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How to Create the Perfect Summer Charcuterie Board

Ashley
Learn How to Create the Perfect Summer Charcuterie Board for your next gathering with my favorite tips and ingredient suggestions!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 15 servings

Equipment

  • Wooden cutting board, slate board, serving platter, tray, or sheet pan for serving
  • Small dishes such as cups, ramekins, or candy dishes
  • Mini utensils including forks, spoons, tongs and spreaders

Ingredients
  

  • 2 oz cheese per person, at least three varieties of different texture, cut into small slices or cubes Brie, smoked Gouda, and Colby jack used for this board
  • 1-2 oz meat per person, cut into small slices cured turkey and roast beef used for this board
  • 1.5 lbs grapes, washed and removed from stem white grapes used for this board
  • 1.5 lbs fresh cherries sweet red cherries used for this board
  • 4 peaches rinsed, pitted, and sliced
  • 2 types of fruit spread or marmalade lemon marmalade and fig spread used for this board
  • 2 types of crackers rosemary and sesame oat crackers used for this board
  • fresh herbs for garnish and filling gaps, rosemary, sage and thyme used for this board

Instructions
 

  • Start by adding elements that anchor the board like the small dishes and the cheeses. Make sure cheeses are cut into small bite-sized slices or pieces.
  • Add fruit, veggies, and meats around the cheeses. I created little pockets of sliced peaches along with cherries and grapes removed from the vines and arranged the sliced meat in little stacks.
  • Fill in with your crackers, arranging them so they are easy for guests to grab.
  • Add spreads or dips to your containers.
  • Fill in any gaps with fresh herbs and/or loose fruit pieces. I used fresh rosemary, thyme, and sage along with loose cherries as fillers.
  • Add small utensils, such as mini forks, spoons, tongs, and spreaders for cheeses, meats, and spreads or dips.

Notes

See blog post above for important tips and substitution suggestions.
Keep extra ingredients refrigerated in storage bags ready for refilling.
Keyword charcuterie board, meat and cheese board, summer appetizers
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