The Perfect Charcuterie Board

Jennifer Thompson
by Jennifer Thompson
10 portions
10 min

If you’ve ever been to our house, this spread probably looks familiar. A charcuterie board is one of my go-to snacks to serve guests and now I’m sharing a step-by-step guide on how I assemble it with you! It’s honestly so easy and a great option while receiving family and friends during the holidays. Also, there’s no wrong way to put a charcuterie board together so feel free to let your creativity go hog wild. Lastly, it pairs beautifully with wine, just sayin’. If you want to see more recipes like this one, be sure to check out the Cashmere & Cocktails blog and follow me on Instagram!

The Perfect Charcuterie Board
Recipe details
  • 10  portions
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 0 Minutes Total time: 10 min
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  • 6 oz Blue Cheese (or crumbly cheese of choice)
  • 6 oz Grueyere (or firm cheese of choice)
  • 2 -3 jams or spreads of choice
  • 1/3 cup olives
  • 1/3 cup pickles
  • 2-3 types of cracker
  • 1/3 cup mixed nuts
  • 6 oz Brie (or soft cheese of choice)
  • 6 oz Sharp Cheddar (or aged cheese of choice)
  • 50 g of prosciutto, sausage and salami
  • Baguette, thinly sliced

Step 1: Start with the board and bowls. Pick a few small bowls to add to your board. Normally, I’ll start by placing two to three onto my board for items like jams, olives, chocolates, etc.
Step 2: Add cheese. Fun fact: I LOVE cheese. So for me, the more cheese the better. I like to include a variety of cheeses from the following groups: aged (Cow’s Aged Cheddar), firm (Le Gruyere King Cut), creamy (Ile de France Brie) and crumbly (President’s Choice Cranberry Goat Cheese). Many people also add a blue cheese but honestly I have never been able to get past the smell of feet so I generally exclude it from my board.
Step 3: Add Meats. For the meats, I tend to reach for are prosciutto, salami and sausage. If you’re working with large, thin, circular pieces (such as genoa salami), I suggest folding them into triangles and tucking them under bowls. You can also roll meats into small cones, or if you’re working with thinner meats then gently lower them onto the board while twisting to development some folds.
Step 4: Add crackers and bread. This step is pretty straightforward. Pick crackers that you enjoy and place handfuls onto your board in various locations. I also like adding thinly sliced a baguette, especially if you’re serving a soft cheese like brie.
Step 5: Add fruits and nuts. While grapes are a given, I also like to add seasonal fruits to the board such as fresh berries, apple or pear slices, fresh figs, etc. As for nuts, you can purchase pre-mixed nuts at your local grocery store or create your own. My personal favourites are almonds, cashews and pecans.
Step 6: Fill bowls. While you can totally go for regular olives, I often reach for the almond stuffed variety. Pickled asparagus or green beans are an awesome addition as well (or anything pickled, really). I love adding jams, both the sweet and savory variety, to spread over the soft cheeses and bread. On this board, I added my own homemade cranberry jam but I’ve found lots of awesome options locally too.
Serve to family and friends and enjoy!
Jennifer Thompson
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