52 Charcuterie Ideas That Impress - From Appetizers to Desserts

August 15, 2022 12 min read

52 Charcuterie Ideas That Impress - From Appetizers to Desserts

Whether you are having a party, or a simple family get together, charcuterie boards are an easy way to serve a range of foods. Simply arrange all the foods on a wooden cutting board, set it out, and watch the food get devoured. There are so many ways you can create a charcuterie board. Today, we will be sharing some of our favorites. 

 

 

Overall, the most common platter used in all 51 of these recipes, is actually a ROUND TRAY(not board).

Why? It's easier to carry around, and things don't fall out. You'll see each of our pairing recommendations for the following recipes.

1. Cheeseboard

Cheeseboard

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The salami in this charcuterie board gets arranged so it looks like flowers amongst all the other ingredients. The cheeses, meat, fruits, and nuts will keep everyone satisfied until the main meal is served. This charcuterie platter would look fabulous on this wooden board.

Related: We recommend the rectangular tray for this recipe.

2. Cheese and Fruit Board with Roses

Cheese and Fruit Board with Roses

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Add a little romance to your charcuterie boards by adding a few real roses. This board is filled with fruits and cheeses which complement each other. Use this round cheese board for the best results.

Make it look like the above recipe - use this recipe on the 13.5 round board!

3. Summer Snack Charcuterie Board

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Photo: Eating on a Dime

This summer snack board is perfect for those days by the pool. Simply set it out and let people snack in between time in the water. We find it is best to use a large rectangular wooden board for this snack tray.

Related: We recommend the rectangular tray for this recipe.

4. Charcuterie Board for Beginners

Charcuterie Board for Beginners

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If you have never made a charcuterie board before, we recommend starting with this beginner version. It has all the stuff you want on a board with easy-to-follow instructions. Round boards work best for this one.

Make it look like the above recipe - use this recipe on the 13.5 round board!

5. BBQ Chicken Board Recipe

BBQ Chicken Board Recipe

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Charcuterie boards are not all about meats, cheeses, and fruits. You can also place full meals on these boards! This BBQ chicken board is filled with all the yumminess of a BBQ dinner, but with fewer dishes. Grab a large wooden board when you go to make this one.

Related: We recommend the rectangular tray for this recipe.

6. BYO Yogurt Parfait Bar

BYO Yogurt Parfait Bar

Photo: Pinterest

Make your own bowl shops are popping up everywhere. So, why not create one in your own home. A large rectangular wooden board will work best when you are putting all the toppings out for your parfait bar.

Related: We recommend the rectangular tray for this recipe.

7. Mother’s Day Charcuterie Board

Mother’s Day Charcuterie Board

Photo: Pinterest

Any day can be Mother’s Day when you make this unique charcuterie board. Simply place everything on a round board and serve.

Make it look like the above recipe - use this recipe on the 13.5 round board!

8. Breakfast Charcuterie Board

Breakfast Charcuterie Board

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Serving breakfast will be much easier once you start making this breakfast charcuterie board. You can use a round, square, or rectangular wooden board for this recipe. We recommend taking the amount of food you are putting out into consideration before starting to pile it on the board.

Related: We recommend the rectangular tray for this recipe.

9. Basic Cheeseboard

Cheese-Board

Photo: Bare Feet In The Kitchen

Sometimes, all you need is a basic cheeseboard to serve as an appetizer. This one has everything you need to keep your guests, or family, happy until the rest of the food is put out. We recommend using a round wooden board when making this charcuterie board.

Make it look like the above recipe - use this recipe on the 13.5 round board!

10. Italian Bread Dipping Oil Charcuterie Board

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Photo: Reluctant Entertainer

Bread and dipping oils are becoming quite popular. Especially for those who are hosting wine parties. Simply add your favorite fruits, meats, and cheeses to this board to give everyone a few extra options. We recommend using a large round charcuterie board for this one.

Is it just me....or does this recipe looks like they're using our 16-inch round tray? :-) This charcuterie is perfect for the round tray!

11. Easy Fall Apple and Cheese Board

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Photo: Bless This Mess Please

Fall is the perfect time to serve up this apple and cheese platter. Apples are plentiful during this season, and you can choose from so many different varieties. Grab a rectangular board for this one, so you can fit everything on a single wooden board.

12. PB&J Snack Board

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Photo: The Baker Mama

If you always have kids in your house, you need to start making this PB&J snack board. Start with a round wooden board and fill it with PB&J sandwiches and a variety of other snack items.

