Make a pot of Best Clam Chowder for this Epic Clam Chowder Dinner Board. Serve with shrimp cocktail, bread, your favorite crackers–dinner for 12!

Epic Clam Chowder Dinner Board

Friends, dinner boards are a great way to invite people to your home, around your table. If you haven’t tried my Best Clam Chowder, then you’re missing out!

Epic Clam Chowder Dinner Board

This recipe is great for my Chowder Dinner Board, but you can always buy store bought, too. So many have asked about the braiser in the middle of this board. It’s lightweight and fits perfectly!

LeCreuset 5-quart stainless steel braiser

Guys, I’m using my favorite 5-quart Stainless Steel Braiser that is lightweight and fits beautifully on these big boards. It’s shallow enough to not overpower the board. It comes with a lid, so you can serve the food hot (place a pothoolder down first). You can buy this LeCreuset 5-quart Stainless Steel Braiser [affiliate link] and I think you’ll love it!

BEST Clam Chowder Dinner Board

Friday is Fish Friday

Today I’ve made a Big Board that is perfect for a Friday night. (Do you eat fish on Fridays?)

Enjoy this Epic Clam Chowder Dinner Board!

You have two options. If you have time, make your own clam chowder.

BEST Epic Clam Chowder Dinner Board Recipe

I recommend my recipe, Best Clam Chowder. [Read the 214 comments if you are doubtful]. :) You can also try my Corn Salmon Chowder or my friend RecipeGirl’s Salmon Chowder. I also have a good recipe on the blog: Coconut Milk Tomato Mixed Seafood Soup.

Or, if you are short on time, BUY IT. Find a good quality at the grocery store, and that works, too!

Yes, your people don’t need to know your entertaining secrets or shortcuts.

The BEST Epic Clam Chowder Dinner Board

It’s not about you–It’s all abou them

I wish I could stamp this message on everyone’s email (and etch it in your minds):

Having people into your home is not about you. It’s all about them. You are giving of yourself, taking the time and resources to cook and nourish and provide a space for people to gather in. These moments of eating together are all about them. Not about you, as the hostess.

Stamp that in your mind. Copy it onto your screen or in your heart.

Dinner boards are a great way to show love and nourishment.

Easy Clam Chowder Dinner Board

Ingredients for Epic Clam Chowder Board

I love this board, with these ingredients:

  • BABY SHRIMP COCKTAILS (recipe below)

Easy Clam Chowder Dinner Board Recipe

All about the board!

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.

a large oval white serving tray

Everyday Enamelware Serving Tray

Today I’m using an Everyday Enamelware Serving Tray by LeCreuset!

It has a porcelain enamel durable coating, easy to clean, it’s shatterproof, and resistant to stains, scratches and rust. YAY!

It’s also lightweight and versatile, and I LOVE IT.

Did I mention, it’s food safe?

Use it for a tray to carry food or glasses to your deck, or as a food board!

You can buy the Everyday Enamelware Serving Tray by LeCreuset, HERE.

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.

Everyone asks about these mini appetizer and dessert tasting cups, filled with shrimp cocktail.

Add a mini fork to each cup–the final touch!

Garnish the board with fresh parsley!

Secret to keeping the soup hot?

Prepare the board ahead of time, with everything, but leave room for the soup in the middle.

I place a potholder in the middle of the board.

Right before serving, I add the hot pot of soup.

DELISH Epic Clam Chowder Dinner Board

Keep the lid on until you’re ready to dig in. Set out the bowls, spoons, and napkins!

So easy!

I was standing at the head of the table, hearing my people talking about what was going on in their lives.

It warmed my heart. So much, that I wanted to copy and paste that feeling of so much love around a big board of food, and etch it right onto my heart.

Copy and paste … when we hear or feel or see something that changes us, we need to figure out a way to remember it!

Happy hosting!

More dinner board ideas: EPIC Chili Dinner Board or Chicken Taco Bowl Board or Asian Inspired Cheese Board.

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Epic Clam Chowder Dinner Board


  • 3 24 oz. containers of clam chowder, or make your own
  • 2 pounds baby shrimp, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup cocktail sauce
  • 2 13 oz. loaves fresh bread, sliced
  • 2 5 oz. packages of crackers, your favorite kind served with clam chowder
  • 8 oz. bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • Parsley for garnish


  • On a large prepared board, place the empty pot that you will be cooking the soup in. Then arrange the bread around that pan.
  • Remove the pan and cook the soup. This allows you to have the right amount of space when ready to serve the hot soup.
  • In a large bowl, place the rinsed and drained (very well) baby shrimp. Add the cocktail sauce and lightly stir.
  • Into small cups, pour the shrimp cocktail. Add a mini fork, and garnish with fresh parsley. Place 8 cups on either side of the board.
  • In the open areas, arrange the crackers, and fill 2 small bowls with bacon and butter.
  • Add utensils, like mini forks, tongs, a knife for butter, and a spoon for the soup.
  • Place the hot soup on the hot pad (keep lid on). Remove the lid right before serving.
  • Optional to toast the bread right before serving, too.
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Epic Clam Chowder Dinner Board Recipe

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