If you want to create a simple charcuterie board without spending a fortune, I am sharing my 5 key ingredients. It is an excellent guide to keep everyone happy, while adding a variety of color and texture that makes the board enticing. In addition, the best part about a simple charcuterie board is that there are no strict rules or specific ingredients to get. Therefore, you can be creative and include a combination of your favorite foods and snacks.
First, select a wooden serving board to use. The board size will help you determine the amount of ingredients needed. Whether you just need one board for a date night or a few boards to host a large gathering, I have a variety of options to choose from in the shop. Below are a few of my favorite boards from shopfromSusie.com.
Next, lay down a piece of parchment paper for easy cleanup. Plus, it protects the board from any food staining and ensures boards are food safe. To learn how to oil cutting boards, read this blog post over board maintenance.
Left: Rustic Cutting Board, Middle: Two – Toned Over Sized Boards, Right: Fine Wood Bread Board
The most common foods for charcuterie boards are cured meats, cheeses, fruits, pickled vegetables, nuts, crackers, breads, and spreads. Often, chocolate or sweets are included, too. However, the simplest board will always have five key ingredients: fruit, nuts or olives, cheese, meat, and a carb like toasted bread or crackers.
Nuts – walnut, almond, pecans, mixed nuts, or olives
Dried or Fresh Fruit – trail mix, raisins, dried mangos, grapes, apple wedges
Cured Meat – salami, pepperoni, prosciutto
Cheese – soft and hard cheeses
Crackers – crackers, pretzel rods, toasted bread
This is the fun part where you can arrange to your liking. You want the board to look very full. Therefore, don’t leave any gaps between the food.
When it comes to arranging the board, don’t overthink it. First, place bowls onto the board. Then, place meat and cheese around the bowls. Next, add in thinly sliced fruits, vegetables, and bread. Lastly, tuck in stems of freshly cut herbs.
Have a sweet tooth? Check out my s’mores dessert board or this Easter inspired dessert board.
Lastly, tell me your favorite ingredient to add a wow factor to any simple charcuterie board in the comments below! XO,