Creating a gorgeous charcuterie board couldn't be easier—all you need is a wood plank, an assortment of meats, cheeses, crackers, and a clever eye!
The charcuterie board is the pinnacle of panache party platters and they're so fun to make! For gardeners, a charcuterie board is a perfect opportunity to show off the fabulous foods you've cultivated, and we've got six sensational ideas to get you started.
Garden Inspired Charcuterie BoardsCreating a gorgeous charcuterie board couldn't be easier—all you need is a wood plank, an assortment of meats, cheeses, crackers, and a clever eye. Arrange everything visually appealing, adding a few flourishes to add a little flair, and you're ready to serve. Here are some ways to elevate your charcuterie board with beautiful, fresh edibles from your garden!
Edible FlowersThey're tasty, bite-sized, and oh-so-beautiful! Edible flowers are a stellar addition to a decadent charcuterie board. Spread them throughout your party platter, and your charcuterie board spread will be Instagram-worthy in no time. You can even roll a cheese ball in flower petals—a major wow factor! Here are some of our favorite varieties:
- Pansies and violas
- Marigold petals
- Chive blossoms
Assorted Pickles: Sweet, Salty, and Spicy!Pickles are a classic staple for any charcuterie board, and the more options you have, the better. Several different veggies can be pickled for a satisfying crunch and tangy flavor. In addition to the standard mini cucumber pickle, here are some ideas for fancy charcuterie board pickles to try:
- Spicy pickled beans and asparagus
- Pickled daylily buds (yes, they're edible!)
- Sweet sliced radish pickles
- Mini peppers
- Carrot sticks
- Sweet pickled beets or red onions
- Quick pickled summer squash
Fruit CompotesSweet and savory fruit spreads are perfect for balancing the flavor of pungent, aged cheeses on your charcuterie board. There are endless recipes online for simple, pectin-free spreads—it's usually just a matter of simmering your chopped fruits for a few hours with water and sugar until they reduce and thicken. Here are some ideas to get you inspired:
- Blueberry and basil
- Strawberry balsamic
- Caramelized onion and fig
- Red or black currant
- Spicy peach and habanero pepper