Easy Small Charcuterie Board (made with Wholesome Ingredients)

A small charcuterie board is the perfect snack, lunchtime meal, or hosting appetizer – anytime of year. With salty crackers, savory jerky, and sweet fruits your taste buds will keep coming back for more. Whether you’re hosting a Labor Day party or snacking on football Sunday, a charcuterie board will provide wholesome, nourishing food without a ton of effort.

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When it comes to choosing ingredients for charcuterie boards, you have the freedom to pick what you love. This recipe includes peaches and grapes, but if you lean towards strawberries and apples, feel free to make that swap. Hosting family or friends and someone’s not keen on wheat crackers? Opt for pretzels. These boards easily adjust to suit both the occasion and the preferences of those indulging in them.

Recipe Inspiration

I first fell in love with small charcuterie boards during college. I needed quick, nutrient-packed lunches that wouldn’t break the bank. My husband and I still enjoy a charcuterie board for lunch, snacks, and even while hosting. You can customize them to your preference and they don’t have to look perfect. If you’re in a rush, toss the ingredients on a plate and enjoy.

Small Charcuterie Board Ingredients

  • 1 cup beef jerky
  • 2 cups red grapes (organic)
  • 1/2 cup multigrain crackers (Crunch Masters)
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella
  • 1 peach (local or organic)
  • 1/2 cup pistachios (salted and roasted)

How to Make a Small Charcuterie Board

  1. Place beef jerky and pistachios in separate small bowls at opposite ends of the serving platter.
  2. Rinse grapes, dry with a kitchen towel, divide into 2 bunches, and position by the jerky and pistachios.
  3. Add crackers in groups of 4 or 5 onto the platter.
  4. Slice mozzarella into 4 slices, then halve each slice to make 8 small slices. Add them in groups of 3 to the board.
  5. Rinse the peach, cut in half, remove the pit, and slice both halves vertically into small pieces. Fan them out in 2 areas on the platter.
  6. Place tongs and small serving plates next to the board.
  7. Enjoy your charcuterie board creation!

Type of Board To Use for Charcuterie

For your compact charcuterie board, feel free to employ whatever suits your fancy: a platter, plate, board, or even a trusty cookie baking sheet. If your budget allows, you might consider a stylish wooden serving board. But if you’re looking to be more budget-conscious, you can easily utilize a baking sheet and keep those expenses in check.

Unique Variations To Try

  • Use apples instead of peaches for a refreshing crunch
  • Substitute beef sticks for beef jerky for a different twist
  • Add any variety of nuts you enjoy (peanuts, pecans, walnuts, etc.)
  • Add a few strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries for extra color and taste
  • Use cheddar cheese slices for a perfect pairing with apples
  • Add some chunks of dark chocolate for sweetness without the junk
  • Add carrot sticks, celery, or bell peppers for a savory crunch
  • If you’re not a fan of crackers, opt for pretzels instead

Prepping Small Charcuterie Boards Ahead of Time

If you’re thinking about getting your small charcuterie board ready in advance, it will simplify snacking, lunchtime, or hosting. Just slice the fruit, wash the berries, prepare cheese slices, and place the nuts in small bowls. When you’re ready to savor your charcuterie board, putting it together will only take a few minutes. This way, you’ll have everything at hand whenever you need it.

Budget-Friendly Small Charcuterie Board Tips

It’s incredibly easy to rack up a hefty bill when putting together a small charcuterie board, even if it’s on the smaller side. Many individuals opt for those elegant serving boards, pricey cuts of meat, and pre-sliced cheese and veggies. All these components can quickly add up and leave you with a less-than-thrilled wallet. However, there’s a smarter way to approach it. Here are a few budget-friendly strategies to craft your small charcuterie board:

  1. Utilize a board, platter, or pan you already own for serving. (I personally find that a cookie baking sheet works perfectly for ours.)
  2. Purchase cheese in blocks and do the slicing yourself.
  3. Choose whole fruits and vegetables and take the time to slice them on your own.
  4. opt for just one or two types of nuts and keep an eye out for discounts in grocery ads to snag the best deals.
  5. For beef jerky and beef sticks, consider getting them at Costco. You’ll receive a generous quantity for your investment, and they’ll remain fresh in the fridge for a good while.

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Recipe FAQs

  • Can I make this charcuterie board for a meal? Yes! It’s got all the basic nutrients a good meal needs to have.
  • What is the best cheese for charcuterie boards? You can really choose any kind, my favorites are cheddar and mozzarella.
  • How many people does this charcuterie board feed? It depends what you’re using it for. If it’s for lunch, about 2 people. If it’s for hosting or a snack, I’d say about 4 people.
  • Can I double or triple this recipe for an upcoming hosting occasion? Yes! You can make it as large as you’d like.
  • How can I make this charcuterie board for 1 person? Simply cut the recipe in half.
  • Can I make this recipe ahead of time? For sure, checkout the preparation tips I’ve shared above.
  • How do I store charcuterie board leftovers? If you’ve got leftovers, be sure to place everything in individual airtight containers. Store each container in the appropriate space: fridge or pantry.

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Easy Small Charcuterie Board

Molly LaFontaine of Plum Branch Home
Craft an easy small charcuterie board using wholesome ingredients. Elevate your snacking, lunchtime, or hosting experience with this simple recipe
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Assembling 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 2 people

Equipment

  • pairing knife
  • cutting board
  • serving platter, dish, sheet
  • 2 small bowls

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup beef jerky
  • 2 cups red grapes organic
  • 1/2 cup multigrain crackers Crunch Masters
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella
  • 1 peach local or organic
  • 1/2 cup pistachios salted and roasted

Instructions
 

  • Place beef jerky and pistachios in separate small bowls at opposite ends of the serving platter.
  • Rinse grapes, dry with a kitchen towel, divide into 2 bunches, and position by the jerky and pistachios.
  • Add crackers in groups of 4 or 5 onto the platter.
  • Slice mozzarella into 4 slices, then halve each slice to make 8 small slices. Add them in groups of 3 to the board.
  • Rinse the peach, cut in half, remove the pit, and slice both halves vertically into small slices. Fan them out in 2 areas on the platter.
  • Place tongs and small serving plates next to the board.
  • Enjoy your charcuterie board creation!
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Love this and your suggestions, specially how to save money to make these!!
    Will be great for many occasions and snacking.

    Who knew that what I packed has a snack for my kids after school sport activities would be known as charcuterie board 🙂