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

2021-10-31T03:33:09+00:00October 31st, 2021|Appetizers, Holiday, Recipes|

Halloween Charcuterie Board:

Charcuterie boards are a great no-fuss party option, snack option, or even a loaded dinner option.  And just in time for Halloween, here is the perfect Halloween charcuterie board using my favorite items from 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.

How many meats and cheese’s should I buy?

This will really depend on how many guest you plan on having. But I also think the more the merrier so I typically don’t have a set amount when shopping. But here is a guide that will help you.

  • 2-9 people: 2-3 cheeses (1 soft, 1 sweet, 1 hard), 1-2 meats, 1-2 spreads, and 1 fruit, 1 veggie
  • 10-20 people: 3-4 cheeses (1 sweet, 1 hard, 1 soft, 1 pungent), 2-3 meats, 1-2 spreads, 1-2 fruits and veggies, 1 pickled item

Preparing charcuterie board:

I like to have a theme or color scheme I am striving to achieve before getting started. And since Halloween is tomorrow, I wanted to do a a spooky, Halloween inspired board. My rule of thumb, 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. And so I wanted to create my charcuterie board with my fall favorites from Trader Joe’s. But don’t worry if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, you can still create an amazing Halloween charcuterie board with items that are available to you.

Meats:
  1. Prosciutto
  2. Salami

Cheese:
  1. Creamy Toscano cheese dusted with cinnamon
  2. Sharp cheddar cheese
  3. Mini brie bites
  4. Brie
  5. Creamy Toscano cheese soaked in Syrah
  6. Cranberry chèvre goat cheese

Crackers:
  1. Pumpkin cranberry crisps
  2. Assortment crackers
  3. Fig and olive crisps

Fruit, veggies, and olives:
  1. Kiwi berries
  2. Pomegranate
  3. Black berries
  4. Blood orange
  5. Carrots
  6. Marinated olives

Nuts:
  1. Maple Almonds
  2. Truffle Marcona Almonds

Spreads and pickled items:
  1. Pumpkin butter or make my homemade pumpkin and apple butter
  2. Fig butter
  3. Honey

Decor and garnish:
  1. Fall flowers
  2. 16 inch Skeleton ( I bought mine on Amazon but saw them at dollar tree too)

Assembling the board:

For this board, I started by adding my skeleton and any bowls I was going to use. And then I fill in the rest around the skeleton and bowl. 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!

Additional Tips:

Keep in mind, the colors and shapes when placing the items. I like to make sure I don’t have one of the same color in one area. And will slice my cheese’s in different shapes in order to keep the shapes different. Pro tip, use small cookie cutters to cut out cheese’s into different shapes depending on the holiday.

I hope this helps a little when it comes to assembling your own charcuterie boards at home. And of course I love seeing all your creations over on Instagram, so be sure to tag me in your creations so I can see!