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How to Make a Charcuterie Board (VIDEO)

Making a Charcuterie Board is easier than you think. We’re sharing our best charcuterie board ideas with yummy flavor pairings, and tips for arranging a meat and cheese board.

Charcuterie cheese board with serving utensils

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There are some appetizers like Shrimp Cocktail and Bruschetta that everyone loves, and this Charcuterie will impress everyone.

Charcuterie Video Tutorial:

This homemade Charcuterie Board is the perfect Appetizer and often it’s all you need on the menu for special occasions. Watch the video tutorial and see how easy it is.

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What is Charcuterie? 

Charcuterie is a display of cured meats. It has gained popularity in recent times and now includes meats, cheeses, and accompaniments that pair well with meats and cheeses such as fruit, olives, nuts, spreads, etc). When people think of charcuterie boards, they are essentially referring to a cheese board.

Showing what is charcuterie with arrangement of cured meats and accompaniments

Tools for Making a Cheese Board:

You don’t need fancy equipment to make a gorgeous spread. You can even serve them directly off a clean kitchen counter. Here are some tools that make displaying and serving easier.

  • A serving board – a rimmed board (we got the large board from Frontgate) helps contain everything but any cutting board, rimmed baking sheet, or serving platter will work.
  • Serving utensils – you can use specialty cheese serving knives and forks or use normal salad forks and butter knives to serve.
  • Ramekins – or any small dishes work well for messy or moist items like jam, honey, olives, pickles, etc.

What to Put on a Charcuterie Board:

To make the best Cheeseboard, focus on 3 things: variety, taste, texture. Variety makes a great board – add items that are sweet, salty, crunchy, fatty, savory, carb-rich, pickled and brined. See the full list of items and quantities that we used in the print-friendly recipe below.

Cheese, fruit, nuts, and condiments arranged on a charcuterie board

The Best Cheese for a Charcuterie Board

We highly recommend a combination of cheeses ranging from creamy spreadable cheese to hard cheeses. These are our favorites.

  • Spreadable Cheese– “Triple Cream Cheese” is super creamy. Some great options include Saint Andre (Trader Joes) or De Bourgogne (Costco). These are perfect for spreading on toasts and crackers. Less expensive options include making herb-flavored cream cheese, or you could even make a Cheese Ball.
  • Soft Cheese – My favorite for a cheeseboard is Brie. It is mild in flavor, creamy, and wonderful served with honey, walnuts or pecans, and water crackers. Flavored goat cheese such as blueberry or cranberry goat cheese is great for the holidays. Another inexpensive option would be marinated mozzarella balls.
  • Hard Cheeses – One of the most popular picks for a cheeseboard is Manchego because it pairs really well with fruit, crackers, and cured meats. It’s mild, nutty, and pleasant. A less expensive and very tasty option is a Vermont white cheddar which I love to dice for added texture on my board.
4 types of cheeses that are best for a cheese board

Hosting Tip: Label the cheeses on your cheeseboard to make it easy for guests to select the ones they like. You can make your own or buy an inexpensive labels online.

How to Build a Charcuterie Board

To make a charcuterie board, arrange things so they are easy to grab – fan out the slices of cheese, cut grapes into small segments.

  1. Cheeses. Arrange them around the board. Pre-slice hard cheeses and cut a few wedges into the brie.
  2. Meats. Fold them in a variety of patterns. Watch the video to see how to fold meat for a cheeseboard.
  3. Pickled Items. Add items that require a dish so you can gauge your space.
  4. Condiments and Spreads. Place condiments near cheeses that pair well. (i.e. honey next to brie). Keep condiments in jars and ramekins.
  5. Fresh Fruit. Cut grapes into small portions and pre-slice apples, rinse, and pat dry berries. Arrange fruit with cheeses they pair well with (see notes below).
  6. Nuts and Extras. Place pecans or walnuts and pistachios next to brie or soft cheeses. Also add chocolate squares.
  7. Arrange crackers and toasts in remaining spaces or serve them in a separate platter.
how to build a charcuterie board with cheeses, meats, condiments, pickled ingredients, fruit and nuts

Design Tip: Work in odd numbers to make it more visually appealing. For a smaller board, I will use 3 kinds of cheeses and for a large board, I use 5.

Common Questions:

How to pronounce charcuterie?

Charcuterie is pronounced “shar-koo-ter-ee”

How much does it cost to make a cheese board?

The cost can vary greatly depending (from $75 to $300) on the types of meat, cheeses, and fruit you buy. The cheese board photographed here costs about $130.

