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Easter Charcuterie Board

This Easter Charcuterie Board is so impressive and requires no cooking and features salami flowers and a festive carrot cheese arrangement!

I’ve made approximately 4,583 charcuterie boards in my life and this Easter Charcuterie Board is by far my favorite one to date!

What sets this cheese board apart are the springy salami roses and the adorable cheese carrots made from red Leicester cheese and dill! I had an epiphany one day about a month ago with this idea and I was so excited to try it out. I love the finished product so much!

Charcuterie boards are a great addition to any holiday because they don’t require any cooking but are super impressive. If you want to be the talk of easter, this board is the way to go. 

Remember, this can be totally customizable! Don’t be afraid to find what you think looks good and add it to your board. I love Trader Joe’s and World Market for fun Charcuterie finds and Aldi has some great deals on meat and cheeses

Easter Charcuterie Board Ingredients

  • Genoa Salami (larger rounds and thin)
  • Proscuitto
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Radish
  • Mini carrots
  • Mini zucchini
  • Mini Persian cucumbers or pickles
  • Fresh Mozzarella pearls
  • Red Leicester cheese – a super sharp cheddar could also be orange enough to make the carrots.
  • White cheddar cheese – I love TJ’s Unexpected Cheddar! It’s the cheese everyone always asks me about when I make boards.
  • Honey Goat cheese – I also love vanilla blueberry goat cheese for this board.
  • Fresh dill
  • Various crackers
  • Berries or sliced pear
  • Jam – Bonne Maman only, imo
  • Annies bunny cookies
  • Cadbury mini eggs
  • Nuts – I used pistachios!

Alternate Ingredients

  • mixed olives
  • Peppadew peppers
  • Baby gherkin pickles
  • feta cheese
  • Burrata
  • Manchego
  • White cheddar — I love TJ’s Unexpected Cheddar! It’s the cheese everyone always asks me about when I make boards. 
  • Flavored semi-soft cheese — I usually like to get one flavored cheese like a dill Havarti, smoked gouda, or chipotle cheddar
  • Blue Cheese
  • assorted summer fruit – such as berries and melon
  • assorted raw veggies – such as cherry tomatoes
  • extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling (If you’re using hummus or another dip)
  • fresh herbs
  • Apples
  • Grapes
  • Apricots 
  • Pickled Beets
  • Mini Bell Peppers
  • Blackberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Celery Sticks
  • Cherries
  • Blanched Green Beans
  • Mango
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Watermelon
  • Tzatziki 
  • Pita
  • Parmesan Crisps
  • Multigrain Crackers
  • Baguette

How to make your Easter Charcuterie Board

Begin by making your salami flowers. Grab a wine glass and your salami. Fold the salami in half and layer around the inside and outside of the wine glass opening. You want half of the salami slice inside the glass and half on the outside. I like to do two slices across from each other and then cover the rest of the openings. There’s a TikTok video linked in the blog feed if you need a visual! Once you have a few layers, gently lift it out and turn it over. You should have a salami rose! Place the roses on two adjacent spots on your board to start building.
Cut up your cheeses. To make the cheese carrots, slice a large wedge of red Leicester cheese into 1/4 inch triangles, then cut diagonally to make a carrot shape. Use fresh dill to make the carrot fronds. Place a few of these cheese carrot arrangements around the platter. I also like to slice white cheddar and use a small flower or bunny cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
Begin arranging the board around the salami flowers and cheese carrots. I like to make sure everything is balanced to the eye and fill in any gaps with crackers, herbs, nuts, veggies, or fruit.

Best Cheeses for a Charcuterie Board

For a traditional charcuterie board, you want 3-5 cheeses, roughly 2 ounces per person. Try to go for a variety of cheese textures and flavors, like a soft brie, semi-soft gouda, and a hard manchego.

Charcuterie Board Meats

2-5 cured slices of meat, like chorizo, prosciutto, salami, or mortadella, fresh and dried fruits, and nuts. You’ll need a variety of crackers for serving, and a dish of salty olives (be sure to sit out an empty dish for pits!).

