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This Easter charcuterie board is perfect for a special Easter celebration. It is a testament to Spring in every way.

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This colorful Spring charcuterie platter will be the talk of your friends and family. You can make an appetizer board or fill it with loads of specialty foods and serve it for Easter brunch or dinner. The pastel colors of this Spring Easter board make it especially appealing.

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Why Choose to Make a Charcuterie Board?

  • Charcuterie boards are easier to make than many traditional holiday meals.
  • They can be scaled for just a few people or a large crowd.
  • They are fun to make, and you can let your creativity shine.
  • This is a different presentation for your holiday meal. You can still incorporate the traditional lamb or ham in your board. Just slice them into single-serve portions.
  • Each board is unique, and no two boards are ever the same.

How to Cut the Cheeses

For this board, we used a couple of cheese-slicing techniques.

For Rectangular Cheeses

Step One:

Slice off a rectangle.

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Step Two:

Place the rectangle flat on your cutting board. Slice on the diagonal from corner to corner to make a triangle.

This produces a right triangle.

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Step Three:

Stand a group of triangles up, alternating the tall sides of the triangles to the right and then to the left to make an accordion.

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For more on how to slice various cheeses, see our How to Cut Cheese for a step-by-step tutorial.

What you Need

Meats

You can use various types of meat on your charcuterie boards. For this Easter board, we chose Frenched lamb loin chops and smoked ham. Other meats could include summer sausage, prosciutto, pancetta, salami, chorizo, spreadable meats like liverwurst, and the like.

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Assorted meats. Photo Credit: Binky’s Culinary Carnival.

Cheeses

The selection of cheeses you can use for charcuterie boards is immense. Choose a few hard cheeses and a few soft cheeses.

Hard Cheeses

  • Cheddars
  • Gouda
  • Swiss
  • Mimolette
  • Muenster
  • Havarti
  • Stilton
  • Monterrey Jack
  • Mozzarella

Spreadable Cheeses

  • Brie
  • Camembert
  • Boursin
  • Port Wine Cheese
  • Cheese Spreads
  • Chutter
Assorted Cheeses on a white board.Pin
Assorted Cheeses. Photo Credit: Binky’s Culinary Carnival.

Fruits

Choose a few of your favorite fruits for your boards. You don’t need every type of fruit you can find, just a few.

  • Grapes: green and/or red grapes
  • Berries: raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, or blackberries.
  • Pears: Slice them just before serving and/or treat the slices with lemon juice or citric acid to prevent browning.
  • Apples: Use the same technique as with the pears above.
  • Tropical fruits: Kiwi, mango, papaya, and pineapple are all good choices.
  • Oranges, tangerines, or grapefruits:
  • Dried Fruits: Dried apples, apricots, pineapple, berries, etc.
  • Fresh Parsley and other fresh herbs will fill any holes and garnish your board.
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Various Fruits. Photo Credit: Binky’s Culinary Carnival.

Vegetables

Choose your favorite veggies to serve on your board. You may to blanch some, like the broccoli or cauliflower.

  • Carrot sticks
  • Celery sticks
  • Radishes
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli and Cauliflower florets
  • Cucumber
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Snap peas
  • Bell Pepper slices. On this board, notice that we stuffed halved peppers with a dip.

Breads

Any type of bread and crackers that you like are perfect.

  • Italian and French bread
  • Baguette
  • Sourdough
  • Rye
  • Wheat
  • Brioche
  • Your favorite crackers
Assorted breads on a white board.Pin
Assorted Breads and Crackers. Photo Credit: Binky’s Culinary Carnival.

Accouterments

Depending on the meats, cheeses, and breads you choose for your board, you will want some sweet, acidic, or savory sauces and snacks.

  • Pickles and Olives
  • Jams or Jellies
  • Homemade or store-bought dips
  • Eggs: Hard-boiled, soft-boiled, or deviled eggs, depending on the theme of your board.
  • Nuts
  • Hummus
  • Mustards
  • Honey

How to Make an Easter Charcuterie Board

  1. The first step in planning a charcuterie board is choosing a theme. In this case, that task is done. Our theme is Easter/Springtime.
  2. Make a list of foods that remind you of Easter and Springtime. Everyone’s choices will differ, but there are no right or wrong choices. These could be sweet or savory. You can make an Easter dessert charcuterie board, like our Christmas board.
  3. The first place to “shop” is in your refrigerator and pantry. Use some of the pickles or jam in the refrigerator. Finish up the box of opened crackers in the pantry. Open up the can of olives and use that before buying more.
  4. Prepare anything ahead of time. Make dips and store them in the refrigerator until needed. Cut up vegetables like carrots and celery sticks and store them in storage bags. Slice meat and store it. Wash fruits that you can. Fruits like melon and pineapple can even be cut the day before.
  5. Get small bowls together for dips and condiments. Have small spoons, forks, or tongs available for hands-off serving.
  6. Assess which foods, such as apple or pear slices, should be prepared last.
  7. Set up the board so that plates are accessed at the front of the line, and then napkins and cutlery are at the end of the board.

