Easy Charcuterie Board Ideas for 2023
I am a big fan of EASY when it comes to entertaining. If you don't feel like cooking or don't have a lot of time to prepare, a charcuterie board can be a great option for feeding a large group of people. All you have to do is make a trip to the store to buy all of your ingredients, arrange them, and you're done. Today I'm sharing with you 27 themed charcuterie board ideas for your next casual get together.
What is a charcuterie board?
Charcuterie is just the French word for cured meats. A typical French charcuterie board contains a couple of meats, a pâté or terrine, slices of baguette, a few cheeses, mustard, some pickles, and maybe a few grapes. But in the last few years, charcuterie boards have taken on a life of their own with all kinds of meats and cheeses, dips and spreads, crackers, and fruits and vegetables all artfully arranged on a beautiful board.
They've become popular because they're easy and yet impressively beautiful at the same time. Everyone thinks they're fun, and no matter what kind of diet you follow, you can usually find something to eat on a charcuterie board.
What Kind of Board to Use
When it comes to putting together a charcuterie board, first, you have to decide what to use as your base. You can't go wrong with a wooden or slate board, but you can also just use anything that you have -- a platter or even a cookie sheet can work in a pinch.
How to Assemble a Charcuterie Board
Assembling a charcuterie board really isn't hard and there's no one right way to do it. But there is a certain art to it. Lexi from Lexi's Clean Kitchen has a great tutorial in this video below.
When to Serve a Charcuterie Board
Charcuterie boards can be served in a lot of different situations:
- As an appetizer for a party
- As part of a Charcuterie Board Party where each person brings a different theme
- As a meal for 3-4 people (or for a large group if you have a HUGE board)
- As dish for a potluck
- As an after-school snack for kids and their friends
- As a light lunch
If you want access to ideas for charcuterie ingredients that you can always refer to, download my Charcuterie Cheatsheet below!
No matter what time of year you're celebrating, there's a board here for you. Whether it's because of its presentation, its theme, or its ingredients, each of the following charcuterie boards are unique and fun! This last set of boards may not be technically "charcuterie" since they lack meats, but they're definitely a hit for entertaining.
Seasonal and Holiday Charcuterie Boards
Fun Themed Charcuterie Boards
Nontraditional Themed Boards
No matter what time of year you're celebrating, there's a board here for you.
Whether it's because of its presentation, its theme, or its ingredients, each of the following charcuterie boards are unique and fun!
This last set of boards may not be technically "charcuterie" since they lack meats, but they're definitely a hit for entertaining.
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