5 Easy Charcuterie Ideas that Feed a Crowd

Easy Country Pork Pate with Dried Apples and Pistachios

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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Antipasto Tray

overflowing white charcuterie board
Jacob Fox

Create a beautiful Mediterranean-inspired antipasto platter without ever turning on the stove. Each of these ingredient ideas can be purchased at your local supermarket, and you can sub in dried or pickled produce for fresh depending on seasonal availability. Serve with:

  • Desired cured meats
  • Bold cheese (we used cubed feta and goat cheese)
  • Pickled or fresh veggies
  • Dried and fresh fruits like apricots, dates, figs, and plums
  • Olives
  • Bread slices or crackers
  • Herbed nuts
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Classic Charcuterie Tray

full charcuterie board with almonds fruit and veggies
Dera Burreson

Need a foolproof appetizer for your next gathering? A classic and simple charcuterie board is easy to assemble and offers a little something for everyone to nibble on. Grab a sturdy wood cutting board or tray, then pile on the goodness. Serve with:

  • Cured meats
  • Cheeses (we recommend using at least one soft cheese, hard cheese, and blue cheese)
  • Crackers
  • Herbed nuts
  • Cornichons
  • Radishes
  • Olives
  • Grapes or figs
  • Honey
  • Mustard or butter
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Healthy Relish Tray

wooden board full of veggies nuts and spreads and bag of gourmet nuts

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 or roasted vegetable, too, if the mood strikes. Serve with:

  • Almonds
  • Cauliflower
  • Asparagus spears
  • Zucchini
  • Endive
  • Tomatoes
  • Sweet mini peppers
  • Hummus
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Fresh Veggie and Antipasto Platter

Create a Relish Tray

Meat- and veggie-lovers can both get on board with this savory and filling snack spread. Blanched vegetables give typical antipasto an unexpectedly fresh twist and balance heavier items like meats and cheeses (plus they introduce a pop of color). A homemade tomato chutney is an excellent accompanist, and a tasty way 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

Easy Country Pork Pate with Dried Apples and Pistachios

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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