Easy 3 Charcuterie Ideas for Hosting
These Easy 3 Charcuterie Ideas are a delicious way to host. Serve an epic charcuterie board, tortellini sausage skewers appetizer, and a smoked salmon dip!
Friends, today I’m sharing 3 charcuterie ideas (watch the video), plus linking to all my favorite boards in this post. See which board interests you for the weekend or upcoming game day, Valentine’s Day, and any hosting opportunity coming up!
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 BakerMama’s Snowman Snack Board, her Birthday Dessert Board, and Pancake 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 (if not food-friendly, layer with parchment paper:) You can also season your board with mineral oil and beeswax, if not food-safe. Research this yourself and decide what method is best for you.
The best board has a lip around the outside so the food does not fall off! (Mine has a 2-inch lip).
28-inch Charcuterie Board
We bought this giant board (28-inches in diameter with a 2-inch lip) at Pier 1 last fall here in Bend, Oregon. It’s solid wood and SUPER heavy (just warning you). Even thought it’s very beautiful, you need a strong core to carry this around!
How to season a Charcuterie Board
If a wood board says it “not food safe,” you can lightly sand it down with sand paper, and rub down with beeswax and mineral oil.
We used this butcher block and cutting board oil conditioner after we lightly sanded the board down.
Or, lay down parchment paper! Easy peasy!
Where do I store my board?
Above our kitcen 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?
When we bought our wood board we lightly sanded it and added beeswax and mineral oil. It did not say it was “food safe” so this was the process that we took to make it food safe.
- After each use, whip down with a hot rag (I put a little soap on the rag).
- Rinse very well with hot water; dry and store.
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:
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.