We are officially in crunch time before Christmas at the end of the week (HOW!?) and if you’re still looking for a delicious appetizer to make for your holiday party, or just want to make a quick snack at home with the family, look no further. A simple charcuterie board is not only super easy to put together but no matter what kind of meat, cheese, or any other accouterments you want to add in, it’s sure to be a proud pleaser. Even if you’re having a small, intimate gathering, a small board with two to three cheeses will be a delicious treat!
An Easy Charcuterie Board for the Holidays
Assembling Your Board
When I make a charcuterie board, there are always a few key ingredients I always like to use. The rest, I like to see what’s seasonally available (and what catches my eye!) when I head to the grocery store. And when it comes to purchasing ingredients, I always make Trader Joe’s my first stop! They have the best cheese and it’s super affordable. In fact, this entire board features ingredients from Trader Joe’s, but before we get to what exactly they are, let’s start off with some basics of assembling your board.
Before I head to the grocery store for meat and cheese, I like to figure out roughly how many types of meat and cheese I’ll need based on how many people I’m making the board for. I usually aim for three types of cheese, two types of cheese, two types of crackers, and some nuts if I’m making a board for three to five people. If you’re making a board for more than that, I’d do five kinds of cheese to ensure you have a good variety!
For boards, I usually use a square board. They tend to be easier to store and can be multifunctional, but circle boards are also a great option! I get all of mine at Homegoods or TJMaxx – so cheap and so many options. I also love this one and this one from Target.
Once you have all of your ingredients, your board, and dishes, you’re going to start assembling your board. I like to start with any small bowls for nuts, jams, and mustards and create the charcuterie board around them. These ones are my favorite!
From there, you’ll add in your cheeses and meats. For your meats, you’ll want to fan or fold them to give your board a little definition. And then any empty spaces will be for nuts, candies, and crackers.
Ingredients for Assembling Your Board
For this board, I kept things pretty simple. To recreate it at home, you’ll need the following ingredients (almost all from Trader Joe’s!).
- Black Pepper Toscano Cheese
- English Cheddar
- Herb Goat
- Pepper Jack with Jalapeños
- Salted Cashews
- Sea Salt Butterscotch Caramels
- Pita Bite Crackers
- Fig & Olive Crisps
- Seedless Black Raspberry Jam (Stonewall Kitchen)
- Ground Mustard