This Christmas Charcuterie Board has a red, white, and green theme for a festive spread! Follow the step-by-step instructions to learn exactly how to put it together to create a beautiful board for your holiday events.
A Red, White, and Green Cheese Board!
My Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board has been such a successful post, and it’s one of my favorites of all time on the blog! While Della helped me create that board, this one I dreamed up ingredient by ingredient until I had a red, white, and green theme going.
I’m sure you guys have some ideas for even more ingredients you could add!
The key to a beautiful cheese board is to fill in all the spaces so it looks plentiful and abundant!
Once again I made this step by step so you could see how everything comes together. I followed the same technique as last time anchoring with the cheeses and meats, following with fruit and crackers, and ending with the smaller pieces like nuts and herbs. It’s really quite easy!
Once you get the hang of the technique, you’ll be able to design your own boards using whatever ingredients you choose.
Holiday Charcuterie Board Ingredient List
I used the same trio as last time: a triple cream brie, a sharp cheddar, and a firm manchego. I think it’s always great to have one to serve with preserves (a goat cheese log rolled in rosemary would also be especially festive!), one to cube, and one to slice. Come to think of it – the manchego could have been dressed as little Christmas trees if I’d turned the triangles 90 degrees!
A trio of Spanish meats will give you some variety. I could have used two of these because the meats go fast! Look for one that has two different shapes – long prosciutto and little salami rounds.
Fresh fruit, thinly sliced, and dried fruit. Pomegranates are especially festive, as do plump dried cranberries or cherries. Green pear, red apple, either kind of grapes, berries – stay in your color theme and there are tons of options!
Vegetables + Dip
I added red and green peppers and cucumbers to my board plus a vibrant green vegan kale pesto for dipping. A white herby ranch or cream cheese-based dip would be great too!
The little red beet crackers were perfect for my theme! I also love the little toast-shaped crackers for the holidays. Regular white-ish crackers will do too. I skipped the yellow cheese straws for this year.
Nuts + Olives + Decor
You can’t have a cheese board without truffle almonds! A tin of holiday nuts would serve you well here – smoked almonds, cashews, candied pecans, etc. I tucked sprigs of rosemary from my garden and used a fig spread to decorate the brie.
I think for a holiday board a little sweetness really rings true to the season. While dark chocolate almonds would have been nice, they didn’t fit my color scheme! So instead I used peppermint meringues from Trader Joes! Little perfect clouds of seasonal surprises on top added the perfect festive touch.
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Many of these can be found at Trader Joe’s. Otherwise look for comparables!
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- Block of sharp white cheddar
- Triple Cream Brie
- Block of aged manchego
- Package of charcuterie meats
- Fig & Olive crisp crackers
- Box of assorted crackers
- Red beet crackers
- Truffle or smoked almonds
- Green olives
- Red and green bell peppers
- Pesto for dipping
- Red grapes
- Green pear
- Dried cranberries or cherries
- Dried Fuji apples
- Peppermint Meringues
- Fig preserves
- Fresh rosemary
How To Assemble Your Christmas Charcuterie Board
1: Prep your ingredients on a separate cutting board
- Unbox crackers
- Keep the brie whole
- Cube the cheddar
- Slice the manchego in triangles and stack vertically. Once you have a tower, you can turn on its side to be seen as zig zags on the board.
- Roll the longer meats into cigars
- Fold circle meats into “flowers” by folding in half and folding in half again
- Wash and slice fruits and vegetables into thin slices or strips
- Pour vegetable dip into a little bowl
2: Arrange cheeses evenly across the board.
3: Add meats in curved line around cheeses, arranging the longer rolls as vertical as possible
4: Arrange bowls of dip and olives
5: Add fruits and vegetables all around board
6: Decorate with crackers in stacks and rows
7: Fill in edges and holes with nuts, dried fruit and herbs
8: Add preserves to brie and meringues on top!
If you’re taking your board outside or need a germ-safe way to share this, consider mini to-go containers like this Picnic Cheese Board. Just divide up and pack everything inside of a holiday themed to go box (like these) or holiday tin and enjoy one per family. Leave a cheese board on your friends’ doorsteps instead of cookies this year!
Christmas Charcuterie Board
This Christmas Charcuterie Board has a red, white, and green theme for a festive cheese board spread! Follow the step-by-step instructions to learn exactly how to put it together to create a beautiful board for your holiday events.