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Christmas Charcuterie Board

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If you’re looking for a festive appetizer idea that’s a crowd-pleaser this holiday, you’re going to love this DIY Christmas charcuterie board. It’s such a fun snack to serve at your holiday party.

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What is a charcuterie board?

Who doesn’t love a good graze board? It’s the grown up Lunchables!

Essentially, a charcuterie board is a fancy meat and cheese platter that often includes fresh fruit, pickled veggies, and sweet bites. Let’s be honest here. If you love meat and cheese boards, you’re going to love this.

A charcuterie board is a platter of a variety of meats, cheeses, breads, pickled vegetables, and fruits. They often have nuts and a variety of spreads too.

They are seriously the best! I love preparing these for get-togethers, light lunches, easy dinners, and — of course — the holidays.

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What’s a caprese board?

A healthy caprese cheeseboard involves what you would see in a caprese salad: basil, mozzarella, tomatoes.

This party food board marries the two of them together for the best of both words. Feel free to add extra veggies like carrots and broccoli for even more of a healthy holiday option.

Holiday Charcuterie Board Ddeas

You can make a charcuterie board anytime during the year but this Christmas tree charcuterie board is such a festive spin for Christmas parties and holiday gatherings.

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Charcuterie Board Shopping List

easy charcuterie board ingredients include prosciutto, crackers, balsamic glaze, grapes, herbs, mozza balls, tomatoes, brie, and more Pin

If you’re looking for some Christmas Charcuterie Board ingredient ideas. Here’s some off the top of my head:

Meats for Charcuterie Board

  • Salami
  • Prosciutto (try these prosciutto stuffed dates)
  • Calabrese
  • Cured sausages
  • Chorizo
  • Ham
  • Soppressata
  • Mortadella
  • Smoked fish like salmon

Charcuterie Board Cheeses

  • Brie
  • Blue cheese
  • Fresh mozzarella
  • Wine infused cheeses (aged cheddar with red wine infusion)
  • Cranberry brie
  • Goats cheese
  • Cheddar
  • Gouda
  • Havarti
  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Provolone
brie, grapes, and balsamic glaze on a slate for appetizersThis simple DIY Christmas Tree Caprese Board is such an easy idea! If you're wondering how to make a charcuterie board that will appeal to a crowd (keto, healthy, and vegetarian) this holiday meat and cheese platter has something for every lifestyle. Added mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil for a cheese board that will be the best Christmas party appetizer ideas! #charcuterieboard #capreseboard #christmasparty Pin

Charcuterie Board Spreads and Sauces

  • Balsamic Glaze
  • Hummus or beet hummus
  • Dijon
  • Fig jam
  • Relish
  • Chutneys
  • Pate
  • Red pepper jelly
  • Habanero jelly

Other Charcuterie Board Ingredients

  • Anything pickled! Pickled cauliflower, pickled radishes, pickled carrots. This includes pickles and cornichons.
  • Marinated chickpeas
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Figs
  • Fresh fruit (balsamic strawberries are always a hit)
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Crackers (Triscuits, wheat thins, bagel chips, etc)
  • Breads (french, sourdough, rye, etc)
  • Nuts (almonds, pistachios, cashews, walnuts, etc)
  • Dates
  • Fresh herbs
  • Olives or stuffed olives
  • Pickled ginger
  • Pretzels (these pretzel chips are always popular)
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Supplies Needed:

How to Make a Charcuterie Board

In the recipe board below I break down the steps to create the charcuterie/caprese board.

That being said, I feel it’s easier to take a look at the photos and recreate it.

Feel free to add new ingredients that are a must have on your list and take out ingredients from my meat and cheese platter that you may not like as much.

The idea will be the same, but with your own spin.

More Healthy Appetizers

What are you favorite charcuterie board ideas? What ingredients do you like to see?

I think these snack boards are so much fun to create (even funner to eat) so I’d like to add a few more on the blog over time. There are so many fun themes to create!

