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The Best Ingredients for a Charcuterie Board

Updated August 2, 2018 4.0k votes 345 voters 5.2k views46 items

List RulesAny cured, smoked, or preserved meats, cheeses, and accompanying sides that you would serve on a charcuterie board.

The next time that you have a game night, or just want to have some friends over to look at your new tile, don’t roll out a simple cheese plate, show your friends who the host (or hostess) supreme is with an awesome charcuterie board. Charcuterie is a branch of French cooking devoted to preparing meat products like bacon, ham, and sausage. For centuries, chefs have been pairing cured meats with fruits and cheeses that perfectly accent their dining choices, and now you, too, can impress your friends and family with heaps of salty meats and cheeses after checking out this list of the best charcuterie board ideas.

If you’re looking for an easy and fairly inexpensive way to make your next get together or book club meeting memorable, look no further than this list of creative items to perfect your charcuterie board, meat tray, or elegant cheese platter. If you’ve never put together a charcuterie board before, don’t worry! The items on this list might sound like they’re only available in a hidden French chateau, but everything here is available at your local grocery store, and pretty fairly priced.

Now that we’ve helped you put together your perfect charcuterie board with this list of out of the box ingredients, we fully expect to be invited to your next party. Just make sure you buy lots of cheese and keep the drinks flowing .Use these ideas to spice up your charcuterie board, and let us know if you have any hot tips for the next fancy dining party.
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  • 1
    Gouda cheese
    88
    16

    Gouda cheese

  • 2
    Sourdough Baguette
    103
    28

    Sourdough Baguette

  • 3
    Prosciutto
    111
    36
  • 4
    Grapes
    99
    28

    Grapes

  • 5
    Triple-Creme Brie
    90
    25

    Triple-Creme Brie

  • 6
    Dry-Cured Sausage
    99
    35

    Dry-Cured Sausage

  • 7
    Almonds
    90
    30

    Almonds

  • 8
    Olives
    94
    38
  • 9
    Honey
    76
    25
  • 10
    Strawberries
    79
    28
  • 11
    Cashews
    77
    28

    Cashews

  • 12
    Smooth Goat Cheese
    71
    28

    Smooth Goat Cheese

  • 13
    Sopressata
    71
    30

    Sopressata

  • 14
    Water Crackers
    69
    28

    Water Crackers

  • 15
    Chorizo
    65
    34
  • 16
    Comté
    58
    29
  • 17
    Blue cheese
    65
    36
  • 18
    Fresh Figs
    59
    36

    Fresh Figs

  • 19
    Aged Balsamic Vinegar
    56
    34

    Aged Balsamic Vinegar

  • 20
    Croissant
    54
    34
  • 21
    Dried Cranberries
    45
    28

    Dried Cranberries

  • 22
    Gherkins
    52
    35

    Gherkins

  • 23
    Prosecco
    44
    29

    Prosecco

  • 24
    Aged Manchego
    46
    33
  • 25
    Bacon Wrapped Dates
    54
    45

    Bacon Wrapped Dates