Charcuterie Wreath

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You’ve heard of a charcuterie board; now it’s time to experience a charcuterie wreath! If there’s one thing that can make a gathering truly memorable, it’s an eye-catching and delectable charcuterie wreath. The perfect blend of savory meats, cheeses, fruits, and nuts all gathered and arranged into a stunning display is sure to impress your guests. 

charcuterie board shaped into a circle wreath filled with meats, cheese, fruits, and crackers.

Okay, I know that everyone has probably seen, made, or eaten from a charcuterie board. They have become a staple for gourmet entertaining. I thought it might be fun to take the classic presentation, give it a twist, and turn it into a charcuterie wreath! I mean, we had a Christmas tree-shaped charcuterie so why not venture into a wreath design?

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… and now we are adding a charcuterie wreath to this ever-expanding list! I’m officially the Renaissance man of charcuterie! 

close up picture of items on a charcuterie wreath.

A charcuterie wreath is a visually stunning addition to any party, as well as a delicious and creative way to impress your guests. I took inspiration from the spring season to create this particular wreath, but you can design yours to suit any season or occasion. 

Now, I know that the art of creating a charcuterie wreath or board can seem intimidating to many home cooks. That’s why I’ve put together this step-by-step guide to help you create a show-stopping centerpiece that is as delicious as it is beautiful. I encourage you to experiment with different ingredients and designs to make it your own, and most importantly, have fun with it!

beautiful charcuterie board shaped into a circle wreath filled with meats, cheese, fruits, and crackers.
round charcuterie board shaped into a circle wreath filled with meats, cheese, fruits, and crackers.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • The presentation is wow-worthy. Typically, charcuterie boards are a site to behold. Presented in a new and unique wreath form, it requires a whole different level of appreciation. 
  • You can get creative with your selection of meats, cheeses, fruits, and nuts. You can choose your favorite flavors and textures, or mix and match to create a one-of-a-kind combination.
  • A charcuterie wreath is perfect for any occasion from a casual get-together with friends to a formal holiday dinner. It’s a versatile and impressive dish that is sure to please any crowd. 
close up picture of food items on a charcuterie wreath.

Ingredients

To create a stunning charcuterie wreath that will leave your guests in awe, you’ll need to start with the right ingredients. The beauty of this recipe is that you can customize it to your preferences and experiment with different flavors and textures. When choosing your ingredients, aim for a variety of colors, flavors, and textures that complement each other. You can take this in any direction you’d like. Use what you love. 

Below, I’ll give you an idea of some of the things that I used to create this wreath, but you don’t need to stick exactly to this list or presentation. 

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Meat – Opt for a mix of cured meats, such as prosciutto, salami, and pepperoni. You can also add some cooked meats like roast beef, ham, or turkey.
  • Cheese – Include different types of cheese such as brie, cheddar, gouda, and blue cheese. You can also add spreadable cheese like goat cheese for some variance.
  • Fruits and vegetables – Add some color to your wreath by incorporating a variety of fruits like grapes, berries, figs, or melons. For vegetables, pick colorful options like cherry tomatoes, radishes, or cucumbers. You can also use dried fruits like raisins, apricots, etc. 
  • Brined, pickled, and marinated items – Try olives, cocktail onions, cornichons, dill pickles, and pepperoncini. 
  • Nuts and crackers – Complete your wreath with some crunch by including a mix of nuts such as almonds, walnuts, and cashews. Also add crackers, bread, or crostini to create variety.
  • Savory dips and spreads – Hummus, mustards, dressings, salsa, olive tapenade, or bruschetta work well.
  • Fresh herbs and edible flowers – I like adding lots of fresh herbs to create the look of a real wreath. These are mostly decorative. Here I used flat-leaf parsley and dill. You can use the herbs you like best.
epic charcuterie board shaped into a wreath.

How To Make

I’ll walk you through the steps for making this charcuterie wreath, but feel free to trust your intuition as you design your own. I’ve also provided a full ingredient list and detailed instructions in the printable recipe card below.

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  1. Start with a round serving plate, board, or platter. 
  2. Arrange fresh herbs around the edge of the board in a circular fashion.
  3. Place your larger items, such as crackers, meats, and cheeses around the outer edge of the board.
  4. Fill in the gaps with smaller items like fruits, nuts, and crackers. Play with different shapes and colors to create interest.
  5. Take a step back and assess the overall look. If you notice any areas that seem sparse, simply add more items to fill them in.
  6. Finally, add small accents such as sprigs of parsley, dill, rosemary, edible flowers, or even small fruits like grapes and berries. 
  7. You can serve this immediately or cover it with plastic wrap and chill it until you’re ready to serve. 
fabulous charcuterie board shaped into a circle wreath filled with meats, cheese, fruits, and crackers.

