This gluten-free charcuterie board is packed with cured meats, hard cheeses, gluten-free crackers, fresh herbs, and more! The perfect appetizer anytime but especially for special occasions and holidays.
Many classic charcuterie boards contain gluten in the form of crackers and bread. So if you’re someone with a gluten intolerance or celiac disease, this is the perfect charcuterie board for you. Pack this board with your favorite toppings to make it your own!
Maybe you love making charcuterie boards or maybe you are asking yourself, what is a charcuterie board? Either way, you are in for a treat with this one!
I love making charcuterie boards for the holiday season or other special events. My favorite board to make with a large group of people is this grazing table but small charcuterie boards are perfect for smaller gatherings.
The best part about charcuterie boards is that you can add all types of foods for a variety of flavors. It’s the perfect way to serve picky eaters because there’s always something for everyone.
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Another fun thing to do is make dessert charcuterie boards. This Valentine’s charcuterie board, our birthday charcuterie board and this cookie charcuterie board are such a fun twist on the classic charcuterie platter!
Here are some more fun ideas…
- Summer Charcuterie Board
- Super Bowl Charcuterie Board
- Halloween Charcuterie Board: CharBOOterie
- Vegan Charcuterie Board
- Thanksgiving charcuterie board
- Christmas charcuterie board
- Individual charcuterie boxes
- Pancake Charcuterie Board
- Mexican Charcuterie Board
Plus, here are all the best mocktails to go with your board!
Is charcuterie meat gluten-free?
Quality cured charcuterie meat products like genoa salami, prosciutto, black forest ham, rillettes, etc. are unlikely to contain gluten but it’s always best to check the label to make sure. But be aware that cheaper deli meat like beef sticks are more likely to have gluten.
What’s in a gluten-free charcuterie?
Although a charcuterie platter are extremely easy to customize with a variety of ingredients, here are a few staple charcuterie ingredients.
Different types of cheeses
You can get as creative as you want with the cheeses you use. Goat cheese, blue cheese, vegan cheeses, fresh mozzarella, aged cheddar, pepper jack, and dairy-free cheeses are all great options! You can find a lot of amazing cheeses at Trader Joe.
Variety of fresh fruits
Fresh or dried fruit is the perfect way to add a nice pop of color to your board. Some of my favorites are fresh berries, apple slices, red grapes, etc.
Assortment of meats
Like the rest of the ingredients, you can pick whatever meats are your favorite. I recommend at least one type of salami and some prosciutto! If you’re not a meat eater, you’ll love this vegan charcuterie board.
Add your favorite gluten-free crackers, baguettes, or toasted bread to your epic board. There’s nothing better than extra soft cheese spread on crackers! My super bowl charcuterie board is filled with crackers and fun things like potato chips to fit the occasion! It’s really up to you to get creative.
And if you don’t want to use crackers, try out our charcuterie cones. They are a twist on a charcuterie board, making them easy to carry around in a cute little cone.
How to arrange a charcuterie board
Step 1: Select three different cheeses and three different Italian meats
Some of my favorites include a really hard parmigiano reggiano, fruity white Stilton, smoked apple walnut cheddar and a Buffalo mozzarella. For meats, I absolutely love sopressata, Italian dry salami, prosciutto di Parma and wagyu beef salame.
Step 2: Find a marble, wood or slate board and begin arranging the meats and cheeses in separate areas of the board
Place cheese knives next to each cheese so that the flavors of each don’t mingle
Step 3: fill the space in between with other delicious items. I love serving crackers or toast to fill in the gaps… Olives, artichoke heats, raw nuts, and fruit also make great fillers
Pro tip: Cheese is best served at room temperature so make sure to take it out of the fridge a few hours before serving
Although there is no “right way” to arrange your food items, when done right it can leave a lasting impression on your guests! They’ll be satisfied and their taste buds will be enticed by what will be served next.
Charcuterie is so popular because of how the flavors and colors contract to bring great taste and experience. At restaurants, a charcuterie board always sparks my interest over anything else on the menu! In fact, the cheese platter at Giada’s in Vegas was phenomenal and my personal favorite. I loved the dry meats, honey, and the big chunks of fresh parmesan.
Charcuterie is a french term that some people have trouble pronouncing so you’ll often see it as cheese platter, cheese board, or grazing board.
Charcuterie boards for any occasion
Bringing charcuterie boards to holiday gatherings is one of my favorite things! Everyone seems to love them and they’re so easy to throw together. My thanksgiving charcuterie board and my Christmas charcuterie board were big hits.
It’s so easy to get creative with charcuterie platters because you can really add whatever you want! One year I even made a halloween charcuterie board that everyone loved! It was so fun and festive.
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- 8 ounces variety of cheeses
- 8 ounces variety of cured meats
- 6 ounces gluten-free crackers and pretzels
- 6 ounces fresh berries
- 6 ounces fresh veggies
- 3 ounces chocolate
- 2 small jars of jam or spread
- 1 cup olives
- fresh herbs for aesthetic
- Step 1: Place large items like cheese wheels and wedges on the board
- Step 2: Add dips and small fruits to small bowls and place the small bowls around the board wherever you see fit
- Step 3: Add the cured meats, crackers, fruits and veggies (I love adding olives to this board!)
- Step 4: Add all the yummy treats! Charcuterie board cookies and chocolate covered strawberries are perfect here
- Step 5: Finish by adding in the green herbs to give it a live, effervescent look
Originally published on July 28, 2017, updated in April 2022.