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  • Charcuterie board

  • cheese knife set

Ingredients Cheeses (Chose 3, 5, or 7, depending on party size):

  • Hard cheeses: manchego, cheddar, swiss, gouda, gruyere, parmesan etc.

  • Soft cheese: brie, triple cream, goat cheese, havarti, burrata, cream cheese with pepper jelly on top. Could also you blue cheese or gorgonzola, or anything you like!


  • Cured Meats like prosciutto, salami, ham, chorizo, capricola, soppressata , summer sausage is a good inexpensive option

Savory accompaniments:

  • Nuts: almonds, candied pecans, pistachio nuts, cashews, walnuts, macadamia nuts.

  • Briny, pickled or marinated: olives, cocktail onions, cornichons, dill pickles, pepperoncini, olive tapenade or bruschetta.

  • Savory Dips and spreads: Whole ground mustard, hummus, ranch, balsamic dip.

  • Cold cut veggies, if desired

Sweet accompaniments:

  • Fresh fruit and berries: grapes, apples, pears, oranges, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries.

  • Dried fruit: apricots, cherries, figs, pineapple, mango

  • Sweet spreads: Fig butter, orange marmalade, blackberry jam or other sweet spreads.

  • Chocolate: a few pieces of quality dark chocolate or chocolate covered nuts.


  • Pita crackers, whole grain crackers, croccantini, or your favorite kind of crackers

  • Toasted baguettes or mini toasts crackers


  • Choose your board, depending on your party size. You could always use multiple boards if needed. See my notes in the post for more board ideas and links.

  • Start with the cheese: I start with the cheese because it anchors the board. Work in odd numbers, so, depending on the size of your party, choose 3, 5, or 7 types of cheeses to place around the board.

  • Fold and add the meats: check out my video below for a visual on fun ways to fold cured meats before placing them on the board, like folding them in half and fanning them out like a dec of cards, or folding them in half twice, so they are easy to grab. For thin meat (like prosciutto) fold them in a light and airy ribbon.

  • Add savory and sweet accompaniments. Fill in some of the gaps with savory and sweet. Separate colors in a way that allows the brightest colors to stand out and place foods together that pair well together. For example, mustard, briny foods and nuts near salami and sopresseta, and sharp cheeses like parmesan. Pair sweet accompaniments like fresh fruit, jams, and candied nuts, near the brie cheese or goat cheese. Cheddar cheese pairs well with savory and sweet.

  • Fill in extra space with crackers, and then any extra gaps with nuts or fruit.

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