Holiday Charcuterie Platter 101

Admittedly, I discovered charcuterie platters for dinner out of laziness. If I’m being honest, sometimes I just don’t want to cook (or do dishes)! Especially in the summer or busy holiday seasons.

I discovered that a charcuterie platter can can be as simple or complicated of a meal as you would like, using a wide variety of meats, cheese, pickles, veggies, fruits, nuts and spreads.

For a small platter for two, you can simply use a large dinner plate. For a larger gathering, find a beautiful platter or wooden cutting board.

Then, simply make small piles of each food in various places. For smaller or messier items like capers and cranberry sauce, use a small ramekin.

Below is a list of food items to consider when assembling your platter. Most of these can be found at your local grocery store. If you’re lucky enough to have a specialty foods store like Bayleaf, as we do on Whidbey Island, shop there for some harder to find scrumptious options.

And, of course pair with your favorite Dry Farm Wine!

This is so delicious, so fun and so easy. And, hardly any dishes to wash!

Charcuterie Ingredients

  • Olives (baked, if you like them warm and luxurious!)
  • Goat or sheep cheese (for those consuming dairy)
  • Grain free crackers
  • Grain free crostini
  • All varieties of sliced cured meats. (For a non-refrigerated option try Niman Ranch products. Also, a great product for road trips!
  • Fermented or pickled veggies, such as cauliflower, sauerkraut, kimchi
  • Primal Island cranberry sauce (on top of a cracker with goat cheese-heaven!)
  • Grilled artichokes (you can typically find these in a glass jar_
  • Marcona almonds, or any nuts you like (try warmed in the oven or a skillet)
  • Avocado slices (I put avocado slices in my cured meat and roll it up like a burrito)
  • Special mustards
  • Sliced veggies
  • Tapenade
  • Berries for a lower carb fruit option
  • Cornichons
  • Capers
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds
  • Artichoke dip
  • Roasted garlic
  • And, of course the darkest chocolate bar you can find for a bite of dessert