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Small charcuterie board


If you’re in the mood for a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer, look no further than this small charcuterie board! It’s perfect for a party or gathering and can be customized to your liking.

Small charcuterie boards bring all the big flavors in a smaller package and are perfect for when you want all the flavor of a big board, but without all the work.

Plus, they’re great for parties or gatherings where you want to provide a variety of options for your guests. And best of all, they’re really easy to make! Your guests will love this tasty treat, and you’ll love how easy it was to put together.

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wooden serving board filled with fruits, sliced deli meat and cubed cheese

Small charcuterie board

Charcuterie boards are all the rage these days and for good reason! They make a great appetizer or main course, and they’re pretty easy to put together. But sometimes, you just don’t want to deal with all the slicing and dicing that goes into making a big board. That’s where small charcuterie boards come in!

Why you’ll love this recipe

This simple charcuterie board is a perfect appetizer for any party, gathering, or date night.

With a little bit of planning, you can create a board that is both delicious and visually appealing.

This recipe is a great way to show off your culinary skills without any cooking involved.

This affordable charcuterie board is a great way to try new foods and flavors.

They are also a great way to get everyone involved in the meal and conversations as they always bring excitement to the table.

Key Ingredients

ingredients to make Small charcuterie board with fresh berries, cheese, salami

Ingredient Notes

Cured meat-thin slices of genoa salami

Sliced cheese – buy a whole block of firm cheese and slice it into small cubes.

Fresh Fruit – choose seasonal fruits, colorful fruits make the best presentation.

Crackers -something hardy that can be used as a “scoop” for soft cheese or dip.

Extras – black olives, green olives

You’ll also need

  • a smaller board, wooden for better presentation.
  • small bowls for dips, spreads, wet ingredients
  • serving toothpicks

How To Make a small charcuterie board

Step 1. Gather ingredients. Begin by choosing a variety of your favorite meats, cheeses, and other ingredients that you think will go well together.

Step 2. Start with a base. Choose a small cutting wood board, serving platter, tray, or even a plate as your base.

Step 3. Arrange. Once you’ve gathered all of the ingredients you need, it’s time to start assembling your board. Start with crackers, and choose a couple of varieties to add to the board. Next arrange sliced meats, cubed cheese, and grapes, and add bowls with olives. Arrange all ingredients on the board in an attractive manner. In general start with the bigger pieces and work your way up to the smaller ones.

Step 4. Add some color. Once the meats and cheeses are in place, it’s time to add some color! Choose a variety of berries, fruits, or vegetables to add to the board. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

wooden serving board with fresh berries, olives, salami and cheese

Choosing Meats for Charcuterie board

When it comes to creating an epic charcuterie board, it all starts with choosing the right ingredients. Sure, you could just go to your local grocery store and grab whatever looks good, but if you really want to impress your guests, you’ll need to put in a little bit of extra effort.

There are many different types of meat that can be used to make a charcuterie board. It is important to consider both the flavor and the texture of the meat.

  • Cured meats, are typically very flavorful and tend to be on the dryer side.
  • Fresh meats, such as chicken or beef, can also be used, although they will not have as much flavor as cured meats.

Some of the most popular options include ham, salami, prosciutto, chorizo and pancetta. You can also use less traditional meats such as chicken or turkey.

The sky is the limit when it comes to choosing meats for your charcuterie board. Just be sure to choose a variety of meats that will please everyone’s taste buds.

Choosing Cheese for Charcuterie Board

When it comes to choosing cheeses for your charcuterie board, there are also many options.

Some of the most popular cheese choices for charcuterie boards include cheddar, brie, gouda, and mozzarella. You can even use soft cheese such as goat cheese, or cream cheese.

Hard cheeses options, such as sharp cheddar, Parmesan, or Gouda, are also good options for adding some creaminess to the board, while soft cheeses, such as creamy brie, or goat cheese, and blue cheese can add a bit of sweetness.

You can even skip the meat completely and create a small cheese board only using your favorite cheeses.

