How to Make Fall Charcuterie Boards

2021-11-17T04:46:10+00:00November 17th, 2021|Appetizers, Holiday, Recipes|

Autumn Charcuterie Board:

I love making charcuterie boards because they make for a no-fuss party option, snack option, or even a loaded dinner option.  And for these autumn inspired charcuterie board, most of the items I used can be found at Trader Joe’s.

 

What is a charcuterie board?

Charcuterie, it is pronounced [shahr-koo-tuhree]. And it is basically an art of creating and assembling a variety of meats and cheese. Learn more about how to prep your own here.

Preparing charcuterie board:

I like to have a theme or color scheme I am striving to achieve before getting started. And since Thanksgiving is around the corner, I wanted to share a variety of options for your holiday entertaining. And one of my rule of thumbs, no empty space! Don’t be afraid to load up your boards, the more the merrier.

Trader Joe’s fall favorites:

Trader Joe’s is one of my favorite stores to shop at during the holidays. But I also find a lot of similar items at a variety of other grocery stores. Such as: Mother’s Market, Sprouts, Wholefoods, Bristol Farms. And don’t worry if you don’t have any of these stores near you, you can still create an amazing autumn charcuterie board with items that are available to you.

Meats:

Italian Dry Salami

Cheese:
  1. White Stilton Cheese with cranberries
  2. Limited Edition Washed Rind Cheese Autumn
  3. Apricot cherry cranberry goat’s milk cheese
  4. Creamy Toscano cheese dusted with cinnamon
  5. Pepper jack cheese ( love using cookie cutters to create fun shapes based on holidays)
  6. Mini brie bites
  7. Blueberry chèvre goat cheese
  8. Toscano soaked in Syrah
  9. Asiago with rosemary and olive oil
  10. Goat cheese Brie

Crackers:
  1. Pumpkin cranberry crisps
  2. Fig and Olive crisps
  3. Rosemary sourdough crackers
  4. Pistachio and pomegranate crisps
  5. Cracker assortment

Fruit:

I love shopping seasonally when it comes to creating my charcuterie boards. And if I have the time, shopping at my local Farmers Markets is my favorite for getting a variety of seasonal fruits. But if you don’t have access to a farmer market, you can still find great options at the grocery stores.

  1. Blueberries
  2. Pomegranate
  3. Sliced pears
  4. Apples
  5. Grapes
  6. Kiwi
  7. Raspberries
Nuts:
  1. Maple Almonds
  2. Truffle Marcona Almonds
  3. Chocolate covered almonds

Sweet:
  1. Homemade pumpkin and apple butter (but feel free to pick up a jar at Trader Joe’s)
  2. Manuka Honey
  3. Bee Seasonal honey
  4. Fig butter
Olives + pickled items:
  1. Black or green olives
  2. Cornichons
Decor and garnish:
  1. Mini white pumpkins
  2. Fresh sage
  3. Rosemary
  4. Flowers
Vegetables:
  1. Rainbow carrots
  2. Radishes
  3. Persian cucumbers
Hummus:

And if serving vegetables on the board, I also like to include a variety of hummus for dipping into. But this is totally optional.

Assembling the board:

I start by adding the small bowls to my board. And fill the bowls with a variety of items, typically items that have juices, spreads, or would roll around on board. Next, I fill in the rest of my items around those small bowls. But don’t worry, things can be moved around if you start and don’t like the placement of certain items. Because assembling the boards should be fun not stressful! But keep textures, colors, and items that pair well together in mind when assembling.

What drinks to serve with charcuterie:

I like to have a variety of options of drinks for my guest. Because I know everyone has preferences that they like with their charcuterie boards. And my favorite brand of wines I like to have on hand at all times, is Secco. Because their wines are low carb, Paleo, Keto, no added sugars or additives. And they don’t leave me feeling like crap the next day!

Check out these other charcuterie boards:

How to Make a Halloween Charcuterie Board with Trader Joe’s Items

How to Make an Autumn Charcuterie Board with Trader Joe’s Fall Items