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Building A Holiday Charcuterie Board

Building A Holiday Charcuterie Board

If you’ve followed me for some time, you know I love me a good cheese board. This year, I’m putting together a holiday board for Christmas Eve dinner and thought I’d share my ideas on how you can make it perfect for this time of year. It’s really the easiest thing you can make because there is zero cooking, and pretty much everyone loves it!

Make sure to check out my post on HOW TO BUILD A CHARCUTERIE BOARD LIKE A PRO first, to get the scoop on what you can include.

To make the cheese board festive, I included a SWEET & SPICY CRANBERRY SALSA.


  • 1 (12 oz) package fresh cranberries
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped (or to taste)
  • ½ cup sliced green onions
  • ½ tbsp lime juice
  • ½ cup raw sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt

In a food processor or blender, pulse cranberries, orange zest, jalapenos, and green onions until finely chopped. Transfer to a bowl and mix in lime juice, sugar and salt, cover and chill for a couple hours. If you want, you can also mix in the salsa with a cream cheese or goat cheese.

Festive Additions

I also like to include seasonal spreads. Here I used my favorite orange one, but you can look for others that may include cranberries, honey, pears or apples. It’s all about enticing the palette with the sweet flavors of the season.

And speaking of sweet, think about adding in fruits that also evoke this time of year: raspberries, pomegranate arils and cranberries for example. Include candied/spiced nuts and some sea salt chocolate caramels too. Cut things up roughly… you want different textures to make your board even better.

Throwing in different kinds of crackers is also important, you can find some delish ones at most any grocery store, many even touting some of the flavors we’ve been talking about.


When it comes to garnish, bring in pine branches, ornaments and pine cones around the board, you can also add rosemary sprigs, which look like christmas tree branches too! Everyone will be so impressed with how awesome it looks!

The last thing to do, is pour the wine. I’ve got some recommendations for wines under $15 here too!


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