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Homemade charcuterie board with cured meats, creamy cheeses, crackers, olives, jams, candied nuts and more!

Charcuterie Board Recipe

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  • Author: Brit Kapustina
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10
    • Prep Time: 20 minutes
    • Category: Appetizer
    • Method: No Cooking
    • Cuisine: French



  • 16 ounces (450 grams) cured and processed meats (choose at least 3 varieties: salami, soppressata, prosciutto, chorizo, etc.)


  • 4 ounces (115 grams) hard cheese or semi-hard cheese (gouda, cheddar, havarti, gruyere, etc.)
  • 4 ounces (115 grams) soft cheese (brie, camembert, etc.)
  • 4 ounces (115 grams) blue cheese or goat cheese
  • 4 ounces (115 grams) wildcard cheese (choose something adventurous, such as a spicy cheese or fruit-infused cheese!)

Bread and Crackers

  • 3 types of crackers or bread (crackers, baguette slices, pita chips, etc.)

Fruits and Vegetables

  • 2 types of fresh vegetables (cucumbers, radishes, carrots, celery, etc.)
  • 1 type of fresh fruit (blueberries, grapes, apples, raspberries, strawberries, etc.)
  • 1 type of dried fruit (apricots, dates, figs, cranberries, etc.)

Condiments, Dips and Spreads

  • ½ cup (about 120 grams) savory dip or spread (onion dip, tzatziki, spinach dip, etc.)
  • ¼½ cup (about 60120 grams) sweet condiment or dip (honey, jam, etc.)
  • ¼½ cup (about 60120 grams) tangy condiment (mustard, olive tapenade, chutney, etc.)


  • ½ cup (generous handful) nuts (candied nuts, roasted nuts, spiced nuts or plain nuts)
  • ½ cup (generous handful) small chocolates (chocolate covered nuts, truffles, etc.)
  • ½ cup (generous handful) pickled item (cornichons, pickled peppers, etc.)
  • ½ cup (generous handful) marinated item (olives, marinated artichoke hearts, etc.)


  1. Start with the small dishes. Evenly space out any dishes or ramekins that you’ll be using for condiments, dips or accents on your board.
  2. Add the cheese. Cut the cheese into a variety of shapes (wedges, cubes, slices, etc.) and evenly space out on the board.
  3. Fold and add the cured meats.* Arrange the meats around the cheeses. 
  4. Add the bread and crackers. If you don’t have much space left, consider serving additional crackers on a separate platter.
  5. Arrange the fruits and vegetables. Cut the vegetables and fruits into bite-sized pieces. Place them on the board, making sure to pay attention to color for a well-balanced and visually appealing board.
  6. Fill in any gaps with the accents. Try to place foods that pair well together. For example, place sweet accents near the brie and place olives near cured meats.
  7. Add the condiments, dips and spreads. Fill the small bowls and ramekins and place small spoons and tongs on the board.


Folding meats: Thin rounds of meat can be folded in half twice so they are easy to pick up.

Choosing ingredients: Think about color and texture. For a visual appealing board, you’ll want to have a variety of colors and textures. Choosing vibrant fruits and vegetables are a great way to add pops of color to your charcuterie board!

Where to shop: I find most of my charcuterie items at Trader Joe’s, ALDI and Target. Trader Joe’s is my favorite place for meats, cheeses, and dips!

Arranging your board: Start by placing the largest items (ramekins, small bowls and cheese) on the board and work towards the smallest items (sweet accents, such as nuts and chocolates).