13. Build Your Own Taco Board

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Photo: The Baker Mama

Creating a build your own taco board will make family taco nights a lot more fun. Simply pile all the ingredients onto a large wooden board and watch your family build all sorts of different tacos.

Related: We recommend the one of the trays for this recipe.

14. Epic Chili Dinner Board

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Photo: Reluctant Entertainer

A large round wooden board is the best option when you choose to serve this epic chili dinner board. Place a big bowl of chili in the middle and put all sorts of toppings around it. This is an easy way to put a little of everything out for everyone.

Related: Make it look like the above recipe and use it with our round tray.

15. Fries Board

Fries Board

Photo: Totally The Bomb

When it comes to appetizers, sometimes all you want is a large variety of French fries. This board is perfect for those moments, because it is filled with all kinds of fries and dipping sauces. Rectangular wooden boards work best for this one.

Make it look like the above recipe - use this recipe on the 13.5 round board!

16. Chicken Wing Charcuterie Board

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Photo: Passion for Savings

Chicken wing lovers will love diving into this board on game days. Fill it with different types of wings, as well as dipping sauces, celery, and carrots. We recommend using this type of wooden board.

Related: We recommend the rectangular tray for this recipe.

17. Epic Greek Charcuterie Board

Epic-Greek-Charcuterie-Board

Photo: Reluctant Entertainer

Large parties deserve epic charcuterie boards. That is where this Greek board can be helpful. It is filled with meats, cheeses, dried fruits, nuts, veggies, hummus, and pita bread. You’ll need a large rectangular wooden board to hold all this deliciousness!

Related: Make it look like the above recipe and use it with our round tray.

18. Epic Sandwich Charcuterie Board

Epic-Sandwich-Charcuterie-Board

Photo: Reluctant Entertainer

There are times when a charcuterie board can hold an entire meal. This sandwich board is one of those times. Serve this at lunchtime or as a late afternoon snack. While this recipe works well on a round wooden board, you can choose a rectangular one as well.

Related: Make it look like the above recipe and use it with our round tray.

19. Meat Lovers Charcuterie Board

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Photo: Hoosier Homemade

Meat lovers will love all the different meats that are piled up on this charcuterie board. Add a few olives and pickles and you have a board that will keep people full for a long time. Large rectangular wooden boards are best for this one.

20. Gluten Free Charcuterie Board

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Photo: Chelsea Joy Eats

Anyone who needs to eat gluten free foods will be happy to know that they can make their own charcuterie boards as well. There are so many foods that do not have gluten in them, and they can all be placed on a wooden board like this one.

21. Halloween Charcuterie Board

Halloween-Themed-Charcuterie-Board

Photo: The Soul Food Pot

The holidays are an excellent time to enjoy a few charcuterie boards you wouldn’t have at any other time of the year. This Halloween board will allow you to take spooky to the next level. Choose a round wooden board to make your Halloween charcuterie platter.

Related: This display will look much better on our round tray.

22. Pancake Charcuterie Board

Mothers-Day-Brunch

Photo: Classy Girls Wear Pearls

Large rectangular wooden boards are perfect for this pancake charcuterie board. Simply pile on the pancakes, bacon, fresh fruit, and whipped cream before letting everyone dig in. We recommend having a few mimosas ready to serve with it all.

23. Burrata Breakfast Charcuterie Board

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Photo: For Kin The Kitchen

Burrata, or brunch, charcuterie boards are an excellent way to serve multiple people at once. This board has eggs, toast, roasted veggies, potatoes, and the popular burrata cheese. We recommend using a round wooden board for serving it all.

Make it look like the above recipe - use this recipe on the 13.5 round board!

24. European Breakfast Platter

Breakfast-Charcuterie-Board-European-Breakfast-Platter

Photo: Foxes Love Lemons

This European platter is filled with sweet and savory options for the perfect breakfast. A simple round wooden board is sufficient for this platter.

Make it look like the above recipe - use this recipe on the 13.5 round board!

25. Tailgate Cheese Board

Tailgate-Cheese-Board

Photo: Foxes Love Lemons

Football fans will love this charcuterie board filled with cheeses, as well as sweet and salty snacks. The best part is you can keep refilling it, as things start to disappear. We recommend using a wooden board like this one.

