Simple charcuterie boards are all the rage right now, so let’s talk about some easy tips to really wow a crowd! As you may already know, hosting is one of my true passions, so I wanted to jump on this trend and then share with you how to easily put together a charcuterie board.
5 Tips for No Fuss, Easy Charcuterie Boards
The key word here is “easy.” These trays are certainly easy to put together. But just a few tips will go a long way to making your charcuterie board look almost too good to dig into!
This first tip is really the game changer for making sure your board is super easy to assemble. Use a Lazy Susan as your base!
Being able to rotate the board as you fill in gaps makes it easier to assemble all your ingredients while keeping things looking neat and attractive.
Add depth and visual interest by using different containers, like bowls and mason jars, to add height. You can also cut cheese, fruits, and veggies into different shapes to add interest. Have fun with it!
Cured meats are the way to go when you’re assembling an appetizer tray that will sit out for a while. I include a variety of deli meats, like salami and prosciutto, to play to different guests’ tastes.
One of my favorite parts of my tray is the salami roses I made. Check out the video below to see how those came together!
I recommend having a selection of both hard cheeses and soft cheeses for guests. And pairing the right crackers, chips, breadsticks, or pretzels with those cheeses is essential. So make sure you have a full array on hand!
If you want to add even more flare to your board, look for crackers or chips in various colors. You can find such a variety of fun, eye catching items these days!
I like to fill in the gaps with lots of colorful fruits, veggies, and nuts! For this particular board, I used raw carrots, green grapes, cucumbers, and tomato slices between cheese to really brighten up my charcuterie board.
You could also use figs, strawberries, or blueberries in the summer and cranberries or pears in the winter. Keep it seasonal, fun, and so delicious!
Final Thoughts on Building Simple Charcuterie Boards
I really do love hosting family and friends, and these trending trays are adding to my excitement for the upcoming holiday season! I can’t wait to make more in the coming months!