Game Day Charcuterie Board
Yield: 6-8 servings
A deliciously eye-catching charcuterie board is easy to create, and the following suggestions make it a game-day winner. With a few "bonus" additions, you can even make it a meal! 


Helpful assembly items:

  • Extra large flat platter or cutting board
  • Small bowl(s) for dips, nuts, snack mixes, etc.
  • Small serving spoons
  • Cheese knives
  • 20-30 small wooden skewers or toothpicks

The meat:

  • ½ pound prosciutto, salami, pepperoni, smoked sausage, and/or sopressata, thinly sliced
  • 4-5 ounces beef or turkey jerky (could even use salmon or venison jerky)

The cheese:

  • ½ pound hard cheese (such as aged cheddar or gouda with a pretty rind)
  • ½ pound soft cheese (such as goat or brie; could opt for a port wine cheese spread or horseradish cheese spread)

The fruit:

  • 1 large bunch green or red grapes, trimmed into small bunches
  • 2 apples or pears (or one of each), thinly sliced
  • Optional: dried fruit such as apricots or mango

The veggies:

  • 8 mini bell peppers (orange, red, and/or yellow), halved lengthwise, seeds removed. (May leave on the stem to make it easier to hold and dip–and for a pop of color.)
  • Alternatives include sliced carrots, celery, cucumbers, and radishes

Crackers and beyond:

  • 20-30 sturdy crackers, brand of preference
  • Pretzels (broken into bite pieces if large)
  • Hummus (see links to homemade options)
  • Peanuts, cashews, Smokehouse almonds, or mixed nuts (see links for homemade nut mixes)

Assembly:

  1. Place the grapes in the center of the board.
  2. Add the hard cheese to one corner of the board (cut a few slices to start)
  3. Add the soft cheese to opposite corner of the board (cut a few slices to start)
  4. Roll individual meat slices and place near the hard cheese.
  5. Place the jerky upright, peeking out of a tall glass, near the soft cheese.
  6. Group the peppers together near one corner of the board.
  7. Layer the sliced apples and/or pears in another corner of the board.
  8. Cascade the crackers or pretzels on the top and bottom edges of the board
  9. Fill in with the bowls of dip, nuts, snack mixes, etc.


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