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Christmas Charcuterie Board

This Christmas Charcuterie Board will be the talk of Tinseltown this holiday season! Your favorite meats, cheeses, fruits, and garnishes are all perfectly arranged in the cutest Christmas tree shape! Your guests will love this festive take on such a popular appetizer trend. 

Pair this Christmas Charcuterie Board with a festive glass of Homemade Apple Cider , Christmas Mocktails, or a batch of Easy Virgin Mojitos!

Top down view of a Christmas charcuterie board.

Christmas Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie boards are all the rage right now, and we can see why. Who doesn’t love an artfully arranged party platter? Take yours to the next level with this too cute Christmas Tree version. Completely customizable to your tastes, this Christmas Charcuterie Board is perfect for all your holiday gatherings.

Whether getting the gang together for brunch, a Christmas movie night, or a big holiday dinner, this charcuterie board will bring comfort and joy to any occasion.

How To Make A Christmas Charcuterie Board

  1. The easiest way to start is by prepping all the ingredients, and then laying them out so they’re easy to see and access.
  2. Start at the bottom of the board and work your way up. Build the stump of the Christmas tree first by using some of the pecan pieces as your base.
  3. Build the bottom layer of the tree next using the cubed cheese. This will be the widest layer of your tree. Place the layer of cubed cheese in a horizontal line that extends about half an inch from the edge of the board on both sides.
  4. On top of the cheese layer, add a layer of grapes and then a layer of olives. These layers won’t extend quite as far out as the cheese layer. Keep in mind that a tree gets narrower as it gets closer to the top so each subsequent layer will be slightly shorter than the last.
  5. Next up will be the meat layer made of sliced chorizo, salami, and prosciutto (or the meat of your choice). Fold the slices in half and then in half again to make a pretty fold and then fan them out with a variety of each type of meat.
  6. Place cucumber slices in a small layer just above the meat layer. Use the remaining pecans for the top of the tree and place a cracker for the star. You could also use a cookie cutter and cut a star shape out of a slice of cheese.
  7. Decorate your tree with fresh rosemary poking out the sides and cranberries placed like ornaments as well as any other garnishes you would like. Serve and enjoy!
Collage showing how to make a Christmas charcuterie board.

Tips and Variations

  • Feel free to use any kind of meat, cheese, fruit, garnish, and crackers you want. The beautiful thing about our Christmas Charcuterie Board is that its completely customizable!
  • Use cookie cutters to cut additional slices of meat, cheese, and fruit into cute shapes like stars and snowflakes to decorate your tree or the perimeter of your board. 
  • If travelling with your board it’s best to assemble your tree once you get to your location to ensure the shape stays together and everything is in place. If that isn’t an option you can wrap the entire board tightly in plastic wrap and make sure it is flat when travelling and it may make it one piece. 
  • Pretzels also make a great tree trunk base or crackers if you don’t want to use pecan pieces.
Top down view of a Christmas charcuterie board.

Storage

Refrigerator: You can store the ingredients for the charcuterie board separately afterwards or keep them whole as a tree in your fridge for up to 3 days. You can even completely assemble the day before and store it in the fridge, wrapped in plastic wrap until ready to serve. If travelling with this charcuterie board it may be easier to assemble the shape once you arrive at your location.

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Christmas charcuterie board with a cracker star.

Christmas Charcuterie Board

Yield: 1 Small to Medium Charcuterie Board
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This Christmas Charcuterie Board will be the talk of Tinseltown this holiday season! Your favorite meats, cheeses, fruits, and garnishes are all arranged in the cutest Christmas tree shape!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup chopped pecans, divided
  • 5 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, cubed
  • 1 ½ cups red grapes
  • 1 ½ cups olives (combination of green and kalamata)
  • 2 ounces sliced salami
  • 2 ounces sliced prosciutto
  • 2 ounces sliced chorizo
  • ½ large cucumber thinly sliced
  • 20-30 pita crackers
  • Fresh rosemary, for garnish
  • Fresh cranberries, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Prep all the ingredients, and lay them out so they’re easy to access. 
  2. Start at the bottom of the board using some of the pecan pieces, and build the stump of the Christmas tree. 
  3. Build the bottom layer of the tree next using the cubed cheese. This is the longest part of your tree. Place the layer of cubed cheese in a horizontal layer that extends an ½ inch from the edge of the board on both sides. 
  4. On top of the cheese layer, add a layer of grapes and then a layer of olives. These layers won’t extend quite as far out as the cheese layer (think about how a tree gets more narrow as it gets closer to the top).
  5. Next will be the meat layer made of sliced chorizo, salami, and prosciutto. Fold the slices in half and then in half again to make a pretty fold and then fan them out a bit. 
  6. Place cucumber slices in a small layer just above the meat layer. Use the remaining pecans for the top of the tree and place a cracker for the star.
  7. Decorate your tree with fresh rosemary poking out the sides and cranberries placed like ornaments! Enjoy!
  8. See post for storage options.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 2-3 crackers with meat, cheese, olives, and nuts. Actual calories will vary.

*The board used in the photos is 11 ½ x 15 inches, but feel free to whatever size board you like, and adjust the amount of ingredients to fit the board.

*The amount of ingredients used is an estimate and can change depending on how you build the board.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

*Photos courtesy of Meghan King Photography.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 2 crackers
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 389Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 855mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 3gSugar: 6gProtein: 12g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

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