Can I make a less expensive cheeseboard?

You can make a less expensive cheese board using less expensive seasonal fruit and the low-cost cheese options mentioned above. The multi-packs of cured meats can also be less expensive. We get our cured meat packs at Costco.

What Can I use instead of a cheeseboard?

A rimmed baking sheet, large cutting board, or large serving platter or tray would work well.

How to fold meat for charcuterie?

We fold salami and coppa into halves or triangles. As you fold them arrange them in your hand as you would a deck of cards then set them down in groups. Arrange prosciutto directly on the board in ribbons.

How to fold meat for charcuterie with 3 types of meats folded

How to Pair Fruit with Cheese:

Place fruit next to the cheese that it pairs well with. The key to the best tasting fruit is to buy what is in season.

  • Apples – pair well with most cheeses, especially cheddar, mozzarella, brie, triple cream cheese (Saint Andre or De Bourgogne), and manchego.
  • Grapes – pair well with mozzarella and hard cheeses. Avoid placing them with creamy or soft cheeses.
  • Strawberries and blueberries – pair well with creamy, soft cheeses like goat cheese.
Apple sliced for charcuterie with grape segments around it

Make-Ahead:

The cheese platter can be assembled earlier in the day, covered, and refrigerated. The recommendation is to serve cheese and cured meats at room temperature. Remove the cheeseboard from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving. 

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Charcuterie Board Recipe

5 from 9 votes
Prep Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour
Charcuterie Board on serving platter

How to build an impressive Charcuterie Board with a variety of meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, condiments and treats. Use the list below as a shopping list, but for best flavor, buy fruit that is in-season.

Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $100-$150 (varies by season and items)
Keyword: charcuterie board, cheese board
Cuisine: French
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 12 people as an appetizer

Ingredients

Cheeses:

  • 8 oz brie cheese
  • 6 oz manchego cheese cut into thin slices
  • 8 oz triple cream cheese (Bourgogne) (sold at Costo as a 16 oz)
  • 12 oz fresh mozzarella balls (marinated)
  • 8 oz Vermont white cheddar diced

Meats:

  • 8 oz salami
  • 2 oz prosciutto
  • 2 oz dried coppa

Pickled Items:

  • 1/3 cup green olives pitted
  • 1/3 cup kalamata olives pitted
  • 1 cup baby dill pickles (or Gerkins)

Fruit:

  • 2 cups grapes cut into sections
  • 2 cups strawberries or figs
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 apple or pear

Spreads and Condiments:

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup fruit spread (we love fig and strawberry)

Accompaniments:

  • 1 cup pecans, walnuts, or pistacios (or a variety of nuts)
  • 3 oz dark chocolate bar broken into bite-sized pieces

Crackers or Toasts:

  • 4 oz water crackers
  • 4 oz artisan crackers
  • 1 baguette sliced into toasts (brushed with olive oil and baked at 400˚F for 6-8 minutes)

Instructions

  1. Cheeses. Arrange them around the board. I pre-slice hard cheeses so they serve easier and cut a few wedges out of the brie to encourage guests to dig in.

  2. Meats. Fold them in a variety of patterns. Watch the video to see how to fold meat for a charcuterie board.

  3. Pickled Items. Anything that requires a dish such as pickles and olives goes down next so you can gauge your space.

  4. Condiments and Spreads. Place condiments next to cheeses they pair well with (i.e. honey next to brie). Keep condiments in separate jars and ramekins to keep the board clean.

  5. Fresh Fruit. Pre-cut grapes and pre-slice apples, rinse, and pat dry berries. Arrange fruit next to cheeses they pair well with.

  6. Nuts and Extras. I like to place pecans or walnuts and pistachios next to brie or soft cheeses. I also like to add chocolate which is delicious with cheese.

  7. Arrange crackers and toasts in remaining spaces or place them on a separate shallow bowl for serving.

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  • Amanda Moore
    July 27, 2021

    We were hosting out of town guests, and I was looking for a “wow” welcome dish. The charcuterie board was PERFECT! I followed your presentation tips, also asking my local cheese chop for cheese suggestions. It looked like a magazine photo and was a huge hit! Thanks!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 27, 2021

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review, Amanda!

      Reply

  • Becky Sloan
    July 13, 2021

    Looks delicious! Wondering where you got your Charcuterie board? Like that it has the edge around to hold things in. Hard to find this exact board. Thanks!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 13, 2021

      Hi Becky, we used this serving board – a rimmed board (we got the large board from Frontgate).

