Looking for the absolute best inspiration for your next Thanksgiving charcuterie board? These ideas will have you so excited to serve up to your friends and family at the next get-together. These party platters are packed with festive Fall flavors that you will adore.
Thanksgiving is about spending time with family and friends, enjoying delicious food, and being thankful for all the good things in life.
Charcuterie Board Essentials:
Great charcuterie boards are all about balance: a little salty, a little sweet, and something savory. A few cuts of cured meats. Some slices of cheese. An assortment of pickled vegetables.
Everything needs to be able to stand on its own while also playing nice with the rest of the board. Creating a well-balanced charcuterie board takes some planning, but once you’ve got it down it’s an easy process that will become second nature when putting together this party staple again and again.
What do I need for a Thanksgiving charcuterie board?
Thanksgiving charcuterie boards feature a selection of appetizers that are easy to make, but also add elegance and sophistication to any dinner table.
These include cheese, salami, prosciutto, dried fruits, nuts, crackers, or bread; basically anything that can be served with slices of meat as an appetizer. With the right ingredients and planning ahead — not much!
Here’s what you need to create amazing Thanksgiving charcuterie boards that will have your guests coming back for more.
Party Platter Charcuterie boards:
Meat and Cheese Charcuterie Boards:
Grab yourself a large bamboo cutting board, wheat crackers, seasonal crisps, fig jam, black grapes, blackberries, dried apricot, herb-rolled goat cheese, salami, Greek olives, cashews, and a few more items. Festive fall ingredients for this charcuterie board that is perfect for snacking on while socializing with loved ones.
Winter Harvest platters are lovely to have while the kids are trick-or-treating or keeping guests happy before dinner on Thanksgiving. You will love the pears, prosciutto, pomegranates, blackberries, and blue cheese as well as the fresh rosemary sprigs, cranberries, and pinecones for garnish and décor.
Featuring a show-stopping pistachio fig baked Brie, this Thanksgiving charcuterie board idea will have you drooling. With fruits, nuts, and cheese in the mix, what’s not to love? I’m particularly fond of the seasonal fruits, including pomegranate, persimmon, grapes, and blueberries to accompany the blueberry-covered chèvre.
This fall platter has a gorgeous variety of cheeses, including some roasted jams and jellies but the real star of the show – is roasted grapes drizzled with olive oil. It makes them warm and slightly softened.
This ingredient board is lovely for 15-20 people. Serve up thinly sliced prosciutto, salami, sopressata, capicola, blue cheese stilton, roquefort or gorgonzola, goat cheese, cheddar, olives, and more. Everyone will be gathered around this platter until it’s bare!
Preparing your Thanksgiving charcuterie board in jars is so elegant, fun, and a new spin on the popular party platter. You’ll love the homemade pickled cherries using red wine vinegar, sugar, fennel seeds, and Montmorency tart cherries.
Once I discovered the jarcuterie trend, I hopped right on board. I may never get off because they are fun handheld portions that make guests feel extra special. These have candied walnuts, dried apricots, figs, cherries, cheese twists, marinated Gigante beans, prosciutto mozzarella pinwheels, rosemary stems, and more!
They are so easy to make and it’s likely the best thing you’ll ever put in your mouth. I’m in love with all of the best Trader Joe’s items of the season! This platter is the perfect charcuterie idea for Thanksgiving, game day, or even a baby shower! My favorite item is the blueberry goat cheese – yum.
This Autumn friendly board is the only appetizer you need at any family gathering or holiday. It can be whipped up in 20 minutes with Thanksgiving-themed flavors like cranberries, walnuts, Brie, blue cheese, honey, salami, fig jam, and more!
Fruit and Veggie Charcuterie Boards:
Create a colorful and enticing appetizer spread board to eat before Thanksgiving dinner. Try some fancy fun cheeses like creamy Toscana and pumpkin spice goat cheese alongside salty savory meats like salami, prosciutto, and sopressa. Don’t forget fresh fruit like raspberries, red grapes, and dried apricots.
Keep it meat free with this gorgeous vegetarian charcuterie board filled with cheese, fresh fruit, crackers, dips, and your favorite wines. Don’t skimp on the dips and serve up all three: hummus, spinach, and artichoke!
Keep the entertainment going with a beautiful gluten-free party platter filled with a variety of fresh fruit, cured meats, olives, cookies, and cheese. Ready in just minutes, pair a selection of flavored crackers with a few of your favorite wines, and get the party started!
