Charcuterie Board Making 101

  • Author: Midwest Foodie
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5-50 servings
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Cold
  • Cuisine: American


The easiest appetizer you’ve ever made! Simple tips on how to pick the best meats and cheeses for your charcuterie board!


  • soft cheese
  • firm cheese
  • aged cheese
  • crumbly/blue cheese
  • salami
  • proscuitto
  • deli sliced ham
  • crackers
  • sliced French baguette
  • pickles
  • sliced apples
  • Dijon mustard
  • roasted pecans
  • pitted olives
  • literally whatever you want


  1. Find a large cutting board or serving platter. Place your accompaniments (pickles, fruit, nuts) in small serving dishes. Start by arranging those on your platter.
  2. Slice cheese and meats into bite size pieces and arrange them randomly on your platter.
  3. Add sliced bread and crackers to the platter.
  4. 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) or jars (of mustard or relish) 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