Making a charcuterie board appetizer platter is super easy with a little planning. You won’t know what to try first on this colorful grazing board app selection. For more great finger food see my Appetizers page.
Charcuterie Board Appetizer Ideas
Have you seen all of those crazy huge charcuterie boards in your Facebook feed? Well you can create you own with a simple plan.
We decided to make one for our Super Bowl Sunday festivities. We ordered a Super Bowl Sunday kit from one of our favorite restaurants with cut veggies, dip, and wings. This made deciding what to put on our grazing board super easy.
I know you can’t get those fun appetizer kits all year round, but you can get some pre-made items from your local grocery store that will work perfectly when setting up your appetizer grazing board.
What is a Charcuterie Board?
The food choices are endless when it comes to what you can serve on a charcuterie board. The word charcuterie is an old word from France that means cooked or processed meat or ham or where they are sold like a butcher shop.
Later, the charcuterie trend meant a platter with meat, cheese, nuts, and olives paired with wine. Fast forward to today, the charcuterie trend has been taken to a whole new level.
The major difference is the platters have gotten huge. I’m talking way bigger than the small cheese trays of the past. These days we are strategically placing any type of food item with small containers of dips or smaller food items on a wood board to serve your guests.
Utensils & Bowls for Charcuterie Boards
Where to get a Charcuterie Board
You must use a wood serving board that is sealed with a food-grade coating. A marble pastry board is another good choice. Whatever you use make sure it’s safe.
Can’t I use a wood cutting board?
Serving meats on a wood cutting board is not a great idea. You do not want meat juices seeping into a wood cutting board and contaminating it.
There are endless kinds of charcuterie boards you can buy to create some fancy spreads. There are half marble, half wood boards, wood trays in odd shapes and sizes. Some even come with cheese knives embedded in them for cutting and slicing.
Grazing Boards I also had my Eye On
Charcuterie Board Food Ideas
You can find these beautiful boards made with any type of food combo, from breakfast to desserts and everything in between. Grazing boards have literally become an art form these days.
- Breakfast Items: pancakes, biscuits, sausage, bacon, eggs, fruit, etc.
- Sandwich Items: meats, cheeses, bread slices, spreads, etc.
- Meal Items: Mexican-Tacos, Hot Dogs, Sliders & wings
- Appetizer Snack Items: dips, crackers, veggies, chips, any appetizer item the options are endless.
- Cheese, Meat & Crackers
- Fruit Items: melon balls, grapes, sliced fruit, chocolate dip, etc.
- Dessert Items: candy, cookies, cake, coffee themed, hot cocoa themed
How to make a charcuterie Board
One of my friends on social media said to me “who has time to make that”? Think about it this way. You were going to make all of the appetizers anyway so why not put them all in one place.
Creating my board was way easier than I thought it would be. Start with the large items first. I placed the bread bowl crab dip, chicken wings, and pretzel bites on the grazing board first. Then I lined up the veggies on the outer edge of the board.
Fill in the small areas with crackers, cheese slices, and add a few small bowls of dip. You can also fill in with small items like nuts, small crackers, or pretzels.
Items in My Charcuterie Board
- Bread Bowl Spinach Crab Dip
- Miltons Gourmet Crackers
- Cheese Slices: Havarti with Dill, Cheddar
- Chicken Wigs
- Pretzel Bites
- Mustard Dip
- Blue Cheese Dressing
- Cherry Tomato
- English Cucumber
- Purple /Yellow Cauliflower
- Red/Yellow Bell Pepper
It literally took me 10 minutes to set it up once I had the appetizers warmed up and ready to go.
I hope I have inspired you to get fancy and wow your guests with a charcuterie board appetizer platter at your next gathering.