What is a charcuterie board? This Epic Charcuterie Board is filled with cured meats, cheeses, veggies, nuts, olives, dried fruits, crackers, and more! Watch the VIDEO below!

Hands dipping bread into olive oil and cutting cheese, on a giant Charcuterie Board

Friends, everyone asks, what is a charcutier board? Whether for dinner for the family, or an appetizer for a party, we are all about “charcuteries” here on RE! Here are a ton of ideas to inspire you to dive in and make your own charcuterie. Visit my The Big Board page for lots of recipes!

How to Make an Epic Charcuterie Board

Essentially, charcuterie means cured meats (or the process of curing).

This post is all about how to make a charcuterie, with a video included! First off, there are no hard rules for making a charcuterie. Make it your own, change it up, think outside the box! That is what makes charcuteries so interesting and fun, they are always different.

For the BIG BOARD … read below for all the details. And you may want to try this Epic Baked Potato Dinner Board, or this Easy Taco Recipe Dinner Board, or EPIC Chili Dinner Board for Game Day!

How to Make an Epic Charcuterie Board

What goes on a Charcuterie Board?

But first, we hosted several parties over the holidays, and today I’m showing you How to Make an Epic Charcuterie Board! (A smaller version, visit my Meat, Cheese and Olive Charcuterie Board recipe.)

These foods typically go on a charcuterie board:

  • Cured meats
  • Cheese
  • Olives
  • Nuts
  • Dried Fruit
  • Crackers or baguette bread
  • Jelly or jam

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.

28-inch Charcuterie Board

Friends, here are the boards that I LOVE. A “lip” is the secret to the best charcuterie or dinner board, because the food does not fall off. [This post has affiliate links. Every purchase from these links supports RE at no extra cost to you. Thank you!]

Here are the affiliate links:

LARGE Hand-Carved Gabrielle Tray, Large – 28.5 inches round.

LARGE Hand-Carved Gabrielle Tray (gray) – 24 inches round.

MEDIUM Hand-Carved Vine Round Tray (white washed)

SMALL Hand-Carved Gabrielle Tray (gray) – 18 inches.

Rememember it says it is “not food safe,” so you need to prepare the board by either laying down parchment paper under the food, or you can “season” it like we did.

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.

Follow along how to season a charcuterie board for the details, but we used this butcher block and cutting board oil conditioner after we lightly sanded the board down.

NEW 20″ BOARD FROM TARGET

Here’s a 20-inch wood board from Target with a lip around the outside!

I also found this on Amazon, a LARGE charcuterie board, but it doesn’t have a lip. This Pine Extra Large Charcuterie Board is 22 inches round.

Epic Charcuterie Board ingredients

How to arrange a charcuterie board

  1. Set on it with 3-4 small bowls of olive oil; add the dipping spices!
  2. Fill in the spaces with meats, cheeses, vegetables, crackers, figs, olives, and nuts.
  3. Don’t forget the diffent flavors of bruschetta.
  4. Baguette slices and crostini crackers!

How to Make the BEST Epic Charcuterie Board

Christmas was magical for our family. First of all, the best gift is being together.

The next best gift is making new memories. And sometimes throwing in a tradition or two.

One thing we did the week of Christmas was take the kids to see the movie, Wonder. It’s a must-see movie for everyone, all ages!

We went to church and loved the message that our Pastor Pete gave. I took away this beautiful quote from CK Chesterton:

“Christmas is built upon a beautiful and intentional paradox; that the birth of the homeless should be celebrated in every home.” ― G.K. Chesterton

How to Make an Epic Charcuterie Board

Then after much delicious foods and movies and naps …

Laughter, gifts, and family walks.

We enjoyed the quiet and beauty of snow, ending with a gorgeous sunset.

How to Make an Epic Charcuterie Board

For New Year’s, this Epic Charcuterie Board will mean you are making the best appetizer for your guests or party this year!

Cheers!

More recipes:

Kid Friendly Charcuterie [Love from the Oven], Seafood Entertaining Charcuterie [RE], Tortellini Sausge Skewer Appetizer [RE], Single Serve Charcuterie [Tried and Tasty].

EASY Epic Charcuterie Board

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How to Make an Epic Charcuterie Board

Ingredients

  • 1 jar Italian Olive Bruschetta
  • 1 jar Italian Roasted Pepper Bruschett
  • 1 jar Italian Garden Vegetable Bruschetta
  • Red Wine Salami, sliced
  • Black Pepper Dry Cured Sausage, sliced
  • Italian Herb Dry Cured Sausage, sliced
  • Sweet Casalingo Dry Cured Sausage, sliced
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Soft cheese
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for dipping
  • Roasted Garlic & Parmesan Seasoning Spices
  • Garlic Pepper & Tomato Seasoning Spices
  • Crostini Original (bread or crackers)
  • Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Seasoning Spices
  • Rosemary & Garlic Seasoning Spices
  • Baguette Bread
  • Veggies and miscellaneous crackers
  • Figs, sliced
  • Almonds
  • Olives

Instructions

  • Prepare board with parchment paper if not food safe. You can also use beeswax and mineral oil to season the board.
  • Slice meats, and place on the board with cheeses.
  • Wash and dry fruits and vegetables; thinly slice.
  • Place small bowls on your board and fill with olives, nuts and bruschetta (or any other favorite dips).
  • Lay down 3-4 flatter small dishes and fill with olive oil; sprinkle with DeLallo Foods dipping spices.
  • Place meats, cheeses, sliced baguette and crackers around the board.
  • Lay fruits and vegetables around the board.
  • Fill in blank spots with salami pieces folded in quarters.

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DeLallo Foods sent me this gift as a holiday thank you, but as always, all opinions are my own.

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