How to Make a Creative Charcuterie Platter for Any Occasion


 creative charcuterie platter

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.

a creative charcuterie platter for two

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:

  • bread/crackers/breadsticks
  • 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

preparing ingredients for 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

Creative Charcuterie Platter

Let your creativity shine through your culinary creations! A creative charcuterie platter looks impressive on the table, it is easy to put together, and the cost is a fraction of ready-made ones. Ideal for sharing with just one or many, a charcuterie board or platter makes a perfect centrepiece for an intimate dinner as well as for an extensive buffet for holidays, parties and large gatherings!
5 from 40 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Party platter, Snack
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • Labelled chopping boards
  • Chef knife
  • Slicer
  • Large porcelain platter
  • Serving plates

Ingredients
  

  • 1 carrot organic, large
  • 1 cucumber organic, large (or two small)
  • 1 tomato organic, large
  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.
    sliced vegetables
  • 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.
    variety of cheeses
  • 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.
    creative charcuterie platter

Notes

Cover and keep the charcuterie platter in the fridge for up to 24 hours if not served immediately.
For parties/large gatherings, impale the ingredients/provide toothpicks for accessible collection. 
Pair the charcuterie platter with a wine of your choice. 
Keyword Charcuterie platter, Creative charcuterie platter, Meat and cheese board, Party platter


Cover photo credits Tye Doring, Unsplash.

How to Make a Creative Charcuterie Platter for Any Occasion


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61 Responses

  1. Deb says:

    5 stars
    What a brilliant selection of flavours and textures, you nailed it!

  2. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    I love a good cheese board

  3. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    Looks amazing. What a presentation. You can impress guests with this for sure. Well done.

  4. Bianca says:

    5 stars
    Loved this charcuterie board so much! Great flavors

  5. Maria Khan says:

    I love this idea!

  6. 5 stars
    I love your creativity, Great-looking platters. Easy and super yummy

  7. Sandra Ans says:

    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! ♥

  8. Jeanine says:

    5 stars
    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…

  9. I love a good charcuterie platter. Thank you for the ideas 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    I make charcuterie board frequently, when expecting some guests and I have to say that this one looks really great!

  11. Shilpa says:

    5 stars
    This charcuterie platter is perfect for parties and gatherings. Bookmarking it. Thanks for sharing all the tips.

  12. nancy says:

    5 stars
    i love a good charcuterie plate! thanks for the tips

  13. Erin says:

    I love these ideas! There’s nothing like a good charcuterie board!

  14. Maria Khan says:

    its looks very stunning! I will try something very soon because it is so easy and brings so much joy.

  15. Sam says:

    5 stars
    This is awesome! Such a great recipe for parties and events. Filing this for later!

  16. Linda says:

    5 stars
    You sure know how to make this charcuterie so easy and delicious

  17. kyleigh says:

    5 stars
    So easy to make!

  18. Rob says:

    5 stars
    What a great presentation!

  19. Elizabeth says:

    5 stars
    Great recipe! So delicious!

  20. Stacey says:

    5 stars
    Delicious – love all of your selections for this pretty board!

  21. Susan says:

    5 stars
    Gorgeous!

  22. leena says:

    5 stars
    Gosh this looks incredible! And is actually super easy to make, love it will be saving this, thank you

  23. Sue says:

    5 stars
    This is perfect for any occasion!

  24. Bianca says:

    5 stars
    Absolutely live making charcuterie boards. Thank you so much for all the great tips

  25. Zhen says:

    5 stars
    Thanks for sharing. I do love to entertain and charcuterie boards are great for parties! Must have 1 at my next gathering

  26. Jana Arevalo says:

    This looks so good! I’m going to have to try to make my own. My family will be so impressed!

  27. 5 stars
    This is a great platter for Superbowl Sunday. I love how healthy it is.

  28. Linda Egeler says:

    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.

  29. Heather says:

    This looks fantastic! I love all the options of a pretty charcuterie tray.

  30. Ella says:

    I love charcuterie boards, they’re literally the best. Maybe I should make one this weekend 🙂

  31. Cayla says:

    5 stars
    Love the tips and ideas in here! Can’t want to make one myself!

  32. Kelly says:

    I love a charcuterie board but have never made one myself. I need to buy a cute board and start making boards at home!

  33. Jenny says:

    I am a new recruit for the charcuterie platter. This is a great resource for me!

  34. trevor says:

    5 stars
    i love a fun charcuterie platter – great for parties just snacking on all day

  35. Jen says:

    5 stars
    This is such a great idea!! Perfect for parties and game day!

  36. Toni says:

    5 stars
    This is such a great idea! I love everything on this platter!

  37. Emily Flint says:

    5 stars
    Another great collection of ideas just in time for Valentine’s day!

  38. Brianna says:

    5 stars
    Great tips for making charcuterie boards!

  39. nancy says:

    5 stars
    thanks for the helpful tips

  40. Pam Greer says:

    5 stars
    What a fun platter!

  41. Stine Mari says:

    5 stars
    I love how creative we can get with a charcuterie board, this looks great!

  42. Laura says:

    5 stars
    Using the mandolin helps make this so quick to make.

  43. Dawn Conklin says:

    5 stars
    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!

  44. Natalie says:

    5 stars
    That platter looks amazing. Perfect combo of flavors and tastes. Well done!

  45. Jerika says:

    5 stars
    This is awesome!:) Would love to make this on Valentines Day. Thanks!:)

  46. Luke Ratford says:

    5 stars
    Great for when the family came over; they loved it 🙂

  47. This would be perfect to do for Super Bowl Sunday. Thanks for sharing!

  48. Pat says:

    I love making charcuterie boards! They are so fun and I love all the ideas for different boards! Thanks for sharing!

  49. Stacy says:

    5 stars
    We love Charcuterie boards. You have given us some great ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  50. 5 stars
    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!

  51. Jeannie says:

    5 stars
    love charcuterie board they make great accent in the table plus I can eat everything on it

  52. 5 stars
    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.

  53. 5 stars
    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.

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