Charcuterie tray with meats, cheeses, red grapes, crackers, and white bowls of dips and olives.

How To Make A Perfect Charcuterie Board

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American


Follow my easy formula for perfect charcuterie boards using my downloadable templates.


  • 4 oz. softened goat cheese or Boursin cheese
  • 1/2 cup assorted olives
  • 1/4 cup favorite jam or mustard
  • 10 thin slices Gouda
  • 10 thin slices cheddar
  • 10 thin slices Genoa salami or pepperoni
  • 10 thin slices prosciutto or other cured meat
  • 30 assorted crackers
  • 1 small bunch red grapes, snipped into small bunches
  • 1/2 lb. almonds, cashews, or favorite nut


  1. In small separate bowls or ramekins add goat cheese, olives, and jam or mustard.
  2. Using the COOKtheSTORY Charcuterie Maps as a general guide, place bowls on serving platter according to the shape board you’re using.
  3. Arrange gouda and cheddar on platter by fanning around bowls.
  4. Cut salami or pepperoni in half; arrange on platter by fanning around bowls.
  5. Fold or crinkle prosciutto and arrange on platter.
  6. Arrange crackers on platter by fanning around ingredients in leftover spaces.
  7. Fill remaining spaces with red grapes and almonds.

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  • This recipe is designed for a 9×12-inch platter or serving board. For larger platters or serving boards, the recipe can be easily doubled, tripled, or quadrupled.
  • Quantities of cheese and meat are listed in slices rather than ounces or pounds since this can vary greatly, depending on how thick the slice is.
  • Pre-sliced cheeses and meats can be found in a variety of places throughout your grocery store, including the dairy section, hot dog/bacon section, specialty cheese section, or specialty cured meats section. The deli counter will also have cured meats like salami, pepperoni, and prosciutto that you can buy by the slice.

*Nutrition information will vary based on the specific ingredients you choose.