The Ultimate Holiday Charcuterie Board Guide

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date December 13, 2019
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The holidays are officially upon us! That means it’s time to spend time with family and friends, eat great food, and throw festive holiday parties—complete with bountiful charcuterie boards.

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Now, without further ado, keep reading to find out how to turn any holiday party into its own Instagrammable event with the ultimate charcuterie board!

Include a Variety of Delicious Treats

Sure, a simple cheese board will please most crowds, but if you’re looking to make your charcuterie board a completely Instagrammable event, you’ll want to include a variety of different snacks. Mix savoury and sweet, pickled and candied. That way, you ensure that there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

The options are quite literally endless on what you can include in your spread. Some of the more classic charcuterie treats include:

  • Prosciutto
  • Salami
  • Brie
  • Goat cheese
  • White cheddar
  • Aged Gouda
  • Crackers
  • Glazed pecans
  • Figs
  • Apricots
  • Dried cranberries
  • Grapes
  • Apples
  • Pickles
  • Olives
  • Preserves or jam
  • Baguette
Overhead shot of a holiday charcuterie board

Add a Little Homemade Touch

The holiday season can be stressful enough without putting pressure on yourself to make sure everything in your charcuterie board is homemade. Store-bought items can make up just as much of an impressive spread. 

That being said, if you want to take your holiday charcuterie board to the next level, you should definitely consider adding a homemade flare! There are tons of recipes online that can reference when brainstorming what you want to make. 

If you’re feeling adventurous, try this pickled cranberry recipe by This Mess is Ours!

Plate It Right

Want to know a secret? There is no right way to plate your holiday charcuterie board! 

However, one recommendation we do suggest is to use a variety of different boards and plates when building your holiday spread. This will keep your plates light so they’re easily transportable from the kitchen to wherever your Instagrammable event of a holiday party is taking place. 

Another added bonus when doing so is that you’ll be able to separate foods based on dietary restrictions. This way you can keep your rolled prosciutto away from the vegetarians and the dairy-free cheese distinct for the vegans.

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Don’t Forget the Wine!

No holiday charcuterie board is complete without the perfect wine pairings! Luckily, there are a lot of options when it comes to finding the right wine to go with your spread.

In general, light-bodied reds, such as Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel pair best. If you’re looking for a white wine, crisp acidic whites like Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc work well with the fatty and salty foods included in most charcuterie boards. Dry rosé wines have enough fruit to match the spread and can meet the saltiness of the plate for a refreshing sip each time. 

With the right glass of wine in hand, any holiday party with a charcuterie spread is instantly turned into an Instagrammable event!

Keep It Simple

When it comes to building the ultimate holiday charcuterie board the best advice we can give is to keep it simple. There’s no need to go completely over the top (unless you want to). A charcuterie board can take any holiday party from mediocre to an Instagrammable event—and your guests will be sure to love it!

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