Easy and Stress-Free Charcuterie Board

This post contains a paid product placement by Forest Decor. As always, all opinions are my own.

Charcuterie might just be an adult Lunchable to some but to me, it’s the ultimate party snack, middle of the week lunch, or date night appetizer. It can even be the star and main course of a large dinner party or family get together.

First, you’ll need to pick your serving tray! Thank you so much to Forest Decor for sending me the beautiful charcuterie board pictured above! Find it here at their shop:

If you don’t have a charcuterie board, I recommend using a cutting board, large plate, or a large serving tray. If you like, line your serving board with parchment paper for easy cleanup and to add a little farmhouse feel to your board. I’ve even seen some people simply line their countertop or table with parchment paper and use THAT as their board. There’s really no limitations, so be creative!

Next, you’ll choose your ingredients! I love how it can be modified to suit anyone’s tastes and can even easily be geared towards kids. Whether you want it to be cheap and easy or upscale and fancy, here are some Charcuterie board recommendations and ideas:

  • Crackers, pita chips, or low/no-carb crackers and crisps
  • Pretzels
  • Hard Cheeses
  • Soft Cheeses and/or cheese spread
  • Hummus
  • Fruit spreads – fig, apricot, etc
  • Honey
  • Ready-to-eat meats (even deli meats can work)
  • Veggies – bell peppers, cucumbers, carrots, celery, etc
  • Fruit – tomatoes, berries, grapes, etc.
  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Nuts
  • Chocolate – candy, fudge, brownies
  • Cookies
  • Alcohol infused candies (for those over 21 of course)

The possibilities are endless! Think outside the box and use lots of things you already have on hand.

Now, all you need to do is place everything on the board. I like to start by placing my jars and taller items in the middle and then work from there. Place your crackers and cheeses next and then fill the empty space with everything else. Be sure to utilize the vertical space by stacking everything when possible to create a grand presentation.

You can get creative by making flowers out of the sliced meats or shapes like Christmas trees or hearts with the entire design. If you like, you can even use a cookie-cutters to cut some cheeses, meats, or fruit into fun shapes too.

I would love to know what you like to put on your Charcuterie board! Let me know in the comments!

For a full, step-by-step tutorial for making an easy charcuterie board, check out my video on YouTube:

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