Fun and festive Thanksgiving charcuterie board ideas! These easy Thanksgiving appetizers are perfect for guests to munch on before dinner, or to bring to your Friendsgiving celebration.
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There’s just something everybody LOVES about a charcuterie board.
It might be the variety of snacks, or how lovely common foods can look when arranged on a wooden board. Or just how downright delicious charcuterie is.
They just put people in a happy mood!
Charcuterie boards are especially great to serve on Thanksgiving, because everyone can happily snack while you finish making dinner, without feeling the pressure of hungry guests.
And they’re a super fun and easy dish to bring to a Friendsgiving gathering or Thanksgiving potluck – no cooking required!
Plus, charcuterie boards make for really easy entertaining, because you can:
- Customize it for your event
- Make the perfect size for your guest list
- Not wind up with too much food (or too little!)
- Get LOTS of compliments on the menu, without anyone knowing how simple it was
The best part is that there are no strict rules!
… you’ll create an amazing appetizer or snack tray, not to mention the perfect centerpiece for your table!
💡 If it’s your first time making a charcuterie board, I’ve included some handy tips and tricks at the bottom of this post.
Let’s dive into these fun Thanksgiving charcuterie board ideas!
What finger foods go on a charcuterie board?
Use different textures with an assortment of cheeses, from semi-soft cheeses like goat cheese, spreadable cheese, or blue cheese, to hard cheeses such as cheddar or Parmesan Asiago. Traditional meat options include prosciutto, genoa salami, sopressata, chorizo, and cured sausage.
Add in complementary snacks including crackers, jam, nuts, green olives, pickles, and dried or fresh fruit such as apples, grapes, or cranberries.
How do you arrange a Thanksgiving charcuterie board?
Now that you’ve purchased the ingredients and have the board, it’s time to start arranging!
To make a charcuterie board for Thanksgiving, arrange the ingredients step by step so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
The best way to arrange a charcuterie platter is:
- Place your spreads. Start your board by placing small bowls for your spreadable and juicy food items.
- Add the cheese. You can even use small cookie cutters to cut hard cheeses into fun Thanksgiving shapes.
- Arrange a variety of meats and fruit around the bowls and cheese.
- Place crackers, bread slices, and other crunchy snacks.
- Decorate your board with festive decorations to create a Thanksgiving theme or spooky twist.
How do you make a charcuterie board ahead of time?
Prep the ingredients the night before by slicing meats and cheeses and storing them in an airtight container in the fridge.
You can arrange and set up the charcuterie board a few hours in advance, but leave off the crackers, bread, and nuts.
Wrap the board tightly in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator.
About 30 minutes before serving, take out the board, add crackers and nuts, and let it come to room temperature.
5 tips for Making Charcuterie
1. Choose the right board
You’ll want to get the appropriate size board for your event, and the amount of food you plan to present.
Here are 5 popular boards and pretty ways to present charcuterie:
- Charcuterie board with bowls, cheese knives, and serving forks included
- Classic charcuterie platter with handle
- Extra large board (for a large gathering)
- 3 tier serving tray
- Collapsible charcuterie serving board
2. Use little bowls
Small bowls help contain and organize spreadable, loose, or juicy ingredients, such as jams, pickles, olives, and nuts.
They also make sure there are no empty spots in your board.
Set the bowls down first, then arrange the other foods around them.
3. Use easy to find ingredients
To make your charcuterie-making experience as low stress as possible, don’t hunt everywhere for specific, hard to find food items.
Stores like Aldi and Trader Joe’s work well for seasonal snacks and accents, but your regular grocery store should also have everything you need.
Purchase pre-sliced and pre-portioned ingredients to make it even simpler!
4. Use a picture for inspiration
Use this list of Thanksgiving-themed board recipes for specific ideas of what to create.
Or if you’re more experienced with charcuterie board creation, these ideas can be general inspiration for your customized platter.
5. Combine flavors and textures
When planning and shopping for ingredients, be sure to include an assortment of flavor profiles.
You’ll want a combination of savory, sweet, salty, and spicy flavors.
Include different textures, with a variety of hard, soft, crunchy, and chewy.
The perfect charcuterie board has:
- 2-3 types of meat
- 2-3 kinds of cheese (at least one soft and two hard)
- Minimum 2 crunchy snacks, such as crackers, nuts, or raw veggies
- 2-3 savory ingredients, like nuts, pickles, and olives
- At least 2 spreadable dips or spreads, ideally a mix of sweet and savory
Pro-tip: Put your charcuterie board on a lazy susan so it’s easy for guests to access everything.
Ready to try making a Thanksgiving charcuterie board?
I hope this list of Thanksgiving board ideas has given you lots of inspiration to make this autumn season!
With everything from cute turkey-shaped boards to a classic cheese board and veggie charcuterie board ideas, there are really endless options!
Your favorite part will be that it’s a great way to feed a crowd in fun ways with one simple platter.
Your Thanksgiving dinner or Friendsgiving party will be such a huge hit with these fun appetizers and snack tray ideas.
Which of these Thanksgiving charcuterie board ideas will you make first?
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