Learn how to assemble a bagel charcuterie board when you're looking for breakfast charcuterie board ideas to serve a crowd. You'll love our bagel board ideas since it covers both savory and sweet options. So easy to put together yet super impressive! It's a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
There truly isn't a better way to serve a group of people than by assembling an epic charcuterie board. Not only is it easy to put together since it doesn't involve any cooking (yay for assembled meals!), but it's a great way to serve a variety of people who might have various taste preferences or dietary considerations like dairy-free, vegan, low carb, or gluten-free.
We put this incredible bagel board charcuterie together this past Christmas when we had family in town and was it ever a hit! Even better? Your guests won't mind helping you get the breakfast board assembled and a bagel board makes a fantastic lunch option too if you stick to the savory toppings.
We used fresh bakery bagels purchased at the crack of dawn from a popular local bagel shop, you can also use packaged grocery store bagels to make it even easier. Some grocery stores carry bakery bagels that get delivered first thing in the morning.
- Bagels - we used a variety of flavored bakery bagels, you can also use grocery store bagels or mini bagels.
- Protein- Smoked salmon or lox, cooked bacon, Proscuitto, hard-boiled eggs
- Vegetables- tomato slices, cucumbers, radishes, red onion (or pickled onion), arugula
- Fruits- Avocado, banana slices, orange wedges, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries
- Spreads - cream cheeses including flavored cream cheese, peanut butter, honey, jams, and Nutella
- Seasonings- everything but the bagel seasoning
Bagel and lox charcuterie board- Making a simple bagel and lox charcuterie board is a super popular option too that works great for breakfast, brunch, or for lunch. Here's what to keep on the board to focus on just the bagel and lox option:
- Plain or savory bagels (garlic, everything but the bagel seasoning, sesame, onion, herb flavors)
- cucumber slices
- red onion slices or pickled red onions
- avocado slices
- cream cheese- plain and herb flavored
- fresh dill
- Wood cutting board - we love this large board and this smaller wood round board
- Ramekins or small dishes
- Small knife spreaders
How to Assemble a Bagel Board
We show you how to assemble a bagel board in order so that it's easy to piece it together in an artistic way, all of your friends and family will seriously think you're a pro.
- Arrange the bagels on the charcuterie board in a row or stacked on top of each other in a circle. A mix of regular-size bagels and mini bagels makes for a nice variety.
- Add any small containers to the board like wet ingredients such as cream cheeses, jams, peanut butter, chocolate sauce, pickled onions, capers, and dry toppings such as everything but the bagel seasoning.
- Space the protein options around the board, this includes bacon, lox or smoked salmon, prosciutto, and hard-boiled eggs.
- Add fresh fruits and vegetables such as avocado slices, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, arugula, bananas, strawberries, and raspberries.
- Fill in any gaps with small fillers such as berries, and fresh herbs such as dill, chocolate, or nuts.
- You can make a bagel board as large or as small as you want! Scale back the ingredients to just serve a few people. You can also choose all savory options to make cream cheese, lox, red onion, and caper bagels or you can stick to sweet bagels with the jams, peanut butter, fruit, etc.
- A large charcuterie board is an excellent way to feed a group of people with a variety of health or dietary considerations since they can pick and choose what they're able to have. Adding gluten-free or keto bagels is an option as is adding plant-based cream cheese or dairy-free Boursin cheese spread for your dairy-free or vegan friends.
- Fresh bakery bagels get stale after one day. Store any leftover bagels in the freezer.