Ideas for a Holiday Charcuterie Masterpiece

Below are some fantastic examples of festive holiday Charcuterie boards, each with instructions/ingredients below the photos!  If you try any of these or create your own, make sure you take a photo and enter our holiday Charcuterie competition!

Christmas Wreath Charcuterie Board

[From Number-2-Pencil.com]

  • Start by dividing all ingredients in half.
  • On a 20 inch round board, using a clock face as a guide for placement, place prosciutto at 1 o’clock and 7 o’clock.
  • Place sliced salami at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock.
  • Place uncured salami at 5 o’clock and 11 o’clock.
  • Fill in cheese cubes between meat, placing each variety across from each other.
 
A Festive Christmas Charcuterie Board

[From Freutcake.com]

Ingredients:

  • Camembert or Brie
  • Cheese Wheel
  • Cranberry Stilton
  • Dill Havarti
  • Sliced Salami
  • Sliced honey ham
  • Proscuitto
  • Scalloped Cracker Trio – or crackers of choice
  • Beet Chips
  • Cranberry Crisps
  • Ginger Snowball cookies
  • Rosemary Nut Mix
  • Sliced green pear
  • Sliced red pear
  • Gingerbread People Cookies
  • Peppermint and Ribbon Christmas Candies
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Rosemary sprigs for decor
  • Fresh cranberries for decor
  • Homemade cranberry sauce – download recipe the here:
Snowman Charcuterie Board

[From TheBakerMama.com]

For this Snowman Board, the creator used a 4-inch round brie, a 3-inch round Danish Camembert and a 2-inch round Chèvre spreadable goat cheese to create the snowman shape in the center of the board.

For the snowman’s hat, use a Ritz snowflake cracker with 8 red beet crackers stacked on top of it. For the eyes, mouth and buttons, use pomegranate seeds, and for the nose, a baby carrot.

For the scarf around the snowman’s “neck”, twist two salami sticks together and lay it over the space where the top two cheeses connect, pressing the ends behind the snowman’s “neck.” Use two salami sticks for the arms and press them into the sides of the 3-inch round cheese in the center, letting them stick out and kind of up to look like arms.

For the snacks around the snowman, use all red, green and light colored foods to keep it seasonal yet still scrumptious.

Red foods: raspberries, red grapes, salami, pepperoni, red apple slices, dried cranberries, sun-dried tomatoes, pomegranate seeds, beet crackers and some pepper jelly in a little white serving bowl.

Green foods: green apple slices, snap peas, green olives, green pear slices, dried salted edamame, green grapes and cornichons.

Lighter colored foods: Ritz snowflake crackers, cracker cut Gouda cheese slices, coconut cashews, macadamia nuts, Horizon star-shaped cheese slices, and a little honey in a white serving bowl.

Below, another snowman board example from TheBakerMama.com:

Christmas Tree Cheese Board

[From MyBuenoCookbook.com]

Place greenery/sprigs in the shape of a tree on a wooden tray, platter, or cutting board to resemble a Christmas tree shape.

Place celery at the bottom for the tree trunk.

Arrange cheese cubes, grapes, and kiwi in rows on greenery.

Add fresh herbs between.

Tuck additional greenery sprigs under the ingredients in the shape of a tree, if needed.

Add star shapes on top of ingredients and top off the tree.

Sprinkle with fresh cranberries, if using.

Christmas Tree Charcuterie

[From StrawberryBlondieKitchen.com]

To assemble, start at the bottom of the board and add some walnuts for a tree trunk, place some rosemary for trees branches and cranberry for decorative “ornaments.”

Line everything up in a row and gradually make your rows smaller until you get up to the top, using a pineapple slice cut with a star cookie-cutter for the top.

Additional Examples & Ideas

[From TheDIYmommy.com]