What is a charcuterie board? An Epic Charcuterie Board is filled with cured meats, cheese, veggies, nuts, olives, dried fruits, and crackers!

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! I share many ideas to inspire you to dive in and to make your own charcuterie or cheese board.

I was recently featured in the NY Post, The best charcuterie boards of 2021, per ‘The Big Board’ blogger! And have you bought my Big Board book that is now out in the big world?

Best Charcuterie Board

Get creative and come up with your own best charcuterie board ideas for dinner tonight, or for your next party. They are always a hit, like this Summer Stone Fruit Cheese Board!

Start with a good board. Visit my The Big Board page for lots of recipes and entertaining ideas, and to BUY THE BIG BOARD in 7 amazing sizes. If you’re making one for two people, then you’ll love this: Epic Charcuterie Board for Two.

rectangular charcuterie board

What typically goes on a charcuterie board?

Here’s a quick list of what typically goes on a meat and cheese board:

  • Meats – Include a variety of meats like salami and proscuitto. 
  • Cheese – We love to add a hard cheese and a soft cheese, like a parmesan or cheddar, and then a soft cheese like goat cheese, or creamy brie. Check out this Winter Brie Charcuterie Board.
  • Crackers and bread – A sturdy cracker is important. Add a multigrain crackers or crisps, like our favorite Lesley Stowe Crackers. Bread is another option!
  • Fruit (and veggies) – Fresh fruit is a favorite on our cheese boards, but you can also add dried fruit. Think of fruits and veggies that are in season, or that go well with dips and cheese. You may like this Eat the Rainbow Charcuterie Board full of beautiful colors.
  • Olives – A varetiy of olives are used, from Pitted Olives Jubilee to Aglio Green Pitted Olives. We also love Kalamata olives, or an olive medley.
  • Dips and spreads – Add your favorite cheese dip or savory spread. A small bowl of marmalade or fig jam is also tasty on a charcuterie board. Hummus is always a big hit, so check out this Ultimate Classic Hummus Board.
  • Nuts – What’s your favorite nuts? Simply sprinkle a few around  the board, or fill in any open areas with nuts (almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts). We’ve layed down most nuts on a charcuterie board (but not peanuts, that do not seem to go with cheese and meat). You can pour them in small bowls, too, if you want to keep the nuts separate from other foods. I sell a great set of “nesting bowls” that are perfect for a charcuterie or cheese board.

woman in red shirt holding a big, round, epic charcuterie board

How to Make an Epic Charcuterie Board

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

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.

Check out this post: How to make a Charcuterie Board for more tips!

For the BIG BOARD, if you want to make a dinner board, try this Epic Baked Potato Dinner Board, or this Easy Taco Recipe Dinner Board, or EPIC Chili Dinner Board for delicious, wholesome meals.

Epic Charcuterie Board ingredients

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:) 

For this epic board today, we used these ingredients:

  • Olive Bruschetta
  • Roasted Pepper Bruschett
  • 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

EASY Epic Charcuterie Board

How do you say charcuterie board?

How do you say charcuterie? It’s pronounced “shahr-ku-tuh-ree” and it means the art of preparing and assembling cured meats and other meat products!
 
Essentially, charcuterie means cured meats (or the process of curing).
 
round charcuterie board with cured meats and cheese

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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

Building boards is easy. No board is ever the same.

Make it your own, use what you have. And never apologize for a culinary mistake.

Enjoy bringing people together with great food, and I think you’ll be surprised how casual and easy it is to serve a charcuterie board.

woman holding a round, epic charcuterie breakfast board

More cheese board recipes:

Grab all of my THE BIG BOARD ideas!

Best Charcuterie Board

How to make a Fall Cheese Board

This beautiful Winter Burrata Charcuterie Board 

Easy Winter Charcuterie Board

Epic Vegan Charcuterie Board

My BIG BOARDS do not need to be seasoned, but if you need to season a board:

How to Season a Charcuterie Board

woman holding a large round board with crackers, cheese, meets, and fruit

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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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a large wood charcuterie board filled with meat, cheese mveggies, dips, olives, and more

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