Board options, food choices, serving amounts, and assembly tips – this is the ultimate guide to DIY charcuterie boards!
I love charcuterie boards.
Whether a small board for the family or a large setup for a crowd, charcuterie offers a yummy bite for every palette.
But how do you know which type of board to use?
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a master list of food options to mix and match, recommendations for the right servings, or an assembly how to?
Save this post for later because this is the ultimate guide to DIY charcuterie boards!
Charcuterie Board Materials
The ideal material for a charcuterie board is a hardwood that is non-porous so as not to soak in the flavors of the board.
- Maple Wood Charcuterie Board
2. Teak Wood Charcuterie Board
3. Cherry Wood Charcuterie Board
4. Acacia Wood Charcuterie Board
Charcuterie Board Food Choices
1. Charcuterie Cheese
Hard Cheese: Lower moisture, firmer in texture and shape. Often aged longer. Tend to be dry and crumbly.
Medium Cheese: Drier than soft cheeses. Work well for melting. Tend to be sharper in flavor.
- Monterey Jack
Soft Cheese: Moisture-rich. Not aged for long. Good for spreading.
- Cream Cheese/Neufchâtel
- Goat Cheese
2. Charcuterie Meat
- Sweet Bologna
- Hard Salami
3. Charcuterie Bread/Crackers
- Crusty Bread (French Baguette)
- Pretzel Thins
- Water Crackers
- Ritz Crackers
- Wheat Thins
- Tortilla Chips
4. Charuterie Fruit
- Dried Fruit
5. Charcuterie Vegetables
- Cherry Tomatoes
6. Charcuterie Nuts
7. Charcuterie Condiments
- Honey Mustard Dip
- Strawberry Ham
- Balsamic Vinaigrette
These are a general starting point, but it is helpful to work off of for any number of people.
For 12 People
- 42 oz cheese
- 20 oz meat
- 2 cups vegetables
- 1/2 bunch grapes
- 1 apple sliced
- 1 c nuts
- 1 baguette
- 8 oz crackers
- 1 condiment
Charcuterie Assembly Step-By-Step
- Take 3 various size small bowls and place on the board.
- Cheese. If 3 cheese types, then visually divide the board in 3 sections and place the cheese at random.
- Meat. Place in proximity to the cheese.
- Bread/Crackers. Place near the meat and cheese. Consider creating mini triangles on the board with the cheese/meat/bread.
- Fill in the gaps with fruit and vegetables.
- Fill one bowl with nuts and a spoon, and the next two with olives, pickles or condiments with a mini-spoon, mini-fork or mini-knife.
- Place signs in the cheese and meat as needed to clarify.
- Consider garnishing with basil leaves for visual appeal.
I hope this is a helpful guide to create your next charcuterie board, but tell me what else should be on this guide?
Any other suggestions or tips for boards, food options, assembly tips? I will update the post so that it is beneficial for us all!