Charcuterie Board Making 101

  • Author: Kylie Lato
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 14-16 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Fool proof, step-by-step instructions and pro tips to help you make the very best charcuterie board!



  • 1 cup pickles, halved
  • 1 cup sliced mini cucumbers
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 8 oz. wheel of brie
  • 4 oz. log of goat cheese
  • 5.5 oz. wedge Gorgonzola
  • 8 oz. sliced mild cheddar, cut into squares
  • 8 oz. sliced pepperjack, cut into squares
  • 5 oz. sliced Italian salami
  • 3 oz. prosciutto, rolled into cigar shapes
  • 8 oz. aged cheddar, cubed
  • 8 oz. smoked mozzarella, cubed
  • a medium bunch of red grapes
  • 1 cup Spanish olives
  • 12 oz. assorted crackers


  1. Arrange pickles, cucumbers and almonds on a rimmed baking sheet. Check out the photos and step-by-step instructions above to see how I arranged them. 
  2. Then add sliced mild cheddar and pepperjack cheese, fanning them around the bowls of veggies. 
  3. Then add sliced salami and prosciutto, fanning them around the bowls. 
  4. Next add cubed aged cheddar and mozzarella into the small openings on the baking sheet. 
  5. Then add small bunches of grapes to the baking sheet, filling in any gaps. 
  6. Finally add Spanish olives to fill in all the nooks and crannies. 
  7. Serve with assorted crispy crackers on the side. 
  8. Pour yourself and your guests a glass of wine and head for the patio to enjoy this delicious appetizer!


  • Plan on about 3-5 ounces of meat/cheese per person. When selecting your meats and cheeses, this will give you a ball park idea of how much food you’ll need. Of course this will vary depending on the time of day you’re serving it, if a large meal will follow or if you’re feeding mostly men or women.
  • When assembling the charcuterie board, start with the bowls and jars first. It’s easiest to assemble your cheeseboard by placing the bowls (of pickles or almonds) down first. Then place your meats and cheeses around them. If you try to add the bowls towards the end, chances are good you may not have enough room for them.
  • Don’t stress about the presentation. Don’t worry too much about making everything look perfect. In my opinion, the most beautiful cheeseboards are those that are asymmetrical and have varying colors, textures and heights. Go for contrast and dimension instead of making it look picture perfect.

Keywords: cheese board, cheese plate, meat and cheese, lunchables, deli tray