How to make a Salami Rose

Watch this TikTok! I tried to explain it in text but this is much more helpful. It’s so easy! My best tip is to make sure the meat is tight around the rim for a prettier presentation and make sure that the meat is cold and not too warm so it stands up well. Also, it can get really big really fast so don’t do too many layers. 

@janelleeliseThis is pure magic. #cheese #charcuterie #cook #hack #food♬ This Magic Moment – Drifters

What wines should I pair with my Easter Charcuterie Board?

First off, I’m a big believer that wine drinking shouldn’t be fussy. People who make you feel like you’re dumb for not tasting every note in your glass are the worst. So, drink what you love! That being said, there are a few tips I like to think about when choosing a wine to go alongside a seasonal charcuterie board. 

  1. You don’t want the flavor of the wine to overpower the flavors in your board, you want to accentuate them. For a spring or summer board, I like to avoid anything smokey with deep tannins like Malbec or Syrah. In general, I like lighter wines for charcuterie.
  2. I LOVE a chilled oaky Chardonnay to compliment the spice of the meats and pair with the creamy cheeses like brie.
  3. If you’re a vegetarian or going sans meat, I would recommend the refreshing crispness of a Sauvignon Blanc that plays well with bread and fresh veggies. 
  4. Of course, you can’t go wrong with rosé in the warmer months. Because it’s straddling the line between red and white, it’s guaranteed to highlight the best of your meats and cheeses. If this is your pick, avoid dry rosés and stick with the sweeter, crisp options.

Can I make this East Charcuterie Board vegan?

Crafting the perfect vegan charcuterie board isn’t very different from its classic counterpart. `With the availability of vegan cheeses and spreads these days, you can almost follow the same exact guidelines, minus the meat. Hummus is a must for any vegan board, as well as plenty of crudités for dipping. Nuts, olives, fruit, and dried fruit are still great staples for both boards and will serve as great nibbles before dinner. If you’re vegetarian and not vegan, go ahead and add in your favorite cheeses as well!

More Easter recipes you’ll love!!

Peanut Butter Mini Egg Thumbprint Cookies

Bourbon Cherry Glazed Ham

Orange Cheesecake Muffins

Bourbon Brown Sugar Bacon

Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Bake

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Easter Charcuterie Board

Easter Charcuterie Board

Yield: Serves 8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
This Easter Charcuterie Board is so impressive and requires no cooking and features salami flowers and a festive carrot cheese arrangement!

Ingredients

  • Genoa Salami (larger rounds and thin)
  • Proscuitto
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Radish
  • Mini carrots
  • Mini zucchini
  • Mini Persian cucumbers or pickles
  • Fresh Mozzarella pearls
  • Red Leicester cheese
  • White cheddar cheese
  • Honey Goat cheese
  • Fresh dill
  • Various crackers
  • Berries or sliced pear
  • Bonne Maman jam
  • Annies bunny cookies
  • Cadbury mini eggs
  • Nuts (I used pistachio)

Instructions

  1. Begin by making your salami flowers. Grab a wine glass and your salami. Fold the salami in half and layer around the inside and outside of the wine glass opening. You want half of the salami slice inside the glass and half on the outside. I like to do two slices across from each other and then cover the rest of the openings. There's a TikTok video linked in the blog feed if you need a visual! Once you have a few layers, gently lift it out and turn it over. You should have a salami rose! Place the roses on two adjacent spots on your board to start building.
  2. Cut up your cheeses. To make the cheese carrots, slice a large wedge of red Leicester cheese into 1/4 inch triangles, then cut diagonally to make a carrot shape. Use fresh dill to make the carrot fronds. Place a few of these cheese carrot arrangements around the platter. I also like to slice white cheddar and use a small flower or bunny cookie cutter to cut out shapes.
  3. Begin arranging the board around the salami flowers and cheese carrots. I like to make sure everything is balanced to the eye and fill in any gaps with crackers, herbs, nuts, veggies, or fruit.

Notes

See the blog post above

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