BellaGrey Designs: How to Create the Perfect Budget Friendly Charcuterie Board

How to Create the Perfect Budget Friendly Charcuterie Board

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It's no secret I LOVE to entertain! Recently, I have discovered a love for creating charcuterie boards! What is a charcuterie, you ask? It describes any kind of cured meat, but is typically associated with specialty or gourmet meats and is pronounced SHärˈko͞otərē. A charcuterie board, refers to an assortment of meats which are paired with different accompaniments, such as fruit, cheese, crackers and/or toast. 

Charcuterie boards are perfect when hosting your girlfriends over on a Friday night enjoying a glass of wine. The prep work is really pretty easy and nothing beats the presentation of it all. You can find everything you need at Aldi. Starting with a great board like this one definitely helps with presentation. Can you believe I created this board for under $35?



As you begin to think about what you want on your board, think about textures and colors. You will want to make sure you have a good mixture of both! Fresh fruit and vegetables can add a ton of color and texture. Don't be afraid to pile or stack food items, the board should be full. I like to cut some of the cheese and fold salami slices in thirds so it is easier to take individual servings. 

MEAT: I like to add Genoa Salami, Pepperoni and Prosciutto Panino. 3-4 slices of meat per person is usually a safe estimate. 

CHEESE: A variety is best, from soft to hard. I created this particular board with Brie, Gouda and hand smoked cheese. I also added Hummus as an added flavor. Think hors d'oeuvre quantity. 

FRUIT: Blackberries, strawberries, grapes, apples and oranges are all great ideas. As well as nuts. I typically will stay away from adding nuts to my charcuterie board, as both of my kiddos are anaphylatic to nuts and nut products. But if you add them to your board, they should be shelled and salted. 

EXTRAS: Olives, stuffed and/or pitted, pickles, mini sweet peppers, jellies or dips, crackers and pita chips all add a variety of color and textures. 




Here is my receipt from Aldi when I purchased everything I needed for my budget friendly charcuterie board. 


If you have ever been worried you can not create a Charcuterie Board, now you can with the tips I shared with you in this post and it can be budget friendly! Let me know if you decide to make one and if you have any questions. I am here to help! 

Have a great day! 

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