Foolproof Tips For A Beautiful Charcuterie and Cheese Board

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If you search, “How to make a cheeseboard,” or, “How to make a charcuterie board,” online, you’re likely to find hundreds of different tips on how to turn meat and cheese into a beautiful, almost-magical platter that can be served as an appetizer or even dinner. If you feel overwhelmed when creating one of these, don’t worry, I’m here to assure you that you can’t mess this up.

Charcuterie and Cheese Board - The Everyday Mom Life



With a few simple tips you can make a beautiful board that will serve a variety of taste buds and pair with wine, beer or whatever the drink of choice is for the evening. You’ll be able to serve them for a crowd, an evening for two or even a family dinner on a weeknight when you don’t even feel like cooking.

Here are some basic rules I follow when I make one.

Charcuterie and Cheese Board - The Everyday Mom Life

Charcuterie and Cheese Board - The Everyday Mom Life

Start with a variety of cheeses

When I think about making a charcuterie and cheese board, I like to compare it to painting. To create a picture, you need different colors and the same is true of your board. Think of your cheese as the paints. I always like to get a variety of cheeses – white, yellow, blue, etc. so I have different colors on the plate to work with.

However, don’t just think about the colors. These paints have shape too. Cut some in triangles and squares. Some come in a round form or as a long and you can play with half-moons and height on the plate too.

Just make sure you like all the cheeses you pick. 🙂

Charcuterie and Cheese Board - The Everyday Mom Life

Charcuterie and Cheese Board - The Everyday Mom Life




Use a variety of meats

When picking meats for the plate, you won’t have too many color options. However, you still want to consider the way each meat will fold or not fold so you can begin to visualize how much room you will need for each. Other than that, just get what you like!

Charcuterie and Cheese Board - The Everyday Mom Life

Anchor the board

When I begin to build the board, I like to use one thing as an anchor or the focal point.Like the vanishing point in a drawing or painting, an anchor will give me something to build the plate around and a place to start. All roads sort of lead back to it.

Here I used the small bowl of marinated olives and feta. As you can see my board is small so if you have a large board you can pick multiple anchors and build from there, or just continue with one and have everything sort of flow from it. You don’t always have to have it in the middle either. Try anchoring the board on one side or one corner to make it feel different each time.

Charcuterie and Cheese Board - The Everyday Mom Life

Charcuterie and Cheese Board - The Everyday Mom Life

Include something sweet

You already have the cheese and the meat so now it’s time to include something sweet. This can be done by using fresh fruit, dried fruit, jellies, jams, chocolate, etc. On my boards I often use apricot jam because I love the way it tastes with savory and sweeter cheeses. I love how it works with blue cheese and a good brie, which are generally my favorite cheeses.

Charcuterie and Cheese Board - The Everyday Mom Life

Include something savory

Like the sweet tastes, you want to add in some savory options too. My olives worked for that. You can also use mustards, pesto, garlic spreads and more.

Charcuterie and Cheese Board - The Everyday Mom Life



Give it texture

Just like an artist would paint texture into the trees or a lake in a landscape, I like to paint it into my board too. I use different textured crackers with different shapes, smooth and hard edges, various heights and more to make the board feel more vibrant.

Also, think texture for your mouth too. (AKA mouthfeel) Here I added nuts and banana pieces for crunch, the olives for the smoothness in addition to the soft cheeses and dried fruit for a chewy texture.

Charcuterie and Cheese Board - The Everyday Mom Life

Charcuterie and Cheese Board - The Everyday Mom Life

Charcuterie and Cheese Board - The Everyday Mom Life

Charcuterie and Cheese Board - The Everyday Mom Life

Pack it in

You will find tips to give the meat and cheese space on a charcuterie and cheese board. I throw that out the window. I like to stuff mine full and use every nook and cranny of space for something. Usually you’re making these for multiple people with multiple different tastes and I always like to make sure there is something for everyone. The only white space I like on my board is a nice chunk of cheese.



Charcuterie and Cheese Board - The Everyday Mom Life

Make sure it’s all fresh!

Final and most IMPORTANT tip when creating a charcuterie and cheese board – make sure you’re using the freshest ingredients! Usually I try to shop the day of or the day before when I am making one of these. I tend to make them for dinner or lunch a lot in the fall on a nice, lazy Sunday, which also happens to be the day I go grocery shopping. So when you shop, find the freshest ingredients; grab a cheese board, cutting board or even just a plate and start layering it all on there.

Happy eating, friends!

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Charcuterie and Cheese Board - The Everyday Mom Life

Charcuterie and Cheese Board - The Everyday Mom Life

Charcuterie and Cheese Board - The Everyday Mom Life



37 COMMENTS

  1. Putting out a cheese board is always popular and very much appreciated. Enjoy all your tips and your cheese board looks great. Get the best and have fun with it.

  2. This cheese board looks amazing. I have never made one before, but I am going to make one for Thanksgiving this year.

  3. It’s the time of the year where we’re always entertaining family and friends and a charcuterie board is my go to appetizer. I love trying new cheeses and introducing my fam & friends to new flavors.

  4. This post is perfect!!! I’ll be using all your tips for the Holidays!!! And your photos are just so beautiful!!!! (I was drooling as I read your post!🙈)

  5. I love a good cheeseboard/cheeseplate. I could live on the mix of fresh cheese, fruit and nuts. It is my go-to the first night of any nice hotel stay too. It’s even better while traveling for some reason.

  6. These are great tips! We made one for thanksgiving and it was…lacking. Reading through this I realize it’s coz we didn’t pack it in. We know better for Christmas!

  7. Such a gorgeous cheese board and love all of your tips.
    I think this is the best idea to do on my birthday and I am sure my husband and my kids would love it.

  8. This cheeseboard looks rich and full yummy things! I love your tips and I will make it for our movie night that we organize with our friends!

  9. This is just brilliant. We’re having a wine and cheese night on Wednesday with my girlfriends and your post just made me really excited. Can’t wait to add more of the stuff and make a full charcuterie and cheese board instead. Thank you for the inspiration.

  10. I really love the concept of a Cheeseboard and Charcuterie. The assorted items that cater to different palates are really fascinating. You have given some great tips that will be invaluable to make a nice Charcuterie in the festival season.

  11. This looks gorgeous! So perfect for the upcoming holiday season. I agree that it’s better to stuff a charcuterie board with food. Load it up!

  12. This is the best thing to have when you have a small party at home. It would also be perfect for a movie night at home with the hubby. Thanks for you tips. I will try and recreate one just like yours.

  13. I love a good charcuterie and cheese board and of course, a good bottle of wine to go with it. I am going to steal your idea and make one for our girls’ night with my sisters and cousins.

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