DIY : Charcuterie Board for a crowd
Updated: Jul 30, 2019
You can upsize or downsize this as much as you need to
No one hates "snack" food, and this Charcuterie board was a hit. We got so many compliments on this set up that I thought I would do a blog post on it
What we used:
Most of this stuff was purchased from Aldi unless noted otherwise, for the most cost-effective way to complete this look. Also a few hacks listed below to make it as easy as possible
Cheese: colby-jack, pepperjack, swiss, cheddar, gouda (you can use any variety you'd like)
Banana Chips Mini Cucumbers
Meats: salami, pepperoni, italian sausage (again, any variety you want)
Crackers: we had 6 different kinds (you can use any)
Olives (Sams Club, for bulk) Pickles (mini) (Sams Club, for bulk)
Red Pepper Jelly (any flavor will work)
Mozzarella balls (Aldi special at the time)
Don't be afraid to add whatever is on sale or whatever catches your eye. There is no wrong way to make a Charcuterie board!
What do to the night before:
The most time consuming part was cutting the 4 loaves of French bread, buttering, and grilling (pictured in the bag at the far end before I dumped the bag out. Side note hack: Melt your butter in the microwave and dip each top side in the melted butter vs. spreading each piece with a knife. Add garlic salt and grill - we served this with the pesto in cups pictured at the end
Cut your cheese. Hack: we used sliced sandwich cheese from Aldi to easily stack each pack and cut into squares vs. cutting a whole block of cheese. Cut the blocks of gouda this way and OUCH my hands were sore.
Slice mini cucumbers
Drain/strain pickles and olives and put in ziplock bags for even easier set up
Again, no wrong way to do this. We just did a lot of "dumping". Set up took about 20 minutes.
I took a roll of Kraft wrapping paper I got on sale at Hobby Lobby after Christmas time and used that as our base on top of a dollar store table cloth
The cups/bowls to put messy items/give dimension are plastic items from the dollar store as well.
At the end of the night we just took the entire brown paper and threw it all away for easy peasy clean up!