Whether you are planning a party, small get together, or just want to keep things fun at dinner, you’ve probably come across the latest craze that are charcuterie boards. Creating a gluten-free charcuterie board comes with its own challenges, but it is possible.
What is a Charcuterie Board?
char·cu·te·rie | \ (ˌ)shär-ˌkü-tə-ˈrē \
Charcuterie is defined as a delicatessen specializing in dressed meats and meat dishes. It comes as no surprise that the word originated in France, and it translates to “pork-butcher shop.”
The term has more recently been used to refer to an assortment of meats that are paired with different accompaniments, such as toast, fruit, cheese, and sauces served on a board, much like a tray.
Growing up, they were simply called cheese boards. When my kids were toddlers, we used a similar concept to help them try more foods and called it a grazing board. We even used ice cube trays to keep the food separated.
Whatever you want to call it, the concept creates a beautiful display of food that is sure to impress even the pickiest of party-goers. It would also pair well with a tapas dinner where you could serve these Loaded Sweet Potato Bites. Yum!
How Do You Create a Charcuterie Board?
There really is no right or wrong way to create your charcuterie board. While it looks super complicated, it boils down to a simple formula of ratios – the ratio of the foods represents should be the same.
For example, if you have three different kinds of crackers, then you should also have three different kinds of cheese, three different types of meat, and three jams and spreads.
But first, you must pick out your board or tray.
You can always start small and add to it as you go.
What to Serve On Your Cheese Board
- goat cheese
- manchego cheese
- deli turkey
- roast beef
- corned beef
- hard or soft boiled eggs
Fruits and Veggies
- dried apricots
- apple chips
- dried figs
- cherry tomatoes
- bell pepper
- sugar snap peas
- pickled vegetables
- rice crackers
- gluten-free crackers
- Baked Green Pea Snack Crisps
- gluten-free breadsticks
Extras – Jams and Nuts
- coconut chips
- jams and jellies
Easy Gluten-Free Charcuterie Board
What’s on this Cheeseboard
- Goat Cheese, 300g
- Brie, 250g
- Gouda, 150g (cubed)
- Applewood Cheddar, 300g
- 1/2 cup Nutella
- Green Spanish Queen olives
- Gluten-free Breton crackers (Original with Flax)
- Blue Diamond Grower’s Pecan Nut Thins
- Gluten-free Rice Crackers
- Gluten-free Prosciutto, 200g
- Gluten-free Genoa Salami, 200g
- Harvest Snaps Original Baked Green Pea Snack Crisps
- Dried Apricots
- Purple grapes
- Hungry Buddha Coconut Chips, Classic
- Pistachios, roasted and unsalted
- Almonds, roasted
How to Make A Gluten Free Cheeseboard
- Place the cheeses equal distances apart on the board.
- Place the green olives in a jar and place it on one side of the board.
- Scoop the Nutella into a second jar and place it on the opposite side of the board.
- Place the purple grapes alongside one of the cheeses.
- Fat out the meats and place them in two different places on the board.
- Add the crackers alongside the cheeses.
- For any large spaces on the board, place the green pea snacks and dried apricots.
- In small spaces, scatter in the nuts and coconut chips.
Shape and Design for Your Charcuterie Board
Start by placing bowls or plates you’re using to serve dips and condiments and any larger wedges of cheese and space them out over the board. Consider a zig-zag shape and then step back and evaluate what you see. If you don’t like it, move the items until you do.
Think Outside the Box
While you can use small bowls and glassware to hold jams, jellies, and sauces, think outside the box. Use a hollowed our red or yellow pepper. Remove the orange from its peel carefully so you are left with an orange bowl of sorts. These will not only add color, but also texture to your display.