How To Make A Hearty Charcuterie Board


We entertain A LOT at both our California home and our Montana ranch. At least once a week, we have some sort of get-together or party and that means I have become fairly adept at putting together simple appetizers and charcuterie boards. Recently, I have been favoring more substantial appetizers, especially since the weather has been colder, so today I wanted to share how to make a beautiful and hearty charcuterie board that has become a proven winner at every party!

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This board not only has all of the traditional charcuterie favorites, it also has two delicious warm appetizers that are a hit every time I serve them.

In this case we had about fifteen guests coming over for a casual evening get-together, so I used four to five different types of cheese alongside two to three cured meats. I chose a variety of cheeses including a hard, aged cheddar, a soft brie a goat cheese, a sheep’s milk variety and a rosemary infused Italian cheese.

For the meats, I chose a couple of varieties of salami including a whole salami that I sliced. This looks great on a large charcuterie board.

In addition to the cheeses and meats, I added some seasonal fruit and nuts sprinkled throughout.

A few oranges, some blackberries and dried cranberries add color and a fresh touch to the board. I even added a whole artichoke to one corner.

Alongside the cheeses, I stacked crackers and sliced french bread as well as a few breadsticks. This charcuterie board would have been enough to satisfy our guests, but I wanted to add a couple of hearty, warm appetizers to the mix.

One of the most impressive and easiest appetizers I have made recently is the Warm Marinated Olives from Ina Garten. These are super simple to make and everyone LOVES them. They are infused with rosemary, garlic, fennel and orange and are incredibly delicious. I warm and serve them in a shallow copper pan that looks great on my charcuterie board.

I add some warm french bread to the pan for snacking with the olives.

On the other side of the charcuterie board I added an incredible Burrata WIth Lemon Pepper Salami from Half Baked Harvest. I made this the first time at Christmas and since then, I’ve made it at least half a dozen times. I like to serve this in a cast iron pan for a casual, rustic look.

I repeat this hearty charcuterie board often in the colder months. The variety of cheeses and meats alongside the warm appetizers is a perfect grazing table for any size party.

I hope this gives you some ideas about how to build a delicious, hearty charcuterie board for your next party or gathering. If you create your own this board or try the recipes, leave me a comment below. I would love to hear what you think!

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  1. This is gorgeous! It looks so pretty and delicious for a gathering. Did I miss the DIY for making the board? Is there a pattern and length? How do you “finish” the board to make it food safe? Cleaning? Would love to know these things as I would love to have my husband make one for us. Thanks!

    1. Hi Jenine- There is no DIY for making the board. You could use any long cutting board to achieve this look!

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