Perfect for holiday gatherings! Stack up your favorite cheeses, salami, fruits and crackers to create an easy, Christmas tree shaped charcuterie board. All you need is a big wooden board (or sheet pan), and a hungry crowd. Top with fresh rosemary and serve with extra crackers!
Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board
Is there anything easier for holiday celebrating than a tasty tree with all the trimmings? 🎄
Whether your celebration is a small to-do for two, or you’re hosting a houseful of hungry family, this Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board is perfect for you. All of the ingredients are easy to find, and the whole thing comes together super quickly. Wanna cut your time even more? Buy pre-cut cubed cheeses – you will be going right from bag to board in less than 10 minutes!
I love a cute appetizer like the rest of us – but I hate all the fuss. Never made a charcuterie board? Fear not. This is the SIMPLEST and most SCRUMPTIOUS cheese board I’ve ever made. It will be perfect for your holiday partying, and those of you (right here 👋) who are doing Christmas night with wine, movies, and a big blankie for two.
Let’s jump into the recipe!
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What can I substitute, if I don’t like or can’t find a certain ingredient?
For cheeses: use any semi-hard cheese that you like! I find cheddar and colby jack work perfectly here. But, you can also go for Swiss, Monterey Jack, pepper jack, or provolone. Go for small mozzarella balls, too!
For meats: any sliced sausage will do – I personally love Genoa salami and soppresatta. You want these pretty thinly sliced. Pepperoni is also great, but can be a bit spicy for some tastes.
For produce: feel free to use what you prefer! Try strawberries and blackberries instead, or kiwi instead of the green grapes. Tuck in some olives and mandarin slices, or red grapes and cherry tomatoes. There is no limit here!
How did you make this?
I began with the star (a small cookie cutter pressed into two slices of provolone cheese). Then, I arranged the pretzel sticks on the bottom and worked my way up with the other ingredients, until I had a tree-like shape. Get creative and make your board special to you and your guests!
For making ahead:
I would recommend making this up to 1 day ahead. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap, leaving out the crackers, as these will go soggy overnight. Right before serving, add your crackers to the board and serve some more on the side.
I hope you enjoy this beautiful board with your friends and family this holiday season.
Please feel free to leave a comment and a star rating. I would love to know if you serve this Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board for your next social gathering!
- White cheddar, cubed
- Colby jack, cubed
- Provolone slices
- Genoa salami
- (You can also use pepperoni, soppressata, or any sliced sausage)
- Green grapes
- Pomegranate arils, optional
- Cucumbers, sliced
- Pretzel sticks
- Ritz crackers
- Pita chips or club crackers
- Rosemary sprigs
- Cut cheeses into cubes and slice cucumbers. Cut provolone slices using a star or snowflake cutter (or, you can cut by hand).
- Arrange pretzel sticks as the tree "trunk." Continue layering ingredients as you prefer, creating a Christmas tree shaped arrangement.
- Tuck a few rosemary sprigs in between the layers, as shown. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, up to one day ahead.
- Serve with additional crackers.
All fruits, meats, veggies and crackers are able to be substituted with whatever you prefer!
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