Appetizers

Fall Charcuterie Board

No gathering is complete without an impressive cheese board. This beautiful Fall Charcuterie Board is easy to assemble and is sure to be a hit at any holiday party! It’s full of fresh, seasonal produce and fall elements.

Serve this Thanksgiving charcuterie board for an appetizer, snack or light lunch at any Autumn gathering.

If you’re looking for more easy party appetizers, you will love these simple Caprese Tortellini Skewers or sweet and savory Cranberry & Whipped Goat Cheese Crostini.

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A fall themed charcuterie board full of cheeses, meats, and fruits. Greenery and fresh pumpkins surround the wooden board.

This holiday charcuterie board is perfect for hosting a small or large group of guests. I plan to serve this charcuterie board for Thanksgiving as a grazing plate before the big meal.

What You’ll Need:

With this being a Thanksgiving charcuterie board, I felt it was important to add seasonal ingredients. Think of what’s in season around you when planning this grazing board.

  • Board & Serving Utensils: Typically charcuterie is served on a wooden board. I use this large round board (I love that it has handles!) or this square board with utensils built in. Don’t forget to include mini serving utensils.
  • Cheese: Use a variety of 3-4 types of cheese.
  • Meat: Use a variety of 2-3 types of meat. The best meats for charcuterie board are: salami, prosciutto, and pepperoni. You can also use deli meats, such as sliced turkey or ham.
  • Seasonal Fruit: For this autumn charcuterie board, I wanted to highlight seasonal produce, so I used a wide variety of fruits including dried fruits. Fresh apples, berries, and pears are classic choices.
  • Nuts/Extras: Use 1-2 types of nuts, seeds, or extras (like olives). Kalamata or green olives are a delicious burst of saltiness. For this board, I think pumpkin seeds are a perfect seasonal addition.
  • Jams or Dips: Fig jam is my favorite pairing with cheese, so I always like to have that on my boards. Dijon or stone ground mustard pairs well with most meat. If you have vegetables on your board, hummus would be a good dip to serve.
  • Crackers: Use 1-2 different types of crackers. For this fall themed charcuterie board, I used seasonal Trader Joe’s pumpkin cranberry crisps and water crackers. Water crackers are a virtually flavorless, thin cracker that is usually served with meat and cheese because it doesn’t overpower their flavors.
A large round wooden board full of cheese, meat, and fruit. Each ingredient is labeled with black text.

Best Meat & Cheeses for Charcuterie Board

I prefer to use cured meats, such as salami, prosciutto, coppa, soppressata, and pepperoni. You can also use deli meats, such as sliced turkey or ham.

I’m a firm believer that there is no such thing as a bad cheese, but the best cheeses for a charcuterie board are a variety of firm, semi-soft, and soft. Ideally, you’ll want to have a mix and one from each category.

  • Firm: asiago, cheddar, gruyere, parmesan
  • Semi-soft: gouda, havarti, muenster, Roquefort (aka blue cheese)
  • Soft: brie, burrata, mozzarella, Chevre (aka goat cheese)

How to Assemble a Charcuterie Board

Let’s learn how to make a charcuterie board! Before I add anything to the board, I think of fall colors and fabrics to decorate the table or countertop with. First, place the board were you want it then fill the table with fresh greenery, pumpkins, and fall colored fabrics.

Remember, there is no right or wrong way to arrange a charcuterie board. The three steps below are a good guide and will help keep ingredients organized. Plan and create your DIY charcuterie board based on how many people you will be serving and what you enjoy.

Three different types of cheese are on a round wooden board. Greenery and fresh pumpkins surround the board.

Step 1: Cheese!

Lay out cheese on the board. It’s best to have cheese wedges in different areas around the board and not all crowded together.

Cut some cheese into cubes to get your guests started. Keep serving utensils nearby or on the board so you can easily cut more when needed.

Depending on the amount of people you are serving, have 3-4 types of cheese available. Pick at least one cheese from each category: firm, semi-soft, and soft.

Three different types of cheese and variety of fruit are on a round wooden board. Greenery and fresh pumpkins surround the board.

