Can you believe it? We are now knee deep into Fall with Thanksgiving right around the corner. As we begin to prepare to host our Thanksgiving guests, I thought this would be a great time to show you how to make a Fall Charcuterie Board. To make this a board we are adding some Fall elements that will have your guests completely satisfied in all senses. Also keep in mind that you can use everything from this board to make charcuterie and cheese boards for other seasons and occasions, you just need to make a few easy alterations.
You guys! I have some big news to share. I am proud to announce that I am an official member of the ALDI Charcuterie Board of Directors. ALDI is helping hosts and food lovers take their boards to a whole new level with its first-ever ‘Charcuterie Board of Directors.’ This panel of charcuterie aficionados was assembled to inspire novices and connoisseurs alike in the quest to build the most innovative and festive boards this holiday season. This is such exciting news you guys. I am the resident Family Foodie, and I am so excited to show you how to create and enjoy boards that your whole family will love.
Now let’s get to business, shall we? Below you will find the simple steps that I like to take when creating my Fall Charcuterie Boards. When assembling these freeform boards, I like to make sure that I have a balance of both sweet and savory items so there’s a little something for every pallet. I also take pride in creating boards that are visually pleasing because people eat with their eyes first. I find that when you create lush beautiful boards, most people are intrigued to try some an item on the board that they wouldn’t usually try. To achieve a visually pleasing board, you first need to decide what you want your color scheme to be.
Choose a color scheme
When making a Fall Charcuterie Board, I like to start by choosing a color scheme. This will allow you to choose items to place on your board that will be visually cohesive. For this board, I chose to use the color board below. Since it’s Fall, you just want to make sure that you stick with colors that you are use to seeing around this time of year. i.e. brown, rust, yellow, purple, etc.
What ALDI ingredients do you need to create your Fall Charcuterie Board
I chose the items below because they are all quality ingredients that are extremely affordable. This will allow you to get more bang for your buck when building your board. Some of my favorites amongst the list are the Priano Italian Dry-Cured Salami.
- Appleton Farms Prosciutto
- Priano Italian Dry-Cured Salami
- Moser Roth Chocolates
- Medjool Dates
- Emporium Selection Sharp NY Cheddar Cubes
- Emporium Selection Gouda Cubes
- Emporium Selection Artisanal Fontina Rosé All Day
- Emporium Selection Double Crème de Brie
- Jam of choice
- Crackers or Crisp of choice
- Blue Cheese Wedge
Get creative with Fall elements
Yes, you can go out and get all of the Fall elements from nature to enhance your board. But, I like to get creative with the edible items that I will be providing so that I can get the most bang for my buck and give myself another opportunity to add a WOW Factor. When preparing my Fall charcuterie boards, I love making DIY Goat Cheese Hedgehogs. They’re super simple to make and are the perfect way to get the kids involved. You will only need a 4oz Emporium Selection Honey Goat Cheese and Roasted Almonds.
Where to place items for your Fall Charcuterie Board
- Step 1 – I always like to start with either adding containers to my board first or my largest amount of meat. For this board, I chose to make it freeform, therefore no containers are needed to hold small items, i.e. nuts, jams, etc. To begin this board I decided to start with a meat train using Appleton Farms Prosciutto to go from one end of the board to the other.
- Step 2 – I like to add all of my cheeses to the board next. I love using Emporium Selection Gouda and NY Cheddar Cubes because they are easy for guests to grab. I also add Emporium Selection Artisanal Fontina Rosé All Day because it tastes absolutely delicious with Rose, which will absolutely be served!
- Step 3 -I then like to fill in the board with all of my other items, like pears, pomegranates, chocolates, etc. With this step, you just want to focus on filling in any empty space that you see on your board.
Tips on making a successful Fall Charcuterie Board
- Don’t get caught up on the details. Remember that nothing on your board has to stay where it is. If you find that an item looks better in a different location, then don’t be afraid to move it.
- Try to make sure the colors on your board are balanced throughout.
- Always have good filler items for your board, i.e. nuts, fruit, candy, etc. This is a good way to save even more more money at ALDI because you’ll be able to fill empty space on your board with more inexpensive options. Plus, it’s always great to have these filler items because you give options for those who are new to charcuterie boards.
- Try a cheese or meat that you haven’t had before. Because ALDI has such a large selection of meats, cheeses, jams, etc., the sky is the limit so have fun and pick out some items that you never had before.
Have you tried making this board?
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Want to print out my steps, so you can easily refer to in the future? Well, you can get my printable Anatomy of a Fall Charcuterie Board below.