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How To Make A Sweet And Savoury Small Charcuterie Board

Last week we found ourself wracking our brains for something lovely to do for a snack evening. Our boys are older now, but we have always worked so hard at spending family time together and maintaining fun family meals. And I am not going to go down fighting on this one, it’s something I want to keep going. Then it struck us how much the boys had loved our recent Canapé Evening. Thus we decide to try a Simple Sweet And Savoury Small Charcuterie Board.

Perfect for 4 people, however can also be made bigger for larger gatherings and parties. I decided on sweet and savoury as it just hits all bases in one go. Starter, main and dessert, all served up looking incredible, and family Charcuterie Boards are fun, you can adapt them for anyone, any age and any taste.

What to put on a family charcuterie board to suit the whole family when making a family sweet and savoury sharing platter

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I set to, researching Family Charcuterie Board Ideas, and then it dawned on me, there is no hard a fast rule. Creating the best Family Small Charcuterie Board is all about lovingly creating all the things you and your family love into one family sharing platter.

For us it was all about creating a lovely event around food and it worked. We sat for several hours trying out combinations, chatting, laughing and snacking, thus sharing a lovely family moment.

Family sharing platter ideas

What Is A Charcuterie Board?

A Charcuterie Board is nothing more than a sharing platter, but with a lot more style. It can be build out of many elements, cheeses, cooked and cured meats, fruit. It’s a great way to get really creative with food without actually cooking. They can be as big or small and any shape you choose. Thus you could build into a festive or seasonal shape, or fill a whole table should you want to? However your Charcuterie Board can also be made on a smaller scale for intimate sharing board.

Some Ideas For The Best Small Charcuterie Boards;

  • Sweet Charcuterie Board
  • Savoury Board
  • Cheese And Pickle Board
  • Seafood Charcuterie Platter
  • Cured And Cooked Meats
  • A Mix Of Everything You Love
How to build a charcuterie board

How To Build Build A Small Charcuterie Board

We went for the mix of everything we love approach, we all love different things, thus building a platter with a little of everything we love, seemed the perfect way to tick every box. Additionally, it’s not only kids who love a sweet Charcuterie Board, we all adored the sweet element of the board.

You need to plan for this so start a list, look at what goes together and don’t rule out simple foods such as cucumber and tomato as you need that the make it all blend and work. However also consider a few show stopping additions such as figs and caviar. ( I get the Mullet Roe caviar from Amazon it’s a great affordable option)

What Do You Need For A Small But Beautiful Charcuterie Board?

This depends on what kind of family sharing board you want to build. However this is what I bought for my Charcuterie.

Fruit And Veg

  • Clementines
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Figs
  • Cucumber
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes

Sweet Treats

  • Chocolate Buttons/Coins
  • Marshmallow
  • Popcorn
  • Mini Popcorn
What is a charcuterie board

The Best Cheese For A Charcuterie Board

Meats Perfect For Charcuterie’s

  • Mini Pork Pies
  • Salami
  • Parma Ham
  • Pastrami
  • Sliced Cured Pancetta

Extras To Make It Perfect

  • French Bread
  • Bread Sticks
  • Paté
  • Crackers
  • Onion Chutney
  • Pickle
  • Butter
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Caviar
Choose foods and snacks that you know the whole family wil love

Assembling Your Small Charcuterie Family Platter

Choose you platter, I went for a Denby platter and bread basket, I knew I had quite a lot of food to prepare and wanted create a real feast. Thus I divided into bread and the rest. However I did keep 2 small bowls separate for the smoked salmon and Camembert as the boys are not fans. I figured if I kept them separate there would be no contamination of strong flavours.

Also put aside small bowls for any pickles, sun dried tomatoes and sauces, these can be slotted in amongst the food.

Prepare First

Wash and prep all the fruit and veg and lay on kitchen roll to dry. You don’t want it to be wet when you lay it onto the platter.

Next slice the french stick batons, brush with olive oil and season with salt and pop in the oven on 160 for 10 mins, you want the bread to be warm and soft with a crispy outside.

