How to Make a Creative Charcuterie Platter for Any Occasion
Making a DYI creative charcuterie platter is easier than it seems, not to mention the cost is a fraction of ready-made ones. All you need is a bit of imagination and research into the beneficiary’s tastes.
Select various flavours, textures and colours for your platter or board that will satisfy even the fussiest eaters.
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The beauty of a creative charcuterie platter is that it looks impressive and appetizing, so it should sort out fussiness. You also have the choice to include all groups of foods you desire, according to your lifestyle or specific diets.
Besides, it can make the centrepiece on any festive dinner table, be it Christmas or New Year’s, Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, International Children’s Day, birthday and any other important day, not to mention a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner for two or a house party.
Anything goes, even a fancy weekday dinner when you don’t know what to cook and storm the fridge for open packs (still in date!) of cheese and meats.
Although humans have eaten cured meats for tens of thousands of years, the art of charcuterie is more related to Renaissance France. In modern times, charcuterie became increasingly popular worldwide because of its pleasant visual presentation and the fact that it permits using a large variety of ingredients at once.
What Type of Dish is Best For a Creative Charcuterie Platter?
A large round or oval porcelain platter or a bamboo board will do. A fancy board with accessories will make a better impression, of course, but a platter stored for ages somewhere in the cupboard it’s just fine for the job, too.
The porcelain platter I typically use is oval and 40 cm/16″ long. That counts as a “large” board that, when filled with goodies, sells for about £150, yet you can make it with under £10, and none will be the wiser!
A large platter easily feeds four people. Of course, you will need a few of them for parties, depending on how many guests you expect.
Ingredients for a Basic Board
Any charcuterie platter or board should contain a few essential ingredients you can work with to create a culinary masterpiece:
- cheese – include an assortment of flavours (salty, sweet, spicy, savoury) and textures (creamy, chewy, brittle, dense)
- meats – cured, cooked, smoked, paper-thin slices (prosciutto, ham) or thick slices (salamis)
- raw vegetables – include several colours and textures
- fruits and nuts – fresh/dried fruits; any nuts (check for nut allergy!)
- dips and spreads – jam, humous etc
- treats/sweets (optional) – depending on the occasion
What you choose to include on your charcuterie platter is as important as the presentation.
Firstly, I recommend using organic products from a source you trust or homemade (jam, humous, sausages).
For packed foods, check the expiring date. If the packs were already opened, make sure they still are in the recommended time frame for safe consumption.
How to Assemble Creatively the Charcuterie Platter
Use a clean, dry platter or board. Make sure you have enough room on the worktop for all the ingredients.
Start with washing, peeling and chopping the vegetables. Prepare the other ingredients that are okay at room temperature for longer (olives, nuts, fruits).
Always use labelled chopping boards when cutting foods to avoid cross-contamination.
Use the right slicer for the vegetables, according to the style you choose to cut them. For a skilled cook, a professional knife can sort it. For more design options and speed, I recommend using a multi-blade cutter.
Combine and position the basic ingredients to make them easily accessible to everybody at the table.
Given the plethora of tastes and textures, perhaps it is good to use flavour-free bread/crackers. I used fennel Taralli for this platter because I wanted to finish an open bag before it became soggy (moisture affects food quality, especially in a humid climate.) The combination of flavours was interesting, enhanced by the warm, sweet aroma of fennel seeds.
When you finish placing the vegetables and crackers on the platter, bring the cheese out of the fridge, slice or cut it into cubes and put it among the rest of the ingredients.
Continue with the meats. Use a meat labelled chopping board to slice or cut them as preferred and place them on the platter in an eye-pleasing manner.
Sprinkle dried fruits and chopped nuts over the platter. Optionally, add sweet treats that can make a dessert for this meal.
Serve immediately, paired with a wine of choice or cover the platter with cling film and keep it in the fridge if your guests haven’t arrived yet.
Use kitchen tongs or toothpicks (children, especially, would find it fun!) to fill your plate and enjoy!
Your creative charcuterie board looks epic and guaranteed will impress anyone partaking! Pair it with a glass of wine and bon appetite!
Creative Charcuterie Platter
- Labelled chopping boards
- Chef knife
- Large porcelain platter
- Serving plates
- 1 carrot organic, large
- 1 cucumber organic, large (or two small)
- 1 tomato organic, large
- 1½ bell pepper organic, optional
- 1 handful Nocellara olives or any other type
- 1 handful savoury Taralli or bread sticks, crackers, bread
- 150 g smoked bacon (kaiser ham) or any other ham
- 150 g spicy chorizo or any other sausage/salami
- 50 g cow cheese
- 50 g dense goat cheese
- 50 g sheep cheese
- 50 g soft cheese
- 2 tbsp apricot or strawberry jam organic
- 1 tbsp medium-hot mustard for meats optional
- 1 handful dried cranberries or any other dried/fresh fruit
- 1 handful chopped walnuts or any other nut
- Wash, peel and slice the vegetables. Use labelled boards for each ingredient group to avoid cross-contamination. For creativity, use a slicer with various blades.
