Easy Charcuterie Ideas

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.

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    Charcuterie Tray

    A chic charcuterie platter will always have some variety of pâté. Try this cranberry- and pistachio-studded version served with stone-ground mustard.
    Serve with:

    Stone-ground mustard

    Baguette slices

    Cornichons

    Apple or pear slices

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    Classic Charcuterie

    A dash of wine lends delicate background flavor to this rich, best-loved pâté. The soft consistency makes it perfect for schmearing on crackers.

    Serve with:

    Crackers

    Pickled onions

    Olives

    Salami

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    Fresh Veggie and Antipasto Platter

    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.

    Serve with:

    Desired blanched vegetables   

    Prosciutto

    Crackers

    Tuna with capers

    Mini sweet peppers

    Fresh mozzarella

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    Choose Perfect Tomatoes

    See how to choose perfect tomates to make delicious homemade salsas and chutneys -- perfect for a charcuterie tray.

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    Savory Party Platter

    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.

    Serve with:

    Crackers or flatbread

    Sour gherkins

    Cured meats

    Dijon-style mustard

    Olives

    Baguette slices

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    Antipasto Tray

    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.

    Serve with:

    Desired cured meats

    Bold cheese

    Caprese

    Pickled veggies

    Olives

    Roasted peppers

    Bread slices

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    Create a Relish Tray

    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.

    Serve with:

    Variety of olives

    Celery sticks

    Small carrots

    Pickles

    Brussels sprouts

    Pickled vegetable mixture

    Pepperoncini peppers

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