This Christmas Charcuterie Board is full of cheese, meats, and treats! It makes a great addition to any holiday gathering, large or small.
We love to serve Charcuterie Boards at all our parties. They have a little something for every guest to enjoy, and they look beautiful on a buffet spread or table. Read our Complete Guide to Making a Charcuterie Board, or check out our Halloween Board, or Valentine’s Day Board.
Christmas Charcuterie Board
Tis the season to be….snacking! I don’t know about you guys, but during Christmas I don’t want to be in the kitchen all the time cooking big meals. Usually my family has a big dinner on Christmas Eve, and then for the rest of the holidays we just kind of graze on leftovers and appetizers. I love making a Christmas Charcuterie Board like this because I can just set it out while we are visiting or playing games and everyone gets to pick and choose what they want. It is also great for holiday parties and gatherings.
What is a Charcuterie Board?
Charcuterie boards (pronounced “shar-KOO-tuh-ree”) are a trend that I have seen popping up everywhere! “Charcuterie” is a French term for displaying a variety of cured meats, mostly pork. Originally they included things like salami, prosciutto, and sausages. Modern charcuterie boards can have any variety of meats, cheeses, fruits, veggies, olives, nuts, and sauces. Typically the boards are arranged in an aesthetically pleasing and abundant fashion. This Christmas Charcuterie Board recipe is a little less traditional because I added some sweet elements as well. If you want to learn more about how to make a traditional charcuterie board, check out our recipe HERE.
Tips for Creating Your Board
This recipe can be used as a jumping off point for your own creations! If you want to copy exactly what I did, I can help you do that. However, if you are wanting to create something all your own, I have some tips for you.
- Charcuterie Boards are all about looking full and abundant. If you have a smaller group, start off with a smaller board so you can fill it up! The board I used for this recipe was 13×23 inches, but you can use any size depending on your needs.
- Head to a grocery store with a bulk section. That way, you can pick lots of different items without having to buy a huge box of each one.
- Try to find ingredients of all sizes, shapes, textures, colors, and flavors. The more variety, the more vibrant and interesting your Christmas Charcuterie Board will look!
- When you are styling your board, start with the bowls, then add larger items, then smaller items, then garnishes. Try to arrange it so similar colors aren’t touching. This will create depth and a more pleasing visual!
- If I am serving this at a party, I will bring along any remaining items that didn’t make it onto the board. That way if something runs out I can replenish it.
More Christmas Appetizer Ideas
- Cream Cheese Shrimp Dip
- Shrimp Cocktail
- Cranberry Cheese Ball
- Warm Bacon Dip in a Sourdough Bowl
- Pineapple Cheese Ball
How to Make a Christmas Charcuterie Board
- 1/2 cup cream cheese
- 1/2 cup cranberry salsa click link for recipe
- 3/4 cup goat cheese
- 1/4 cup dried cranberries
- 8 ounces marinated mozzarella pearls
- 11 ounces Mozzarella Rolloni I got mine at Trader Joe's, but you can make your own by rolling mozzarella slices and prosciutto together
- 3 baby cucumbers cut into spears
- 40 crackers I used a combination of sea salt crackers, cracked wheat crackers, and rosemary fig crackers.
- 1 cup chocolate covered pretzels
- 1 cup mint chocolate star cookies
- 1 cup mini gingerbread men cookies
- 10 Dove dark chocolate and peppermint bites
- 10 Ferrero Rocher chocolates
- 1/2 cup English toffee
- rosemary sprigs
- pomegranate seeds
- green grape clusters
- Start by cleaning your board.
- Place your three small bowls where you want them.
- Fill the small bowls. One with a layer of cream cheese and a layer of cranberry salsa, one with goat cheese and dried cranberries mixed together, and one with the marinated mozzarella pearls.
- Start placing your larger items around the board. Try not to put things that look alike too close to each other.
- Add the smaller items to fill in the spaces around the larger items.
- Fill in any extra space with rosemary, pomegranate seeds, and grape clusters.