Charcuterie boards don’t have to be just for adults. And they don’t have to be hard either. Here’s two cute and delicious ones that you can assemble in 30 minutes and everyone will love them. Check it out.
These flavory-filled snack boards have been all the craze for quite some time now and I’ve always wanted to try to do one. But they always seem too expensive and too difficult. Then I realized that most of the ingredients were in my pantry already. It ended up being a snap. Here’s how you can do your own right now.
Gather your charcuterie board ingredients
Like I said before, you’ll be surprised which ingredients you already have hiding in your pantry. You don’t have to stick to a specific list of ingredients but you do want some main groupings of food. Take a look below.
Sweet snack board
Try to avoid sticky fruits like bananas and melons. Cut all the fruit up so it will feed more mouths. You’ll need at least three different kinds to choose from. Try placing on of the fruits in a bowl such as the kiwi.
- Mandarin oranges
- Fruit dip (place in a small bowl)
Try three or four varieties of these.
- Teddy grahams
- Vanilla wafers
- Fish crackers
- Graham crackers
- Animal crackers
You only need about one or two of the treat options to sweeten your board up just enough.
- Chocolate chips
- Gummy bears
- Gummy worms
- Hershey’s kisses
- Yogurt-covered raisins
Savory snack board
Meats and cheeses
You can go crazy buying lots of expensive delicatessen meats and cheeses but kids aren’t hard to please, so I recommend sticking with the basics.
- Ham chunks
- Lil’ smokies
- Swiss, cheddar and American cheese chunks
Dips and crackers
- Red pepper jelly
- Ritz crackers
- Wheat thins
- Pita chips
Veggies and nuts
- Golden raisins
- Baby carrots
- Sugar snap peas
Assemble your sweet and savory boards
The most important thing you’ll need is a tray or board to put your ingredients on. There are lots of charcuterie boards out there you can buy. I like ones that have lips on the sides to hold the food in place. But you take your pick.
- Cheese board and knife set
- Round cheese board with serving bowls
- Large round wine barrel serving platter with handles
- Long oversized serving board with handles
- Toothpick flags to label your food
When you start to assemble, start with the bowls and large items and arrange them on the tray. Then add everything else according to types of food. I added the crackers, then nuts, then meats and finally cheeses. There’s no real science to it. Basically just do it however you want. The main idea is to not skimp. Make sure the entire board is filled with no empty spaces.
I hope these ideas helped you with your charcuterie boards. You can make these for pretty much any occasion. I took our boards to family dinner and all of the kids loved it the best. Here’s some other fun ideas to make your next snack board a success.
- How to build a charcuterie and cheese board
- Kid-friendly charcuterie board ideas
- Do’s and dont’s of charcuterie boards
- Unique snack board ideas
Related link: Homemade 3-ingredient gummy bears