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Antipasto Charcuterie Board

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Filled with cheeses, cured meats, olives, bread and fruits, this Antipasto Charcuterie Board is the perfect way to start your meals in Italian style, with a proper first course dish.

This classic antipasto platter is my favourite nibbler pre-dinner to start the conversations and get ready for the night.

antipasto charcuterie board

It features my all time favorite italian snacks: cheeses, cured meats like pepperoni, crackers and delicious fruits of season.

This is a super-duper easy recipe that I even think it would be too silly to put in here, but I think the most difficult part is assembling the food in the charcuterie board to look beautiful.

My tip is to take some time to assemble it with care, and it will pay off in the end. Learn below the method step-by-step on how to assemble your board. 

I though in these ingredients for an autumn and winter fruits of season, but you can certainly use whichever you like. 

For more delicious Italian appetizer suggestions, check out my Italian Pesto Sliders and Italian Style Garlic Bread.

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 15 minutes

Servings

  • 4 people

Equipment

  • Large wooden board or platter

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Ingredients list

  • 1 cup green pitted olives
  • 1/2 cup mixed salami
  • 1/2 cup prosciutto ham
  • 1 pack of gorgonzola blue cheese
  • 2 cups cheese balls 
  • 1 apple sliced
  • 1 pear sliced
  • 2 figs cut in quarters
  • 2 cups grapes
  • 1 8” baguette sliced
  • 2 cups crackers

How do you arrange a charcuterie platter

Assemble on a platter or wooden board big enough to accommodate all ingredients. 

If doing your charcuterie ahead of time, brush apples and pears lightly with lemon juice to avoid browning. 

  • First Step: add structure by placing items that can be stacked onto the board, small bowls with olives.
  • Second Step: Now add the cheeses and cured meats. Arrange the cheeses evenly leaving room to cut pieces of cheese. Place the meat slices next to the cheeses, to encourage your guests to pick and eat them together.
  • Third Step: Add crackers and bread slices between the meats and cheeses, stacking into each other on a row.
  • Fourth Step: Finish with fruits filling any gaps in the board with fruits pieces and herbs.

What to serve with Antipasto Charcuterie Board

Serve this delicious appetizer with this 5-minute Apple & Ginger Ale Spritzer.

FAQs

What is difference between antipasto and charcuterie?

There is no difference between the two as antipasto is an Italian term that means charcuterie, and it’s the first meal served on a traditional Italian dinner, containing cuts of cured meats, cheeses, crackers, fruits and vegetables.

Why is it called charcuterie?

The word charcuterie it’s a mix of two French words: “chair” meaning “flesh,” and “cuit” meaning “cooked.” Around Italy and Europe you will find plenty of Trattorias serving cured meats with cheeses, crackers and fruits.

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Antipasto Charcuterie Board

Filled with cheeses, cured meats, olives, bread and fruits, this Antipasto Charcuterie Board is the perfect way to start your meals in Italian style, with a proper first course dish.
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course antipasti, Appetizer, Snack, starters
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4 people

Equipment

  • Wooden Board or serving platter

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup green pitted olives
  • 1/2 cup mixed salami
  • 1/2 cup prosciutto ham
  • 1 pack gorgonzola blue cheese
  • 2 cups cheese balls
  • 1 ripe apple sliced
  • 1 ripe pear sliced
  • 2 ripe figs quartered
  • 2 cups grapes
  • 1 8" italian baguette sliced
  • 2 cups crackers

Instructions
 

  • Gather and cut all ingredients.
  • First Step: add structure by placing items that can be stacked onto the board, small bowls with olives.
  • Second Step: Now add the cheeses and cured meats. Arrange the cheeses evenly leaving room to cut pieces of cheese. Place the meat slices next to the cheeses, to encourage your guests to pick and eat them together.
  • Third Step: Add crackers and bread slices between the meats and cheeses, stacking into each other on a row
  • Fourth Step: Finish with fruits filling any gaps in the board with fruits pieces and herbs.

Notes

If doing your charcuterie ahead of time, brush apples and pears lightly with lemon juice to avoid browning.
Keyword antipasti, appetizer, apple, baguette, cheese, cured meat, figs, gorgonzola, grapes, ham, pear, prosciutto, salami, snack

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