Simple Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board

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This Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board will be a showstopper at your Christmas gathering! This easy charcuterie board is a great way to kick off the holiday season and impress your friends and family. Follow these simple step-by-step instructions and you’ll be surprised how easy it is!

Christmas tree charcuterie board ganished with rosemary sprigs.

Your guests will be so impressed when they lay eyes on this festive Christmas tree charcuterie board! It’s such a fun, festive way to kick off a holiday gathering or cocktail party!

I LOVE themed charcuterie boards! Remember my Patriotic Charcuterie Board for the 4th of July and my super Simple Family Friendly Charcuterie Board…heck, I even did a Chili Charcuterie Board! It’s so much fun!

This board is just as beautiful and delicious as those, but with a fun, Christmas/holiday theme!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS HOLIDAY CHARCUTERIE BOARD

  • Simple, yet festive way to kick off the Christmas season!
  • Lots of delicious options to choose from to include on your board.
  • Can easily be refilled as guests graze.
  • Can be made ahead of time for stress-free entertaining.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Easy Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board:

All of the items needed to make this Christmas tree shaped grazing board.

INGREDIENT OPTIONS: PICK 2 METHOD

To make assembling this board simple and stress-free, use the “Pick 2” method. There are five categories, and you just “Pick 2” from each! No need to overcomplicate things!

*The starred items are exactly what I used on my Christmas tree charcuterie board.

Meats (PICK 2)

Here are some options for your charcuterie meats:

  • Prosciutto
  • *Salami
  • Sopressata
  • *Pepperoni
  • Capocollo
  • Mortadella
  • Deli meats (ham, turkey, etc.)

Cheeses (PICK 2)

Use a variety of cheeses on your board. Some people say to choose some hard cheese and some soft cheese. I say, choose what you think your guests will love (or use YOUR favorite cheeses)! I used smoked gouda and fontina on my board. Both are rich, creamy, and definitely crowd-pleasers!

Cut your harder cheeses into small bite-sized cubes.

Here are some other crowd faves:

  • Brie
  • Medium/Sharp or white cheddar cheese cubes
  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Manchego
  • Mozzarella Balls (plain or marinated)
  • *Gouda
  • *Fontina

Dips & Spreads (PICK 2)

These dips/spreads deliver delicious, yet convenient options for your charcuterie board. Open the container and they’re ready to serve! And who doesn’t love to dip?! Some options include:

  • Hummus
  • Jams & Jellies
  • *Honey Mustard
  • French Onion Dip
  • Ranch Dip
  • Tzatziki Yogurt Dip
  • Red or green pesto
  • Honey
  • Spinach Dip

Bread/Crackers (PICK 2)

I like getting at least 2 cracker varieties in different shapes, sizes, or flavors. And you can’t go wrong stopping by your grocery store bakery for a freshly baked baguette, either! Other options include:

  • *Water Crackers
  • *Flavored Crackers (such as Rosemary, sea salt, black pepper, ranch, etc.)
  • French bread/baguette
  • Breadsticks
  • Pita chips/pita bread
  • Pretzel sticks

See more cracker options here: 10 Best Crackers for a Charcuterie Board.

Extras/Garnishes (optional, PICK 2)

If you are looking to elevate your festive board, here are some other (optional) mouth-watering accompaniments. Some great options include:

  • *Fresh rosemary sprigs: To make your Christmas tree look authentic 🙂
  • Pickles
  • *Green olives
  • Black olives
  • *Nuts
  • *Dried cranberries or fresh cranberries
  • *Fresh pomegranate seeds
  • Cherry tomatoes/grape tomatoes
  • Fresh herbs (for garnish): thyme, rosemary, dill
  • Fresh fruit: green or red grapes, strawberries
  • Cucumber
  • Cherries
  • Chocolate

HOW TO MAKE A CHARCUTERIE BOARD CHRISTMAS TREE: STEP BY STEP

Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that full instructions with exact ingredients will be in the recipe card below!

How to make a Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board step by step.

Once you have chosen your items from the “Pick 2” method above, start assembling your festive Christmas charcuterie board:

Step 1: Start at the bottom of the tree. Start with the bigger “main” items first–your meats and cheeses. Just make each “layer” slightly shorter than the next. The cute little pepperoni layer was done by just folding the pepperoni slices into quarters and threading them onto a toothpick. So easy!

