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A round wooden holiday charcuterie board covered with various meats, cheese, crackers, and sweets, surrounded by holiday greenery

Holiday Charcuterie Board

  • Author: Jennifer
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: varies


Elevate the moment with a gorgeous holiday charcuterie board. This simple yet elegant holiday charcuterie board is easy to assemble and will have your guests coming back for more. 


  • 34 slices of meat per person – variety of flavors and textures
  • 12 oz. of cheese per person – variety of flavors and textures
  • Seasonal fruits, both fresh and dried
  • Crackers, nuts, seeds, or bread to fill
  • Seasonal extras like jams, sauces, chocolate, marshmallows, etc. 


  1. Start by selecting the right board for your spread. You can use large cutting boards, slate boards, or large marble or ceramic platters.
  2. Once you know how many guests you’ll have, you can begin choosing your meat and cheese. Plan for 3-4 slices of meat per person, and 1-2 oz. of cheese per person. Choose a variety of flavors and textures with both the meat and cheese – from mild to robust. Arrange the meat and cheese on the platter, leaving space to fill in with your other ingredients.
  3. Once you have your meat and cheese on the platter, begin filling in the open spaces with the fruit, crackers, nuts, bread, and seasonal extras. For a holiday charcuterie board, cranberries, candied nuts, chocolate, chocolate covered pretzels, seasonal marshmallows, caramels, or peppermints would be a good choice.
  4. Finish your board off with seasonal touches, like adding in fresh pine around your board, or small twinkle lights. Give it that holiday flair!


  • Create a balance between flavors and textures. You can achieve this by having a mix of hard and soft cheeses, sweet snacks and spicy spreads, and fresh fruit with salty nuts. These are just a few examples to help get you started. 
  • With it being a holiday charcuterie board, add in extra holiday pieces like chocolate covered pretzels, candied nuts, and cranberry sauce. 
  • Strike a balance with color if you can. Mix colorful fruit with neutral pieces like slices of bread and crackers. 
  • Add in seasonal garnishes around your board such as greens, sugared cranberries, or sprigs of fresh rosemary. 
  • Additionally, you can find great wooden boards to use as the foundation for your charcuterie board at places like Home Goods or World Market. During the holiday season is a great place to find a wide selection of boards. 
  • Category: appetizer
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: holiday charcuterie board, charcuterie, charcuterie boards