This ALDI charcuterie board features savory meats, creamy cheese and an assortment of small bites. The meat and cheese platter can be prepped in advance and is sure to impress your guests!
This guide includes ALDI Charcuterie Board ideas and money saving tips so you can make the perfect snack board on a budget! This easy appetizer requires no cooking. Simply assemble all of your ALDI finds on a serving tray and enjoy!
Charcuterie Board Ingredients
Choose three meats or pick up a package of assorted cured meats for your ALDI charcuterie board. Here are some of our favorite ideas:
- Salami: Such as Genoa, Pepperoni, Soppressata and Chorizo.
- Other Dry-Cured Meats: Such as Prosciutto, Coppa or Capicola, Bresaola and Jamon.
Choose one cheese from each of these three categories:
- Hard or Semi-Hard Cheese: Cheddar, Asiago, Gouda and Gruyere are my go-tos for this category.
- Soft Cheese: I like to use a wheel of Brie cheese or Camembert cheese.
- The Wild Card: Think bold for this one! Add your favorite blue cheese, blueberry goat cheese or an artisan cheese with an uncommon ingredient such as coffee, port wine or spicy peppers!
Breads and Crackers
Choose 2-3 options (from any of the categories):
- Crackers: Assortment packs are great for this!
- Bread: Toasted baguette slices are one of my favorite options.
- Other: Pita chips, regular chips and pretzel sticks and crisps are also great vehicles for dips and condiments.
Choose two vegetables (these can double as dippers and vehicles for spreads) and one fruit.
- Vegetable ideas: Cucumbers, celery, carrots, radishes, bell peppers and sweet mini peppers.
- Fruit ideas: Blueberries, grapes, strawberries, apples and pears.
Condiments, Dips and Spreads
Choose one option from each of these three categories:
- Something Creamy: Some creamy dip ideas include tzatziki, hummus, spinach artichoke dip and whipped feta.
- Something Sweet: This can be something like honey, maple syrup or a fruit jam, jelly or preserves.
- The Wild Card: Opt for something with bold flavor, such as a spicy mustard, olive tapenade or a fun jelly or jam.
Sweet and Tangy Accents
Choose 1-2 options from each category:
- Sweet Accent Ideas: Dried fruits, candied nuts, dark chocolate and chocolate-covered fruits and nuts.
- Tangy Accent Ideas: Olives, pickles or cornichons, pepperoncini peppers, and marinated artichoke hearts.
Portioning For Charcuterie Boards: For a charcuterie board appetizer, I recommend planning for about 2 oz of meat per guest and 2 oz of cheese per guest. For this 8-person charcuterie board, that would mean buying 16 oz of cheese and 16 oz of meat.
ALDI Grocery List and Cost Breakdown
Here is exactly what I bought for my 8-person ALDI charcuterie board:
Cheese (Total: $11.67)
Meat (Total: $12.98)
Breads and Crackers ($3.98)
Fresh Produce (Total: $7.23)
- Cucumber – $0.95
- Mini Sweet Peppers – $2.89
- Blueberries – $3.39
Condiments, Dips and Spreads (Total: $9.67)
Sweet and Tangy Accents (Total: $14.45)
- Dried Apricots – $3.29
- Coconut Cashews – $5.19
- Feta Stuffed Olives – $2.98
- Cornichons with Chili – $2.99
GRAND TOTAL: $59.98
Keep in mind that this is the cost if you buy everything from scratch. If you start with products you already have in your pantry and shop the sales, you can easily make an 8-person ALDI charcuterie board for under $50.
Step By Step Instructions
When placing items on your ALDI charcuterie board, the general rule is to start from biggest to smallest. The bigger elements (like cheeses and bowls) serve as visual anchors and the smallest items (like berries and nuts) can fill in any gaps.
Step 1: Pick a serving tray or wooden board. Also choose a few bowls or dishes for condiments and things like olives and pickles.
Step 2: Evenly space out the cheeses and condiment bowls on the board. If you have a soft cheese wheel, you can pre-cut it into wedges. I like to remove a few wedges from the wheel and fill the empty space with berries or another accent that goes well with the cheese. And hard cheeses can be cut into cubes or slices. As for the bowls, you’ll want to wait to fill them with the condiments until right before serving.
Step 3: Position the meats around the cheese. You can fold the meats in different ways. I like to fold the round meats in half, and then in half again to make small triangles. You can also roll certain meats or even make charcuterie roses.
Step 4: Place the breads and crackers on the board. If you have extra bread or crackers you can serve them in little baskets on the side or refill the board as necessary.
Step 5: Incorporate the fresh fruit and vegetables. Expert tip: If you’re making the board ahead of time, this is generally a good stopping point. The fresh produce, accents and condiments should be added only an hour or so before serving.
Step 6: Add the accents and fill the bowls. Fill the gaps with your accents. Dried fruits and nuts can be added directly to the board. Marinated elements like olives and pickles can be placed in the bowls you picked earlier. Add the condiments, dips and spreads to the remaining bowls and serve!
Money Saving Tips
- Start with what you have on hand for your ALDI charcuterie board. Raid your pantry for condiments (think honey or mustard) and small accompaniments, such as dried fruits or nuts.
- Shop ALDI’s Specially Selected product line for great value. For this board, I used crackers, meat, jam, olives and pickles from the line!
- Use seasonal fruits and vegetables, which are typically fresher and more affordable when they are in season.
- Keep an eye on ALDI’s weekly specials and sales to take advantage of discounts.
Frequently Asked Questions
For this 8-person ALDI charcuterie board, I recommend using a 12×24 inch board. I used a 12×20 inch serving tray, but didn’t have enough room for all of the crackers and veggies so I refilled them as necessary.
Yes! You can assemble most of this board a day in advance. But I recommend waiting to add the fresh produce and accompaniments like olives and pickles. Cover the entire board with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Add the final touches just before serving.
If you choose budget-friendly items from ALDI and use some ingredients that you already have on hand, making your own charcuterie board can definitely be the more affordable option!
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