The Best Types of Meats and Cheeses for a Charcuterie Board for Easter Day

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Ah, Easter! It is time to wear festive and colorful bonnets, have family get-togethers, exchange gifts, and host egg rolls and brunches. But beyond the egg rolls and chocolate cakes, another culinary star shines brightly: the charcuterie board. This festive spread of meats, cheeses, and delightful nibbles is a crowd-pleaser and a conversation starter all rolled into one. But with so many options, crafting the perfect Easter charcuterie board can feel like navigating a path behind the easter bunny. Fear not, fellow Easter Sunday host! This guide will equip you with the knowledge to create a custom cutting board as quickly as Bunny runs.

Meaty Marvels:

Classic Cured Beauties:

Start with the familiar faces – prosciutto and salami. Prosciutto’s melt-in-your-mouth texture and salty kiss are a timeless favorite. For a touch of spice, try Fra’ Mani or Salumi Pasini. And don’t forget salami! From the mild Genoa to the peppery Napoli, there’s a salami for every palate.

Beyond the Usual Suspects:

Venture outside the comfort zone with duck prosciutto, guanciale (pork cheek!), or beef jerky. These unique cuts offer new flavors and textures to surprise and delight guests.

Easter Flair:

Get festive with chorizo Verde, a Spanish sausage flecked with green herbs. Or, for a luxurious touch, add smoked duck breast or truffled mortadella. Remember, the holidays are all about indulging!

Cheese Champions

Creamy Easter Classics:

No charcuterie board is complete without creamy cheese. Brie, like parmesan cheese made with cow milk, and Humboldt Fog or Bleu du Bocage, made with goat milk, are crowd-pleasers, and their soft textures pair beautifully with crusty bread or crackers. Try honeycomb or fig jam alongside your brie for a touch of sweetness.

Sharp and Savory Stars:

Balance the creaminess with bold flavors like aged cheddar or a tangy gruyere. For a truly unique experience, try a blue cheese like Roquefort or Stilton. Just remember, blue cheese is an acquired taste, so offer a milder option alongside it.

Easter Spice:

Spread some Easter cheer with pepper jack or a smoked gouda. These cheeses bring a touch of heat and smokiness to the party, making them perfect for pairing with crackers or dried fruit.

Beyond the Meat and Cheese

Sweet Treats:

Don’t forget the sweet side! Dried fruits like cranberries, apricots, and figs add pops of color and sweetness. To add a sweet plus sour touch, you can add some fruits, like grapes, strawberries, blackberries, and dill pickles. For a festive touch, include chocolate eggs, edible grass, pastel M&Ms, or peep marshmallows.

Crunchy Companions:

Bread, buttery snack crackers, and crostini are essential for scooping the deliciousness. Offer a variety of textures and flavors, from crusty baguettes to melba toast to seedy crackers.

Vegetable Touch:

You can add vegetables, like baby carrots, broccoli, florets, and grape tomatoes, to give your board a colorful texture and taste. Also, give your vegetables the company of a vegetable dip made with sour cream, lemon juice, mayonnaise, fresh dill, parsley, salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Pickled Delights:

Add a tangy counterpoint with pickled vegetables like olives, cornichons, and pickled onions. These savory bites help cleanse the palate and keep the party going.

Presentation Perfection:

Arrange with Artistry:

Don’t just pile it on! Play with heights and textures, creating clusters of meats, cheeses, and accouterments around the board. Use bowls and platters for vegetable dips and olives, and don’t forget to add fresh vegetables for pops of color.

Get Festive:

Incorporate festive elements like chocolate eggs, Easter cookie treats, popcorn, baked chips, and edible green apple candy Easter grass to add a touch of Easter magic.

Label with Love:

Let your guests know what they enjoy by adding small labels or toothpicks with cheese names and accompaniments.

Pro-Tips for a Picture-Perfect Board:

Color and Contrast:

Arrange meats and cheeses visually pleasingly, using contrasting colors and textures to create interest.

Slice and Dice:

Pre-slice meats and cheeses for easy grabbing, or leave them whole and offer knives for a more interactive experience.

Fill the Gaps:

Don’t leave empty spaces! To create a visually appealing spread, fill them with olives, grapes, or fresh vegetables.

Label it Up:

Add small cards or markers with the names of your meats and cheeses, primarily if you’re serving something unique or unfamiliar.

Get Creative:

Don’t be afraid to get festive with your presentation! Use cookie cutters to make Easter-themed shapes from cheese, or arrange your meats and cheeses in a festive pattern, like easter nests or eggs.


Support your local butcher and cheese shop for the freshest, highest-quality ingredients.

Ask your guests about any dietary restrictions or preferences (in advance) so you can cater to everyone’s needs.

The most important thing is to enjoy the process of decorating the Custom Wood Cutting Boards and share the joy of delicious food with your loved ones.

With these tips and a little Sunday spirit, you can create a charcuterie board that’s the star of your Easter celebration. So grab your favorite ingredients, deck the halls with deliciousness, and let the feasting begin!

Happy Easter Sunday!