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Easy Grazing Charcuterie Board Appetizer Platter

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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.

Grazing Charcuterie Board Appetizer Platter

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.

The board I chose is this extra-large, 20 inch Mango Wood Board. For me, bigger is always better. I also purchased this marble pastry board for a great dessert charcuterie board.

Grazing Boards I also had my Eye On

what to buy for a charcuterie board

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
appetizer charcuterie board

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
  • Celery
  • Blue Cheese Dressing
  • Radish
  • Cherry Tomato
  • Carrots
  • English Cucumber
  • Purple /Yellow Cauliflower
  • Broccolini
  • Red/Yellow Bell Pepper
game day charcuterie, grazing board ideas

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.

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Simple Grazing Board Charcuterie Board Appetizer Platter


  1. Donna Alyea says:

    Beautiful Presentation! Mixing of colors is great! All looks so Yummy!
    I did my First during The Holidays. It was Very nice and Our Guests said they felt very Special! Think we overdid for 4 people.
    Next time we will incorporate some of your ideas. Thank you! Best I’ve seen.

  2. Looks so pretty and I am sure it’s yummy. Pinned for later.

  3. I sure would feel very special as a guest in your house if that tempting charcuterie board came my way. It makes you want to dig right in.

  4. That looks so good, I probably wouldn’t stop at grazing – lol!

  5. Rebecca Payne says:

    This looks so good. Thank you for sharing.

  6. This looks so good. My family will really enjoy this. I really like all of the various boards to choose from. Thanks Kim!

  7. it has been all the craze these charcuterie boards. So many versions and you certainly did a super yummy one.

  8. It all looks so well laid out and delicious. Your attention to detail is incredible, I bet you host the best parties.

  9. Oh my goodness. This looks delicious! Great photos, too! I haven’t done a board yet but I need to!

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