Christmas Charcuterie Boards

Easy to make. A hit at every party. 3 ways to make - wreaths or a Christmas tree! Taste delicious

BEST CHRISTMAS CHARCUTERIE BOARD IDEAS:

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

rosemary sprigs salami cheeses pitted olives nuts dried fruit raw vegetables crackers fresh fruit large board or platter small dish or cups

"Fun to make and there is a little something for everyone on the board!"

– Anonymous

A tree shape or a wreath? A tree shape needs a large rectangular board and a wreath looks best on a circle.

DECIDE WHAT SHAPE

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Step 1

IMAGE: Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board

Do you want a full platter with meats and cheeses, or maybe just olives and cheese?

WHAT DO YOU WANT IN IT?

Step 2

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IMAGE: Small Christmas Wreath Charcuterie Board

Create a wreath shape or outline a tree with rosemary, or use it to tuck in around ingredients on the board.

START WITH SPRIGS OF ROSEMARY

Step 3

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It's best to layer meats and cheese first, in clusters. Then start layering in the smallest ingredients.

LAYER LARGEST INGREDIENTS TO SMALLEST

Step 4

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Everything looks more balanced in clusters and odd numbers, in groups of 2 or 3. Cluster the same types of ingredients in 2 or 3 different places.

TIP #1

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IMAGE: Large Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board

Balance the textures and the colors. Put large pieces with small, soft items with hard, salty with sweet, cubes next to flat pieces, and so on.

TIP #2

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Use small dishes to add drama, let the small bits (nuts & dried fruit) spill over slightly. Fill in the crevices.

Tip #3

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Use a small cookie cutter and cut out cute cheese slices or salami shapes.

Tip #4

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If not serving right away, serve crackers on the side. They can get soggy once added to the board.

Tip #4

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Make ahead and cover with plastic wrap. Store in the fridge until ready. (Do not add crackers)

MAKE AHEAD

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