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Charcuterie Platter For Two

A Charcuterie Board for two is the perfect date night at home. Light a few candles or turn on your favorite romantic comedy and enjoy together.

Meat and cheese board with vegetables and nuts

I am a huge fan of meat and cheese plates, or rather, charcuterie platters. They take no time to prepare and always add a form of connection when enjoying it with others. I created this small board with Valentine’s Day in mind, but would be equally as special for a simple date night in bed after the kids are asleep.

How To Make A Charcuterie Board

Something I hear over and over again when I make a charcuterie board are comments from you like these. “I don’t even know where to begin” or “How do you know what to buy to put on it” and “I don’t think I could ever pull this off”.

I shared what to include in a large charcuterie spread over at My Name Is Snickerdoodle. I’m going to share step by step how to built your own small charcuterie board here. It’s really simple once you know where to start!

Round cutting board with cheese tools and a white linen napkin

You don’t really need to buy anything new when you’re making a small spread. I like to use cutting boards as my base. Wood ones always make it a little nicer and elevate the moment.

Small glass, ceramic or metal bowls work really well if you include smaller items on your board. It also helps to use them if you are putting anything that is stored with a brine or liquid like olives or pickles.

If you aren’t already slicing your hard cheese, make sure to have a small cheese slicer on hand. Also include any other utensils that will help spread or scoop if you need it.

Step 1. Lay out cheeses onto board. It’s a good rule of thumb to have a soft cheese and a hard cheese. Space them out evenly.

Round wooden cutting board with three different cheeses on it

Step 2. Next you’ll place the charcuterie meats on the board. I like to keep them next to the cheeses because they pair so well together. If you’ve got larger slices of meat you can always ruffle them up or roll them up. Try to place a few slices of each variety in different spots.

If you wanted to add different types of protein to your charcuterie platter you could most certainly add sliced hard boiled eggs.

Round wood cutting board with cheeses and deli meat on it

Step 3. Veggies come next. Keep a few of the same vegetables together and place them in 2 or three of the open spots on the board. If you’ve got bigger veggies like radishes or tomatoes, feel free to cut them in half or quarter them. It makes it easier to eat. Plus, it looks a bit more appetizing as well.

Charcuterie board with cheese, meat and vegetables on it

Step 4. Fruit comes next. If you have sliced fruit fan it out so it’s easier to grab. I like to sprinkle the smaller fruit on top of the fanned out fruit. This helps save space and keeps them together a bit more.

Charcutertie board with meats, cheese, vegetables and fruit

Step 5. For some reason this next step is my favorite. Sprinkle the nuts over some of the charcuterie meats and cheeses. Keep them together in their types, but it’s a little fun to start to fill in the gaps. If you are adding olives or pickles you can either dry them off with a paper towel before adding them to the board or place them in small bowls. The juice, oil or brine from these foods can puddle under the rest of the foods and make them soggy.

Wooden cutting board with meet and cheese

Step 6. Here’s another way you can start to fill in the gaps by using crackers or bread sticks. Try having a variety that will pair well with the other foods. Some crackers or breads can be plain so you can add a flavorful cheese and or meat along with it. If you are building your tray on a table or bar these crackers and breads can spill off the board a little bit.

Charcuterie Board with vegetables and cheese

Step 7. The final step is to add your sweets and chocolates. I like to keep these all in the same spot on the board. It helps prevent from getting a flavored cheese or meat mixed with it. If there is a chocolate you like, cut it up or break it up into pieces. Again, this makes it easier to eat.

charcuterie platter on a round wooden cutting board

Best Trader Joe’s Products For Building a Meat and Cheese Plate

These are all of the products that I used in the photographs above.

  • 1,000 Day Gouda Cheese
  • Smoked English Cheddar Cheese With Spring Onion & Chive
  • Ciliegine Whole Milk Fresh Mozzarella
  • Gourmet Deli Selections Meats with Calabrese Salame, Del Duca Proscuito, Capocollo
  • Roasted Turkey Breast Deli Meat
  • Les Petites Many Color Carrots
  • Sugar Snap Peas
  • Mini Heirloom Tomatoes
  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Pink Lady Apples
  • Raspberries
  • Greek Kalamata Olives
  • Dry Roasted Pistachio Nutmeats
  • Marcona AlmondsWith Rosemary
  • Cheddar Cheese Sticks
  • Savory Thin Gluten Free Crackers
  • Quadratini Dark Chocolate Bite Size Wafer Cookies
  • Dark Chocolate Raspberrry Baton
Small meat and cheese board with charcuterie meats, vegetables and nuts

You can print out all the instructions below.

Small Charcuterie Plate

Amy Williams everythingeats.com
A step by step guide on how to build a small charcuterie platter.  
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Charcuterie Meats, Charcuterie Platter, Cheese, Cheese Plate, Vegetables
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Author: Amy Williams everythingeats.com

Ingredients

  • Hard And Soft Cheeses
  • 2-3 Different Meats
  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Olives
  • Crackers and Cheese Sticks
  • Small Wafer Cookies
  • Chocolate

Instructions

  • Lay out cheeses onto board. It’s a good rule of thumb to have a soft cheese and a hard cheese. Space them out evenly.
  • Next you’ll place the charcuterie meats on the board. I like to keep them next to the cheeses because they pair so well together. If you’ve got larger slices of meat you can always ruffle them up or roll them up. Try to place a few slices of each variety in different spots.  
  • Veggies come next. Keep a few of the same vegetables together and place them in 2 or three of the open spots on the board. If you’ve got bigger veggies like radishes or tomatoes, feel free to cut them in half or quarter them. It makes it easier to eat. Plus, it looks a bit more appetizing as well.
  • Fruit comes next. If you have sliced fruit fan it out so it’s easier to grab. I like to sprinkle the smaller fruit on top of the fanned out fruit. This helps save space and keeps them together a bit more.  
  • Sprinkle the nuts over some of the charcuterie meats and cheeses. Keep them together in their types, but it’s a little fun to start to fill in the gaps. If you are adding olives or pickles you can either dry them off with a paper towel before adding them to the board or place them in small bowls. The juice, oil or brine from these foods can puddle under the rest of the foods and make them soggy.  
  • Here’s another way you can start to fill in the gaps by using crackers or bread sticks. Try having a variety that will pair well with the other foods. Some crackers or breads can be plain so you can add a flavorful cheese and or meat along with it. If you are building your tray on a table or bar these crackers and breads can spill off the board a little bit. 
  • The final step is to add your sweets and chocolates. I like to keep these all in the same spot on the board. It helps prevent from getting a flavored cheese or meat mixed with it. If there is a chocolate you like, cut it up or break it up into pieces. Again, this makes it easier to eat. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0g | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0% | Vitamin C: 0% | Calcium: 0% | Iron: 0%
Charcuterie Meats, crackers and cheeses on a table

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