Build a Board

Some people call it charcuterie, which is just a fancy way of saying “a serving of prepared meats.” Others call it antipasto. This recipe is similar to antipasto, which includes cheeses, vegetables, and garnishes, but I lie to call it “building a board.” It’s great when you don’t want a heavy meal or simply need something quick. Often, I add grilled sausages if people are a little hungrier. Try building a large board for a crowd at a party or a smaller version for an easy mid-week meal for the family. This is less of a recipe and more of a guide for assembly and presentation. The recipe below will serve 4 to 6.

Kitchen Dads™ - Charcuterie Board Ideas

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Yields: 4 to 6 servings


  • 4 bruschetta
  • Approximately 20 slices of salami
  • Approximately 20 slices of capocollo
  • Approximately 20 slices of prosciutto
  • 1 can/jar of cherry peppers
  • 1 can/jar of roasted red peppers
  • 1 jar of olives
  • Sun roasted tomatoes
  • Pesto Gouda cheese
  • Manchego cheese
  • Maytag blue cheese


  1. Assemble the various meats and cheeses attractively on a serving board. Make it easy to pick up and eat.
  2. Use a combination of spicy and mild flavors.
  3. Substitute any of the cured meats and cheeses with your favorites, or experiment with new tastes from your local deli.
  4. Scatter cherry peppers, roasted red peppers, olives, sun dried tomatoes, pickles, etc. Make it easy on yourself by using jarred vegetables.
  5. Usually two or three cheeses will make a nice display and offer a range of choices from mild to strong to “stinky”. Pre-slice or cube to make serving easy.
  6. Arrange all food items as you please and serve.

Note 1: We are using canned vegetables and peppers to make it easier.

Note 2: Include three types of cheese: mild, flavorful and “stinky” strong cheese.

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