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.

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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.

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.


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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

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

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!
round charcuterie board with cured meats and cheese

Epic Charcuterie Board

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  • With a lip, so the food doesn’t fall off
  • Food safe
  • Made in the USA by the wood craftsmen at JK Adams

We are working out the details for sales in Canada, Holland, France, Ireland, Australia … Thank you for your patience, and thank you all for contacting me!

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  • 20-inch round for smaller gatherings
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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

There is not always one way to do something, as life is constantly changing and shifting.

Building boards are a little like that. 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 recipes:

Kid Friendly Charcuterie [Love from the Oven], Seafood Entertaining Charcuterie [RE], Tortellini Sausge Skewer Appetizer [RE]. Also my popular Chocolate Cheese Board. Grab all of my THE BIG BOARD ideas!

EASY Epic Charcuterie Board

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How to Make an Epic Charcuterie Board


  • 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


  • 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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