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Christmas Charcuterie Board

A festive charcuterie board that is simple and easy to make. In shape of a Christmas tree is mozza balls, tomatoes over spinach. Includes a bowl of mixed nuts, grapes, sliced brie cheese, and crackers in the shape of presents. Pin
This simple DIY Christmas Tree Caprese Board is such an easy idea! If you're wondering how to make a charcuterie board that will appeal to a crowd (keto, healthy, and vegetarian) this holiday meat and cheese platter has something for every lifestyle that they can pick and choose.
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
10 people

Ingredients

For the Caprese Tree

  • 2 cups fresh spinach with the stems cut off
  • 10.5 oz Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 large container of fresh basil or 2-3 small ones
  • 8 oz mozzarella balls
  • *A mix of 4in skewers and regular toothpicks
  • 1 cup bagel chips I used the everything flavor

For the Presents

  • 8 oz fresh mozzarella
  • 1-2 cups Triscuits I used the basil and garlic

For the Balsamic Glaze

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2-3 tablespoons honey
  • Surrounded by ½ cup of dried cranberries

Top Right Corner

  • 1 wedge of brie
  • 1-2 vines of grapes

Top Left Corner

  • 1-6 oz package of good quality hard salami
  • 1 cup of mixed nuts

Left Side

  • 1 small bunch of asparagus
  • 6 oz package of prosciutto

Instructions

For the Tree

  • Cut the stem off of full pieces of spinach and use it to make an outline of the tree on the cheese board. Remeber the star will go on the very top one so staggered the spinach to make the tree expand down.
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  • Use the outline to figure out how long the skewers need to be. On the first row, I use a regular toothpick.
    Alternate the mozzarella, basil, tomato, basil, mozzarella so that whatever you started with on the skewer, you end with to keep things symmetrical. Then go to a 4 in skewer for the second row. This time starting with a tomato.
    For the third row, start with 4 in a skewer and then measure how much of a toothpick you would need, by laying it on the spinach.
    Once you fill the skewer, stick the toothpick in the end and continue until your desired length. You could also just use regular toothpicks and lay them end to end if you do not want to make complete strands. That also makes it easier for people to snack on, but it also depends on how you want your tree to look. It is up to you!
    skewering basil, mozza balls, and laying over spinach shaped like a tree Pin
  • Once the tree is full with the caprese strands, make the trunk by laying bagel chips underneath the tree in a domino effect.
    Crackers in shape of Christmas presents for appetizers

For the Presents

  • To make the presents under the tree, lay the triscuits down and for a few of the "gifts" make a bow out of small slices of cut fresh mozzarella.
    Use a star cutter to cut a star from the fresh mozzarella log for the top of the tree.

Balsamic Glaze

  • Combine the balsamic vinegar and honey into a small saucepan and allowed it to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until reduced. Pour it into a little serving bowl and surround it by dried cranberries
    Or use a store bought option.

Right Corner

  • Place a wedge of brie and slice it. Some take the rind off, but it actually gives the brie a deeper flavor and is completely edible. Place a vine of grapes next to it.

Left Corner

  • In the left corner place the nuts in a festive bowl and fold salami around it.

For the Proscuitto Baked Asapragus

  • Cut the slices of prosciutto in half, lengthwise. Tightly wrap them around a trimmed piece of asparagus and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil over them and bake at 400 for 10 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and place them on a cooking rack, so any extra grease can drip off before they are placed on your board.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 615kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 25gFat: 39gSaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 62mgSodium: 925mgPotassium: 295mgFiber: 4gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 1014IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 274mgIron: 3mg
AuthorRanda Derkson
A festive charcuterie board that is simple and easy to make. In shape of a Christmas tree is mozza balls, tomatoes over spinach. Includes a bowl of mixed nuts, grapes, sliced brie cheese, and crackers in the shape of presents. Pin

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