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.