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The Best Charcuterie Board Combinations

Dazzle your friends with your ability to provide tiny bites of fabulous finger foods, whether sweet or savory. Check out our ideas for some fun food boards.

Food boards are a great way to provide a lot of variety for an easy-to-do appetizer or dessert course. You can choose to use a small wooden serving board or large platter or repurpose a cookie sheet or pastry board. The options are truly endless.


  1. Consider guests’ dietary needs and make sure you have something for everyone.
  2. That said, do not have more than six or seven choices on any board. Too many choices, in this case, is not best.
  3. Label whatever you can – use flagged toothpicks, mini-chalkboards (check out, or frame a cute diagram or drawing of the offerings. Be creative!
  4. Keep everything in easy to manage bites – after all, the purpose is to use your fingers and keep everyone satisfied until the main event is ready.

Traditional Charcuterie Board

Pronounced “shar-cu-tree,” the word charcuterie roughly translates to mean “cold, cooked, meats.” It dates to the 15th century and was used to describe a butcher shop that sold such meats. Nowadays, the trendy adaptation of the word calls to mind a board laden with a variety of meats and cheeses.

Crostini Board

Crostini are small pieces of sliced bread, toasted or fried and topped with the spread of your choice:

Vegetable Board

Fresh, crisp, and colorful veggies are a heathy alternative to a cheese and meat board.

Dessert Board

*(To make tomato topping, finely dice 4-5 Roma tomatoes and combine with 1 clove minced garlic, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper)

**(To make garlic aioli, whisk together 1 cup mayonnaise, 3 gloves minced garlic, mashed, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and a dash of cayenne pepper. Cover and refrigerate one hour before serving.)

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