Christmas Charcuterie Board
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.
Servings: 10 people
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
- 1 small bunch of asparagus
- 6 oz package of prosciutto
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.
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!
Once the tree is full with the caprese strands, make the trunk by laying bagel chips underneath the tree in a domino effect.
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.
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 cranberriesOr use a store bought option.
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.
Serving: 1serving | Calories: 615kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 39g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 925mg | Potassium: 295mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 1014IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 274mg | Iron: 3mg