The Ultimate Fall Harvest Charcuterie Board

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fall charcuterie board on round wood and metal platter

This Ultimate Fall Charcuterie Board is perfect for everything from a fun family-night-in, to a small gathering, to a snack board on a weekend afternoon! 

Tired of the same ol’ soup and casserole type recipes for Fall? This Ultimate Fall Harvest Charcuterie Board is loaded with seasonal produce and fall flavors. 

fall charcuterie on wooden serving tray

This is not your basic Fall cheese board

The key to truly building the best Fall charcuterie board is thinking beyond the typical meat and cheese board. Let’s turn this board into a full meal everyone will love. We do this by also adding in fruits, veggies, dips, nuts, and more. 

fall charcuterie board

How to build the ultimate charcuterie board

Whether you’re working on a Fall charcuterie board or another theme, there’s a quick and easy formula I like to follow to help me decide what to put on my board:

  • 2 seasonal fruits 
  • 2 seasonal veggies
  • Something crunchy
  • 2 plant based fats
  • 2 proteins
  • 1-2 dips
  • Some fun treats!

Now, you certainly don’t have to stick to these numbers exactly, but if you’re new to making larger boards like this, it can be a helpful guide to follow. 

If you’re curious how I apply this to individual snack meals, make sure to check out this post on snack meals I did here. 

charcuterie board

The best fall charcuterie produce

I like to start all my boards with the produce I want to include. Since this is a Fall board, we’re going to stick with some of my Fall favorites that don’t need refrigeration and can be left out for longer periods of time. My top picks for fall fruit are pears and apples. (And to prevent them from turning brown, you can spritz them with some diluted lemon juice.) For veggies, I’m going to use raw cauliflower, and roasted brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes. 

fall charcuterie

My favorite charcuterie dips

The dips I choose are dependent on what my “something crunchy” from the list above is. You can go sweet or savory, and either make something homemade like my Creamy Dijon Spinach Artichoke Dip or something sweeter like my Holiday Snickerdoodle Cookie Dip. 

hummus on fall charcuterie board

Don’t forget those plant based fats

The easiest, and my favorite, plant based fats to use on charcuterie boards is raw or roasted nuts. I’ll show you how to arrange them below, but they make for perfect little “hole fillers” on your board.

The best charcuterie meats and proteins

The sky really is the limit here. I like to focus on the visual presentation here too and try to go for thinner sliced meats like prosciutto or thinly sliced turkey because they can fold into pretty shapes too.

fall charcuterie board

Best cheeses for a charcuterie board

My go-to cheeses for charcuterie boards are a softer brie that people can spread and scoop and then slices of parmesan, which is harder can can be placed on top of a cracker quite easily! But if those aren’t your favorites, no worries… try to pick one soft/spreadable cheese and one harder cheese that can be served as slices. 

How to assemble a charcuterie platter

The key to those beautiful boards you see all over instagram is the order in which you put everything on the board, and the size of your “piles”… unless you’re going for a specific design, I recommend following the order below and not putting any grouping of food larger than your fist in one spot.  Have your large board out and place the items in this order:

  • Your dip bowls/dishes. Don’t actually put the dip in yet, but decide where on the platter you want them. 
  • Then place your produce, making sure each type is in at least two different spots on the board, ie don’t put all of your apple slices in one spot on the board
  • Next place your cheeses on the board and then your meats. And feel free to create creative if you’d like and fold the meat into fun shapes.
  • Place your “something crunchy” things and your fun treats throughout the board.
  • Now, use your nuts and any other smaller items to “fill in” any holes that might be left on the board.
  • And if you want to get super fancy, you can add some whole pieces of produce for garnish or fillers throughout the board.
fall charcuterie board
fall charcuterie board on round wood and metal platter
This Ultimate Fall Charcuterie Board is perfect for everything from a fun family-night-in, to a small gathering, to a snack board on a weekend afternoon! 
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Diabetic, Gluten Free
Keyword: fall charcuterie board
Servings: 12 people
Carbohydrates: 32g

Ingredients

  • 2 medium apples sliced
  • 2 medium pears sliced
  • 1 medium sweet potato cut and cooked as desired (roasted, air fried, etc.)
  • 1 lb. brussel sprouts cut and roasted
  • 2 cups crackers pretzels, toasts, or crisps
  • ¼ cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • ¼ cup pecans
  • 1 lb sliced deli meats
  • ¼ lb brie cheese
  • ¼ lb sliced parmesan
  • ½ cup hummus
  • ½ cup spinach artichoke dip
  • 8-10 cookies
  • ½ cup candies/fun treats

Instructions

  • Follow the order below and do not put any grouping of food larger than your fist in one spot.
  • Place your dip bowls/dishes on your large serving tray. Don’t actually put the dip in yet, but decide where on the platter you want them.
  • Then place your produce, making sure each type is in at least two different spots on the board, i.e. don’t put all of your apple slices in one spot on the board
  • Next place your cheeses on the board and then your meats. And feel free to get creative if you’d like and fold the meat into fun shapes.
  • Place your “something crunchy” things and your fun treats throughout the board.
  • Now, use your nuts and any other smaller items to “fill in” any holes that might be left on the board.
  • And if you want to get super fancy, you can add some whole pieces of produce for garnish or fillers throughout the board.

Notes

The nutrition facts presented here are estimates only. The brands you use and product types chosen can change the nutritional information presented. The nutrition facts presented assume 12 people are enjoying this board. If you’d like to make a smaller board simply divide the ingredient quantities accordingly. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients you use.

Nutrition

Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Sodium: 748mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 15g
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