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It’s no secret that I love a good wine and cheese. One of my favorite things to make when we’re entertaining is always the charcuterie board. Not only does it look beautiful and impressive, but there’s usually something on it for everyone. I also love that people gather around it to nibble and it creates a natural conversation area.
The only issue that I have with these lovely boards is that sometimes they can be VERY expensive to put together. If you’re making a good board it’s going to be filled with LOTS of meats, cheeses and other specialty items that tend to add up quickly.
Okay, so how did I solve for this problem? (Or actually how did my sister?) Simple, Aldi.
Every. Single. Item. Is. From. Aldi.
I’ll be honest. I was kind of shocked when she told me that she got everything for less than $50 including the tray! From my experience, the quality of the items from Aldi is really good. I’ve also found that I’ve spent way more (sometimes double or more) on these boards depending on size, when I buy elsewhere. You can see from the photo that her board is overflowing!
So here’s my Charcuterie Board Checklist for assembling an amazing party board for your next holiday.
Charcuterie Board Checklist
- Various crackers 2-4 varieties You can also include a toasted baguette if you have a spread or jam.
- Mix of Cheeses 4-5- Brie, Cheddar Cubes, Manchester, Port Wine, Gouda, Stilton, Asiago/Parmesan, Jarlsberg, Gorgonzola, Blue, Irish Cheddar. (try to include a mix of soft, semi-soft, hard and semi-hard)
- 1-3 Meats – Salami, Prosciutto, Sausage
- Nuts (almonds, cashews or mixed nuts), Olives
- 1-2 Fruits – apples, grapes, figs, dried fruits (apricots)
- Spreads – fruit jam, honey, olive tapenade, pesto. I tend to put the jams or spreads in small ramekins. You can find these at any home store fairly inexpensively.
- Optional: Add decorative knives or rosemary.