Girls Night Charcuterie Board

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How to Build a Charcuterie Board — A SALTY-SWEET mix of meats, cheeses, fruit, chocolate almonds, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, GOOD THiNS, and more for your next GIRLS-NIGHT-IN!! There’s something for everyone on this EASY-TO-ASSEMBLE board!!

Girls Night Charcuterie Board - A SALTY-SWEET mix of meats, cheeses, fruit, chocolate almonds, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, GOOD THiNS, and more for your next GIRLS-NIGHT-IN!! There's something for everyone on this EASY-TO-ASSEMBLE board!!

What Is a Charcuterie Board?

I have always been a huge fan of cheese boards when I am having my friends over. They’re easy to assemble, there’s something for everyone, and I’ve never known us not to solve the world’s’ problems over a cheese board and a bottle, or two, of bubbly.

If you’ve never made a charcuterie board before and have no clue what I’m talking about, it’s essentially an arrangement of various cured meats on a serving board. 

More often than not you’ll be served a charcuterie and cheese board at a restaurant (or at my house!) that includes other nibbles like nuts, fresh and dried fruits, olives, and so on. 

It didn’t take me long to figure out how to build a charcuterie board. Trust me, even if your first attempt isn’t as aesthetically pleasing as you’d like it to be, I can guarantee it’ll still taste good! 

Girls Night Charcuterie Board - A SALTY-SWEET mix of meats, cheeses, fruit, chocolate almonds, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, GOOD THiNS, and more for your next GIRLS-NIGHT-IN!! There's something for everyone on this EASY-TO-ASSEMBLE board!!

What Goes on a Charcuterie Board? 

Not sure what to put on a charcuterie board? The possibilities are endless when making a charcuterie board! 

This particular salty-and-sweet board includes:

  • 4 cheeses (more on that next) 
  • 3 flavors of Salami
  • Cracked Pepper Sliced Turkey Breast
  • 3 Fresh Fruits – Red and Green Grapes, Green Apples
  • 2 Dried Fruits – Apricots and Cranberries
  • 2 Nuts – Salted Cashews and Pecans
  • Chocolate-Covered Almonds
  • Triscuit 
  • Wheat Thins
  • Good THiNS 
I was able to purchase all my ingredients at Walmart, making it extra convenient. Love one-stop shopping trips. Entertaining should be fun and easy! 

What’s the Best Cheese for a Charcuterie Board? 

If you’re unsure what type(s) of cheese to include on your DIY charcuterie board, check out my post on How to Make a Meat and Cheese Board.

I have an entire section dedicated to the best cheeses for cheese board, and the same principles apply when assembling a charcuterie and cheese board. 

However, for today’s charcuterie and cheese board I used the following four cheeses:

  • Aged Manchego
  • Gouda
  • Cheddar
  • Parmesan

Girls Night Charcuterie Board - A SALTY-SWEET mix of meats, cheeses, fruit, chocolate almonds, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, GOOD THiNS, and more for your next GIRLS-NIGHT-IN!! There's something for everyone on this EASY-TO-ASSEMBLE board!!

The Best Crackers for a Charcuterie Board 

Almost everything tastes delicious when it’s piled on top of Nabisco-brand crackers. Triscuits have always been my favorites, since childhood.

I went through a huge Reduced Fat Triscuit phase in college, then I moved onto Cracked Pepper, as well as some of their more specialty flavors like Rosemary & Olive Oil. The crunchiness, the heartiness, the perfect amount of salt, mmm, I am Team Triscuit all the way.

Recently I’ve gotten into the Triscuit Wheatberry Clusters. Have you tried those yet? Super crunchy and I feel like it’s a healthy snack choice since they are literally loaded with wheatberries, seeds, and nuts.

Girls Night Charcuterie Board - A SALTY-SWEET mix of meats, cheeses, fruit, chocolate almonds, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, GOOD THiNS, and more for your next GIRLS-NIGHT-IN!! There's something for everyone on this EASY-TO-ASSEMBLE board!!

Inspired by Chef Levi, and one of my favorite salty-sweet combinations, is 1 thin slice of Cheddar cheese,  a thin slice of green apple, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar on top of Triscuits, Wheat Thins, or GOOD THiNS.

On this board, I used Original Triscuits, Original Wheat Thins which are my sister’s favorite and such a classic snacking cracker, and GOOD THiNS.

Girls Night Charcuterie Board - A SALTY-SWEET mix of meats, cheeses, fruit, chocolate almonds, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, GOOD THiNS, and more for your next GIRLS-NIGHT-IN!! There's something for everyone on this EASY-TO-ASSEMBLE board!!

GOOD THiNS come in a variety of flavors but I kept it basic here. The nice thing about them is that they’re gluten-free so if you have friends or family who are gluten-sensitive, they’re a great option. We don’t want to leave anyone out of snack time!

Girls Night Charcuterie Board - A SALTY-SWEET mix of meats, cheeses, fruit, chocolate almonds, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, GOOD THiNS, and more for your next GIRLS-NIGHT-IN!! There's something for everyone on this EASY-TO-ASSEMBLE board!!

