How to Make a Charcuterie Board

A variety of meats and cheeses, nuts and pickled vegetables to build a charcuterie board

Created by: Julie Mueller, The Roasted Root

This no-bake appetizer extravaganza, brimming with meats, cheeses and other delicacies, keeps your friends and family satisfied until the main course comes around. Learn how to do charcuterie the right way from @TheRoastedRoot.

Being the person in charge of appetizers can sometimes be stressful since you never know what your friends are in the mood for—which is why @TheRoastedRoot’s Julia Mueller recommends the charcuterie board.

In case you're unfamiliar, charcuterie (pronounced shar-kood-ere-e) boards are meat and cheese boards that typically include a variety of items paired in mouthwatering combinations. This no-bake appetizer extravaganza keeps your friends and family satisfied until the main course comes around.

While putting together a charcuterie board may seem overwhelming at first glance, it's actually quite easy and enjoyable. 

Assembling a Charcuterie Board:

  • Select a variety of meat and cheese—mild, medium and bold flavors.
  • Add seasonal fruit to the mix. Include fresh in-season fruit to add sweetness to the salty flavors. Roast or grill fresh fruit for extra appeal. 
  • Jams or preserves: Include 1 or 2 jams or preserves for some added flavor and sweetness to balance out the dry and salty meat and cheese. Fig spread goes marvelously with many cheeses and meats, but apricot jam, raspberry and grape jam works, too.
  • Provide something briny to pair with the meat and cheese. Pickled vegetables, such as gherkins or pickles, olives, pickled jalapenos or pepperoncini are great on charcuterie boards.
  • Other spreads: Try stone ground mustard, tapenade, pate, hummus and white bean dip—perfect for smearing on sliced baguette with meat and cheese.
  • All the rest: Get creative! Dark chocolate bars, nut, hazelnut spread…the possibilities are endless!
  • Alcohol: Generally speaking, you want to pair bold-flavored meat and cheese with bold-flavored alcohol. For instance, goat cheese, smoked salmon and prosciutto pairs well with white wine, while salami, cheddar and blue cheese go great with red wine.
  • Crackers and bread: Provide gluten-free crackers as well as regular crackers.
  • The finished product: Putting all of these elements together, you will end up with a board that has a variety of pairing options and is picture-perfect!