A stunning yet simple fall charcuterie board with subtle spooky vibes which can easily be turned into a Halloween charcuterie board depending on your mood. So easy and festive! It's a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
Fall Cheese Board
Is there really a more beautiful and eye catching than a charcuterie board loaded with fancy cheeses, salami, nuts, and fruit? Our fall charcuterie board is loaded with fall goodies with a hint of Halloween sprinkled in since we made it right before spooky season.
So call it a fall inspired charcuterie board or a Halloween charcuterie board, you decide! And don't forget to serve it with our fabulous apple cider margaritas!
And we bought all ingredients from Trader Joe's, there's seriously no place cheaper than their store to get charcuterie ingredients.
It's simple to put a meat and cheese board together, all you need is as little as one kind of meat (typically salami), cheese, crackers, and something like grapes or it can be as elaborate as an enormous board with many varieties of each plus add-ons such as sweets, olives, nuts, honey, jam, etc.
Our favorite cheese to add to a charcuterie board is brie cheese, which is delicious either cold or warm of course, to serve it warm the easiest method is making air fryer brie.
- Cranberry goat cheese log
- Sage derby (the green cheese)
- Belletoile triple cream brie
- Cotswold (yellow cheese with green flecks)
- Pub cheese
- Turkey summer sausage
- Salame di Parma Mild Salami
- Moon grapes
- Cracker assortment
- Raisin rosemary crisps
- Vegetable root chips
- Marinated olive duo
- Kalamata olives
- Roasted salted pumpkin seeds
- Roasted salted pecans
- Pumpkin butons
- Chocolate mousse pumpkins
- mini pumpkins
** Please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the exact quantities **
Halloween Charcuterie Board
While our board has more of a fall feel, you can see we sprinkled in a few Halloween charcuterie vibes such as a brie we cut into a casket and adding a skeleton hand over the edge of the grapes. Plus the addition of the mini pumpkin cakes and pumpkins can go for a spooky day or a fall board.
We also focused on foods in colors of orange, black, and purple, with touches of white.
Our large handled rectangular board is actually from Ikea, it's the Smaata board for $35. You can use any cutting board, large plate, platter, or a wood round.
How to Assemble
- Prep all of the ingredients by slicing the cheeses and meats.
- To assemble your masterpiece, we suggest adding a few small pumpkins or a fall focal point to the platter or tray that you can build the meat and cheese board ingredients around.
- Artfully arrange the sliced meats, cheeses, and crackers around the pumpkins.
- Fill in gaps with the fruits, olives, nuts, and treats. Adding themed items such as the mini fall pumpkin cakes adds to the ambiance.
- Add decorative accents such as leaves, a different color of pumpkins, or spooky vibes like we did with a skeleton hand.
- If there are more gaps on your board repeat with even more goodies or sprinkling on nuts or small fruits in the holes make great fillers. Enjoy!
- A fall-themed charcuterie board doesn't need to be expensive. Just using 2 varieties of meats, cheeses, and crackers and then repeating layers many times adds beauty and interest to the board.
- Since it was close to Halloween, the board used mostly orange, black, and purple colors with white touches. Using colors to mimic the fall leaves of red, orange, yellow, and brown would be lovely too.
- Trader Joe's is the BEST place to get charcuterie board ingredients! So many times can be purchased for less than $4-$5 each (ex. brie is about $5 whereas our other grocery store is $10 each), they sell mixed boxes of crackers instead of having to buy multiple boxes, their mixed olives are $2, and their cheese selection is insane.
- Make a fall cheese plate as small or as large as you like it. All you need is one kind of salami, cheese, fruit, and nuts to have a delicious and easy platter.
The French word charcuterie can be translated to mean "cooked meats." More broadly, it refers to the art of preparing and cooking meat. This can include everything from curing and smoking meats to making sausage and pate. And while many people think of charcuterie as being exclusively French, the truth is that this culinary tradition has roots in many different cultures.
How much to add to your board depends on whether this is considered dinner or an appetizer. If it's a dinner board we allow about ½ lb per person of mixed meats and cheeses (¼ lb of each), as a snack we about 4 slices of meat and 4 slices of cheese per person.
It's always better to over serve and have leftovers than to not have enough if this is the only item being served.
More Charcuterie Recipes
When you're looking for fall charcuterie board ideas, be sure to make our autumn cheese board recipe! And we definitely want to see your photos on Pinterest or Instagram!