Make a beautiful and festive Christmas Charcuterie Board with my easy formula and guide.
This simple Christmas charcuterie board follows an easy formula I created, to help me easily create beautiful boards for every holiday. With pops of red and green, it’s perfect to make for Christmas parties or to snack on while decorating the tree or opening presents.
Simple Charcuterie Base Formula
My no-fail charcuterie board formula works for any size board. This recipe serves six, and can be easily doubled or more to feed a crowd.
The simple charcuterie formula is:
- 1 dip or condiment, like jam or mustard
- 2 cheeses
- 2 meats
- 2 styles of crackers
- 1 fresh fruit
- 1 dried fruit
- 1 type of nut
Christmas Charcuterie Ingredients
Once you have the above formula as your guide, it’s easy to pick specific ingredients to match your theme or holiday. For Christmas, green and red are the colors that come to mind, so I wanted those to be the stand out colors for my snack board.
To get some green on my board, I decided to make a cheese ball with pistachio and parsley. The red comes from the fresh raspberries and the condiment I created with cranberry jelly and some hot sauce. Cranberry is a great holiday flavor and I also found some yogurt-covered cranberries to add to the board as my dried fruit.
Other than the goat cheese for the cheese ball, you can pick your favorites for the meat and cheese. I went with Swiss cheese because I wanted something white to not clash with the red and green. I like salami and prosciutto for the meat, but feel free to switch it up.
You can find the festive toothpicks with Christmas trees, reindeer, and snowflakes online or check your local party store for other options.
How To Make A Christmas Charcuterie Board
To make this Christmas themed charcuterie board, first select a 10-inch round board, plate, or platter. If you usually make a rectangular board, then you can take a look at my Charcuterie Board guide for an idea of how to lay it out.
Then, in a small bowl mix together the cranberry sauce and hot sauce. It will take a minute or two for the jelled cranberry sauce to become smooth. So don’t give up, keep stirring! Transfer the mixture into a small ramekin and place this near the corner or edge of the board or platter as a focal point.
Finely chop a quarter cup of the pistachios and combine them in a small bowl with the minced parsley. Roll the goat cheese into a ball. I find it helpful to wet my hands to prevent the cheese from sticking to them while rolling. Place the ball of goat cheese into the bowl with the parsley mixture and turn to coat evenly.
Transfer the goat cheese ball to the board or platter, opposite from the cranberry sauce. Then, place the Swiss cheese along the edge of the board or platter, next to the goat cheese ball.
Arrange the crackers around the edge of the board or platter, on either side of the cranberry sauce. Add the meats and raspberries in the middle of the board or platter, and then fill in the spaces with the remaining one cup of pistachios and the yogurt-covered cranberries. Now it’s time to snack and enjoy your Christmas Charcuterie Board!Print
Make a beautiful charcuterie board, perfect for Christmas parties or snacking on while decorating the tree.
This recipe is designed for a 10-inch platter or serving board. For larger platters or serving boards, the recipe can be easily doubled, tripled, or quadrupled.
- 1/4 cup jellied cranberry sauce
- 6 dashes hot sauce
- 8 oz. plain goat cheese
- 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
- 1 and 1/4 cup shelled pistachios, divided
- 8 thin slices Swiss cheese
- 8 thin slices Genoa salami or pepperoni
- 8 thin slices prosciutto or other cured meat
- 20 assorted seed crackers
- 1 cup fresh raspberries
- 1/2 cup yogurt-covered cranberries
- In a small bowl stir together cranberry sauce and hot sauce until smooth. Transfer to a small Ramekin.
- Place Ramekin near the corner or edge of charcuterie board or platter.
- Finely chop ¼ cup of the pistachios. Transfer to a small bowl. Stir in parsley until well combined.
- Form goat cheese into a ball; roll in parsley mixture until evenly covered. Transfer ball to platter, opposite of cranberry sauce.
- Arrange crackers around edge of board or platter on either side of mustard.
- Add Swiss cheese around edge of board, next to goat cheese.
- Add meats and raspberries in middle of board or platter.
- Fill in spaces with remaining 1 cup of pistachios and yogurt-covered cranberries.