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      • Becky Sloan
        July 16, 2021

        Thank you so much!

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  • Nathan
    June 2, 2021

    Fantastic video. I am inspired! My only gripe is that adding a gluten-free cracker offer still leaves the entire board inedible to anyone with celiac disease or a severe wheat/gluten allergy. As a celiac, I appreciate when my friends make the effort, but feel terrible when I still can’t eat the food. If you’ve got gluten-free people coming over, it’s very, very easy to leave all gluten-containing ingredients off the board.

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  • Megan
    April 18, 2021

    Going to try this for Mother’s Day!:)

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 18, 2021

      Sounds like a good plan, I hope you love it!

      Reply

  • Maria
    April 17, 2021

    This is an awesome post and so glad I found it!
    Thanks for the tutorials and recipe too:)

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 17, 2021

      You’re welcome, Maria! I’m so happy you enjoyed that.

      Reply

  • Tona
    April 4, 2021

    Thank you for your advice and inspiration! I created my first charcuterie board for Easter and my family loved it! Couldn’t have done it without you!
    Happy Easter!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 5, 2021

      That is awesome, good job and thanks for your great feedback!

      Reply

  • Kathryn palmer
    March 31, 2021

    I would like the name of that derp truer you did the donut s in

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  • Vickie Berry
    March 13, 2021

    Where did you get your Charcuterie board? Love your recipes!

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    • Natasha
      March 13, 2021

      Hi Vickie, I have that information in the post above. I’m so glad you enjoy our recipes!

      Reply

  • Cherilyn
    February 28, 2021

    Hi Natasha: I enjoy watching your videos and have tried many of your recipes and love them all. I just watched your video on making a Charcuterie board and I am wondering where you got the small glass honey container that you used? Thanks, Cherilyn

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      February 28, 2021

      Thank you, Cherilyn and I’m happy to hear that! You can find the kitchen tools that I use in my Amazon Affiliate Shop.

      Reply

  • Barb
    February 11, 2021

    Thanks for appearing on my Facebook site, Love your recipes

    Reply

  • Marie
    January 23, 2021

    Natasha, love watching you!!! Where do I get your cheese board with handle?

    Reply

  • Carolyn
    January 10, 2021

    Beautiful board ! Where did you get the cute honey pot?

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    • Natasha
      January 10, 2021

      Hi Carolyn, it’s actually a little yogurt jar that I re-used and had in the cupboard.

      Reply

  • Jane
    January 8, 2021

    Hi Natasha! I have a question about your John boos block, I’ve admired it for a while now and been reading reviews. I would love to get it but the things some people post make me nervous. It seems like it’s very high maintenance which makes me wary considering I have a 14 month old and time is not on my side right now, and some seem to have different opinions on how to care for it. Some even say never to wash it which to me sounds gross especially after meat. Any insight you can give me on how you take care of your board and how long you’ve had it?

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    • Natasha
      January 8, 2021

      Hi Jane, I love my boos block. I always wash it but after it is dried, I apply some coconut oil or olive oil so it doesn’t dry out and get warped or cracked, but that is normal care for any wood products (cutting boards and mixing spoons, etc). I don’t think it’s overly burdensome. I love my board and have had it for around 8-10 years. I actually have 3 of them.

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      • Jane
        January 8, 2021

        Oh wow that’s great, how often do you oil them after each use? I read at least once a month. What other 2 boards do you have? Is it the same 3 or a bit different?

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        • Natasha
          January 8, 2021

          I have one for fruit, one for meat and veggies, and one for filming that is just a different color.

          Reply

  • Mar
    January 7, 2021

    When is your 2020 bloopers coming out if you are going to post them? I can’t wait! 🙂
    Also your cinnamon roll recipe is the BEST! Its so so good!

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 7, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the cinnamon roll recipe Mar! Stay tuned for the video!

      Reply

  • Natashas Kitchen
    January 5, 2021

    Hi Salma! Doing great! I hope you’re enjoying our recipes!

    Reply

  • Noor
    January 5, 2021

    Hi natasha I would love if you do a croissant recipe and say for me what do you think about my suggestion

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 5, 2021

      Thanks for your suggestion, Noor. That is a good idea, I’ll add that to our list.

      Reply

  • Mar
    January 5, 2021

    I can’t wait for your 2020 bloopers video! 🙂 Love your videos! 🙂

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 5, 2021

      Thank you for always watching my videos!