What Else to Put on a Charcuterie Board 

I went with easy-to-find ingredients that are crowd favorites with nearly universal appeal, but my other suggestions include:

  • Other Cheeses – Brie, Swiss, Aged Cheddar, Cambert, Blue, Gorgonzola
  • Other Nuts – Marcona Almonds, Peanuts, Macadamia, Pistachios, or Hot/Spicy/Sugar-Coated nuts
  • Other Meats – Ham, Prosciutto, Chicken, Hard Salamis
  • Olives
  • Yogurt or Chocolate-Covered Pretzels
  • Pickles or Marinated Vegetables 
  • Hummus
  • Tzatziki
  • Fresh Seasonal Berries (winter right now is not the season for fresh Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, or Raspberries)
  • Fresh Fruit (Mandarin Oranges, Persimmon, Apricots, Nectarines, Peaches, Red Apples)
  • Veggie Sticks – Carrots, Celery, Cucumbers
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Honey or Honeycomb 
  • Jams or Jellies – Sweet versions or Hot Pepper Jelly

The possibilities are endless based on what you have on hand and what you know your guests like. Get adventurous is my advice. 

Girls Night Charcuterie Board - A SALTY-SWEET mix of meats, cheeses, fruit, chocolate almonds, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, GOOD THiNS, and more for your next GIRLS-NIGHT-IN!! There's something for everyone on this EASY-TO-ASSEMBLE board!!

How to Build a Charcuterie Board 

As I’ve said already, there’s no magic system to creating the perfect DIY charcuterie board.

However, I generally arrange the cheeses vertically on my board, leaving some white space between them to fill with the cured meats, dishes of nuts and olives, and small bunches of grapes and other fruits. 

You can place the crackers directly on the board, or separate them into smaller pretty dishes. 

For a full rundown of how I build charcuterie boards, you should read my tutorial on building a meat and cheese board. The same principles apply! 

Girls Night Charcuterie Board - A SALTY-SWEET mix of meats, cheeses, fruit, chocolate almonds, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, GOOD THiNS, and more for your next GIRLS-NIGHT-IN!! There's something for everyone on this EASY-TO-ASSEMBLE board!!

What Drinks to Serve with a Charcuterie Board

Depending on the theme of my charcuterie and cheese board (if any), I try to pair it with a complementary beverage. Here are some ideas to get you started. 

Alcoholic Options:

Non-Alcoholic Options:

  • Water
  • Soda
  • Juice – Cranberry, Apple, Orange, or your favorites
  • Kombucha
  • Iced Tea
  • Iced Coffee
  • Energy Drinks

Girls Night Charcuterie Board - A SALTY-SWEET mix of meats, cheeses, fruit, chocolate almonds, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, GOOD THiNS, and more for your next GIRLS-NIGHT-IN!! There's something for everyone on this EASY-TO-ASSEMBLE board!!

Tips for Making a Charcuterie Board 

Set the cheeses out about 30 minutes prior to serving the charcuterie board. I think room temp cheeses taste best, plus they’re easier to slice. 

I also recommend ‘fluffing up’ the meat a bit rather than laying it flat on the board straight from the packaging. Cured meats are often vacuum sealed, and you don’t want them clumping together on your DIY charcuterie board. 

If you accidentally buy way more cheese or meat than you end up needing, send your friends home with a little care package of cheese, meat, extra goodies, and crackers from your board so that later on they can have a little taste of your girls night together.

Girls Night Charcuterie Board - A SALTY-SWEET mix of meats, cheeses, fruit, chocolate almonds, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, GOOD THiNS, and more for your next GIRLS-NIGHT-IN!! There's something for everyone on this EASY-TO-ASSEMBLE board!!

How to Build a Charcuterie Board — A SALTY-SWEET mix of meats, cheeses, fruit, chocolate almonds, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, GOOD THiNS, and more for your next GIRLS-NIGHT-IN!! There's something for everyone on this EASY-TO-ASSEMBLE board!!

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How to Build a Charcuterie Board

By Averie Sunshine
A SALTY-SWEET mix of meats, cheeses, fruit, chocolate almonds, Triscuits, Wheat Thins, GOOD THiNS, and more for your next GIRLS-NIGHT-IN!! There's something for everyone on this EASY-TO-ASSEMBLE board!!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8
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Ingredients  

  • 4 cheeses – Aged Manchego, Gouda, Cheddar and Parmesan
  • 3 flavors of Salami
  • Cracked Pepper Sliced Turkey Breast
  • 3 Fresh Fruits – Red and Green Grapes, Green Apples
  • 2 Dried Fruits – Apricots and Cranberries
  • 2 Nuts – Salted Cashews and Pecans
  • Chocolate-Covered Almonds
  • Triscuits
  • Wheat Thins
  • Good THiNS

Instructions 

  • Add all ingredients to a large platter or board, arranged similarly to the photos or as desired. See Notes below.

Notes

1. Cheese taste best when allowed to come to room temp for at least 30 minutes before serving.
2. The ingredients are very flexible and can be mixed-and-matched according to availability and personal preferences; read the blog post for suggestions.
3. Anything leftover from your board makes great goodie bags for your friends. Send them on their way with a memory of your girls night together.
4. Inspired by Chef Levi, try this salty-sweet combination consisting of 1 thin slice of Cheddar cheese,  a thin slice of green apple, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar on top of Triscuits, Wheat Thins, or GOOD THiNS.

Nutrition

Serving: 1, Calories: 231kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 27mg, Sodium: 325mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 13g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. This looks amazing, CanHardly wait to try it I will be planning a girls night.