A Charcuterie Board with meat flowers is such a fun appetizer for any party. This is easy to make but looks super fancy!
If you are new to the world of Charcuterie boards, don’t worry, I’m going to walk you through it. This is my new favorite appetizer to make. It is one that really wows a crowd especially because of the meat flowers! They are really simple to do, let me show you.
Charcuterie Boards have really risen in popularity since in the last year. I think people started to see all the possibilities and just how easy they can be to make. Why just serve a boring meat and cheese tray when you can make it into a beautiful work of art?
What Is A Charcuterie Board?
The word charcuterie simply means cold cooked meats. So a charcuterie board is just a tray with meat!
To most of us, the meaning though, is a big decorated board full of meats, cheeses and anything else we decide to throw on it! The options are endless for this fun appetizer.
Ingredients You Will Need
(this is for the Easy Charcuterie Board using Meat Flowers)
- Charcuterie Board, a cutting board or serving board.
- Wine glass – this is the tool we use to form the meat flowers.
- Deli meat – your choice of turkey, ham, salami, etc but they must be cut in circles to make the flowers. If the deli meat you buy isn’t sliced into circles, just use a cookie cutter to cut them down.
- Crackers – assorted crackers of your choice – we like Ritz, Triscuits in varying flavors and Club crackers.
- Cheese – your favorite cheeses – swiss, cheddar, pepper jack, colby, etc.
- Fruit – grape bunches work great as well as assorted berries.
How To Make A Charcuterie Board
For a basic board with four main components (meat, cheese, crackers, fruit) start with the meat. (See below for turning them into flowers.) Place one on each end of the board, one left and one right.
Then, add the crackers. Take a stack and slide them out so they are overlapping. Place them around the tray like a river running all over it. (Silly analogy, but it really helps the visual!)
Third, is the fruit. Use bunches of grapes or the fruit of your choice to cover some of the gaps in the crackers.
Last, the cheese. Place different flavors of cheese throughout the tray to cover any remaining gaps.
How To Make Meat Flowers
You can simply add meat to your boards but taking the extra couple of minutes to make flowers really gives an extra wow factor to the presentation.
- Place three slices of meat around a wine glass, overlapping.
- Add a second layer with more slices of meat, building up with more deli meat as you go.
- Flip the wine glass over and you’ve got the shape of a rose.
- Place them on your board surrounded by crackers, cheese and fruit.
It truly is very easy to do and will be all ready in about 10 or 15 minutes! It may take you a little bit of time to get the hang of it, but once you do it will be hard not to want to make these all the time!
These charcuterie boards are great for a holiday get together, a party or just for a fun lunch or snack. You can switch it up each time using different fruits, cheeses and crackers.
Have fun with these and don’t stress about perfection. You can’t mess it up! Just play around with it until you have it looking the way you like.
More Appetizer Recipes To Try
- Wine glass
- Cutting board, charcuterie board or platter
- Round deli meat
- Assorted Crackers or breads
- Fruit of choice
- Pre sliced gourmet cheeses
- Assorted nuts and other fruits optional
- Condiments Mayo, mustard, etc optional
- Layer the circles of meat on top of one another with the first layer having the least amount of slices.
- For example my first layer only has three pieces of meat that are overlapping one another.
- Layer the second row of meat in between the three that were laid out before where you will end up with about five pieces of meat overlapping.
- The third, fourth, fifth or six layer will continue the same process until you have the desired size of a rose.
- Flip the wine glass and meat over onto your presentation board.
- Leave the glass in place until you are ready to display your finished presentation.