If you’re like me, and about a million other folks on Instagram, you’re LOVING charcuterie boards. You love to photograph them, eat them, and you totally want to create them at home. They make the perfect at-home date night or party platter. They’re super easy to throw together but, unfortunately, can be pretty heavy on the wallet. Cheese can be expensive, y’all! However, I recently put one together for the hubby and me that was easy on the budget, delicious, and still LOOKED expensive.
Cheese – You want to have more than one cheese to try but getting all those different varieties can be expensive. Look for a bargain bin! Stores don’t usually want to waste product and I found some yummy goodies in the “under $5” bin at my local grocery. It’s basically the ends that don’t weigh enough to sell at the regular price. Same cheese just cheaper!
Meat – For the meat portion you can go one of two ways. You can buy one moderately priced item if it’s just for two, like the prosciutto on my board, or a couple of lower priced but equally delicious ones if your platter is for more people. I suggest a roast beef and salami.
Crackers – Now you need something to put all the yummy cheese and meat on. You can go with the fancy ones in the bakery/cheese section OR you can get a box of Triscuits and call it a day! Seriously though, there are a ton of yummy flavors of Triscuits now that they are just as yummy and they hold up well to the other elements on the board. The ones I have in the picture are basil and garlic.
Spread(s) – This one is optional but great for an extra level of flavor. If you have no idea what to get, you can always ask someone for their opinion at the grocery but don’t be afraid to dive in. Pepper jellies are great for charcuterie boards and pair well with a lot. I do have to admit that my spread was a splurge at $10 a jar. BUT it’s from a local artisan and it’s cabernet sauvignon jelly. It’s amazing!
Fill it the spaces – Fruits, dried or fresh, and nuts make great fillers. If you grab a bag of trail mix, you can kill two birds with one, fairly inexpensive, stone! Some other great ideas that are usually crowd pleasers are pickles, olives, and edamame.
Now what about the actual board? Wood cheese/cutting boards are great but don’t feel like you have to go all out. I used a charger from the dollar spot! You can use just about anything and, let’s be honest, it’s more about what’s on the plate than the plate itself.
What would you put on your own yummy board?