This Christmas Charcuterie Board features an assortment of ingredients including meats, cheese, fruits, crackers, candies, cookies, and more. Quick and easy to assemble, this makes a great addition to any holiday party.
Easy Christmas Charcuterie Board
If you’re looking for Christmas charcuterie board ideas, you’re in luck! This is my favorite Christmas charcuterie board “recipe”. It’s perfect to serve as an appetizer at any holiday party or event and the gorgeous display would be a great addition to any buffet table.
This charcuterie board features lots of savory meats with a variety of aged cheese, crackers, and fruits plus a few jams for dipping. You can assemble it as a typical spread or in the shape of a wreath, whichever you prefer.
Why You’ll Love This Christmas Charcuterie Board Recipe
- Fun and festive. This Christmas charcuterie board is customized with festive ingredients and details, like a gingerbread design in the brie.
- Easy to assemble. Charcuterie boards are not nearly as difficult to prepare as you may think! This one is super simple to assemble and you have a few options.
- Customizable. The best part of any charcuterie board is that you can easily customize it by using your favorite ingredients and omitting any that you don’t like.
Here’s an overview of what I add to my Christmas charcuterie board. Scroll down to the recipe card below for measurements.
- Meat: I prefer using meats like salami, pepperoni, prosciutto, dry coppa, prosciutto wrapped mozzarella, soppressata wrapped mozzarella, and salami rosette.
- Cheese: You can use any cheese you like, but I use a variety of cheese like brie, cheddar, Colby jack, pepper jack, fontina, blue cheese, parmesan, fresh mozzarella, babybel, and Boursin herbed cheese.
- Fruits: Using strawberries, grapes, pomegranates, blueberries, and blackberries adds a refreshing addition to the board.
- Vegetables: This is another section where you can use any veggies you like, but I prefer baby tomatoes, green olives, kalamata olives, and black olives.
- Jams: Red pepper jelly and cranberry jam add a sweet and spicy twist to the charcuterie board.
- Garnishes: I add additional ingredients to fill in the gaps and add more variety. Some of my favorite things to include are Ritz crackers, candy, almonds, Hershey kisses, chocolate pretzels, and gingerbread cookies.
What Else Can I Add To My Christmas Charcuterie Board?
Even though this recipe is jam-packed with ingredients, you can add more items like the ones below or use them as substitutions if needed.
- Gouda, goat cheese, etc
- Raspberries and/or cranberries
- Herbs like fresh sage, fresh dill, fresh rosemary
- Pepperoni wrapped mozzarella
- Wheat thins
How To Make Christmas Charcuterie Board
Assembling a Christmas charcuterie board is easier than you may think. Scroll down to the recipe card for more detailed instructions.
- Make the salami rose. Fold a piece of salami over the rim of the glass, then add a second piece halfway over the first layer and continue going around. Turn the glass upside down and press the salami pieces on top of the board and remove the shot glass.
- Make the gingerbread brie. Use a gingerbread cookie cutter to cut the brie into a gingerbread man.
- Assemble the board. Start by placing the gingerbread brie on the board then add the ramekins of jams and jelly, followed by the cheese wedges, salami, and rolled meats. Finish by placing the chunks and slices of cheese on the board then the fruits, olives, and veggies. Fill in any holes with the extra items.
Tips & Tricks
Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when assembling your Christmas charcuterie board.
- Adjust the ingredients to your preference. Feel free to omit any ingredients you don’t like and add more of the ones that you do.
- Add the garnishes last. I like to add the herb garnishes last to fill in any gaps. You can do the same with fruit, nuts, etc.
- Use a different cookie cutter. Instead of a gingerbread cookie cutter, you can use a tree-shaped one or snowman, etc.
- Form a Christmas wreath. Another fun way to assemble your Christmas charcuterie board is to form a wreath, as shown in the photo above.
- Make ahead. A charcuterie board can be assembled a day in advance and covered tightly with plastic. Note, however, that some soft cheeses are best kept in their packaging until serving.
- Store leftovers. If possible, return the ingredients to their original packaging. However, cover the entire board tightly with plastic wrap or store ingredients in plastic baggies.
More Charcuterie Recipes
- Candy Cane Charcuterie Board
- Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board
- Holiday Breakfast Charcuterie Board
- Hot Chocolate Charcuterie Board
Christmas Charcuterie Board
- 8 oz Salami rolled
- 8 oz Pepperoni rolled
- 8 oz Prosciutto rolled
- 8 oz Dry Coppa rolled
- 6 Prosciutto wrapped mozzarella
- 6 Soppressata wrapped mozzarella
- 1 Salami Rosette
- 8 oz Brie small round
- ½ cup Cheddar Cheese chunks
- 6 slices Colby Jack Cheese slices squared
- ½ cup Pepper Jack cheese chunks
- ½ cup Fontina Cheese chunks
- Blue Cheese wedge
- Parmesan Cheese wedge
- 1 cup Fresh Mozzarella pearls
- 5 Mini Babybell cheese semi-soft
- 5 oz Boursin herbed cheese
- 7-8 Strawberries
- ½ cup Grapes
- ¼ cup Pomegranate
- ½ cup Blueberries
- ½ cup Blackberries
- ½ cup Baby Tomatoes
- ½ cup Green Olives
- ½ cup Kalamata Olives
- ½ cup Black Olives
- ¼ cup Red Pepper Jelly
- ¼ cup Cranberry Jam
- Wheat Ritz Crackers
- Christmas Tree jelly Candy
- Christmas Jordan Almonds
- Christmas Jelly Rings Candy
- Hershey Kisses
- Chocolate Pretzels
- Gingerbread Cookies
- Take your first slice of salami and place half of it in the glass with the remaining folded over the rim of the glass. Take your second piece of salami and place it halfway over the first layer, half of it in the glass with the remaining folded over the rim of the glass.
- Take your third piece of salami and place it halfway over the second layer, half of it in the glass with the remaining folded over the rim of the glass. Keep going around the glass until you’ve used all 9 pieces of salami. Take your glass and turn it upside down and lightly press the salami pieces on top of the board upside down. Remove the salami from the shot glass, and set the rose to the side.
- Use a gingerbread cookie cutter and cut out the gingerbread man shape. Press the cookie cutter only ¼ of the way down. Use a knife to cut out the shape following the cookie cutter lines. Set to the side.
- Place the gingerbread-shaped hole in the brie cheese on the board. Add the ramekins for the jams and jellies on the board. Now add the blue cheese wedge, parmesan wedge, salami rosette, and Boursin herb cheese on the board. Surround the brie wheel with rolled salami, rolled pepperoni, rolled prosciutto, and rolled dry coppa. Add the remaining meats, prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella, and soppressata-wrapped mozzarella on the board.
- Now place the chunks and slices of cheese on the board. Use the baby bell on the edge of the board to hold in the smaller items. Place the fruits, olives, and tomatoes on the board in various locations. Make sure to fill in the center holes on the board with your fruits and veggies. Take your extra items “ garnishes “ and fill in the holes. Add your pomegranate pearls to your brie cheese round. Serve and enjoy