What you’ll need:
The most important elements of a charcuterie board are meats, cheeses, savory accompaniments, sweet accompaniments, and crackers.
Cheeses: choose a variety of hard and soft cheese, and cheese made from different animals.
Hard cheeses: manchego, cheddar jack, swiss, gouda, gruyere, parmesan etc.
Soft cheeses: brie, triple cream, goat cheese, havarti, burrata, cream cheese with jelly on top.
Nuts: almonds, candied pecans, pistachio nuts, cashews, macadamia nuts, etc.
Savory Dips and spreads: Mustard, hummus, ranch, balsamic dip.
Fresh fruit and berries: grapes, apples, pears, oranges, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries.
Dried fruit: apricots, crasins, cherries, figs, pineapple, mango
Sweet spreads: Fig butter orange marmalade, blackberry jam or other sweet spreads.
Chocolate: a few pieces of quality dark chocolate or chocolate covered nuts.
Crackers: choose a variety of crackers, (or even sliced baguette or mini toasts) of different shapes, sizes and flavors
How to arrange a Charcuterie Board:
Choose your board.
Start with the cheese: I start with the cheese because it anchors the board
Slice and add the meats. Adding toothpicks makes them easy to pickup and dip!
Add savory and sweet accompaniments.
Fill in all the extra space with crackers.
Garnish with greens or festive/season décor if desired!