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14 Charcuterie Board Ideas for Every Occasion

14 Charcuterie Board Ideas for Every Occasion
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Oct 25, 2022

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It’s safe to say that the charcuterie board is the ultimate crowd-pleaser when it comes to appetizers. We’re sure you’ve seen all the variations on TikTok — from butter board ideas to huge grazing tables. But whether you’re going the traditional meat-and-cheese board route, or looking to shake things up, we’ve rounded up some of our fave charcuterie board ideas that’ll become your go-tos for any occasion, big or small. 

A handled cutting board you can take to the park…

Or hang in your kitchen after you’re done using it. It’s made with solid acacia wood that can withstand wear-and-tear from both cutting and serving. Plus, it’s big enough to fill with enough meats, cheeses, and breads for two. The brand recs washing by hand with warm soapy water, and rubbing with a food-safe mineral oil to keep it from drying out. ($14.99, Amazon)

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A ramekin set for all your saucy sides…

Like hummus dips, tapenades, and pestos. This comes with a set of six nonstick porcelain cups that can hold up to 1 ounce of food and measure 1 inch tall. They’re easy to hand wash, and are oven-, microwave-, and freezer-safe. ($9.99, Amazon)

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A bamboo serving tray with all the extras…

Like a removable bamboo stand with four stainless steel cheese knives — a spatula, plane knife, cheese fork, and heart-shaped knife with bamboo handles — and grooves perfect for fitting crackers and dip bowls. Customers say the board can handle enough fixings for up to four people. ($18.99, Amazon)

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Mini pinch bowls for seasonings…

Like flaky sea salt, black pepper, and even smaller chopped veggies like scallions and green onions. Since each bowl is handcrafted with food-safe olive wood and treated with olive or sunflower oil, they’ll differ slightly from what’s in the images. The brand recs washing the bowls by hand since they’re not dishwasher-safe. Get as many as 10 bowls in your order if you’re planning on having a bigger gathering, or if you wanna use them around the house. ($2.50/per bowl, DesignWoodenCraft via Etsy)

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A jumbo roll of brown paper for the ultimate grazing table…

If you’re hosting more than 10 people, or just want to make a spread big enough to last the whole day, a grazing table is definitely the way to go. Simply roll out this brown paper on your table and build your charcuterie masterpiece. ($15.97, Amazon)

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Cheese markers so your guests don’t have to guess…

Choose from a preset bunch of seven — including mozzarella, Asiago, Gouda, brie, cheddar, havarti, and goat — or customize your own set with up to 30 cheeses and dips to fit your future charcuterie boards. They’re made from solid birchwood and are slightly fragile, so make sure you clean them with a damp cloth instead of throwing them in the sink. ($2/each marker, HappyAvocadoWood via Etsy)

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Bistro spreaders for your next butter board…

Or morning tea and toast, or jam extras on your charcuterie board. This set of two has a pair of brushed stainless steel blades set into a triple riveted handle in ivory, tortoise, or teakwood. And they’re dishwasher-safe. ($32+/set of two, Food52)

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An extra-large cheese board for extra-large gatherings…

The XXL size can fit enough to serve more than 30 people. It’s perfect for events like weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, and more. Each board is handmade, crafted from rustic barnwood, professionally finished and sealed with food-safe oil, and comes laser engraved with a name or the initials of your choice. And you can add cheese labels to your order — brie, cheddar, jack, bleu, Gouda, Gruyere, goat, and Swiss. Charcuterie for days? Sign us up. ($12+, EstesDesignStudio via Etsy)

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A Lazy Susan for easy access…

So you can reach the Gouda in the back without messing up the cracker arrangement. This one comes in two different sizes — a 14-inch or an 18-inch option — in either walnut or ash wood. Nothing but smooth turns with this Lazy Susan thanks to its padded, ball-bearing base. After the party’s over, use it to store your seasonings and condiments, or as a centerpiece on your table or counter. ($117+, Food52)

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An Italian cheese-making kit with tons of options…

Anyone can pick up some mozzarella at the grocery store, but filling your charcuterie board with homemade cheeses is next level. This kit makes up to 10 batches of cheese, from mascarpone to burrata and even whole milk ricotta. It comes with all the tools needed, including real cheese-making culture and 100% vegetarian rennet. Time to put on your chef’s hat and wow your guests. ($33, Uncommon Goods)

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Artisanal salami sausages perfect for any charcuterie board…

If the meat is your fave part of the charcuterie board, you’ll love this selection of salami sausages. Choose from a three-pack of Chorizo Rioja, Loukanika, and Finocchiona, a four-pack with the addition of Saucisson, or a sample pack with 13 (yes, 13) different meats. Board of your dreams, coming right up. ($40+, Food52)

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A trio of condiments perfect for pairing…

You may already be a fan of Brightland’s cult-fave olive oil, but they’ve got other stellar offerings too. This set includes cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil great for dipping, raw champagne vinegar with hints of Valencia orange and chardonnay grapes, and California orange blossom honey, with a floral and citrus finish. Yum. ($88, Brightland)

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A monthly charcuterie platter for regular get-togethers…

Don’t have time to go out and buy everything you need to prep? This is the perfect option so you can have your charcuterie and eat it too. Keep it all to yourself or go in with friends and get this standout box delivered to your door for six months. The large option comes with three cheeses, two meats, one to two cracker sleeves, two to three spreadables, and three or more accompaniments like olives, dried fruit, chocolate, and more. Psst...it also makes for a generous gift for the foodie in your life. ($499/6 months, Platterful)

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A book that’ll inspire you to get a little creative…

Hi, Instagrammable serving board of your dreams. This book includes recipes — think: Parmesan crisps and quick pickles — plus advice on ingredients and pairings. Bonus? It’ll look great sitting on your coffee table or kitchen counter when it’s not in use. ($17.39, Amazon)

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