Beautiful and easy with fun ideas, this Thanksgiving charcuterie snack platter is great for a crowd. It has festively Fall elements like salamis, prosciutto, bleu cheese, smoked gouda, brie, flavored goat cheese crackers, grapes, cranberries/ and cranberry sauce. Anchor the bowls with Reese’s pieces, pecans, mozzarella balls, and sugared cranberries.
All you need is 20 minutes and your favorite wooden board to serve up a tasty appetizer tray for your next holiday gathering. Serve up thinly sliced sausage, pepperoni, capicola, prosciutto, and ham, alongside a variety of hard and soft cheeses with crackers bread, and a baguette.
Kid-Friendly Charcuterie boards:
Why should the adults have all the fun? Whip up this cute and easy turkey-shaped charcuterie board that kids will love. All you need is a pear, jelly beans, candy eyes, and cheese slices. Cut the cheese into quarters to shape the feathers.
Another fun Turkey-designed platter that kids and adults will enjoy. Use salted almonds, almond flour crackers, smoked gouda cheese, swiss cheese, chorizo, sliced, cheddar cheese, pepperoni, pear, cut-in-half, pecans, candy eyes, and grapes. Complete it with pecan feet, an almond nose, and candy eyes.
Dessert Charcuterie boards:
Now it’s time for my favorite type of Thanksgiving charcuterie- desserts! They are so tasty and just scream fall flavor to me. Get your favorite tray, open your sweet treat goodie packages, and mix up the amount of sweet and savory for a lovely balance.
Make waiting for the meal a little easier with this super cute and decadent tray. It has berries, popcorn, homemade caramel, nuts, chocolates, dipped pretzels, pirouettes, edible brownie batter, caramels, and decorative elements. My favorite part is the yummy brownie batter. Try not to eat it all before serving!
Cookie butter is just awesome, it’s made from ground-up spice biscoff cookies heavy cream, and chocolate. This platter is relatively easy and affordable to make, assuming you have to buy everything – this recipe idea board costs less than $40
Making dessert charcuterie boards is so much fun! They are such a show-stopping idea to serve at an event, or to offer guests! Like this pumpkin fluff display using cream cheese, pumpkin purée, pumpkin spice, whipped cream, and more.
You don’t need an artsy eye, or to pay a lot of money to design this Turkey-themed dessert charcuterie for Thanksgiving. When it comes to recipes I love to make as a family, this board is exactly that. It’s super cute and filled with your favorite store-bought goodies that you’re going to love putting together.
Holy cannoli you are going to adore this dessert board.
Celebrate the holidays with this magnificent 5 ingredient Cannoli Dip. Just grab some mascarpone cheese, ricotta cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and mini chocolate chips.
This salted caramel dip dessert charcuterie will impress all your guests this Fall. It sticks to your favorite festive flavors like bourbon, maple, honey, pumpkin, sweet potato, cinnamon, apple, cranberry, pecan, and salted caramel.
You only need 10 minutes to whip up this rich, creamy dark chocolate fondue board with your favorite cookies and fruit. Keep the ganache warm and melty in a fondue pot. It’s a fun and creative dessert for the holidays or family fun nights.
If you’re looking for a dessert charcuterie board that will have everyone excited, try this s’mores-themed platter. Just gather up various Graham crackers, waffle cones, marshmallows, Hershey chocolate, peanut butter cups, Butterfingers, chocolate chips, caramel bars, Oreos, and more.
What do I need for a charcuterie board?
A charcuterie board is made up of various contrasting flavors, spreads, and finger foods. Classic ingredients will include cured meats, various types of cheeses (soft, hard, and infused), dried and fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, crackers, bread, jams, and anything else you think might be tasty! They are easily customizable which is one of the reasons why they are so popular!
All these charcuterie board ideas for Thanksgiving are so fun, delicious, and creative to serve up. Your Fall parties and get-togethers will be amped up to the next level with these food platters!
And let’s be honest, it’s so much more fun to refer to your selection of cured meats, cheeses, and accompaniments as a charcuterie board than simply calling them an assortment of snacks.
But if you need some inspiration on what to put on your board this year, you are in the right place! I hope you enjoy these tips and recipes that will help you create the perfect Thanksgiving charcuterie board.