options made especially for charcuterie online, but a simple wooden chopping board will work just fine. You can also use a lazy Susan board or a simple baking tray!
  • Small bowls. Most charcuterie boards on Instagram and Pinterest use small ceramic ramekins to place nuts, seeds, fruit, or dips. But you can use any small bowls or plates you already have. 
  • Knives. Good-quality knives will come in handy when making a homemade charcuterie board and for general cooking. You’ll need knives to cut fruit and cheese, plus some butter knives you can add to the board for the dips and spreads.

Of course, you’ll also need the foods you decide to add to the board. Deciding beforehand on the kind of charcuterie board you want to make will help you determine what items you might need to buy. Some foods that are always safe to add to any charcuterie board include fresh and dried fruit, cured meats, cheese, bread, and veggies.

Simple charcuterie board ideas 

Making a charcuterie board at home is very simple. You don’t need a recipe, but having an idea in mind of the type of charcuterie board you want to make will help you immensely. Below are 10 simple charcuterie board ideas you can take inspiration from!

Cured charcuterie board

Cured charcuterie board

To make a cured meat charcuterie board, you’ll need meats like bacon, smoked ham, prosciutto, salami, pepperoni, pastrami, etc. You’ll also want to add some cheese and fruits like strawberries, grapes, olives, almonds, pretzels, and bread. This type of charcuterie board goes well with red wine or any type of drink you prefer. 

Breakfast charcuterie boards

Breakfast charcuterie boards

If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to jazz up your breakfast routine, consider creating a breakfast charcuterie board! This is a great option for those who love finger foods and want to add some variety to their morning meal. To create your own breakfast charcuterie board, start by choosing a variety of finger foods such as mini pancakes, mini waffles, and cut fresh fruit. You can also include toast or bread slices to add a savory element to the board. Arrange the food on a large platter or board, and don’t be afraid to get creative with the presentation! Consider adding small jars of honey, jam, or Nutella for dipping and bowls of yogurt, nuts, or granola for added texture and crunch.

Toast platter

Toast Platter

A toast platter is a dish that typically features various types of toasted bread and toppings, often served for breakfast or brunch. The platter can be customized to suit various tastes, with options such as sliced avocado, smoked salmon, eggs, cheese, spreads like butter or jam, and various types of meat like bacon or ham. Toast platters are delicious and easy to prepare, making them a popular option for busy mornings or lazy weekends. Whether you prefer sweet or savory toppings, a toast platter will surely be a hit.

Vegan charcuterie board

Vegan charcuterie board

To make an easy vegan charcuterie board, focus on filling the board with fruits and veggies. Then, you can add your favorite healthy snacks and dip. I like to add hummus, bread, crackers, guacamole, and chips. Adding plant-based meat substitutes or vegan brie cheese is also a great idea!

Vegetarian cheese platter

Vegetarian cheese platter

A cheese board is an excellent option for vegetarians. To make it, fill the board with your favorite cheeses. My go-options are blue cheese, brie, cream cheese, cheddar, and manchego cheese. Then, add fruit (such as grapes and cranberries), crackers, nuts, and dips to the platter. Finally, you can serve this simple vegetarian charcuterie board with red or white wine or the drink of your choice.

Dessert charcuterie boards

Dessert charcuterie boards

Dessert boards are great for dinner or holiday parties. Some desserts you can include are cake, brownies, cookies, pastries, ice cream, chocolate, and candies. You can use store-bought or homemade sweet treats like chocolate chip cookies!

Fruicuterie boards

Fruicuterie boards

Fruitcuterie boards are filled with fresh fruit and, sometimes, cheese. They are an excellent alternative for vegans and vegetarians! You can fill these boards with a variety of your favorite fruits, plus items like cheese, whipped cream, chocolate, and bread.

Themed charcuterie boards

Themed charcuterie boards

If you’re planning a holiday party, you should try making a charcuterie board that goes along with it! Whether it’s a board filled with Halloween-themed desserts or Christmas-like appetizers, this is a great way to impress your guests.

Seasonal charcuterie boards

Seasonal charcuterie boards

This charcuterie board is filled with seasonal fruits and vegetables, like this charcuterie board in the picture. If you have kids, this is a fun and easy way of incorporating fruits and veggies into their diet! 

Charcuterie board lunchables

Charcuterie board lunchables

Adult Lunchables have gained popularity in past years. And if you think about it, Lunchables are a great of making a charcuterie board for when you’re on the go. Add ingredients such as cured meats, cheese, crackers, fruits, and nuts for a healthy lunch to a bento box.

As you can see, charcuterie boards are incredibly versatile! You can make many different kinds of boards, from a cheese platter to a dessert board. It’s all about having fun in the kitchen and creating fun meals you’ll enjoy. If you happen to make a charcuterie board because you got inspired by the article, you can always share a photo on our Facebook or Instagram chat.


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