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The Only Guide to Building a Charcuterie Board You’ll Need

The Only Guide to Building a Charcuterie Board You’ll Need

Putting together a charcuterie board may seem simple, but there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye. That’s why we’ve put together the ultimate guide to crafting a charcuterie board that will knock the socks off the guests at your next get-together. From the step-by-step process of making a board that will elevate your entertaining experience to brainstorming inventive charcuterie board ideas, we’ve got you covered. 

What is a Charcuterie Board?

So, what is a charcuterie board anyway? Well, it’s a curated arrangement of cured meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, and dips, often served as an appetiser or snack. Originating from France, charcuterie began as a preservation technique for meats, evolving into an artful presentation showcasing a variety of flavours and textures.

The Basics of a Charcuterie Board

Choosing the Right Base

There are a few different things that can be used as a base for a charcuterie board, from fresh baguettes to crackers and lavosh. For a unique twist on traditional charcuterie presentations, you can even use one of Letizza Bakery’s versatile gourmet pizza bases

Variety of Meats

A basic charcuterie board typically includes an assortment of cured meats such as prosciutto, salami, and chorizo. 

Cheese Selection

Some of the most popular cheeses on a charcuterie board include creamy brie, sharp cheddar, and tangy blue cheese, each appealing to various palettes. 

How to Make a Charcuterie Board

If you’re still wondering where to start with how to make a charcuterie board, follow these tips: 


  • Start by laying out your Letizza Bakery pizza base or garlic paddle
  • Add a variety of different cured meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, and condiments. 
  • Arrange the items on a large platter or wooden board, leaving space for easy access.
  • Add small bowls for olives, dips, or spreads.

Layout and Design Tips

Arrange items in clusters, alternating colours and textures for visual appeal. Incorporate small decorative elements like fresh flowers or herbs to add interest to the board.

Pairing Flavours

Consider pairing salty meats like prosciutto with sweet fruits like figs or melon and balancing creamy cheeses with tangy preserves or honey.

Elevate Your Board with Letizza Bakery’s Garlic Paddle

Introduce Letizza Bakery’s garlic paddle to your charcuterie board for a flavorful twist. This innovative alternative to traditional bread or crackers adds a delicious garlic-infused element that perfectly complements your meats and cheeses.

Charcuterie Board Ideas

The Classic Board

Create a traditional charcuterie setup by arranging an assortment of all the usual suspects (cured meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, and crackers) on a wooden board. 

The Dessert Board

For a delightful after-dinner treat, satisfy your sweet tooth with a dessert charcuterie board featuring chocolate spreads, fresh fruits, nuts, and sweet cheeses.

The Vegetarian Board

Craft a meat-free charcuterie board with options like roasted vegetables, marinated olives, dips, artisanal cheeses, nuts and fresh fruits. 

What to Put on a Charcuterie Board

Here is a list of what to put on a charcuterie board, including but not limited to: 


  • Meats: Prosciutto, salami, chorizo, pepperoni
  • Cheeses: Brie, cheddar, blue cheese, goat cheese
  • Fruits: Grapes, figs, apples, pears, dried apricots 
  • Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, pistachios
  • Accompaniments: Olives, honey, mustard, jams, dips, pate 
  • Breads and crackers: Letizza pizza bases, baguette slices, crackers
  • Garnishes: Fresh herbs, edible flowers

Serving and Enjoyment Tips

When serving charcuterie boards, we recommend labelling each item for added convenience. Another tip is to ensure that meats and cheeses are served at room temperature for the best taste experience. Pair your charcuterie board with a selection of wines, craft beers, or cocktails to complement the flavours.

Crafting the Perfect Charcuterie Board with Letizza Pizza Bases 

Ready to take your charcuterie board to the next level? We have your back! Our products, like the pizza bases and garlic paddle, add that extra touch of creativity to your spread. Whether it’s a casual get-together or a special occasion, our commitment to quality helps ensure your gatherings are always a hit.