Nothing says Thanksgiving bounty more than a beautiful charcuterie board overflowing with delicious morsels to entice your guests. Learn how simple it is to shop for and arrange a stunning charcuterie board for your Thanksgiving table!
2ouncesassorted cheese, per person
1ounce charcuterie meats, per person
assortment of crackers
fresh seasonal fruit
dried seasonal fruit
assortment of spreads like jam, mustard or honey
assortment of nuts
olives and/or pickles
Begin by selecting a board for your spread. You can use a wood cutting board, or a marble or ceramic platter.
Once you know how many guests you will have, you can select your cheeses. Plan on 2 ounces of cheese per guest. 2 to 3 varieties will do, but be sure that they have different textures and flavors.
Choose 2 to 3 different charcuterie meats with different flavors and textures. Plan on 1 ounce per guest.
Choose a larger item to start and arrange it in 3 places in a triangle pattern around the rim of your platter by placing the same item at 12, 4, and 8 o'clock. Repeat this pattern with a second item.
In the center of your platter, place 2 round items. This could be small bowls of nuts, olives or jam. Or it could be a round of cheese.
Fill in the gaps! Now that you have some of the frame and the center of the platter filled, go in with the rest of your goodies. Start by adding larger items like the meats, cheeses and crackers. End by filling in the gaps with smaller items like nuts and dried or fresh fruits.
Place spoons with the olives and spreads and set out toothpicks so your guests won't have to use their fingers! Charcuterie is best enjoyed at room temperature so if you are making this in advance, pull it out of the fridge 30 minutes before serving.