This fall charcuterie board features seasonal flavors and is the perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, game day, or any other autumn festivity.
I love charcuterie boards for everything. From a healthy breakfast board to a sweet and savory Halloween board, you can really make one for any occasion. Although charcuterie boards are great for parties, I also love to make them for lunch or a light dinner for myself and Matt. Sometimes a girl just needs some cheese and crackers as her meal. Am I right?
How to Make a Fall Charcuterie Board
Assembling Your Board
Whenever I make a charcuterie board, I like to lean into what is seasonally available. Whether it’s spring, summer, winter, or fall, the general blueprint for my cheese and charcuterie board is the same.
First, decide which size board you need based on your party size. I found my circular wooden board from Target for just under $20, and it works great to serve 2-4 people.
Then, start with whatever you want contained in small bowls or jars, like nuts or jam. These will serve as the anchors to your charcuterie board.
Add in your cheese. I like to include a soft, medium, and hard cheeses. I also like to vary their presentation so that there’s a difference in texture. A good cheeseboard has lots of textures. For my fall charcuterie board, I left the Brie cheese whole so it wouldn’t dry out. I also put a partially sliced cheese block along with full slices on there for the other cheeses.
Then, add in your meats. Here’s a trick to make your board look more photogenic: fold or scrunch your meat slices into crevices and spaces on your board. I know that sounds super weird, but again, this will give your board some texture for that picture-perfect look.
Add your crackers, then fill in any remaining gaps with tinier garnishes like berries, fruit slices, and nuts. You really want to stuff the surface of your board so it looks bountiful. Any tiny open space needs a piece of food.
Seasonal Fall Ingredients For Your Charcuterie Board
Here are some of my favorite seasonal ingredients and flavors to add to your fall charcuterie board:
- Richer soft cheese like Brie, Camembert, or blue cheese
- Specialty cheeses with fall ingredients like cranberries, caramelized onions, or cinnamon
- Traditional savory cheeses like cheddar or gouda
- Pomegranate seeds
- Apple slices
- Pear slices
- Dried apricots
ACCOMPANIMENTS AND GARNISHES
- Rosemary crackers
- Pumpkin crackers
- Cranberry crackers
- Ginger snaps
- Snickerdoodle cookies
- Fig jam
- Dried orange slices
- Mini pumpkins