Tis the season for festive cheese boards like this Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board featuring salami, capocollo, grapes, nuts and a variety of cheeses.

 

Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board

Tired of serving the same ol’ foods at your holiday parties (I’m looking at you cocktail meatballs)? I have an easy Christmas appetizer that is sure to wow your guests and be pleasing to everyone attending. Best of all, you can keep the ingredients on-hand to whip it up when you’re on the spot. This Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board is just the appetizer to keep your guests in awe of your culinary prowess while also keeping their bellies full.

Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board

How to Make a Charcuterie Board

The beauty of a charcuterie board is that you can customize with all of your favorite ingredients! Plus, the sky’s the limit with how to design it. A simple search of #charcuterie on Instagram will lend you well over 600,000 ideas! When you’re choosing the ingredients for your board, keep flavor, texture, color, size and shape and mind. Below are some of my favorites to include on a cheese board. Scroll down to the recipe to see exactly what I used in this appetizer.

Here are some favorites that I like to include

  • Cheeses: Havarti, Gouda, Cheddar, feta, Brie, goat cheese, Parmesan
  • Fruits: green grapes, red grapes, mandarin orange segments, berries, pomegranate arils, olives, apples
  • Vegetables: pickled okra, bell peppers, carrot sticks, cucumber rounds
  • Meats: prosciutto, salami, capocallo, smoked salmon
  • Spreads/Toppings: mustard, fruit preserves, honey, extra virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar
  • Nuts (salted, unsalted, flavored, candied): pecans, walnuts, pistachios, almonds
  • Starchy bases: baguette rounds, crackers, breadsticks, party pumpernickle, rice crackers

Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board

 

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Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board from Holley Grainger

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