Step 2: Once you get to the top half of the tree, start layering your smaller items or “extras” such as nuts, olives, dried fruit, grapes, etc.

Step 3: Place rosemary stems between your layers for the Christmas tree look. Then, use a star-shaped cookie cutter (or freehand it with a sharp knife) to cut a star shape from a slice of cheese for the top of the tree.

Step 4: Last, place any dips or spreads you are using around your board. I used honey mustard in a small white ramekin for the “trunk” of my tree! Also, add bread and/or crackers around the board. “Decorate” the tree with red pomegranate seeds for another splash of color!

🌟CONFIDENCE TIP 🌟
Don’t stress about using a real “charcuterie board” to create your tree–you can use any wooden board, cutting board, or even a sheet pan!

Close up of meats, cheeses and nuts on a Christmas tree shaped charcuterie board.

PREP & STORAGE

  • A big time saver is to cut and prep all items the day before your gathering. For example, cut meat and cheese, wash grapes/fruit, portion out nuts, etc. The actual “tree” is a cinch to assemble once everything is prepped and ready to go!

  • For the best flavor, let the charcuterie board with all of the goodies come to room temperature about 15-30 minutes before serving.

RECIPE TIPS & TRICKS

  • Keep it Simple: To keep from getting overwhelmed with all the choices for your charcuterie board, use the “Pick 2 method” and keep it simple!
  • Charcuterie Boards: A 18 x 14 wooden cutting board works great for assembling this board! There are also super fun Christmas Tree shaped charcuterie boards! Another great option I have used is a big 16 x 16 slab of marble tile you can pick up for about $5 at a home improvement store – it makes a beautiful backdrop for your Christmas charcuterie!
  • Proper Portions: A good rule of thumb is to plan for 3-6 oz. of meat/cheese per person. For this charcuterie board, I used about 30 oz. of meat and cheese, which will serve about 6-10 people.
  • Refills: I always like to have precut meat and cheese, along with extra condiments ready to go to easily refill the platter as your guest graze.
  • Pepperoni Layer: Fold pepperoni slices in quarters, then stick them onto toothpicks to make that layer neat and pretty 🙂 You can do this with thinly sliced salami, too.
A small plate of Boar's Head meat and cheese on a holiday table.

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED

What’s the difference between charcuterie and a charcuterie board?

Charcuterie is the preparation of the actual goodies you assemble to graze on. Typical charcuterie includes cured meats, cheese, fruit, nuts, various dips/spreads, and condiments.

A charcuterie board, is the “tray” that displays the goodies. Typically, this is a large cutting board or a marble slab of some sort. Believe it or not, there are also Christmas tree shaped charcuterie boards! A plain, large wooden cutting board has always been my go-to.

How much of each item should I include on a charcuterie board?

You can make your board as big or as small as you like! A good rule of thumb is to plan for 3-6 oz. of meat/cheese per guest.

For this charcuterie board, I used about 30 oz. of meat and cheese in total, so it will serve about 6-10 people.

Can you make this easy Christmas charcuterie board ahead of time?

Yes! There are two options:

Option 1: Assemble the entire tree. Cover tightly with several layers of plastic wrap. Store in the fridge up to 12 hours.

Option 2: Cut and prep cheese, meat, fruit, and any other items you are using. Store in small airtight, containers or plastic bags for up to 2 days. Assembling the tree is a cinch once you have all of your items prepped and ready to go!

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Christmas tree charcuterie board ganished with rosemary sprigs.

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Large Board: A 18 x 14 wooden cutting board works great for assembling this board

Small Bowls/Ramekins: For spreads, dips, etc.

Toothpicks: For the pepperoni layer, as well as for serving.

