Fourth of July is a holiday made for backyard gatherings with your friends— so why complicate hosting with elaborate dishes when this red, white and blue charcuterie board is so simple?
With just a trip to the grocery store and without any cooking, you can pull together a show-stopping patriotic celebration. Filled with cheeses, fruits, meats, mini waffles, and sweet dips, you’ll be amazed at how delicious and how easy it is to put something like this together.
The beauty of this Fourth of July breakfast charcuterie board is that it goes with so many things! From iced coffees to mimosas, you can’t go wrong with this board. Full of savory and sweet flavors, you may want to serve this alongside other little nibbles like deviled eggs or hand pies, but really on its own, it can keep people happy and snacking for hours.
The hardest thing about making this charcuterie board is assembling it. I like to start with my big anchors—a bowl of yogurt, and a large wedge of cheese—and then build the board from there.
I like having a little bit of everything across the board, so I nestle different ingredients in different places. But you can also create zones, like a meat zone, a fruit zone, and a waffle zone to keep things more organized and easier to put together.
Also, I always like to keep a little extra of all of my ingredients on hand so I can replenish the board. Adapt the amount you have on hand for the number of people you plan to serve. I often find that things are easy to pick up, the berries, crackers, and meats go the fastest, but the blocks of cheese take longer to be eaten.
What You Need To Make a Red, White & Blue Charcuterie Board
To make this Fourth of July Breakfast Charcuterie Board, you will need a lot of ingredients—but there is almost no prep involved!
For this recipe, you need fresh strawberries, fresh blueberries, fresh raspberries, fresh blackberries, candied walnuts, mini waffles, greek yogurt, crackers, mozzarella balls, maple syrup, watermelon, assorted salamis and prosciutto, and white cheddar cheese.
These ingredients are interchangeable with your preferences. If you’d rather use a brie for the white cheddar cheese or mini pancakes for the waffles, you can. Just keep in mind that the colors of your substituted ingredients should not compete with red, white, and blue (avoid bright orange cheese or green or orange fruits).
For the biggest visual effect, make sure that you have a lot of blue and red fruits and white cheese. You can also add sliced bananas. Again, be creative, and don’t worry if you deviate a little from this list!
I recommend using 2% or whole milk greek yogurt. This is a creamier option and has a little less tanginess to it.
- Fresh strawberries
- Fresh blueberries
- Fresh raspberries
- Fresh blackberries
- Candied walnuts
- Mini waffles
- Greek yogurt, preferably 2% or whole
- Mozzarella balls
- Maple syrup
- Assorted salamis and prosciutto
- White cheddar cheese
This dish requires a knife, a cutting board, a bowl, and a spoon. You’ll also want a board to arrange your charcuterie on. If you don’t have a dedicated board, think about using a serving platter that is totally flat or a pretty cutting board.
I also used a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out stars in my watermelon, but you can also just cut chunks or wedges of watermelon too.
How To Make a Fourth of July Brunch Charcuterie Board
Prepare the fruit: Wash and dry the berries. Slice large sections of watermelon, roughly 1-½ inches thick. Using a star cookie cutter, cut out pieces of watermelon.
Prepare the mini waffles: In an oven or toaster, warm the waffles. Remove them from the oven and set aside.
Sweeten the yogurt: In a small bowl, add just a dash of maple syrup to the yogurt. Mix well with a spoon to combine. Set aside.
Assemble the charcuterie board: Start with your largest items: the block of cheese, bowl of yogurt, and star cutouts of watermelon. Arrange around your board. Using the rest of the ingredients, fill in the additional spots.
Proceed with the next largest items: the strawberries, the waffles, and the crackers. Finish by distributing the rest of the berries, the nuts, and the mozzarella balls around the board until there are no spaces left on your board.
Can I make this vegan?
Definitely! Try using a few types of vegan cheese and a few more nuts like macadamia nuts, cashews, or pecans. There are really great mini-vegan pastries available now too. Check out the freezer section of your grocery store for ideas.
I don’t have a star cookie cutter. What can I do?
The star cookie cutter adds a really fun element to the board, but it’s not absolutely necessary. You can also try to cut stars out using a small stencil, or just cut cubes or triangles.
Should I use a seeded or seedless watermelon?
I personally always look for seedless watermelons. I prefer eating them so much more than seeded ones. Here, because we are cutting out stars from the watermelon, having seeds is going to be a big hindrance, whether you are using a cookie cutter, stencil, or knife. So stick with seedless.
Can I use frozen berries?
You cannot use frozen berries in this charcuterie board. When these fruits start to defrost, they will lose their form. Stick with fresh fruits for this board for the best success.
Red, White & Blue Breakfast Charcuterie Board
- 14-18 fresh strawberries
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 2 cups fresh raspberries
- 1 ½ cups fresh blackberries
- 1 cup candied walnuts
- 16-20 mini waffles
- 1 cup Greek yogurt preferably 2% or whole
- 30-35 crackers
- 15-20 mini mozzarella balls
- ½ cup maple syrup divided
- 1 mini watermelon or half a large watermelon
- 8 oz assorted salamis and prosciutto
- 8 oz white cheddar cheese
- Wash and dry 14-18 fresh strawberries, 2 cups of fresh blueberries, 2 cups of fresh raspberries, and 1 ½ cups of fresh blackberries. Set aside.
- Cut the mini watermelon, making rounds or semi-circles that are 1 ½ inches thick.
- Use a star cookie cutter to cut out pieces of watermelon.
- Heat 16-20 mini waffles in your toaster oven or toaster.
- In a small bowl, add 2 teaspoons of maple syrup to the yogurt. Mix well with a spoon. Set aside.
- Put the remaining maple syrup in a small bowl. Set aside.
- If the mozzarella balls are stuck together, separate them.
- Assemble the board, starting with your largest items and moving to the smaller ones, making sure to fill out the board.
- Finish with the berries, the nuts, and the mozzarella balls tucking them into the final spaces until there are none left
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