The holiday season is the time for entertaining friends and family. We love having holiday parties, and one of our favorite things to make is a charcuterie board. Everybody loves the variety of creamy cheeses, smoky meats, and salty crackers.
We gave a custom “pizza charcuterie” board to our friends last year and they absolutely loved it. We’ve seen it come out at every party we’ve attended since! They use it or a lot more than just pizza toppings. Their guests love it – so we highly recommend this gift.
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We like to mix it up and add plenty of texture and mix sweet fruit with salty nuts to create a fun snacking experience. We even started tailoring our charcuterie boards to deconstruct our favorite food, pizza, and we came up with a pizza charcuterie board perfect for treats like homemade pizza toast.
If you are looking for a fun way to feed your hungry guests, try making a pizza charcuterie board this holiday season. And if you have friends who love everything charcuterie consider the gift of a personalized charcuterie board.
We’ve written previously about a custom engraved pizza peel, but your guests would rarely get to see that unless you hung it on your wall or something. Having a personalized pizza charcuterie board to complement your cool pizza sign on the wall puts the memento front and center.
What is a Charcuterie Board?
If you are new to these wonders, a charcuterie board is basically a visually appealing and delicious spread of assorted cured meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, bread, and other accompaniments.
It is typically served as an appetizer or a snack during social gatherings or special occasions. The word “charcuterie” comes from the French term for cured meats, which is a central element of this culinary creation.
A charcuterie board is designed to offer a variety of flavors, textures, and colors that complement each other. It often features an assortment of cured meats such as salami, prosciutto, and chorizo, which are thinly sliced and artistically arranged on the board.
In addition to the meats, a charcuterie board usually includes a selection of cheeses, which can range from soft and creamy varieties like brie and camembert to harder cheeses like cheddar or gouda. The board is further enhanced with an array of complementary elements such as fresh or dried fruits, olives, pickles, honey, jams, mustard, and an assortment of bread or crackers.
This combination of ingredients allows guests to create their own flavor combinations by pairing different components, making it an interactive and enjoyable dining experience.
Best Custom Charcuterie Boards
We compiled our favorite stylish custom made charcuterie boards that make the perfect gifts for any time of year or any event. Prices run the gamut, perfect to fit all budget limits.
We love this board. It comes as a 19-piece set, and it is customizable for all of your charcuterie needs. It includes cheese knives and forks and removable ramekins for pates and spreads.
Resin Cheese Platter $129.90
We love the colors and the combination of wood with resin in this handcrafted full charcuterie set. It measures 16.9x13x.8inches, and the cheese knife is 6.7 x .7 inches. It can be personalized for a very special gift.
A beautiful, unique gift that everyone will love. These boards are, according to the artist, “handmade from beautiful Camphor Laurel timber and sanded to 400 grit and finished with food-grade mineral oil. Polished with a Bees wax & lemon oil mix.
Black pigmented epoxy resin is used to form the shape of the board & is polished to 1200 grit. The board is ready to prepare food straight away.” We think they are absolutely stunning. The dimensions are 10.7 x 11.8 inches.
Personalize this slate and acai wood boards with your special message or family name. It comes with two cheese knives and one cheese fork. It measures at 13 3/4″ x 9 3/4″ x 1/2″, slate size is 7″ x 8 1/2”. It makes a great gift.
We are puzzled that this puzzle cutting board is still available. We love the puzzle design that comes in three pieces, so you can make a big or small splash with your charcuterie board at your next party.
It is made with acai wood, and each piece is handcrafted to fit together. This one is not available for engraving, but it does have chalkboard edges where you can label your board’s goodies.
This lovely natural parota wood cutting board is extra large and perfect for making a pizza charcuterie board. It’s customizable, and you can have it engraved in several different styles. The dimensions are 17.71″ L x 11.81″ W x .98″ H.
Do you need more cheese? Then this is the perfect charcuterie board for you. It boasts an expandable cheese tray, two serving bowls perfect for olives and tapenades, and two cheese knives.
It is a beautiful set made from acai wood. Unfortunately, engraving is not available on this one, but it is still worth a mention because it is simply a great charcuterie board.
Who doesn’t love bamboo? It’s a stunning wood and makes a stunning charcuterie board. This board comes with all of the utensils, two dishes for spreads, and a wine opener.
Custom Slate Cheeseboard $29.99
This slate board is a little different from the rest. It’s 8″x12″ and laser-etched with a beautiful mandala design. You can personalize I with your family name or whatever you like. It will get your guests talking, that is for sure. This is a natural product, and the edges are rustic.
How to Make a Charcuterie Board
The best way to make a charcuterie board is, however you like it. Your board will be unique to you and the flavors and textures that you like. Plus, of course, take into consideration your guests.
The beautiful thing about a charcuterie board is you can make it however you want. However, there are a few things to keep in mind to make the best board.
First, decide if it fits an appetizer or a meal so you know how much to make. Second, keep the meats thinly sliced, and the cheese will be slightly thicker.
A good rule of thumb is to estimate 3 ounces of meat and 3 ounces of cheese per person if it’s an appetizer. Then, make sure to have lots of extras like olives, nuts, dried fruit, crackers, spread, pickles, etc.
The main thing is to have fun with your board and get creative.
How to Make a Pizza Charcuterie Board
Having a theme for your charcuterie board is another fun way to make a great board. And, of course, we always love a pizza theme. We divided our pizza board into sections with cheese, meat, carbs, and extras. Here are a few ideas for a pizza themes charcuterie board.
- Blue cheese
- Parmesano reggiano
- Smoked mozzarella
- Spreadable smoked gouda
- Sharp cheddar
- Garlic mozzarella dip
Of course, you can add some of your favorite pizza dipping sauces too. These are just a few ideas for a pizza-themed charcuterie board. Just remember to have fun and choose your favorite things on your board. There really is no right or wrong way to make a charcuterie board.
Charcuterie Board Tips
- Mix sweet and salty
- Vary the texture of cheeses
- Use a mix of hard meats like salami and soft like prosciutto
- Add dried fruits and nuts for a variety
- Cut cheeses and roll meats
- Add spreadable cheeses and dips
- Look for unique specialty cheeses online
What’s your favorite type of charcuterie board? Have you tried a pizza charcuterie board?