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If you’re looking for a simple appetizer for the holidays, you can’t go wrong with a charcuterie board. For the host, they’re awesome because all you have to do is buy a bunch of ingredients and arrange them on a board or platter, and guests love them because they’re customizable and fun. I mean, it’s like a giant snack board — who doesn’t love that?!
Today I’m sharing with you an Aldi Holiday Charcuterie Platter with Homemade Cranberry Salsa that only cost just over $20 and took 15 minutes to put together . I’ll also share several Aldi cheese board ideas — it’s one of the best places to buy affordable speciality cheeses.
What You Need to Make an Aldi Holiday Charcuterie Platter
- A charcuterie board or platter. Here I used a pizza pan, but this wooden board on Amazon is a step above and more authentic and so is this slate one. If you want to put something on your ultimate wishlist, I am in love with this French cheese board on Etsy. I gathered 12 of the best in one post: Best Charcuterie Boards For Sale on Amazon and Etsy — check them out!
- Cured meats. I will check on the exact brand the next time I go to Aldi, but my store always stocks a package of three cured meats (salami, soppressata, and capocollo) put together, and it’s perfect for a charcuterie platter.
- 2-3 Cheeses. Here I used Specially Selected Aged Reserved White Cheddar Cheese and Happy Farms Preferred Camembert.
- 1-2 Crackers or Bread. I used both Savoritz Butter & Wheat Entertainment Crackers.
- 1 Sour Thing. I used a specialty package of marinated kalamata olives, and I have to say, I’ve never liked olives, and I couldn’t stop eating these. So good.
- Cranberry Salsa. My Cranberry Salsa totally makes this platter with its festive color and bright flavors. It’s made with homemade cranberry sauce (although you can sub the canned stuff).
- Fillers. Here I used grapes, and I could have filled in more spaces but wanted to leave some room for getting to the cheeses.
How to Assemble a Charcuterie Board
- Place cheeses on the board first so you can work around them.
- Then add anything in bowls or jars.
- Add your charcuterie (the meats). I like to either lay them in rows with each piece folded or to make little roses with the meat.
- Lay down your dippers in rows (or possibly on a separate board).
- Use your “fillers” (nuts, fruit, chocolate) to fill in spaces.
- Take a picture and dig in! 🙂
PS. Is it driving anyone else crazy that my rows of meat are crooked? Let’s just address that elephant in the room.
Aldi Cheese Board Ideas
A lot of people consider Aldi to be just a frugal place to shop, but because of its European influence, it has all kinds of products that go great on a charcuterie or cheese board. I bought every single ingredient from my holiday charcuterie board at Aldi.
Here are a few other products you may want to look for next time you’re planning a charcuterie board with Aldi ingredients:
- Specially Selected Aged White Cheddar Cheese — this cheese packs a punch, and yet, 8 kids ate it up at my husband’s birthday party.
- Blackberry Spread
- Goat Cheese — so affordable and good. Would be great with some Cranberry Salsa poured on top and eaten with crackers.
- Cranberry Cinnamon & Blueberry Vanilla Goat Cheese — I’m pretty sure these are seasonal cheeses, but they look great.
- Panine Tray — charcuterie meats wrapped around mozzarella cheese. Yum.
- Blue Cheese — I’m not a big blue cheese fan, personally, but a lot of people like to include them on their charcuterie and cheese boards.
- Sea Salt Caramels — sometimes it’s nice to have a little something sweet on your board, and these caramels are amazing.
- Cranberry White Cheddar Cheese — another seasonal cheese
Charcuterie boards are a lot of fun to make, and they’re a great way to feed a crowd. Make a batch of Cranberry Salsa, head to Aldi to buy ingredients, and put together your own Aldi Holiday Charcuterie Board!
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