Be the hostess with the mostess with that Pinterest-worthy charcuterie board. It’s the best way to give your guests snacking options with minimal effort, plus they look so cute! It’s completely customizable for each event and can be tailored for any dietary restrictions. Start with a wooden or stone board (shop my favorites below). If you’re feeling ambitious, go with a theme such as springtime fresh or autumn harvest.
The Elements to Building the Perfect Charcuterie Board
Mix and Match the Colors and Textures - You want to make the board visually appealing with bright colors and textures which add depth and vibrance.
Fresh Herbs - Garnish your board with fresh herbs to add a touch of greenery and a savory fresh scent. Rosemary and sage both look and smell great.
Sweet and Tangy - When planning your layout, alternate between fresh and dried fruits. Both pair well with cheese and meat slices. Pickles and olives also add a fun punch of flavors.
Go Nuts - Protein packed nuts add a great crunchy texture. Be sure to add a variety of nuts to give your guests plenty of options. Add less common nuts such as macadamia, pecans, pistachios, etc. for a more exotic palette.
Rich and Decadent - If you’re feeling especially indulgent, add dark chocolate, caramelized nuts, chocolate covered pretzels and other sweets.
Light and Fresh - If your guests are looking to keep things on the healthier side, pack your board full of sliced apples, vegetables and hummus.
Shopping List - The most cost effective way of purchasing so many diverse products is by shopping the bulk bins. That way you don’t have to buy full-sized packages of all the ingredients. High quality nuts can get pricey quickly! Whole Foods and many health food stores offer bulk shopping.
Serve it Up! - Encourage your guests to build a plate a robust plate full of diverse flavors. Serve with toothpicks and small plates for easy eating. Pair your board with your favorite wine or mocktails.
Grocery Shopping List
A selection of cheeses. My favorites are sliced Cheddar, Mozzarella, Brie, spreadable goat cheeses, Havarti, Brie and spicy peppered cheeses.
cream cheese (plain or herb flavored). Be sure to serve with a knife. Can be spread on either crackers or apple slices.
sliced apples (choose a variety of types to add color to your board)
A variety of nuts including cashews, pecans, macadamias, almonds, pistachios, salted peanuts and candied walnuts.
fresh herbs such as rosemary and/or sage.
dark chocolate and/or chocolate covered nuts
Using fresh ingredients in your recipes is the key to amazing food. I try to source locally whenever I can, and this includes fresh dairy products that are produced in California. I used both cheddar cheese and cream cheese in this recipe. When you’re shopping in the grocery store, all you have to do is look for the Real California Milk seal on the packaging. It’s easy and kinda fun, like a treasure hunt! If your dairy products have this seal, you know you’re purchasing the highest quality dairy.
This post is sponsored by Real California Milk but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
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