Learn How to Make a Charcuterie Board by displaying a fun dessert or appetizer tray using foods you like using cheeses, meats, nuts, fruit, chocolate in a simple step by step.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays and when I learned about these special Charcuterie trays I had to make one up. Of course the crafty person in me and my Valentine, Dan also made the tray.
What is a Charcuterie Board?
You may have experienced seeing one of these at a gathering especially a wedding or a shower creating a display of cheeses, meats, fruits, and wondered what they are all about. A charcuterie board is an easy way to display finger food on some kind of tray. I have mostly seen the wood looks because of where we live, but plates, marble, granite, or metal are some other ideas. You can give a distressed look by simply painting them even putting a cracked look or conversation piece using chalk paint would be awesome! For this special Valentine’s Day, I wanted to put my own twist into my charcuterie board adding little touches of Valentine’s.
What to Add to a Valentine charcuterie Board
Cheese: Really anything goes but when your thinking of color, try getting the cheese with white casings. Silton with Raspberries, Goat Cheese, or a block of simple cream cheese. (Cut it into a heart shape to add dimension)
Meat: For a sweet tray meat isn’t really a big deal to add but I chose salami and turkey slices. Again making them into hearts is fun. Adding prosciutto all curled up and ham would also be great.
Nuts: I love nuts so almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts…go crazy if you like. I do make sure they are all shelled for easy nibbling!
Dips: Try thinking about what your tray theme is. In this case on Valentine’s Day chocolate would be appropriate. So melting good chocolate like Gheradellie and having the good ol’ hazelnut as a spread. Adding jams, mustards, honey butter are some great options as well. If you want some amazing flavor to chocolate, check this out! So great for frostings too! One we did for this tray was the old marshmallow dip and cream cheese.
Crackers and slices of bread: One of my favorite snacks and make a wonderful compliment to meat and cheeses is adding a variety of crackers. The grocery stores also have those cute little slices of bread like pumpernickel or rye. I used a horse head cookie cutter for my bread.
Fruit: I love adding this to any try just because fruit can be so colorful and clean the palate for the next bite. Think color and theme again when choosing your fruits. For this charcuterie board, it fit to have raspberries, strawberries, and blood oranges.
Sweets: Well go nuts here! Another favorite! Chocolate is very fitting for this charcuterie board. Adding chocolate bars, kisses, round Lindor candy balls…so many choices when in the season of Valentine’s Day. I also loved adding Macaroons and heart-shaped cookies. We used the Raspberry flavoring again for the filling.
Put it All Together
Don’t be intimidated, the charcuterie boards are easy to assemble. Here are three easy steps for you to make a professional-looking board.
Step 1: Perfect Charcuterie Board
Think about your theme and how many you will be servin. Big group you will need a bigger platter or wooden tray. Living in the woods on a ranch we have lots of flat wood surfaces.
White marble, plates, round or rectangle also make beautiful charcuterie boards.
If your making a tray for two, think a bit smaller.
Step Two: Arrange Your Board
There is no wrong way to assemble a board, but for me I like to place all my “height” or large item first. Like bowls, cheeses, dips, pour pitchers.
Next are the meats and crackers. Roll meat, or cut into shapes. Stack crackers up giving height and even try making roses with meats and flat foods. Lay in a fan pattern or around taller dishes.
Lastly, I add the sweets like chocolate, fruits, candies, and nuts.
Step Three: Your Special Touch
This part is so fun as you can add herbs, eatable flowers, mint leaves again keeping with your theme it can be anything to make your special charcuterie board pop. Because we are a ranch, we had to add the horse head shape out of the bread. It added who we are too.
You just want everything on the tray to be eatable. My rose petals buds made the dessert tray smell divine!
The above trays my hubby and I made. We received a bunch of wood cabinets as a donation and decided to use them for this idea. The Cricut Maker helped with all the fonts using Expressions Vinyl in shiny black and gold. the western one seems to be a favorite around here!
Oh, how fun these trays are, and hope you try and make one at your next party for 2 or more!
LOVE DEEPER, TALK SWEETER, ENJOY THE SIMPLE LIFE,