How To Serve

Place the completed charcuterie wreath on your table and add a few utensils for serving. Consider labeling some of the items to make it easier for guests to identify what they’re enjoying. It’s all about the details! 

If you notice any items running low, be sure to refill them as necessary. And remember, it’s always better to have too much than not enough. Your guests will appreciate the effort you put into creating such a beautiful and tasty spread.

Encourage guests to try a little bit of everything and mix and match the different flavors and textures. Don’t be afraid to let them get a little creative with their pairings either – that’s part of the fun of a charcuterie board! 

an array of ingredients on a charcuterie board shaped liked a wreath.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can I leave the charcuterie wreath out before it spoils?

It’s recommended that the charcuterie wreath be left out for no more than two hours at room temperature. After that, it’s best to store any remaining items in the refrigerator.

How should I store any leftover items?

To prevent spoilage, it’s important to store leftover items properly. Place any meats or cheeses in airtight containers and store them in the fridge. Fruits and vegetables can be stored in the same way, although they may require some additional prep, like slicing or dicing.

How can I reuse the leftovers?

Charcuterie is a versatile food that can be used in many different recipes. Leftover meats and cheeses can be used to make sandwiches, salads, or even pizzas. Fruits can be used in smoothies or baked goods, while nuts and crackers can be used as toppings or as part of a snack mix.

circular shaped charcuterie board filled with meats and cheese.
round wreath shaped charcuterie board piled with ingredients.

More Appetizer Snacks You May Enjoy

If you’re looking to level up your charcuterie game, I hope you’ll give this charcuterie wreath a go! I think you and your guests will love it.  If you do, please leave a comment and a 5-star rating below. 

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charcuterie board shaped into a circle wreath filled with meats, cheese, fruits, and crackers.

Charcuterie Wreath

You’ve heard of a charcuterie board; now it’s time to experience a charcuterie wreath! If there’s one thing that can make a gathering truly memorable, it’s an eye-catching and delectable charcuterie wreath. The perfect blend of savory meats, cheeses, fruits, and nuts all gathered and arranged into a stunning display is sure to impress your guests.
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: charcuterie, cheese board, snack
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 288kcal

Ingredients

  • Meat – cured meats such as prosciutto, salami, and pepperoni
  • Cheese – options could include brie, cheddar, gouda, and blue cheese (You can also add a spreadable cheese like goat cheese for some variance.)
  • Fruits – a variety of fruits like grapes, berries, figs, or melons
  • Dried fruits – raisins, apricots, etc.
  • Vegetables – cherry tomatoes, radishes, or cucumbers
  • Brined pickled, and marinated Items – olives, cocktail onions, cornichons, dill pickles, pepperoncini
  • Nuts – a mix of nuts such as almonds, walnuts, and cashews
  • Crackers, bread, or crostini – these add variety
  • Savory dips and spreads – hummus, mustards, dressings, salsa, olive tapenade, or bruschetta
  • Fresh herbs and edible flowers – flat-leaf parsley, dill, rosemary, etc.

Instructions

  • Start with a round serving plate, board, or platter.
  • Begin by arranging fresh herbs around the edge of the board in a circular fashion.
  • Next, place your larger items, such as crackers, meats, and cheeses around the outer edge of the board. Be sure to leave spaces to fill in with additional items.
  • Next, fill in the gaps with smaller items like fruits, nuts, and crackers. Arrange them in a way that feels balanced and visually appealing. Don’t be afraid to play around with different shapes and colors to create interest.
  • As you’re building your wreath, keep in mind that you want it to look full and abundant. If you feel like you’re running low on items, don’t hesitate to add more!
  • Once you’ve finished assembling your wreath, take a step back and assess the overall look. If you notice any areas that seem sparse, simply add more items to fill them in.
  • As a finishing touch, consider adding small accents such as sprigs of parsley, dill, rosemary, edible flowers, or even small fruits like grapes and berries. These elements will not only add pops of color but also elevate the overall visual appeal of your charcuterie wreath.
  • You can serve this immediately or cover it with plastic wrap and chill it until you’re ready to serve.

Notes

Nutritional facts are provided below; however, they will vary greatly depending on the items used and the volume consumed.

Nutrition

Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 427mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 557IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 216mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Wow, Michael, that is the prettiest wreath! Pinning for our next celebration (minus the meat; we’re vegetarian – but it’ll still be beautiful!). Thanks much!