To Set up the Board

  1. Start with the largest items on this board: the platter with the deviled eggs and the plate with the lamb chops.
  2. Place the bowls of condiments, fruits, dips, or nuts.
  3. Next, place the cheeses and meats.
  4. Finish with small groupings of fruits scattered around the board to add color.
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Pro Tips for Your Success

  1. Make a list of items you would like to include on your board. Stick to your list. Going over your budget is easy when you get into a fully stocked cheese counter or a produce section teeming with colorful fruits.
  2. Preplan items that can be made or prepared ahead of time and do them as soon as you can.
  3. Slice and arrange the cheese and put it on a plate. Then, bring the plate over to your board and arrange it on your board.
  4. For fruit that will brown, treat it with acetic acid or soak it in a lemon juice bath for 5 minutes.
  5. Raid the kid’s Easter basket for festive candies like, jelly beans, chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs, and peeps.

Items Included on this board

  • Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs
  • Halved Mini Bell Peppers stuffed with Smoked Salmon Dip
  • Brie Wedges
  • Pickles
  • Strawberries
  • Sociables Crackers
  • Lindt Ladybug Wrapped Chocolate Easter Candy
  • Sliced Mini Cucumbers
  • Dyed Hard-boiled Eggs
  • Frenched Lamb Chops
  • Lemon Marmalade in a Small Ramekin
  • Apple Wedges
  • Buffalo Chicken Cheddar Cheese
  • Sliced ham
  • Sweet and Hot Mustard in a Small Ramekin
  • Halved Radishes
  • Raspberries in a Small Ramekin
  • Carrot Sticks
  • Grape Tomatoes
  • 5-year Aged Cheddar Cheese
  • Lindt Lindor Truffle Chocolate Easter Eggs
  • Chunks of Italian Bread
  • Havarti Cheese
  • Red Grapes
  • Green Grapes
  • Cashew Halves in a Small Ramekin
  • Sliced Bell Peppers
  • Orange
  • Pear Slices
  • Lindt Easter Wrapped Lamb and Chick Chocolates
  • Baguette Crostini with Basil Pesto
  • Gouda Wedges
  • Yellow Peeps Bunnies
Entire colorful Easter Board on a White background.Pin
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Easter Charcuterie Board | Spring Charcuterie

This Easter charcuterie board is perfect for a special Easter celebration. It is a testament to Spring in every way.
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Course: Appetizer, entree, Main Course
Cuisine: French
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Set-up: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 652kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $50

Ingredients

  • pound mixed cheeses. Pick some of your favorite and try something new!
  • pounds mixed meats
  • mixed seasonal fruit or vegetables
  • bread or crackers
  • you can get creative, and add other items, to taste
  • Easter cookies or candies
  • Deviled Eggs

Instructions

  • Slice cheeses into bite sized pieces and arrange on board. 
    2½ pound mixed cheeses. Pick some of your favorite and try something new!
  • Arrange meat in bite-sized pieces on board.
    2½ pounds mixed meats
  • Wash and slice fruit into bite sized pieces.
    you can get creative, and add other items, to taste, mixed seasonal fruit or vegetables
  • Add broken bite-sized pieces of fresh bread or cut baguette slices and toast to make crostini. You can also use your favorite crackers, pretzels and bagel chips.
    bread or crackers
  • Add sauces, dips, condiments, pickles, olives, or hummus in small bowls.
    Easter cookies or candies, Deviled Eggs
  • Arrange everything on your board and enjoy!
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Notes

Nutrition facts are estimated. The actual calories can vary, depending on what quantities are consumed.
See the article above for addition suggestions and tips for building your charcuterie.
Meats suitable for charcuterie platter;
  • salami
  • ham
  • bacon
  • sausage
  • pork
  • turkey
  • pate
Cheeses to add to your charcuterie board;
Hard Cheeses;
  • cheddar
  • Swiss
  • muenster
  • Mimolette
  • gouda
  • provolone
Spreadable cheeses;
  • brie
  • Alouette type 
  • cream cheese blends
  • port wine cheese
  • chutter
  • Stilton cheeses
Fruits to add;
  • apple
  • pear
  • grape
  • orange
  • pineapple
  • cantaloupe
  • melons
  • apricot
  • peach
  • plum
  • dried cranberries
Add any other of your favorite fruits. I find bananas don’t work well because they brown so quickly. Apples, peaches, or anything that browns can be tossed into lemon juice before adding to the board.
Additional Condiments;
  • olives
  • capers
  • mayonnaise
  • mustards
  • dips
  • jams or jellies
  • pickles, vegetables, or peppers

Nutrition

Calories: 652kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 1108mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1175IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 841mg | Iron: 1mg
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