Ideas for the Best Charcuterie Plate Ever

Tho this story is about Christmas dinner, this charcuterie is perfect for any occasion/party!

This Christmas I was tasked with bringing the charcuterie plate to the table.

While at Whole Foods, I jokingly posted on my FB wall “Can my charcuterie plate just be saltines and butter?!”  Ok, only half joking, but I do ♥ saltines and butter. 🙂

Anyway, what really happened was that I was overwhelmed.

So many choices, and I have very little point of reference. Growing up, charcuterie meant my grandmother busted out a summer sausage, some cheddar squares, and Ritz crackers. Charcuterie plates have come a long way since then. Am I right?!

So as I shuffled around the olive buffet trying to figure out what to get, I pestered strangers with questions. One man was happy to help, and we picked out olives, Peppadews, and marinated artichokes.

Feeling emboldened, I made my way over to the cheese counter where I was struck dumb again by the choices. Thankfully the man behind the counter was eager to help and paired cheeses to the meats I had picked out.

When it was time to assemble my tray, I looked to Pinterest for inspiration. I artfully arranged my meats, cheese, veggies, fruits, and nuts. It’s loveliness was short lived by the vultures, i.e. my family, hovering, waiting to strike.


  • Chorizo
  • Pepperoni
  • Salami
  • Jamón ibérico (Spanish Cured Ham)


  • Manchego
  • Champagne Cheddar
  • Robusto
  • Guilloteau’s Saint Angel

Veggies & Nuts

  • Assorted Black & Green Olives
  • Peppadews (Sweet Piquanté Peppers)
  • Marinated Artichokes
  • Pepperoncinis
  • Marcona Almonds
  • Homemade Sweet Pickles & Sweet Pickled Jalapeños
  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Pine nuts

The Rest

Charcuterie Plate


New Year's Eve Charcuterie
Encore performance at the New Year’s Eve Party!