See How To Make A Christmas Charcuterie Board for the holidays. It’s filled with cheese, meat, crackers, fruit, olives, and more.
The price of this charcuterie board will vary based on what you decide to use to create the board. However, our guide offers some suggestions of ingredients to use for inspiration to get you started.
If you need a festive holiday appetizer, we have the BEST idea for you. A Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board is a fabulous centerpiece on any Christmas food table. Folks always make a fuss over it and love grazing on it throughout the night.
A charcuterie board is a simple way to feed a crowd. It offers a little bit of everything, so there is always something for even the pickiest of eaters. The cute tree shape provides a little extra holiday cheer and makes for the best finger food appetizer.
Sometimes creating a charcuterie board can be somewhat overwhelming. What ingredients to use, how much, and where to start are all common questions. We have some tips for you to help create the perfect board for your holiday party.
- Cheese – Brie, Medium Cheddar, Colby Jack, Jalapeno and Goat Cheese
- Meat – Prosciutto and Salami
- Fruit – raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and persimmon
- Olives – green and kalamata
- Candy – peppermint discs, candy canes, and almond roca
- Yogurt Pretzels
NOTE: This is the first recipe on our website that we didn’t price. This is because charcuterie boards are highly customizable and all up to your personal taste. Because of this, the ingredients above, and in this post, are more of a guide than a recipe.
- First, begin with a tree shape or large board, as the base for placing the items on.
- Next, set a star shaped bowl at the top, and fill it with raspberries. Add olives to the other bowls. Then, use the largest items first, like the brie cheese and persimmon.
- Move to the medium size items next. This could include the cheese and prosciutto.
- Add more medium size items such as the goat cheese, crackers, and salami.
- Look for any holes in the board. Fill these holes with the smallest items, including fruit and candy.
- Finally, add small pieces of green for the tree before serving.
RECIPE VARIATIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS
- The beauty with this recipe is the flexibility. Use what you love most and be creative. For example, if you do not care for raspberries, substitute them out for red grapes. You really cannot go wrong with substitutions in this recipe.
- Some delicious sesaonl additions would be: pomegranate arils, sugared cranberries, figs or fig jam, or even pear slices.
Serve: You can keep the Christmas Tree Charcuterie board out for about two hours before the meat and cheese will need to be stored in the refrigerator.
Store: Keep the meat and cheese in storage bags or containers in the refrigerator. Cover and store everything else at room temperature.
- Tree Board
- Cutting board
- Chef’s knife
- Cheese Knife Set
A cheese board is typically limited to cheeses and some food items that pair well with those cheeses. In comparison, a charcuterie board focuses on meats and foods that pair well with it. A charcuterie board typically offers more things than a cheeseboard.
Jam is an excellent addition to any charcuterie board. Seasonal jams are a great option. Raspberry, Apricot, Orange Cranberry, Plum Apple, and Blackberry are some of our favorites.
Typically, a wooden cutting board is what you use when putting together a charcuterie board. However, this is not a requirement. You can still put a beautiful board together using a serving platter or a food-grade slate if you do not have one.
GET KIDS INVOLVED
Ages 2-3: Your little one can help fill the bowls with raspberries and olives. A fun counting activity will be to count the items as they put them in the bowls.
Ages 4-5: Have your child help identify the holes in the board and fill them in with the smaller candy and fruit items. They can practice counting as they place the items on the board. You can also create word problems for them to solve using the food items they place.
Ages 6-8: Your child can help prep the ingredients for the board. They can unwrap the crackers, roll the meats, wash the fruits, etc. Let them use their creativity to help add the greens for the tree at the end.
Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe, unsupervised, while you do the happy dance in the corner!
Take an inventory of your fridge before going out to buy all the ingredients we use on this board. You may be surprised at what you already have in your fridge and pantry that you can use to make this Christmas Charcuterie Board.
Also, use in-season produce. This tip will help keep your costs down when purchasing the ingredients.
MORE CHRISTMAS RECIPES
- Christmas Fudge
- Gingerbread Cookie Bars
- Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix
- Pomegranate Salad
- Peppermint Cheesecake Dip
- Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad
- Gingerbread Cheesecake Dip
- Homemade Eggnog
- Cranberry Jello Salad
- Crockpot Cranberry Meatballs
- Cranberry Party Punch
How To Make A Christmas Charcuterie Board
- Tree Board
- cutting board
- chef's knife
- Cheese Knife Set
- Medium Cheddar
- Colby Jack
- Pepper Jack
- Goat Cheese
- Yogurt Pretzels
- Peppermint discs
- Candy canes
- Almond roca
- Greens for decorating
- Start with a tree shape or large board.
- Place a star shaped bowl for the raspberries first, and add olives to other bowls.
- Then add the largest items like the brie cheese and persimmon.
- Now add the medium size items like the cheese and prosciutto.
- Next add more medium size items like the goat cheese, crackers and salami.
- Fill the holes with the smallest items like fruit and candy.
- Then add small pieces of green for the tree.
- Serve immediately.