Charcuterie is just a fancy name for cooked cold meats. Add charcuterie to cheese plates, antipasto platters, or even as a savory addition to a relish tray. Use these ideas for inspiration to make your own appetizer platter.
A chic charcuterie platter will always have some variety of pâté. Try this cranberry- and pistachio-studded version served with stone-ground mustard.
Apple or pear slices
A dash of wine lends delicate background flavor to this rich, best-loved pâté. The soft consistency makes it perfect for schmearing on crackers.
Give typical antipasto a fresh twist by adding blanched vegetables. Fresh veggies bring a light contrast to heavier meats and cheeses. Serve with a homemade chutney to use up produce in your kitchen.
Desired blanched vegetables
Tuna with capers
Mini sweet peppers
See how to choose perfect tomates to make delicious homemade salsas and chutneys -- perfect for a charcuterie tray.
Give your appetizer tray a signature touch with homemade dips, spreads, or pâté rounded out with a few purchased ingredients so there's plenty to nibble on.
Crackers or flatbread
Create a beautiful antipasto platter without ever turning on the stove. Each of these ingredient ideas can be purchased at your local supermarket if you don't have time to cook. But if you want to showcase your DIY skills, try our recipe for roasted peppers.
Desired cured meats
Relish trays should showcase flavors of the season. Load yours with a combination of fresh, in-season veggies as well as traditional pickled ingredients for a variety of flavors. Add a favorite cooked vegetable too, if the mood strikes.
Variety of olives
Pickled vegetable mixture