      Reply

  • Charlotte Rinderknecht
    January 3, 2021

    I made my first board for a small gathering (2 couples) on New Year’s Eve and posted the picture on FB. WOW, You made it fun and it looked beautiful!
    Thank you and hope 2021

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 4, 2021

      I’m so glad this was helpful and inspiring!! Thank you for sharing that wonderful review with me, Charlotte!

      Reply

  • Rebeca Bravo
    January 1, 2021

    You inspired me to make one tonight. A bit smaller (we are only 3), but it came out beautifully. Wish I could post a picture here.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 2, 2021

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review, Rebeca! We love to see your photos of food! We have a Facebook group. where you can join and share your photos or post them on social and hashtag #natashaskitchen

      Reply

  • Renae Hicks
    January 1, 2021

    I did a Charcuterie board last night (New Years eve 2020) and it turned out so good. Not as pretty as yours, but it was still good.

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    • Natasha
      January 2, 2021

      That’s wonderful! I would love to see it. If you post a picture anywhere, please tag me #natashaskitchen. Happy New Year!

      Reply

  • Carol Lee Williamson
    January 1, 2021

    My 1st charcuterie!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 1, 2021

      I hope you loved it, Carol!

      Reply

  • Parvathi Mahtani
    January 1, 2021

    Thats just beautiful!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 1, 2021

      Thank you!

      Reply

  • Cindy Mcginnis
    December 31, 2020

    Thank you again for sharing another wonderful recipe! You have made my year wonderful with all the new recipes I learned from you! Happy New Year Natasha! I’m so excited to see what you have to bring next year ❤️

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 31, 2020

      YOu’re welcome, Cindy! I’m so happy you’re enjoying our recipes. Happy New Year!

      Reply

  • Luda Navarrete
    December 31, 2020

    Thanks for the tutorial:-)

    Reply

  • Sonia Doolan
    December 31, 2020

    Awesome Natasha! You’re cooking & tips are really useful & helpful when entertaining. Thank you.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 31, 2020

      Thank you for the wonderful review, Sonia!

      Reply

  • Angie landry
    December 30, 2020

    Natasha. What size is your round charcuterie board used in your video. I love love your show and your recipes. You have taught me so much.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 31, 2020

      Hi Angie, we have it linked in the recipe. We purchased the large size board.

      Reply

  • Toni
    December 29, 2020

    This is such a great idea for NYE! Thank you so much for sharing!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 30, 2020

      You’re so welcome, Toni. I hope you love it!

      Reply

  • Marilyn Berg
    December 29, 2020

    Loved the tutorial. I made my first charcuterie board over the summer and it was a bit hit. Got lots of great tips from your video. Btw we love your spaghetti and meatballs recipe and meatloaf. They have become family staples. Keep up the great work you are doing!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 29, 2020

      I’m glad you loved the video. I hope that you will love every recipe that you will try!

      Reply

  • Aneta
    December 29, 2020

    Natasha this is beautiful. Where did you buy this amazing cheese board?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 29, 2020

      Hi Aneta, we have it linked in the recipe post. Isn’t it beautiful! You can also find it HERE. We got the large one.

      Reply

  • Rita DelPercio
    December 29, 2020

    Natashia where can I purchase a board just like yours?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 29, 2020

      Hi Rita, we have it linked in the recipe post. Isn’t it beautiful! You can also find it HERE. We got a large one.

      Reply

      • Marguerite
        December 31, 2020

        Thank you so much for the quick response. You are the best!!

        Reply

  • Erin
    December 29, 2020

    This is going to be so fun for NYE! I can’t wait to go shopping for all the goodies.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 29, 2020

      I hope this will become a hit! Please let us know how it goes.

      Reply

  • Katie
    December 29, 2020

    Looks so good. I know my family will love this!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 29, 2020

      I hope this will become your family’s favorite! Enjoy!

      Reply

  • John
    December 29, 2020

    Great charcuterie tutorial. Your design is very artistic and functional. Who manufactured your board or where did you buy it?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 29, 2020

      Thank you for your good feedback, John. This is the board that I used.

      Reply

  • Colette Cameron
    December 29, 2020

    This is a fantastic tutorial! I can’t wait to make it! Just got to find myself one if those gorgeous round charcuterie board. Happy New Year Natasha! Thank you for all your wonderful recipes all year!

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    • Natasha
      December 29, 2020

      Oh that’s wonderful and thank you for that sweet compliment. I’d love to hear where you got your board. I’m sure it would help other readers since that is a common question. Happy New Year!

      Reply

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