How to Create the Ultimate Holiday Charcuterie Board

You can create a really enticing board in no time flat.

A gorgeous charcuterie board is the perfect centerpiece for all of your parties—and crafting a really enticing one is just a matter of pulling together the right combination of ingredients—a little salty, a little sweet, a little crunchy, and a little creamy.

While the meat and cheeses may be the stars of the show, including some additional items—nuts, fruit, jams or honey, and of course, crackers and bread, let people enjoy bite after enticing bite.

Try our tips to make a simply spectacular holiday charcuterie board in just a few minutes.

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Start by placing the cheese

The cheese is the centerpiece of the board, so pick four to five cheeses—like blue, goat, Manchego, Humboldt fog, and softer cheeses.

Make it easy for guests to grab a slice or chunk by prepping the cheese in advance—you can slice or crumble hard cheese, and cut softer cheeses in half to make them more inviting.

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Add in fruit and nuts

Fill in spots around the cheese with fruit and nuts to add some texture. Cut small bunches off of the grapes so it's easy for people to grab a small serving, and don't forget dried fruits like apricots.

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Arrange the charcuterie

You can place individual slices of prosciutto in bundles around the tray, and fold rounded charcuterie into fourths to create a roselike shape that can be tucked into small spaces.

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Tuck in the crackers

Use a jar to corral tall crackers, and fan out other crackers along the board.

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Add herbs for garnish

A few sprigs of fresh herbs are the perfect finishing touch to a charcuterie board.

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Don't forget the serving utensils

Make it easy for people to grab exactly what they want with a few sets of tongs.

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