Holiday Charcuterie Board Recipe – The Cookie Rookie®

Becky Hardin


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This Holiday Charcuterie Board is sure to give you lots of ideas for a beautiful cheese board worthy of Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year’s Eve celebrations! I’ll show you how to make a perfectly festive charcuterie platter filled with cheese, meats, crackers, fruits, and more.

A holiday charcuterie board filled with meats, cheeses, fruits, olives, crackers, and more.

Why We Love This Christmas Cheese Board Recipe

This holiday version of a classic charcuterie board incorporates fun, festive, and flavorful ingredients that are sure to impress your guests. With a wide array of meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, and crackers, there’s something for everyone in this versatile appetizer.

Holiday Charcuterie Board Ideas

In addition to the typical meats and cheeses, I try to change up the other ingredients for my cheese boards to make it feel more festive for Christmas, Thanksgiving, or whatever holiday I’m celebrating.

I love using sugared cranberries, figs and pomegranate seeds, fresh rosemary sprigs, and this Christmas cheese ball for Christmas parties.

If I’m making a charcuterie board for New Year’s Eve, I usually add mini cheese ball bites, candied pecans, and cheese stuffed olives.

And for a fall-themed Thanksgiving board, I add things like roasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin hummus, this pumpkin-shaped cheese ball, or apple butter for a hint of sweetness.

A plate with a variety of meats and cheeses.

How to Store 

Store holiday charcuterie board leftovers tightly covered with plastic wrap in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this fun and festive cheese board alongside other holiday-themed appetizers, like cocktail meatballs, sweet potato souffle cups, sausage rolls, bacon wrapped dates, cranberry chicken wings, or ham roll ups.

And don’t forget the festive cocktails, like holiday punch, Christmas sangria, jingle juice, or cranberry margaritas.

What should I put on a Christmas charcuterie board?

Just like a classic charcuterie board, you want a good mix of cheeses, meats, breads/crackers, nuts, and fruits. To make it festive, look for holiday-appropriate items, like rosemary, dried cranberries, or holiday-themed cheeses.

Are there rules for charcuterie boards?

There are no hard and fast rules for making charcuterie. Just keep in mind that everything should be easily accessible.

How much food do you need for a charcuterie board?

Plan for 3 ounces of meat and cheese per person!

Can you make a charcuterie board the night before?

Yes! I would recommend waiting to cut your fruit until the day of, but everything else can be sliced, prepped, and wrapped in plastic wrap, and stored for up to 24 hours.

A platter of cheese, crackers, olives and grapes.

More Appetizer Boards To Try

How to Make a Holiday Charcuterie Board Step by Step

Arrange the Cheeses: Choose your favorite cheeses, and arrange them on your board or platter. Place them roughly equidistant, but not in an overly “organized” way.

A plate with different types of cheese on it.

Add the Crackers and Meats: Next, place your crackers and meats around your cheese. I like to add thin rolls of prosciutto and “fan” other slices of meat by folding them into quarters (in half, then half again, to form a triangle with a rounded edge, as shown).

A platter filled with a variety of meats, cheese, and crackers.

Arrange the Fruit, Nuts, and Other Bites: Start with larger items, like bunches of grapes and other fruits, and place them around the board in a visually-pleasing way. Move things around and see how it looks! Next add smaller items like nuts, olives, and dried fruits to fill in the empty space.

Cheese, meats, crackers, and fruit on a cheese board.

Balance the Board: Keep adding and arranging until your holiday charcuterie board looks balanced and full. Add any decorative holiday elements. Serve and enjoy!

A colorful holiday charcuterie board.

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