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Homemade Charcuterie Board Ideas

DIY Charcuterie Board for Beginners

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An irresistibly simple charcuterie board that's perfect for beginners! Fan out your favorite cheese slices and salami, arrange rolls of prosciutto, serve mozzarella balls with toothpicks—accompanied by whichever crackers, fruits, veggies, and spreads you enjoy.
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine French
Keyword charcuterie board for beginners, charcuterie board ideas, charcuterie board recipe, diy charcuterie board, how to make a charcuterie board
Prep Time 45 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Servings 6 to 8 people


Spreads & Brined Items:

  • ¼ cup prune jam
  • ¼ cup grainy mustard
  • cup green & kalamata olives
  • 20 + toothpicks


  • 4 oz sharp cheddar squares
  • 4 oz Swiss cheese squares
  • 4 oz mozzarella balls

Meat & Eggs:

  • 2 oz salami
  • 2 oz prosciutto
  • 3 hard boiled eggs, halved

Crackers & Eggs:

Fruits & Vegetables:

Nuts & Seeds:

  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup walnuts

Herbs & Garnishes:

  • 8-10 fresh thyme sprigs (and/or rosemary)
  • sprinkle of black pepper


  • Choose a large cutting board or platter to use for charcuterie. (Or a medium-sized board plus additional plates or bowls.)
  • Prepare ingredients for charcuterie board as needed: prep or cook any homemade recipes, slice cheese into squares, roll sliced meats if desired, cut vegetables for snacking.
  • Begin assembling board with any items that need to be served in small bowls—like dips and spreads, or brined items like olives.
  • Next, arrange cheeses and meats on board in desired pattern. (It’s okay to adjust them as you go!)
  • Layer on crackers or breads, along with fruits and vegetables.
  • Finally, add nuts and seeds to board in small piles (or small bowls).
  • Finish board with fresh herb sprigs, a crack of black pepper, and any desired garnishes.