How to Make a Charcuterie Board: The Secret to a Beautiful Charcuterie Tray by Jan Mostrom

How to Make a Charcuterie Board: The Secret to a Beautiful Charcuterie Tray

My husband and I love putting a snack platter together when we have friends over, but I've never been able to make one beautiful. So last week when I wanted to try again I enlisted a friend who can make any food look incredible. She told me to have a variety of things on the charcuterie board like vegetables, olives, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, dips like hummus or spinach dip, grainy mustard and jam (we like fig).

Then add meats, cheeses and crackers to fill it up. The different colors, textures and sizes make the tray more beautiful. I added a little too much so I ended up adding a few smaller plates as well. Garnish with some fresh herbs for the final touch. Using a photo helps to make your next charcuterie tray extra special!

Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: varies



  • peppers
  • carrots
  • cucumbers
  • celery 

Fresh and Dried Fruit

  • apricots
  • cranberries
  • strawberries
  • grapes


  • dried chorizo
  • prosciutto
  • mortadella
  • salami


  • walnuts
  • cashews
  • macadamia nuts
  • almonds


  • chocolate bars
  • chocolate-covered almonds

For Dipping

  • crackers
  • sourdough bread cubes
  • French bread cubes


  • whatever cheeses you like

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Layer ingredients by category leaving room in between to fill in with the next group of food. 
  2. Use photos to help design your tray and add your own special touches!

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What a wonderful array of choices on your charcuterie tray. Your friends are super lucky.
Elisa Schmitz
Absolutely stunning, Jan Mostrom ! Who needs dinner when you have a charcuterie board like this one?! Especially when you pair it with your hearty homemade bread. I love marcona almonds on mine. So good!

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