Easy 3 Charcuterie Ideas for Hosting
These Easy 3 Charcuterie Ideas are a simple way to host. Serve an epic charcuterie board, tortellini sausage skewers, and smoked salmon dip!
Friends, today I’m sharing 3 charcuterie ideas (watch the video), plus sharing “the big board” info at the bottom of this post. See which board interests you for the weekend or upcoming holiday or game day!
I’m also answering some questions that readers have had regarding my boards! You can follow all my charcuterie/cheese board ideas by clicking the link. Also on my favorite “snack board” list is this Birthday Dessert Board. SO FUN!
How do you serve a charcuterie board?
A reader asked me yesterday about how to serve these boards. Do you set out toothpicks, small plates, napkins?
- We’ve always served our boards with small appetizer plates and plenty of napkins.
- But most foods are easy to pick up with your fingers for a quick bite!
- For a larger party, you definitely need small plates that guests can fill, and move on. Otherwise everyone is gathered around the board and there isn’t enough room!
How long can a charcuterie board sit out?
If you’re being extra-cautious, follow the USDA guidelines that recommend you toss perishable foods, including soft cheese, that have been left out at room temperature for longer than two hours.
Perishable foods include soft cheese, that have been left out at room temperature for longer than two hours. Obviously I stick with this guideline more in the summer when it’s super hot outside.
How to Make an Epic Charcuterie Board
Take a giant board that has a lip (raised edge) around the outside, so the food stays on the board. There is nothing worse than going to a party with a bunch of boards, and once the kids start in, it’s a huge mess.
You also want to purchase a FOOD SAFE board. Grab my BIG BOARD info below!
The Big Board®
Friends, The Big Board® is here! Yes, I’ve partnered with JK Adams, the premier woodmaking company in Vermont, with my own line of RE boards!
- 12 x 36-inch
- 23-inch Lazy Susan
- A board with a lip (or raised edged) so the food doesn’t fall off
- FOOD SAFE
- Made in the USA
- Undercut handles (a unique design)
Thank you for your support, as we’ve sold out so many times already!
Order The Big Board® today!
Where do I store my board?
Above our kitchen cabinets there is a big open space. I jump on a chair and put the board up top, out of the way. But my epic wooden board is also great as a piece of furniture in a living or family room. I’ve had a few readers send me pictures – really pretty! It’s great to get double use.
How do I clean my board?
Friends, with the new BIG BOARD’s that are food safe, all you have to do is lightly wipe down the boards (I use a hot rag with soap), and then do a light rinse. Wipe down immediatley and put away. EASY!
3 Charcuterie Ideas
In the meantime, we love to host with an epic charcuterie board and these 3 Charcuterie Ideas today. It’s great to serve for an appetizer (large group party) or just dinner. We love a charcuterie board for dinner. There’s plenty of food to graze and nosh on all the foods that you love!
More charcuterie board ideas:
Epic Shrimp Cocktail Charcuterie Board
Party Ham Rolls Charcuterie Board
Italian Bread Dipping Oil Charcuterie Board
Crunchy Breaded Fish Sticks Taco Board
How to make an Epic Charcuterie Board
What is a charcuterie board? This Epic Charcuterie Board is filled with cured meats, cheeses, veggies, nuts, olives, dried fruits, crackers, and more!
Tortellini Sausage Skewers Appetizer
Make this Tortellini Sausage Skewers Appetizer for your next dinner party, game day party, potluck, or tailgate party! Add to a giant charcuterie board!
Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe
Enjoy Smoked Salmon Dip Recipe for an any time of year snack, perfect for a holiday party or your favorite charcuterie or cheese board.
I’m really loving your charcuterie board. Its the perfect size for my parties. Would you mind telling me where you got that specific board please.
Check out The Big Board tab for all the links!
Just discovered your blog and Instagram! I’m in love! We bought the big board you have from Pier 1 and I just have one follow up question regarding seasoning it and making it food grade safe… we also purchased the butcher block oil you linked to above. Did you just sand and put that oil on, or did you follow all of the instructions on the oil bottle for how to apply? We aren’t sure if all of those additional steps are necessary or not. Thank you!!
Yes! Lightly sanded and rubbed it down really good. Have fun!
Hi Sandy I just love the Charcuteries on your webpage. I follow you on face book and decided to sign up now. I just gave my long time girlfriend your web page. She is having a baby shower and wants something nice but easy. When she saw it she loved it as well. I’ve done the taco one on cinco de mayo and the cheese plater one. Some many to try yet. I want to try the sausage tortalinni next. Keep up the great work.
Awesome, Mary! Thanks for letting me know. I’m excited for you!
I love your giant boards but what do you do with all that food? So curious.
We eat it, or share it with people! :) No food goes to waste in our home! :)
You are going to think I’m crazy, but I am dying to know what color lipstick you are wearing in your Charcuterie Board blog! The color brightens your whole face. You look lovely!
Also the Smoked Salmon Dip board is amazing,too!
I’m pretty sure I mixed 2 colors, a red and a pink! ACK! Sorry I don’t have that info. I know it was MAC though :)
When you invite people over a serve a charcuterie board, did you mention to your guests that you would be serve snacks? Appetizers? Food?
Go you just invite people over for the evening g and then have the board ready? I’m fine with inciting people over for dinner or desserts, but not sure about if I am providing s charcuterie board. Help.
You can say a light dinner, and serve a charctuerie board. Or, make one for a large group for appetizers. There really are no rules. Some people ask their guests to bring charcuterie items and they make it a potluck and they build the board together. You can also ask guests over for appetizers and wine (and serve a board). No hard rules :)