Related: This board is most similar to our 10x16 walnut wood board

26. New Year’s Eve Snacks and Finger Foods

New-Years-Eve-Snack-Board

Photo: Foxes Love Lemons

You might need a couple large wooden boards to fit everything you need to serve New Year’s Eve snacks and finger foods. Follow this recipe to serve up snacks everyone will devour.

Related: We recommend the rectangular tray for this recipe.

27. Fajita Board

Fajita Board

Photo: Xoxoterri

A wooden board with a handle or a round wooden board will both work perfectly for this fajita board. We usually use the handle boards when serving individual fajita boards and the round ones for family style. Simply pile everything on the board and serve.

Related: We recommend the round tray for this recipe

28. Mexican Appetizer Snack Platter

MEXICAN APPETIZER SNACK PLATTER

Photo: The College Housewife

All sorts of Mexican flavors can be found on this snack platter. For best results, we recommend using a round wooden board. Although, you may need a tray instead of a board if you are serving a crowd.

Related: We recommend the round tray for this recipe

29. Epic Baked Potato Dinner Board

Baked Potato Dinner Board

Photo: Reluctant Entertainer

This baked potato dinner board is filled with all the fixings you need to make the ultimate baked potato. Simply place multiple toppings on a round wooden board with the baked potatoes. Everyone can take what they want and leave the rest.

Related: We recommend the round tray for this recipe

30. Summer Grazing Charcuterie Board

Summer Grazing Charcuterie Board

Photo: Pizzazzerie

Summer fruits and veggies take this charcuterie board to the next level. Switch things up a little and add your favorites to the mix. We recommend using this type of board when making this one.

Want to make it look like this? Use our rectangular tray

31. Caprese Salad Platter

Caprese-Salad-Plate-foodiecrush

Photo: Foodie Crush

Not many people know they can choose to make a caprese salad platter instead of a boring salad. People can fill their plates with everything or simply pick out what they want when they need a nibble or two. This type of wooden board is the perfect option for this salad platter.

Related: We recommend the rectangular tray for this recipe.

32. Vegetarian Mezze Platter

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Photo: Whats Gaby Cooking

This vegetarian mezze platter is filled with so many different Greek ingredients. It’s a bunch of healthy yumminess you won’t be able to resist. We recommend using a round wooden board for this platter.

Make it look like the above recipe - use this recipe on the 13.5 round board!

33. Chocolate Dessert Board

Chocolate-Dessert-Board

Photo: Modern Honey

This chocolate dessert board is filled with different types of chocolate, berries, Nutella, and a few other chocolatey delights. A large round wooden board is the perfect option for serving all this chocolate.

Make it look like the above recipe - use this recipe on the 13.5 round board! But if you're going for something this big, the round tray (16 inches) is probably better - things won't fall off when you make a charcuterie on a tray.

34. Simple S’mores Dessert Board

SIMPLE-Smores-Board

Photo: Simple Party Food

You know what you need to make s’mores, so why not throw it all onto a wooden board like this one and make life easy.

Related: We recommend the rectangular tray for this recipe.

35. Chocolate Covered Dessert Board

Chocolate-Dipped-Dessert-Board

Photo: Lemon Treed Welling

Chocolate lovers will enjoy all the chocolate coated goodies on this charcuterie dessert board. The options are almost endless with this one, so add a few of your favorites too! We recommend this type of wooden board for this dessert platter.

Make it look like the above recipe - use this recipe on the 13.5 round board!

36. Hot Chocolate Dessert Charcuterie Board

Hot-Chocolate-Dessert-Board

Photo: Number 2 Pencil

Grab your favorite wooden board and fill it with all the yummy ingredients you need for the perfect cup of hot chocolate. There are so many different types of add-ins you can place in your hot chocolate. Use these ideas and use your favorite options.

Make it look like the above recipe - use this recipe on the 13.5 round board! - it's not white like this picture but we think a rustic black walnut board makes it look even better!

37. Movie Night Snack Board

MOVIE NIGHT SNACK BOARD

Photo: Simply Made Recipes

There are so many different foods you can add to a movie night snack board. Obviously, you will want to have a little popcorn and candy. But throw a little fruit and cheese on the board to keep things healthy. When you are loading up this platter, consider using this wooden board.

A rustic wooden looking tray is perfect for this recipe - try our rectangular tray

38. Candy Charcuterie Board

Candy-Charcuterie

Photo: Love From The Oven

Sometimes get togethers require a little candy, or in this case, a lot of candy! There is no rule that states you can’t enjoy a candy charcuterie board whenever you want. So, make this one using a rectangular wooden board. Or choose a wooden board with a handle to keep things under control.