- Combine and position the basic ingredients to make them easily accessible to everybody at the table.
- Bring the cheeses out of the fridge, cut/slice and add them creatively among the other ingredients.
- Slice the meats using a meat-labelled chopping board.
- For an eye-pleasing effect, either roll the slices or use a glass to create a flower-like salami (place overlapping slices on the rim, push the middle into the glass, then turn it upside-down and remove the piece gently to keep the shape)
- Sprinkle dried or fresh fruits and chopped nuts over the platter.
Cover photo credits Tye Doring, Unsplash.
What a brilliant selection of flavours and textures, you nailed it!
I love a good cheese board
Looks amazing. What a presentation. You can impress guests with this for sure. Well done.
Loved this charcuterie board so much! Great flavors
I love this idea!
I love your creativity, Great-looking platters. Easy and super yummy
I looooove charcuterie platters soooooo much! They are perfect when friends or family visit you, when you celebrate your birthday or watch a movie and drink wine with your beloved one! I am making charcuterie platters pretty oft and I never get bored by doing them. Looks good and gives to every person a wise choice of snacks and goods. Great post! ♥
I agree – a charcuterie platter can be so creative and versatile and please anyone, anytime!
A charcuterie board is our go to lazy dinner, usually Friday or Saturday night I love to mix up the different delights we love to eat & just nibble away…
I love a good charcuterie platter. Thank you for the ideas 🙂
I make charcuterie board frequently, when expecting some guests and I have to say that this one looks really great!
This charcuterie platter is perfect for parties and gatherings. Bookmarking it. Thanks for sharing all the tips.
Thank you! enjoy a nice platter when you have the occasion!
i love a good charcuterie plate! thanks for the tips
I love these ideas! There’s nothing like a good charcuterie board!
its looks very stunning! I will try something very soon because it is so easy and brings so much joy.
This is awesome! Such a great recipe for parties and events. Filing this for later!
You sure know how to make this charcuterie so easy and delicious
So easy to make!
What a great presentation!
Great recipe! So delicious!
Delicious – love all of your selections for this pretty board!
Gosh this looks incredible! And is actually super easy to make, love it will be saving this, thank you
This is perfect for any occasion!
Absolutely live making charcuterie boards. Thank you so much for all the great tips
Thanks for sharing. I do love to entertain and charcuterie boards are great for parties! Must have 1 at my next gathering
This looks so good! I’m going to have to try to make my own. My family will be so impressed!
This is a great platter for Superbowl Sunday. I love how healthy it is.
I love charcuterie! I tend to make meat and cheese boards, but I can see how much prettier the board looks when you throw in some colorful veggies.
This looks fantastic! I love all the options of a pretty charcuterie tray.
I love charcuterie boards, they’re literally the best. Maybe I should make one this weekend 🙂
Love the tips and ideas in here! Can’t want to make one myself!
I love a charcuterie board but have never made one myself. I need to buy a cute board and start making boards at home!
I am a new recruit for the charcuterie platter. This is a great resource for me!
i love a fun charcuterie platter – great for parties just snacking on all day
This is such a great idea!! Perfect for parties and game day!
This is such a great idea! I love everything on this platter!
Another great collection of ideas just in time for Valentine’s day!
Great tips for making charcuterie boards!
thanks for the helpful tips
What a fun platter!
I love how creative we can get with a charcuterie board, this looks great!
Using the mandolin helps make this so quick to make.
This charcuterie platter is so easy to put together and has the perfect combination of flavors. It is perfect for a get together, fancy yet simple and delicious!
That platter looks amazing. Perfect combo of flavors and tastes. Well done!
This is awesome!:) Would love to make this on Valentines Day. Thanks!:)
I find it quite romantic to build a charcuterie platter for a loved one.
Great for when the family came over; they loved it 🙂
This would be perfect to do for Super Bowl Sunday. Thanks for sharing!
I love making charcuterie boards! They are so fun and I love all the ideas for different boards! Thanks for sharing!
We love Charcuterie boards. You have given us some great ideas. Thank you for sharing.
I like the platter idea. I don’t have a large board for a charcuterie board display, but I do have several large platters. Thanks for the tips.
You are welcome. Platters are better for charcuterie. It all looks good at first, but once your guests start eating, the mess is unavoidable and little bits will fall everywhere from boards. Not so much from platters!
love charcuterie board they make great accent in the table plus I can eat everything on it
True! I am sure you can make a vegan charcuterie platter quite easily.
Something so simple and easy that brings so much happiness. I love charcuterie boards and you just stimulated me to work on mine for tomorrow’s football game.
Thank you for sharing.
Enjoy the games and have fun with your charcuterie platter. I know it is going to be a very creative one!:)
I love making charcuterie boards. They are a great way to have all your favourites at once haha. I’d love to try and make a dessert, or breakfast charcuterie platter.
That’s the fun of charcuterie platters: you can make one for each meal of the day and any occasion. A dessert one sounds fab!