Make Canapes with bread

Now Build Your Family Charcuterie Board

My plan was to start with the sweet and blend into the savoury. I though hard about what everyone liked and disliked and was careful not to overlap. However the general idea is to overlap everting building up small concentrated areas such as blueberries and blending into other sweet treats.

Start by building up the sweet end, ensuing any washed fruit has been dried

I finished my sweet section with a wall of sweet/savoury popcorn and marshmallows.

Now start to build up the savoury section, simply keep layering and slotting in sections of savoury snacks. Try to layer at an angle, thus you’ll fit more on the platter. Also try scrunching meats into little rosettes and popping in, this gives the Charcuterie Board more of a dimention.

charcuterie board ideas for kids

If You Run Out Of Space, Start Another Board,

Or do as I did and build a separate bread platter. The main point is to build a feast that looks amazing, with everybody’s favourite snacks and then sit back and enjoy the whole family digging in.

Making a sweet and savoury family charcuterie board really is a great way to get everybody together over delicious food that looks great and keeps everyone snacking and chatting for hours. But remember, go with what you love, that is the key to making it work for your family. If canapés are your thing also check out my easy smoked salmon canapés recipe.

How to build the perfect charcuterie board to suit the whole family when making a family sweet and savoury sharing platter
charcuterie board ideas for kids

Sweet And Savoury Family Charcuterie Board Ideas

Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Sweet And Savoury Family Charcuterie Board Ideas, how to build a family sharing platter and include all your favourite foods and snacks.

Ingredients

  • Clementines
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Figs
  • Chocolate Buttons/Coins
  • Marshmallow
  • Popcorn
  • Mini Popcorn
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Smoked Cheese
  • Mozzarella Ball
  • Cranberry Cheese
  • Camembert Cooked With Garlic
  • Mini Pork Pies
  • Cucumber
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Salami
  • Parma Ham
  • Sliced Cured Pancetta
  • French Bread
  • Bread Sticks
  • Paté
  • Crackers
  • Onion Chutney
  • Pickle
  • Butter
  • Smoked Salmon

Instructions

Assembling Your Charcuterie Family Platter


    Choose you platter, I went for a Denby platter and bread basket, I knew I had quite a lot of food to prepare and wanted create a real feast. Thus I divided to bread and the rest. However I did keep 2 small bowls separate for the smoked salmon and Camembert as the boys are not fans. I figured if I kept them separate there would be no contamination of strong flavours.

    Choose foods and snacks that you know the whole family wil love

    Also put aside small bowls for any pickles, sun dried tomatoes and sauces, these can be slotted in amongst the food.

    Wash and prep all the fruit and veg and lay on kitchen roll to dry. You don’t want it to be wet when you lay it onto the platter.

    Next slice the french stick batons, brush with olive oil and season with salt and pop in the oven on 160 for 10 mins, you want the bread to be warm and soft with a crispy outside.

    Make Canapes with bread

    Now build your Family Charcuterie Board, my plan was to start with the sweet and blend into the savoury. I though hard about what everyone liked and disliked and was careful not to overlap. However the general idea is to overlap everting building up small concentrated areas such as blueberries and blending into other sweet treats.

    Start by building up the sweet end, ensuing any washed fruit has been dried

    I finished my sweet section with a wall of sweet/savoury popcorn and marshmallows.

    Now start to build up the savoury section, simply keep layering and slotting in sections of savoury snacks. Try to layer at an angle, thus you’ll fit more on the platter. Also try scrunching meats into little rosettes and popping in, this gives the Charcuterie Board more of a dimention.

    charcuterie board ideas for kids

    If you run out of space, start another board, or do as I did and build a separate bread platter. The main point is to build a feast that looks amazing, with everybody’s favourite snacks and then sit back and enjoy the whole family digging in.

    Making a sweet and savoury family charcuterie board really is a great way to get everybody together over delicious food that looks great and keeps everyone snacking and chatting for hours. But remember, go with what you love, that is the key to making it work for your family.

    How to build a charcuterie board

Notes

Some Ideas For The Best Charcuterie Boards;


Sweet Charcuterie Board
Savoury Board
Cheese And Pickle Board
Seafood Charcuterie Platter
Cured And Cooked Meats
A Mix Of Everything You Love

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