How to make a winter charcuterie board, step by step! This winter cheese board is filled with delicious and seasonal ingredients, perfect for entertaining or your next girls night. This post is brought to you in collaboration with Mondolez.
It’s girls night.
There’s wine. Plenty of Prosecco. Cheesy rom-coms that we pretend to hate but really love.
Everyone needs a good girls night once in a while. And a good cheese board… more than once in a while.
A charcuterie board is perfect for pretty much any occasion, but especially so for a night with the gals. A charcuterie board pairs perfect with vino, is fuss-free and easy to put together, and has plenty of goodies to sample throughout the night.
A fun twist that I like to do is create a seasonal or themed board — hence this winter charcuterie board.
How to Create a Winter Cheese Board
You don’t have to go crazy with the cheeses here. Stick to about 5 or so options and consider including various texture (soft, firm, crumbly, etc.). It’s better to buy several small cheeses to create more variety for your guests, opposed to buying only a few cheeses in larger amounts. This can also help you balance the price of your board by including both inexpensive and pricier options. Everyone still loves a good cheddar!
Cheeses to consider:
- Firm (Gouda, Manchego, Jarlsberg, Taleggio)
- Soft (Burrata, Camembert, Ricotta)
- Melting (Fontina, French Raclette)
- Smoked/Flavored (Smoked Gouda, Drunken Goat, Dill Havarti, Smokey Blue)
I stick to the crowd favorites here! Triscuit, Wheat Thins, and GOOD THiNS. I love their texture and flavor options and combinations.
Triscuit Rosemary and Olive Oil is a favorite for any winter charcuterie board, and I love the bright pop of color GOOD THiNS Beet provides.
Plus, Triscuit always offers tons of creative ideas for fun toppers. I created their cheddar cheese, green apple, and cinnamon sugar cracker and the girls loved it!
- 1 sun-dried tomato, 1 small mozzarella ball, 1 grilled shrimp, topped with cocktail sauce
- 1 smear of cream cheese, 1 slice of cucumber, thin layer of sliced fresh salmon, sprinkled with chives
- 1 spoonful of guacamole, 1 spoonful of corn salsa, sprinkled with fresco cheese and cilantro
- 1 thin slice of cheddar cheese, thin slice of green apple, sprinkled with cinnamon sugar
Think beyond grapes and include some beautiful, seasonal fruit in your winter charcuterie board.
Winter fruit in season includes:
- Blood oranges
Also, don’t be afraid of including some dried fruit. I love throwing in some dried figs and apricots for my board.
We’re almost there! But as we know, it’s all in the final details.
These are my favorites:
- Nuts and seeds (pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, candied nuts, spiced nuts)
- Jams (seasonal and/or spiced preserves and jams)
- Spicy mustards
- Olives (Castelvetrano, black, mixed)
- Herbs (rosemary, sage)
Now that you have all the pieces for the perfect winter cheese board, let’s get creating! What are your favorite charcuterie board additions? Let us know in the comments below.
Elisha Fernandez says
That cheeseboard is so creative and colorful – I love the pop of color.
Ruchi Verma says
This looks really yummy and delicious !! Hope I can make this perfectly
What an amazing charcuterie board! Looks delish I want to recreate this.
This looks really yummy. I have never tried a Winter Cheese Board. Hope to make it after reading this article.
Minus the olives, I would love to snack on this 🙂
katrina Kroeplin says
those are amazing options. also making me hungry. i love almost all the options on this board.
Lyanna Soria says
That looks absolutely amazing and delicious as well. I’ve never tried making one for winter but that sounds like a great idea.
Emman Damian says
I love a good winter charcuterie board! It’s nice to have set my own. I hope to make more this weekend.
GiGi Eats says
Honestly? No girls nights here really. I had a girlfriend stay with me the last 2 nights and we made dinner and such, but my husband hung with us too. I don’t leave him out of things because, well, I like him around – haha! But this charcuterie board could certainly be part of our festivities together!
Ntensibe Edgar Michael says
Hhhhmmm….this is a nice food-board, I have to admit. Numerous choices to pick from, huh! I love it.
Now, this is my kind of snack!
I really enjoy a good charcuterie and yours looks delicious! I love your images!
Now, this is my kind of snack!
I really enjoy a good charcuterie and yours looks delisious! Love your images!
This winter charcuterie board sounds and looks so delicious! I can’t wait to make something like this for our next party.
Amber Faust says
This board looks so perfect, we always do triscuits too!
Oh, yum! I could eat my weight in that! I love snacking from charcuterie boards.
Man, that looks so good. And so simple to prepare! I’m prepping for an indoor romantic picnic tomorrow, so I’m definitely adding this to the menu.
Making a theme for the boards is a good idea. These boards are always a big hit in our home.
This charcuterie board looks amazing! This would be perfect for gathering! Yum!
Everything looks delicious! I love the way you put it all together, just beautiful!
Jenn @ EngineerMommy says
I love the way you created this board. It looks so fun and festive. I totally want to recreate this for our party this weekend.
Monica Y says
WOW that board looks great and prefect for parties and entertain family and friends
Ruth I says
Oh how pretty! We definitely need this on our next get together.
Wow, that looks amazing. So many varieties of colors too, I love it. I think boards like these are great, especially for guests.
Melissa Dixon says
I put olives on every board I make. I just love olives and they go with everything. This board looks perfect.
Such a delicious looking board full of good stuff. I love a good charcuterie board and that one looks fantastic.
Chef Dennis says
Yum! This charcuterie board look sooooo yummy! My wife will love to have this for their gatherings. Thanks for sharing!
Terri Steffes says
We do a lot of charcuterie in our house. This is a very delicious and artistic board.
Everything looks so yummy. I have to look into creating a winter charcuterie board.
Amber Myers says
I would love this board! It’s perfect for movie nights. I’ve always loved meat and cheese.
melissa chapman says
That board looks so good and great for any party or get together. I know everyone would love to use your ideas and those crackers for their ownn serving.
This board looks delicious! I have a girls night coming up so I need to make this.
What a beautiful cheese board! I always go with Manchego, olives and Triscuits. You have such a nice variety. I never thought about adding dried fruit. Figs and apricots sound wonderful.