At this year’s Easter brunch, surprise your guests with an Easter charcuterie board. Made with ingredients you can pick up at the grocery store (no cooking, baking, or chopping required!), this board has a little taste for everyone at your party.
Filled with meats, cheeses, crackers, mini pastries, berries, and decadent spreads, the nooks and crannies of this charcuterie board are filled in with Easter chocolates and treats, perfect to celebrate the holiday. With something for everyone, this is a great board to make ahead for an Easter brunch with your family or for an Easter egg hunt with parents and kids.
Pair this Easter charcuterie board with drinks that are fun for the holiday. Try Easter mimosas for colorful flair and fun. Or, if the weather is a little nippy, try hot chocolates for the kids and hot toddies for the adults.
The hardest part of making a charcuterie board is assembling all the ingredients on the board. It can be hard to figure out how everything fits together. I like to start with the largest items and put these around the board first.
For example, for this board, I started with a large wedge of brie, and then placed a goat cheese log and two small bowls of cream cheese and Nutella. Then, I added the crackers and mini pastries. Then, I started nestling in meats, berries, peeps, and candy eggs.
I like to distribute the ingredients. I won’t put all my meats in one place, and all my cheeses in another. Another trick is to vary the heights of the ingredients. I try not to put all my tall foods (like cheeses) in one area and all my flat foods (like meats and berries) in another to give the board another level of visual interest.
What You Need To Make an Easter Charcuterie Board
The ingredient list for this charcuterie board is long, but remember it requires no cooking, baking, or slicing: strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, mini croissants, mini muffins, seedy crackers, Nutella, cream cheese, several kinds of salami, mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto, mini chocolate Easter eggs, strawberry peeps dipped in chocolate, goat cheese, Brie, rosemary, and sliced cheddar cheese.
You can absolutely adapt this to what you can find at the grocery store, your tastes, and your guests’ dietary needs. In addition to making this a board for Easter, this board has mini muffins and croissants for a bit more brunch flare.
- Fresh strawberries
- Fresh raspberries
- Fresh blueberries
- Fresh blackberries
- Mini croissants
- Mini muffins
- Seedy crackers
- Cream cheese
- Several kinds of salami
- Mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto
- Mini chocolate Easter eggs
- Strawberry peeps dipped in chocolate
- Goat cheese
- Sliced sharp cheddar cheese
To make this charcuterie board, you need a large platter, two small bowls, a few spoons and knives, and toothpicks. Even though you often see charcuteries laid out on big fancy boards, you don’t need a wood or marble serving board to pull this together. A large serving platter or even a large cake plate can work. You just want to select a large flat surface where you can put your ingredients together in one place.
How To Make an Easter Charcuterie Board
Assemble the board: In two small bowls, spoon in cream cheese and Nutella.
Then, starting with the largest items you have, start to build out your board. Add the large cheese, then the large crackers, pastries, and peeps, and then meats, fruits, and Easter eggs.
Don’t cluster large items together. Instead, distribute them across your board, and nestle in smaller items around the larger ones.
When you are done with all the key ingredients, add your sprigs of rosemary to the board for a final touch.
What kind of mini pastries do you recommend?
I used mini pastries I found in my grocery store: chocolate chip mini muffins and mini croissants. You can also use mini silver dollar pancakes or mini waffles (these are often frozen and need to be thawed) or if you’re lucky enough to live next to a pastry shop, small petit fours! I like to have at least one mini pastry that can have something spread on it (who doesn’t like Nutella and a croissant?) so keep that in mind as you choose your pastries.
What kinds of meats and cheeses do you recommend?
This board has brie, cheddar, simple goat cheese, and cream cheese, two salamis, one with herbs and one a little spicier, and mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto. For large crowds, I like to keep the flavors on the milder side so that they appeal to more people. Because of the inclusion of the chocolates and sweet bites, I also didn’t want to choose meats and cheese that don’t pair well with sweet flavors. Alternatives to what I have here: feta, geitost, ricotta, Jarlsberg, Camembert, berry Stilton, honey ham, or bacon.
I have a big crowd coming. Can I double this recipe?
Yes! If you are feeding a big crowd, you can absolutely double or triple these recommendations, especially if you aren’t offering other foods at your event. You can either offer more of the same ingredients or add a few extra cheeses, meats, crackers, and pastries. I like to create a few bowls of spreads of the same ingredient.
That way, when the Nutella runs out, I can bring out a fresh bowl that I’ve filled in advance. However, you can also put out a larger bowl of these ingredients if needed. I’ve listed enough ingredients to fill one board, but I always like to have extra on hand in case one item is particularly popular! That way, I can put out more.
Easter Charcuterie Board
- 8-10 fresh strawberries
- 4 oz fresh raspberries
- 6 oz fresh blueberries
- 4 oz fresh blackberries
- 6-8 mini croissants
- 6-8 mini muffins
- 20-25 seedy crackers
- ⅓ cup Nutella
- ⅓ cup cream cheese
- 12-16 slices of salami
- 6-8 mozzarella wrapped in prosciutto
- 10-15 mini chocolate Easter eggs
- 4-5 strawberry peeps dipped in chocolate
- 1 4 oz log of goat cheese
- 1 small wedge of brie
- 6-8 slices of cheddar cheese
- 4-5 sprigs of rosemary
- Put ⅓ cup of Nutella in a small dipping bowl
- Put ⅓ cup of cream cheese in a small dipping bowl.
- Starting with the largest cheeses, arrange the ingredients around the board.
- Add your mini pastries and crackers, and peeps, if using.
- Add your meats and fruits.
- Garnish with Easter egg candies.
- Add rosemary sprigs
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