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Looking for a fun and festive way to show off your culinary skills this Christmas? Then you should make a Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board! This easy yet impressive appetizer is perfect for any holiday gathering. Just follow this simple recipe to create a Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board that will wow your guests – and yourself!
What Is A Charcuterie Christmas Tree?
A Christmas tree charcuterie board is a serving tray that displays different types of meats and cheeses, fruits and vegetables, crackers, and more, arranged in a Christmas tree! They can be a great addition to any party and are perfect for serving various items.
- Rectangle cutting board (If you don’t have a cutting board, a tray or a box about the same size would work.)
- Star-shaped cookie cutter.
- 1 slice of Colby jack cheese
- Green grapes
- Round Crackers (I used Good Thins Simply Salt Rice Snacks Gluten Free Crackers.)
- Pre-sliced deli salami
- Cheddar cheese cubes
- Cherry tomatoes
- Pepper Jack cheese cubes
- Dried cranberries
- Cucumber slices
- Mini pretzel sticks
- Sprigs of fresh thyme
Note that the cutting board used in the photos is approximately 11.5×15 inches. Any of these food items listed can be substituted to the liking or dietary restrictions of your guest or yourself or to what you find on hand at your local store.
Making a Charcuterie Christmas Tree
You’ll love making your Christmas tree charcuterie board! Here are the instructions for how to do that.
Before You Assemble
Transporting a charcuterie board can be tricky. Before you assemble, if you are going to be transporting, either wait to assemble until you get to your destination or follow these tips to help make sure your board arrives at your party in one piece:
- Use a sturdy board or tray to transport the charcuterie board.
- If possible, pack the board in a foam cooler to help keep it cold.
- Make sure to pack any accompanying items, such as knives, in a separate bag.
- Label the bag with the contents and any special instructions (e.g., “keep refrigerated”).
Assemble Your Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board
Once you have gathered your supplies. It is time to assemble your newest masterpiece that will have so many people talking at the party. Remember, I am using the materials mentioned above as I give you these instructions.
1. First, use the star-shaped cookie cutter to cut a star out of a slice of Colby jack cheese.
Place the star at the top of the wooden cutting board.
2. Beneath the star, add a bunch of green grapes. Then place crackers on their side in an angled row.
3. Fold the salami in half and then in half again. Place these flowered edges face up. Make sure to add several in a row to create the next layer of the tree.
4. Add the cheddar cheese cubes underneath the salami in a slightly longer row to begin creating the triangle shape of the tree.
5. Follow that by adding the cherry tomatoes as the next layer, again creating a slightly longer row.
6. Do the same with the cubed pepper jack cheese, the dried cranberries, and the sliced cucumbers.
7. Add some mini pretzel sticks to create a trunk and garnish with sprigs of fresh thyme. The thyme is to resemble tree branches.
Your masterpiece should look like a Christmas Tree decked out with yummy layers
This charcuterie board serving size depends on the number of ingredients you use. But the whole process of putting this together is about ten minutes.
Clean-up is pretty easy since it is such a crowd-pleaser. You should be left with a few pieces of thyme you can put aside for another dish and the cutting board. Just wipe clean the cutting board, and you are all set.
How To Make A Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board
There really are no rules when it comes to food and that includes making your own charcuterie Christmas tree! Eating what you love is the best part about serving food – well, eating what you love with who you love! Charcuterie boards typically include a variety of food to please many people in a crowd. With the holidays upon us, this Christmas Tree charcuterie board is definitely that crowd-pleaser.
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Susan Evans says
I love your charcuterie board! I need to make one of these this Christmas season.
Tricia Ma says
The Christmas Tree Charcuterie is so pretty! Love all the colors. My kids are going to love eating this!
cindy legg says
this board is very unique i love the concept of the boards to begin with but this is beautiful. thanks for sharing
What a fun and festive idea
Cynthia Short says
I love making things for Christmas and this looks yummy.
Caryl Kane says
Your charcuterie board is so festive! Thank you for sharing.
sheila ressel says
I love this take on the classic charcuterie board and can’t wait to make this myself. I know it will definitely be a big hit at our Christmas gathering.
TRACEY BARFIELD says
I am loving the Christmas Tree charcuterie board. It is super cute and looks super easy to make. Thanks for sharing and Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you and your family
Looks like a lot of fun! We will have to try it.
Pam Bryant says
This is so pretty. Can’t wait to make for our Thanksgiving get together.
Jennifer Henriksen says
This is a cute idea…we celebrate Hanukkah and it has me thinking of how to make a Hanukkah themed board!
Sacha Dietrich says
We are going to make this for our Christmas party! Thanks!
I love this charcuterie board idea! I will definitely be trying that this year!
I’ll definitely make this charcuterie board!
Dale Steele Nicolov says
I love the Christmas tree on the board.Great for Christmas entertaining!
KATHLEEN CRIPPS says
THE board is fantastic,I can’t wait to make it.
So cute! Finding things like this is why I like the internet–I can benefit from others’ creativeness!
Amanda Pendleton says
I love how easy and simple this is my kids will love it too 🙂
This is adorable. I know my kids would love this. We may have to try something like this for Christmas day snacking because I don’t like to do a lot of cooking on Christmas.
Jen C. says
I love this charcuterie board! This will be so much fun to make and have at our Christmas celebration! Thanks for sharing!
Chantal DBS says
Thank you for sharing all these great craft ideas! My kids will love doing these 🙂
tammy ta says
I usually avoid this type of put together because it looks like so much work. But this one actually looks pretty simple.
Grace Painter says
Thanks for sharing this nice Christmas fun.
the board is beautiful