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Halloween Charcuterie Board

September 9, 2022 · Nicole Triebe
Halloween Charcuterie board

Celebrate Halloween in a spooktacular way this year with this Halloween Charcuterie Board! The perfect spooky mix of sweet and savory that is sure to impress!

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays here at Windy City Dinner Fairy. We brought our first born home from the hospital on Halloween and so his birthday is always a festival that is simply spooktacular! You know I love making a festive charcuterie board, too, so I couldn’t help but make a spooky and delicious Halloween charcuterie board this year.

close up of wheel of gouda, salami, blue cheese, pear and black grapes on halloween charcuterie board

What you need for a spooky Halloween charcuterie board

Cheeses

As always on a traditional charcuterie board, I like to choose a mix of milder cheeses and bold ones. For this easy Halloween charcuterie board, I choose a smoked gouda for a semi-soft cheese, and a pungent blue cheese. Other great options for mild cheeses include brie, fontina, Monterey Jack or fresh mozzarella. Bolder cheeses can include goat cheese, sharp cheddar or Stilton. Semi-soft cheeses are great for slicing, and you can add a festive touch by cutting them into ghost or pumpkin shapes using cookie cutters! Slice round cheeses into wedges for easy access for your guests.  Keep them placed together so that the cheese doesn’t dry out. I wanted to keep this Halloween cheese board aesthetically pleasing for fall, so I chose white and light yellow cheeses. Start the board by placing the larger items first, then build around those. See how to lay out the perfect charcuterie board here.

Meats

Like your cheese selections, pick an assortment of mild, medium and bold flavors when it comes to meats. For meats, I salami or soppressata are perfect and easy to fold up for beautiful presentation.

If the meat and cheese tray will be one of several appetizers, plan for 1 to 2 ounces of meat and 1 ounce of cheese per person. If it will be the only dish, expect to serve 2 to 3 ounces of meat and 2 ounces of cheese per person.

Fresh Fruit

To add a spooky twist to this Halloween snack board, I wanted to keep all my fruits dark in color. Black grapes, fresh figs and plums are perfect for a halloween board. Blackberries, dark red cherries, and blueberries would also work well on this halloween-themed board. Oranges are right on theme with halloween colors, they’re the perfect size, look like tiny pumpkins on the board! Bosc pears are easy to slice and go right along with the fall color scheme. Fruit and berries are a great way to add freshness and cut the richness of the meats and cheeses.

close up of crackers, blue cheese and black grapes on halloween charcuterie board

Crackers and crunchy elements

Including different textures on a charcuterie board keeps things fun and interesting. Choose crackers that complement all the ingredients on your festive halloween charcuterie board. This board includes some sea salt crackers that are mild in flavor and some rye chips as well. Fill in the empty spots on the board with walnuts or almonds. Caramel corn is a sweet addition that goes right along with our fall theme.

Dips and spreads

Include jams or preserves for some added flavor and sweetness to balance out the dry and salty meat and cheese. Place a couple small bowls on the board for each. You can also add pickled elements like these sweet gherkins. They’re the perfect size and complement elements on the board.

Sweet elements

Adding sweet elements to a classic cheese board is a great way to balance flavors. Halloween candy like candy corn, candy pumpkins, or candy eyeballs are a great addition to this board. Include any Halloween cookies, too!

Halloween decorations

Adding things like mini pumpkins, chocolate skulls or plastic spiders are great decorative items to include and the perfect way to make a spooky charcuterie board. 

close up of chocolate skull and black grapes on halloween charcuterie board

What kind of platter should I use?

If you’re entertaining a crowd, a large round platter is the best option. Some large round options are herehere and here. Another popular pick is this large cutting board. There are some fun festive halloween options out there like this coffin serving platter or this ghost or pumpkin serving platter. Include a cheese knife or two for your guests to slice as needed.

So turn on those scary movies and and get snacking on the best charcuterie board for this spooky season!

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Halloween Charcuterie board

Halloween Charcuterie Board

  • Author: Nicole Triebe
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1012 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: No bake

Description

Celebrate Halloween in a spooktacular way this year with this Halloween Charcuterie Board! The perfect spooky mix of sweet and savory that is sure to impress!

 


Ingredients

Scale

1 wheel of smoked gouda 

1 wedge of gorgonzola

1 Bosc Pear

Genoa Salami

Soppressata

Black Grapes

Plums

Almonds or Walnuts

Mandarin oranges

1 cup caramel corn 

1/2 cup rye chips

Water Crackers

Oreos

Rosemary Breadsticks

Gherkins


Instructions

Assemble board as described in the post.  Start with larger cheese items and bowls first, then build the meat and cheese around it.  Fill in any gaps with nuts or fruit

Keywords: charcuterie; cheese; salami, halloween

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