Related: We recommend the rectangular tray for this recipe.

39. Fresh Fruit Charcuterie Board

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Photo: Entertaining Diva

A round wooden board is perfect for this fresh fruit charcuterie platter. Use the fruits listed in this recipe. You can also choose seasonal fruits or your own personal favorites.

Related: We recommend the round tray for this recipe

40. French Charcuterie Platter

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Photo: Recipes From A Pantry

Sometimes simple is best when it comes to charcuterie platters. This French option is simple and uses a basic wooden board with a handle. A little bread, a few cheeses, meat, and fruit are all you need for this filling platter.

Related: This is for a small party of 2, we recommend the 10x16 board with handle for this perfect date night.

41. Southern Inspired Charcuterie Board

Black-Eyed-Pea-Salsa-recipe

Photo: Call Me Pmc

The black-eyed pea salsa is one of the things that turns this charcuterie board into a southerner’s dream. Use this type of wooden board for serving these delicious bites.

Related: This recipe above is using a patterned cutting board - we recommend the medium end grain for this.

42. Cold Antipasto Platter

cold-antipasto-platter

Photo: Just A Little Bit Of Bacon

During the warmer months of the year, no one wants to cook. That is where this cold antipasto platter can be an excellent option for snacks or a full meal. We recommend using this type of wooden board for this antipasto platter.

Related: We recommend the round tray for this recipe

43. Autumn Harvest Cheese Board

Autumn-Harvest-Cheese

Photo: Host The Toast

Lots of different cheeses are on this charcuterie board. But it is the bourbon apple butter, pumpkin hummus, and candied bacon that will get the most attention. A rectangular wooden board is best for serving this.

44. Winter Harvest Cheese Board

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Photo: The Baking Fairy

Seasonal fruits add a little extra to what could be a basic cheese board. We recommend using a rectangular wooden board. Oh, and make sure you have some fresh pears on hand. They taste really good with the blue cheese and prosciutto.

Related: the perfect board to go with this charcuterie would be the large 20x15 board

45. Colorful Spring Cheese Board

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Photo: The Forked Spoon

Different fruits and vegetables are key in this colorful spring cheese board. You can even put all the foods on different boards to really spread them out or to add extras to feed a crowd. A glass of wine will pair beautifully with this cheese board.

46. Holiday Cheese Board

holiday-cheeseboard

Photo: Eat Yourself Skinny

You can throw anything onto a large wooden board for the holidays. However, this recipe calls for amazing foods that will put everyone in the holiday spirit.

Related: We recommend the round board for this recipe

47. Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board

Thanksgiving-Cheese-Plate

Photo: Smack Of Flavor

All the flavors you want for Thanksgiving are included on this charcuterie board. We recommend using a round wooden board for serving all this food.

Related: We recommend the round tray for this recipe

48. Hot Dog Board

Hot Dog Board

Photo: The Baker Mama

This charcuterie board has it all. Hot dogs, buns, toppings, and a bunch of other snacks. It is perfect for those days when lots of kids are having fun at your house. We recommend using this type of board for serving.

Related: We recommend the round tray for this recipe

49. Magical Wizard Dessert Board

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Photo: Riles And Bash

Harry Potter fans will not be able to resist this magical wizard dessert board. Grab a large round wooden board, gather all the foods you will be using, and set up your dessert board. That’s it! Nice and easy, which is just how we like our charcuterie boards.

Related: Make it look like the above picture, and use our round tray for this recipe

50. Valentine’s Board

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Photo: Ottawa Mommy Club

Show your family, or significant other, how much you love them with this Valentine’s board. There’s lots of reds, pinks, and whites on this charcuterie board. We recommend using a large round wooden board for this.

Related: We recommend the round tray for this recipe

51. Bloody Mary Charcuterie Board

bloody-mary-charcuterie

Photo: Amandas Cookin

If you love Bloody Mary’s, you must make this charcuterie board and serve them at your next get together. A rectangular wooden board is perfect for all those Bloody Mary add-ins. 

Want it to look like the above picture? Use our rectangular tray for this recipe.

 

These are 51 charcuterie board ideas from appetizers to desserts. There is definitely a charcuterie board here you can use the next time you want to make one. Just make sure you have the proper wooden board beforehand, because it will make your life much easier for serving.