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Easy Charcuterie Board Guide

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With a full menu, serving sizes, and assembly instructions, save time with this essential guide to an easy charcuterie board.

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25 Charcuterie Board Ideas

I love charcuterie boards. Whether a small board for the family or a large setup for a crowd, charcuterie offers a yummy bite for every palette and diet, but sometimes I feel overwhelmed at the thought of assembling a charctuerie board.

Maybe it’s because I’m a busy mom making no less than 4,982 decisions a day, but I just want someone to give me a charcuterie menu of food options to mix and match, recommendations for the right servings, and an assembly guide.

Easy. Simple. Minimal decision-making.

Save this post for later because this is your essential guide to charcuterie made easy. Read to the end for a bonus wine pairing list from the pros.

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    #1. Choose a board.

    The most ideal material for a charcuterie board is a hardwood that is non-porous so as not to soak in the flavors of the board, but there are other board options like marble, slate, bamboo.

    This is the board that I have. It has lots of compartments that slide out, and is great for bigger groups.

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    It’s a great board and my number one recommendation, but it is large and expensive. If you want a simpler, cheaper option that you can use weekly for your family, then I recommend the one below.

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    1. Maple Wood Charcuterie Board

    2. Teak Wood Charcuterie Board

    3. Cherry Wood Charcuterie Board

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    1. Charcuterie Board Cheese (Pick 3)

    Hard Cheese: Lower moisture, firmer in texture and shape. Often aged longer. Tend to be dry and crumbly.

    • Asiago
    • Aged Cheddar
    • Parmesan
    • Romano

    Semi-Hard Cheese: Drier than soft cheeses. Work well for melting. Tend to be sharper in flavor.

    • Colby
    • Gruyere
    • Manchego
    • Monterey Jack

    Soft/Semi-Soft Cheese: Moisture-rich. Not aged for long. Good for spreading.

    • Blue Cheese
    • Brie
    • Cream Cheese/Neufchâtel 
    • Goat Cheese
    • Gouda
    • Mozerella

    2. Charcuterie Board Meat (Pick 3)

    • Ham
    • Pepperoni
    • Sweet Bologna
    • Turkey
    • Pepperoni
    • Salami
    • Prociutto

    3. Charcuterie Board Bread/Cracker (Pick 2)

    • Breadsticks
    • Crusty Bread (French Baguette)
    • Pretzel Thins
    • Ritz Crackers
    • Tortilla Chips
    • Water Crackers
    • Wheat Thins

    4. Charcuterie Board Fruit (Pick 2)

    • Apples
    • Blackberries
    • Blueberries
    • Craisins
    • Dried Fruit
    • Grapes
    • Raisins
    • Strawberries

    5. Charcuterie Board Vegetables (Pick 3)

    • Carrrots
    • Cherry Tomatoes
    • Cucumbers
    • Olives
    • Peppers
    • Pickles

    6. Charcuterie Board Nuts (Pick 1)

    • Almonds
    • Pistachios
    • Cashews
    • Walnuts

    7. Charcuterie Board Condiments (Pick 2)

    • Balsamic Vinaigrette
    • Basil
    • Honey
    • Honey Mustard Dip
    • Hummus
    • Strawberry Jam

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    Serving Sizes

    This list is a starting point for approximately 12 people.

    • 42 oz cheese
    • 20 oz meat
    • 2 cups vegetables
    • 1/2 bunch grapes
    • 1 apple sliced
    • 1 c nuts
    • 1 baguette
    • 8 oz crackers
    • 1-2 condiments

    Assembly Step-By-Step

    1. Take 3 various size small bowls and place them on the board.
    2. Cheese. If 3 cheese types, then visually divide the board in 3 sections and place the cheese at random.
    3. Meat. Place in proximity to the cheese.
    4. Bread/Crackers. Place near the meat and cheese. Consider creating mini triangles on the board with the cheese/meat/bread.
    5. Fill in the gaps with fruit and vegetables.
    6. Fill one bowl with nuts and a spoon, and the next two with olives, pickles or condiments with a mini-spoon, mini-fork, or mini-knife.
    7. Place signs in the cheese and meat as needed to clarify.
    8. Consider garnishing with basil leaves for visual appeal.

    Charctuerie Board Wine & Cheese Pairing

    • CHARDONNAY – Brie & Gruyere
    • SAUVIGNON BLANC – Goat & Gruyere
    • MERLOT – Cheddar, Manchego, Mozzerella
    • PINOT NOIR – Cheddar & Gouda

    I hope this is a helpful guide to create your next charcuterie board, but tell me what else should be on this guide?

    Any other suggestions or tips for boards, food options, or assembly tips? I will update the post so that it is beneficial for us all!

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