Step 2: Add Items in Bowls and Fruit

Place any bowls with jam, dip, and olives on the board. For this board, I use jars for fig jam and mustard. Next, arrange fruit around the board.

Use fruit that fall is known for, such as: apples, pomegranates, berries, pears, and figs. A variety of fruit will add vibrant color to the board. You can use dried fruit on the board as well.

Depending on the amount of people you are serving, have 2-3 jams/dips and 3-5 different types of fruit.

A fall charcuterie board arranged with three different types of cheese and variety of fruit and meat are on a round wooden board. Greenery and fresh pumpkins surround the board.

Step 3: Add Meat, Crackers, and Nuts

Get creative with the placement of meat around the board. For example, make a pepperoni rose or tightly roll up salami in cylinders.

Finally, fill in any empty spaces with crackers and nuts.

Depending on the amount of people you are serving, have a variety of 2-3 meats, 1-2 crackers, and 1-2 nuts available.

Charcuterie Board Tips

  • Both white and red wine pair well with a cheese board. If you want the full fall effect, serve this Thanksgiving charcuterie board with an Apple Cider Margarita or another festive fall cocktail.
  • If you’re worried about staining your wooden serving platter, lay down parchment paper on the board before assembling.
  • Place serving utensils and cheese knife nearby or on the board for easy grabbing and cutting. Small plates and napkins should be near the fall charcuterie board as well.
  • Don’t let the charcuterie board sit out for more than 2 hours or you run the risk of spoilage.
  • Ditch the board. If you want to make an extra large charcuterie board, just lay parchment or butcher paper on a table or countertop. Don’t forget to tape down the edges.

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A fall charcuterie board arranged with three different types of cheese and variety of fruit and meat are on a round wooden board. Greenery and fresh pumpkins surround the board.

Fall Charcuterie Board

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A Fall Charcuterie Board is easy to assemble and serve. Make this holiday charcuterie board for a light lunch or impressive party appetizer!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, French
Servings 8 people
Calories 300 kcal

Equipment

  • large wooden board
  • serving utensils

Ingredients
  

Cheese Options

  • Firm: asiago, cheddar, gruyere, parmesan
  • Semi-soft: gouda, havarti, muenster, Roquefort (aka blue cheese)
  • Soft: brie, burrata, mozzarella, Chevre (aka goat cheese)

Meat Options

  • Cured meats: salami, prosciutto, coppa, soppressata, pepperoni
  • Deli meats: turkey, ham

Fruit Options

  • apples sliced
  • grapes
  • berries
  • pears sliced
  • figs sliced
  • pomegranate seeds
  • dried fruit date, raisins, apricots

Dip Options

  • jam/jelly fig, apricot, or raspberry
  • mustard stone ground or dijon
  • honey
  • olive tapenade

Cracker Options

  • water crackers
  • pretzels
  • crostini
  • Triscuts
  • Trader Joe's pumpkin cranberry crisps

Nuts and Extras

  • almonds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • walnuts
  • olives
  • popcorn
  • mini gherkin pickles

Instructions
 

  • Pick and choose a few options from each category to add to the charcuterie board. Use steps and guidelines as mentioned in the post above when you make charcuterie board.

Notes

  • Depending on how many people you’re serving, plan to have 3-4 cheeses, 2-3 meats, 3-4 fruits, 1-2 dips, and 1-2 nuts/extras. These numbers are a rough estimate and you can have more or less of any category.
  • Have a variety of firm, semi-soft, and soft cheeses. Ideally, you want to have a mix and one from each category.
  • Add seasonal produce and fall themed ingredients and colors to the board.
  • Fill in any gaps with extra crackers and nuts.
  • There is no right or wrong way to build a charcuterie board. Get creative and have fun!
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3 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love a good charcuterie board! This is beautiful. I especially love the pepperoni flower. My teenager loves meat and cheese, so I started making charcuterie boards when he has friends over. I will definitely use some of these ideas.

  2. 5 stars
    This looks so good, will definitely keep this to try it out for the next time the girls come around!!

  3. 5 stars
    Mmm. It looks so tasty! I love cheese boards. I think I will add figs, walnuts, and dry apricots next time. Thank you for recipe and inspiration.