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Easy to assemble and perfect for holiday parties, this Holiday Wreath Charcuterie Board is about to get SO many likes oohs and ahhs! Be the true hostess with the most-ess when you serve this festive finger food wreath!
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‘Tis the season of cooking, then baking, then cooking all over again. If you’re hosting any sort of holiday party this year, save yourself a little bit of that kitchen stress by assembling this quick and easy holiday wreath charcuterie board! Since nothing here requires any real preparation, all you need to do is place it all on your favorite round serving tray, and you’re ready to go.
What really sells the wreath-like appearance here are the fresh green leaves, so make sure to grab some along with the ingredients! While they may not be edible, eucalyptus leaves are my favorite fresh greenery to use. They provide the perfect pop of green color, and really make the whole wreath come together. After all, you really can’t have a traditional wreath without some greenery!
After the party, if the eucalyptus leaves are still okay, tie them together and put it over your shower head for a nice spa-like feel!
In general, nothing’s better to serve at a party than a good ol’ charcuterie board. These boards are gaining popularity all over social media lately, and I can totally see why! Now that we all spent so long away from one another, I think we’re all really excited to get back to partying and entertaining. Why not do so deliciously with a board like this, that’s festive and has a little something for everyone?!
- Greenery – Fresh greenery really makes this wreath pop! I like to use eucalyptus sprigs.
- Cheese – You’ll need a medley of cubed cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese, colby cheese, and fresh mozzarella balls.
- Tomatoes – I use cherry tomatoes, but grape tomatoes will also work.
- Olives – For the pop of color, use both black and green olives.
- Meat – Sliced pepperoni and salami aren’t just tasty, but also resemble the flowers on our wreath!
- Grapes – Grapes provide the perfect amount of natural sweetness to this savory board.
General tips for making a charcuterie board
Amount of people. You’ll want to factor in the amount of people attending and how much per person might want to eat. Obviously I always err on the side of more than too little so I would buy more and keep ingredients in the fridge and refill when needed.
Texture. Vary the texture on the board. It’s both pleasing to the eyes and also the palette.
Different flavors and varieties of meat. You don’t want the same meats throughout the board. Vary it so you have hard meats, soft meats, etc. Additionally, different flavors can include smoked, peppered, spicy, etc.
Cheese! All the cheeses! You’ll want soft, hard, and creamy. In addition, you’ll want different flavors too, such as pungent like gorgonzola or blue cheese, spicy like pepper jack, creamy and rich like brie.
Add in some freshness. Fresh fruit always gives a charcuterie board nice balance with the salty and sweet. I also like fresh vegetables too and you can’t forget the olives!
Crunch. Don’t forget that crunch with crackers or toasted baguette chips. They’re the ultimate way for your guests to make their own little stacked appetizer! Plus, who doesn’t love a good schmear of cheese on a cracker with some meat?
Wine. What is a charcuterie board without some wine?
Can I add anything else to my holiday wreath charcuterie board?
Yes, you can! Feel free to play around with different fruits, veggies, and cheeses as you assemble your board.
If at first you don’t love the look of it, don’t worry. Keep on switching things up until you like what you see! There’s plenty of room for flexibility here.
Can I make my holiday wreath charcuterie board ahead of time?
I wouldn’t assemble this board too far ahead of your party. You don’t want the cheeses and tomatoes to dry out and become less fresh as time passes. Instead, assemble this holiday wreath charcuterie board about thirty minutes before your party starts for best results.
Here are a few more of my go-to party appetizers for the holiday season!
Holiday Wreath Charcuterie Board
- Fresh greenery, like eucalyptus sprigs
- 8 ounces (227 g) cheddar cheese, cubed
- 8 ounces (227 g) pepper jack cheese, cubed
- 8 ounces (227 g) colby cheese, cubed
- 8 ounces (227 g) fresh mozzarella balls
- 1 cup (149 g) cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup (135 g) black olives, cured and pitted
- 1 cup (135 g) green olives, cured and pitted
- 8 ounces (227 g) pepperoni, sliced
- 8 ounces (227 g) salami, sliced
- 1 ½ cups (227 g) of green and/or purple seedless grapes
- Use a large platter or wooden cutting board (round is best).
- Start carefully placing each of your ingredients on the board. Make sure as you are adding, plan them out using a mix of colors!
- Start by placing the cheeses (mozzarella balls, cheddar, pepper jack and colby) in each of the four corners of the wreath to spread out the colors/like ingredients.
- Then add your black and green olives.
- Next, place your tomatoes and grapes (be aware that that the round ingredients tend to roll, so just be careful as you place them).
- Lastly, add your meats. This is important because you want to fold your meats in half, and then again to make almost a rosette. Placing them between other items on the board will allow them to stand up tall and look festive. You can also make a roll rosette by using the edge of a champagne glass, layering the sliced meat around the edge until you make a rose!
- Once you get all the ingredients placed make sure that you have a circle shape by cupping in the edges carefully to round them out. Then use sprigs of your fresh greenery to decorate the wreath. Just tuck pieces round the edge and into the inner circle to create the greenery part of the wreath!
- Serve with crackers, pretzels or bread chips!
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