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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)

  • Wasabi Almonds

  • Banana Chips Mini Cucumbers

  • Cherry Tomatoes

  • Meats: salami, pepperoni, italian sausage (again, any variety you want)

  • Crackers: we had 6 different kinds (you can use any)

  • Grapes

  • Strawberries Blueberries

  • Dates (Walmart)

  • Olives (Sams Club, for bulk) Pickles (mini) (Sams Club, for bulk)

  • Cream Cheese

  • Red Pepper Jelly (any flavor will work)

  • French Bread

  • Pesto

  • Mozzarella balls (Aldi special at the time)

  • Dried Apricots


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



Assembly:

  • 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!



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