This Trader Joe’s Charcuterie Board tutorial will teach you how to make the perfect easy charcuterie cheese and meat board, vegetarian charcuterie board or even a sweets charcuterie board. Also, included are keto, low carb, dairy free, meatless and gluten free options!
1-3cheese *** See notes for detailed Trader Joe's recommendations
2meat and seafood***
1-3crackers, pretzels, popcorn, sliced bread or crostini***
1-3jam, jelly, sauce, dip or honey***
2pickled items or other miscellaneous finger foods***
Build a Foundation
Place any bowls first. Then, place any larger blocks of cheese or large items (salami rose or smoked salmon piece). This sets your foundation. From there, you will want to arrange your items in descending order focusing on next heaviest or large items. The items should get gradually smaller and fill in the gaps.
Sample Order: (Start) Bowls, Cheese, Meats, Bunches of Grapes, Crackers, Smaller Dried Fruit and Nuts (Finish)
Create Movement on the Board
You want to utilize movement to create a beautiful board. Experiment with placing your bowls off-center in a variety of places on the board. When placing the foods, you can create a combination of wavy patterns or more uniform placements. Don’t be afraid to play.
Contrast your Colors
When placing your foods, contrast your colors indifferent areas of the board. For example, if you have white crackers, you might place them near green or red grapes instead of near a white cheese. This creates visual excitement.
Vary your Sizes and Cutting Techniques
Play around with placing larger items next to smaller items. You can also experiment with different sizes in your slicing. For example, you might cut some slices off a block of cheese and set it next to the remaining block of cheese for a beautiful contrast. You might do the same with a salami stick. You can also experiment with slicing patterns. You can cut things in a rustic way or you can do fun crisscross or dragon patterns. You can arrange meats in roses, slices or swirls.
Depending on your dietary preferences, it is always great to have a variety of flavors on the plate. Use different meats and cheese, veggies or fruits, different dips (sweet vs. savory). This variety is part of the fun of these appetizer boards.
Amounts: The amounts of each item will depend on the size of your board and your taste preferences. Don't be afraid to grab a few extras so you have a full and bountiful charcuterie board. Leftovers are always great!Cheese:
Trader Joe's Triple Cream or Double Cream Brie (they also have a light option).
Trader Joe's Goat Cheese: Plain, Italian herb or cranberry.
Trader Joe's Unexpected Cheddar
Trader Joe’s Crottin Goat Cheese Sampler.
Trader Joe’s Saint André
Trader Joe’s Pesto Gouda.
Trader Joe’s Parmesan Reggiano.
Trader Joe’s Creamy Toscano Cheese Soaked in Syrah.
Trader Joe’s 1,000-Day Gouda.
Trader Joe’s Cheddar Cheese With Caramelized Onions.
Trader Joe’s Brand Prosciutto
Columbus Salame Secchi Fiore (Salami Stick) (sold at Trader Joe's)
Trader Joe’s Hot Smoked Salmon
Trader Joe’s Cold Smoked Salmon (Plain, Pastrami or Everything but the Bagel Seasoning)
Trader Joe’s (3 Salami Sampler Pack).
Deli Meats, hams, turkey, roast beef.
Jam, Jelly, Sauce, Dip or Honey
Trader Joe's Artichoke Spread
Trader Joe's Fig Jam
Trader Joe's Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip
Trader Joe's Jams/Jelly or Honey Mustard
Pickled Items or Misc. Finger Foods
Olives (mixed, kalamata, castelvetrano or green olives)