When family and friends gather together at our home for Thanksgiving, one of my favorite things to pull together is a Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board – easily customized with cheese, meats, fruits, nuts and crackers already on hand, and each one is a little bit different. There’s nothing better than easy entertaining – and everyone loves this autumn-themed board.
SIMPLE & EASY ENTERTAINING!
This year has been a change in the way we gather and celebrate, but even if it's just a few of us on a quiet holiday or weekend, we always love family and friends gathering in a casual, relaxed setting to laugh and just have fun.
Food that is unfussy, comforting, rustic, and maybe even quirky is typically involved. A charcuterie or grazing board is the perfect fit, because you can choose tasty autumn-themed foods and serve them in a way that people can help themselves and come back for more. The absolute easiest way to entertain!
Whether I'm putting this together ahead of time or for a last-minute gathering, everyone loves helping me put charcuterie boards together! The perfect time to be creative, flexible and take stock of goodies in your refrigerator or pantry that will come together to make a fun, colorful and flavorful board.
FOR MY THANKSGIVING CHARCUTERIE BOARD I USED THE FOLLOWING:
I love the tiny pumpkins and autumn gourds for decorating this board - it really gives a seasonal feel in a very easy way.
What's your favorite way to entertain and celebrate Thanksgiving?
FOR MY THANKSGIVING CHARCUTERIE BOARD I USED:
The secret of a great charcuterie board is to find fresh flavors and textures that work for you and your friends. Mix and match your favorite cheeses, meats, fruits, nuts and condiments for something wonderful and unique every time!
CHEESE: a selection of 3 or 4 is the way to go. One cheese should be soft and creamy; another firm and aged, another flavorful, and another that is seasonal and different. Some of our favorites include:
MEAT: a selection of 3 Italian sliced deli-meats is the magic number. Something spicy, something peppery, and something traditional. Some of our favorites include:
SPREADABLES: a selection of 1 or 2 gives you a nice balance. Something with an edge – and another that is a simple surprise. Some of my favorites include:
NUTS & CHOCOLATES: you can’t go wrong here at all with a selection of 3. Something simple and roasted, another spicy, and something sweet – the perfect trifecta of favorites. Popular choices include:
FRUITS & VEGETABLES: a selection of seasonal fruit and traditional vegies, both fresh and dried, gives you a nice balance and a burst of color. Some of our winter favorites are:
GARNISHES & CONDIMENTS: a simple selection of 2 or 3 rounds everything out – something sweet and something savory. Crowd favorites include:
CRACKERS & BREAD: a selection of 3 is the perfect amount – if you don’t have room on your platter, you can place them in a basket next to your board. Some favorites are:
FAVORITE WINES: Pick a few of your favorites and you’ve got an instant party! You can’t go wrong with a red and white, something dry and something sweet:
HOW I MAKE THIS:
Original recipe posted November 2020; revised and reposted November 2022.
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