Extra Items for Your Charcuterie board

When putting together your charcuterie board, it is important to start with a few basic components and then build from there. In addition to meat and cheese, your charcuterie board should also include a variety of other items.

Crackers and bread– pita crackers, sourdough bread toasts, sliced baguette, mini breadsticks, almond flour crackers. We love water crackers, whole wheat crackers, and even pita chips. Start by spreading out a layer of crackers or bread on the bottom of the board.

Fruit – orange slices, green grapes, red grapes, sliced apples.

Vegetables – grape tomatoes, carrots, celery, sliced bell peppers.

Nuts – Marcona almonds, pistachios, cashews.

Pickled vegetables – such as peppers, onions, and olives can help to balance out the flavors of the other ingredients on the board.

Don’t forget the dips and spreads – they make everything taste even better! We love hummus, tzatziki, and even ranch dressing.

And if you really want to take things to the next level, throw in some honey or fig jam.

Serving tips

When putting together your small charcuterie board, make sure to pay attention to the presentation. This is a dish that is meant to be enjoyed with the eyes as well as the taste buds.

Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Storing tips

Place the board on a plate or cutting board and cover it with plastic wrap. Be sure to press the plastic wrap down onto the surface of the board so that it is airtight. This will help to keep the meats and cheeses fresh for longer.

Then, place the board in the refrigerator and allow it to cool for at least an hour before serving.

If you’re not planning on serving the board right away, you can also store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

close up image of the charcuterie board with cubed cheese, green and black olives, red grapes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is a charcuterie board?

A charcuterie board is a type of appetizer that typically includes various meats, cheeses, and other savory items.
These boards can be either small or large in size, and they are often served as part of a larger meal or as an hors d’oeuvre. Charcuterie boards can be customized. The amount and variety of ingredients that you include on your board will depend on your personal preferences and the number of people that you are serving.

Where does The Word “Charcuterie” Come From?

The word “charcuterie” comes from the French word for meat (charcutier), and it refers to the art of preparing and cooking meats. Charcuterie boards are often used as a way to showcase this art, as they allow for a variety of different meats and cheeses to be displayed in one place.

small wooden charcuterie board filled with colorful fruits, crackers, olives.

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wooden serving board filled with fruits, sliced deli meat and cubed cheese

Small charcuterie board

Natalia-Flavorful Home
If you're in the mood for a delicious and easy-to-make appetizer, look no further than this small charcuterie board! It's perfect for a party or gathering and can be customized to your liking.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • wooden serving board

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 lb genoa salami thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb Gouda cheese
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives pitted and halved (black)
  • 1/2 cup green olives pitted and halved
  • 1 pound red grapes
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 1 pint blackberries
  • crackers your favorite kind

Instructions
 

  • Gather ingredients. Begin by choosing a variety of your favorite meats, cheeses, and other ingredients that you think will go well together.
  • Start with a base. Choose a small cutting wood board, serving platter, tray, or even a plate as your base.
  • Arrange. Once you've gathered all of the ingredients you need, it's time to start assembling your board. Start with crackers, and choose a couple of varieties to add to the board. Next arrange sliced meats, cubed cheese, and grapes, and add bowls with olives. Arrange all ingredients on the board in an attractive manner. In general start with the bigger pieces and work your way up to the smaller ones.
  • Add some color. Once the meats and cheeses are in place, it's time to add some color! Choose a variety of berries, fruits, or vegetables to add to the board. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Notes

Serve at room temperature or chilled.
To store: place the board on a plate or cutting board and cover it with plastic wrap. Be sure to press the plastic wrap down onto the surface of the board so that it is airtight. This will help to keep the meats and cheeses fresh for longer.

Nutrition

Calories: 672kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 31gFat: 41gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 2277mgPotassium: 884mgFiber: 16gSugar: 30gVitamin A: 819IUVitamin C: 59mgCalcium: 497mgIron: 3mg
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Natalia is a recipe developer, food photographer, and home cook. She started Flavorful Home to document her recipes and share home cooking tips. She loves creating flavorful and nutritious meals while keeping the cooking process simple and joyful!

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