YOU’LL ALSO LOVE…

I hope you love this Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Closeup of a Christmas tree charcuterie board

Simple Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board

Casey Rooney
This Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board will be a showstopper at your Christmas gathering! This easy charcuterie board is a great way to kick off the holiday season and impress your friends and family. Follow these easy step-by-step instructions and you'll be surprised how easy it is!
4.76 from 25 votes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 10
Calories 443 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 8 oz. fontina Cheese, cubed see other cheese options below
  • 8 oz. smoked Gouda, cubed see other cheese options below
  • 9 oz. genoa salami, cubed see other meat options below
  • 6 oz pepperoni see other meat options below
  • 1/2 cup green olives
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 3-4 tbsp honey mustard or Delicatessen style mustard
  • 1 5 oz rosemary flatbread crackers see other cracker options below
  • 1 4.25 oz water crackers see other cracker options below
  • fresh pomegranate seeds for garnish see other garnish options below
  • 8-10 rosemary sprigs for your "tree branches"

Instructions
 

  • Start at the base of your tree with your meats and cheeses. Make one layer that goes almost the width of the board. Make each "layer" slightly shorter than the next. Remember to leave room at the bottom for your "tree trunk."
    The cute little pepperoni layer was done by just folding the pepperoni slices into quarters and sticking them onto toothpicks. So easy!
  • Next, layer your smaller items or "extras" such a nuts, olives, dried fruit, grapes, etc.
  • Place rosemary stems between your layers for the Christmas tree look.
  • Last, place any dips and spreads you are using around your board. I used honey mustard in a small white ramekin for the "trunk" of my tree. Also, add bread and crackers around the board. "Decorate" the tree with red pomegranate seeds for another splash of color!
    Use a star cookie cutter (or freehand it with a sharp knife) to cut a star shape from a slice of cheese for the top of the tree.
  • Note: For best results, allow items to come to room temperature for 15-30 minutes before serving. OR wrap the board tightly with several layers of plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 12 hours.

Notes

*Starred items are exact items I used in this charcuterie board.
Meat Options
  • Prosciutto
  • *Salami
  • Sopressata
  • *Pepperoni
  • Capocollo
  • Mortadella
  • Deli meats (ham, turkey, etc.)
Cheese Options
  • Brie 
  • Cheddar cheese cubes
  • Parmigiano Reggiano
  • Manchego
  • Mozzarella balls (plain or marinated)
  • Gouda
  • Fontina
Dips and Spreads
  • Hummus 
  • Jams & Jellies
  • *Honey Mustard 
  • Pesto
  • Honey
  • Spinach Dip
  • Ranch Dressing
Bread/Crackers
  • *Water Crackers
  • Whole Wheat Crackers
  • *Flavored Crackers such as rosemary
  • French bread/baguette
  • Pretzel sicks
  • Bread sticks
  • Pita chips/pita bread
  • For even more cracker options, see: 10 Best Crackers for a Charcuterie Board
Extras/Garnishes
  • *Rosemary sprigs
  • Pickles 
  • *Olives
  • *Nuts
  • *Dried Cranberries
  • Fresh pomegranate seeds
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Grapes
  • Cherries
  • Chocolate
Nutrition information is approximate based on the Very Well Fit nutrition calculator. Does not include crackers, bread and other condiments. 
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Nutrition

Calories: 443kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 24gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 103mgSodium: 1562mgPotassium: 165mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 1gVitamin D: 17µgCalcium: 321mgIron: 1mg
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23 Comments

  1. I think this is so cute! I’m hosting my first ever Christmas party this year and I’m excited to make this appetizer board.

  2. 5 stars
    Our go-to holiday party app! It’s easy to put together, looks fresh and appealing for hours, and there’s something for everyone. I love how just a handful of pomegranate arils make it look so festive, too!

  3. 5 stars
    This is such a gorgeous appetizer and so festive too! Can’t wait to make this when I have my family over for the holidays!

  4. This was perfect for my first time hosting Christmas and it was a great way for my teenage daughter to contribute to the prep. We chose the almost all the same ingredients as in the visual, but, of course, our picture is not as pretty. Lol Make it and enjoy it!

    1. I used a large salami stick (pictured) for this tree. You can find them in the deli section at most large chain grocery stores. You can also just so meats on toothpicks like I did for the peppeoni 🙂 Let us know how it turns ut!

  5. 5 stars
    I love this idea of making a charcuterie board into a tree! I’m making this for my family’s christmas party this year!