This festive Christmas-themed charcuterie tree board is a great addition to any holiday gatherings. It can be used as part of a meal, as a simple appetizer, or as an easy snack. Plus, it all comes together in only 15 minutes.
Holiday charcuterie boards are one of my jams, so in addition to this Charcuterie Tree, you’ll also want to check out my Christmas Wreath Charcuterie Board or Individual Charcuterie Cups for more creative ways to make festive boards. They’re both great options for an appetizer table at any holiday get-together.
Why You’ll Love This Charcuterie Board
- It only takes 15 minutes to put together so you can get back to enjoying your holiday!
- It’s such a cute and festive charcuterie board, your guests will be so impressed.
- It’s super adaptable and can be tailored to any sized gathering, so if you need a small tree (or larger) you’ll find measurements per person in the printable recipe card below.
Below is a list of simple ingredients I used for my charcuter-TREE, but if you have other preferences you should definitely go with your favorite cheeses and meats. All of the ingredients should be easily found at your local grocery store.
- Green grapes – Using green grapes lends to the green tree vibe. I like to use grapes as the biggest layer at the bottom.
- Small mozzarella balls – Mozzarella balls are great for resembling ornaments or snow.
- Cubed cheese – I used yellow cheddar cheese, but you can use white cheddar or another hard cheese of choice.
- Sliced salami – I like to fold these in fourths and squish them all together for one of the layers on the tree. Pepperoni slices work well here too.
- Blackberries or raspberries – Berries also lend to the “ornament” feel. Raspberries in particular would give an extra festive touch with bright red hue.
- Sliced coppa or prosciutto – I used rolled coppa, pointed in different directions to make a star shape at the top of the tree. Any extra meat can be added to the meat layer.
- Crackers – I would serve most of the crackers on the side, but one cracker can resemble the tree trunk base. You can also use pretzel sticks to make the tree base.
- Fresh rosemary sprigs – This is an absolute must as it gives the charcuterie board it’s evergreen tree look.
- Fresh or dried cranberries – These make pretty red “ornaments.” You can also use green olives, cherry tomatoes, and pomegranate seeds.
The only “special” equipment you need is a surface for the charcuterie board. I used a large, wooden board, but here are a few options that you can use to put your charcuterie tree on:
Step 1 – Add the grapes, mozzarella balls, and cheese cubes to the board shaping each row in decreasing lengths to make a Christmas tree shape.
Steps 3-4 – Fold your salami slices into fourths and stack them with other slices that have been folded in fourths. Arrange the stack into one of the rows.
Step 5 – Add the berries for another row on the tree.
Step 6 – Take rolled coppa (or prosciutto) and arrange in a circular or star shape at the top of the charcuterie Christmas tree.
Step 7 – Add a cracker to the bottom for the trunk, and serve the rest on the side. Then, tuck rosemary sprigs throughout the board.
Step 8 – Add fresh or dried cranberries for “ornaments.”
Rather than just leaving the grapes on the stem, make sure that they are taken off the stem to make them easy to pick up. You’ll also have more control in arranging them where you want when they are loose rather than attached to a stem.
A variety of meats and cheeses will work for this board. I like using thinly sliced charcuterie meat to be able to mold and fold them into any shape I need. You can use larger hunks of meat, but you’ll want to stack the hunks like you would the cheese cubes.
For cheeses, I like ones that are easy to pick up and layer on the board – so any cubes or little balls (like the mozzarella ones) are perfect for a charcuterie tree.
Yes, you can make the entire board the day before, cover in plastic wrap, and store in the fridge until ready. I would leave the cracker at the bottom of the tree off until you’re ready to serve so that it doesn’t get soggy.
Don’t allow any perishable foods to be left out for more than 2 hours to minimize foodborne illness.
Charcuterie should be consumed within 3-4 days after opening the packages. These deli meat containers from Amazon are great for storing leftover meats and cheeses. Refer to the package label’s expiration date for unopened packages of meat or cheeses.
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Christmas Charcuterie Tree Board Recipe
- Green grapes
- Small mozzarella balls
- Cubed cheese (such as cheddar)
- Sliced coppa or prosciutto
- Rosemary sprigs fresh
- Cranberries (fresh or dried)
- Add the grapes, mozzarella balls, and cheese cubes to the board shaping each row in decreasing lengths to make a Christmas tree shape.
- Fold your salami slices into fourths and stack them with other slices that have been folded in fourths. Arrange the stack into one of the rows.
- Add the berries as a row.
- Roll each slice of coppa into a log and arrange in a circular or star shape at the top of the charcuterie Christmas tree.
- Add a cracker to the bottom for the trunk, serve the rest on the side.
- Tuck fresh rosemary sprigs and arrange cranberries throughout “tree.”
- Don’t allow any perishable foods to be left out for more than 2 hours to ensure no food borne illness.
- Charcuterie is good for 3-4 days after opening the packages refrigerated. Refer to the package label’s expiration date for unopened packages of meat or cheeses.
- To make ahead: Make the entire board the day before, cover in plastic wrap, and store in the fridge until ready. Leave the cracker at the bottom of the tree off until you’re ready to serve so that it doesn’t get soggy.
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