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charcuterie board

The Perfect Charcuterie Board

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 guests 1x


The Perfect Charcuterie Board can be the easiest addition to your holiday party. Learn how to assemble one of your own for effortless entertaining.


  • ¼ lb hard sheep's milk cheese (ossau-iraty or pecorino romano)
  • ½ lb soft creamy cheese (brie or camembert)
  • lb aged semi-soft cheese (cheddar or gouda)
  • lb soft of semi-soft goat cheese (drunken goat or chevre)
  • ¼ lb hot cappicola (thinly sliced)
  • ¼ lb italian dry salami (thinly sliced)
  • dried fruit (apricots, figs or cherries)
  • fresh fruit (pears, apples or grapes)
  • salted nuts (almonds or pistachios)
  • brined olives or fruit chutney (***See Roasted Grapes & Olives recipe***)
  • assorted herb or cheese crackers or sliced bread (***See Parmesan Rosemary Crackers recipe***)
  • fresh herbs for garnish (optional)


  1. To begin assembling your charcuterie board, layout a large platter or cutting board for the base of your board. If the surface or your platter is not food safe, top with a piece of parchment paper.
  2. On the large board or platter, place two smaller trays or containers at opposite corners of the board. Fill one of them with your crackers and/or bread and the other will be for the olives or chutney.
  3. Next, arrange your cheese wedges and/or logs around the empty spaces on the board so they are spread out and not all in one place.
  4. Thinly slice fresh fruit and arrange sliced fruit next to the pieces of cheese.
  5. Take sliced deli meat and fold into quarters. Tuck the folded pieces of meat between the fruit and cheese or between the pieces of cheese and the trays for the crackers and olives.
  6. Fill in any remaining spaces left on the tray with dried fruit and/or nuts. Nuts can be placed directly on the tray or in a smaller bowl or serving dish that is then placed on the tray.
  7. Lastly, add olives or chutney to the last small serving platter or bowl and garnish the tray with fresh herbs if desired. Once everything has been placed on the tray, adjustments can be made to make sure there are no empty spaces and that people can access all items easily.


Nutritional value will vary based on exact ingredients used. 

Platter will serve 8-10 guests depending on what other items are being served.

  • Category: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 678

Keywords: charcuterie, cheese, crackers, entertaining, grapes, holidays, olives