Charcuterie is definitely the hot way to feed a crowd this summer! It can be overloading to look at an abundant spread and think about how to put it together for yourself. Read on for my tips on creating a charcuterie board with loads of texture, color, and flavor that also yields pleasing combinations.

This is my blueprint for a charcuterie spread to feed a group of 4. Multiply as needed for larger groups!

How to Make the Perfect Charcuterie Board!

My easy weeknight charcuterie board!

My easy weeknight charcuterie board!

  • 1 x fresh fruit

  • 1 x dried fruit

  • 1 x cured meat

  • 1 x nut

  • 1 x dip / spread / jam

  • 1 x cracker / bread

  • 2 x cheese (one hard and one soft is a good bet)

  • 1 x specialty item

Here’s an example of a charcuterie spread I put together the other night:

I used blackberries, dried cherries, prosciutto, shelled pistachios, hummus, gluten free crackers, pre-sliced sharp white cheddar cheese, goat cheese, and a caprese salad with cherry tomatoes, mini mozzarella balls, and pesto sauce as my specialty item. I put some toothpicks out for easy eating, and some knives for spreading, but mostly this was a hand feeding spread, which is how I like it! I arranged everything on a large carving board so I could easily carry it out onto the patio.

What gorgeous charcuterie spreads are you putting out this spring and summer? Have any secrets to share? Drop me a comment and let me know!