Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board

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I love making this 30 minute Thanksgiving charcuterie board as a beautiful and tasty snack before the big meal. It has flavors and colors of fall with pumpkin dip, harvest fruits and even themed sugar cookies!

If you love a good gluten-free charcuterie and cheeseboard, then you are in for a treat with this fall board! Like with our Halloween charcuterie board, we combined some of our favorite sweet and salty snacks on one big board that everyone will love.

Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board overhead shot

Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board

We have always had a big Thanksgiving spread that starts with delicious appetizers. Our BEST cheeseball, instant pot artichoke dip and sour cream chip dip are the ones we make the most.

This year I wanted to do something a little bit different so I created this Thanksgiving charcuterie board! It features lots of fall flavors like pumpkin butter, chestnuts, pomegranate and toasted pecans.

It also has some sweet treats in fun shapes like cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkins. The combo of sweet and salty truly make this the perfect appetizer!

The fact that it takes less than 30 minutes to make and doesn’t require you to make a bunch of other dishes is just a bonus. So let’s talk more about how to make it…

Thanksgiving charcuterie stuff on a board

What you need to make it

What I love most about charcuterie boards is how incredibly versatile they are! You can easily add whatever you want or swap things out based on your preferences.

For this Thanksgiving charcuterie board, I chose fall themed items. Feel free to use something different like persimmons or just pomegranate seeds if you prefer. Here is what we used though…

  • variety of cheese
  • variety of cured meats
  • olives, pickles, caperberries and/or artichoke hearts
  • dips (pumpkin butter, artichoke dip and pistachio cream are my favorites)
  • crackers or chips
  • decorated sugar cookies
  • fresh fruits (pears, apples and pomegranate)
Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board with people eating

Themed Sugar Cookies

Ok, if you know me then you know that beautifully decorated sugar cookies are a part of nearly every gathering I host. You can keep icing decor simple or you can go elaborate thanks to Enchanted Cookie Boutiques talents!

For our Halloween board we did eyeballs, bats and moons as well as an edible 3D coffin! We’ve also featured Thanksgiving cookies in the shapes of traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

They’ve also been featured in many other parties and gatherings I’ve hosted including these… a white Christmas dinner party, gingerbread decorating party, our witches night out Halloween party, a ladies night football party, galentine’s party, and we even made charcuterie and cheeseboard cookies!

Sweater, pumpkin and leaf cookies on a charcuterie board

How to make a Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board

Step 1: Get a board and place cups and spreaders where you would like them

Pro Tip: If you want less clean up mess, add some wax paper to the board first

Step 2: Add some dips or sauces in the little cups

Step 3: Also add things like pickles which are wet and can make a mess

Pro Tip: The cups are especially great for berries, olives and anything with “juices” so they don’t get your other board ingredients soggy

Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board step by step

Step 4: Add cheeses around the board, I recommend at least three varieties

Step 5: Add themed decorated sugar cookies like we did here with the white sweaters, orange pumpkins and leaves

Step 6: Finish with cured meats, crackers, fruits and veggies (I love adding fresh pomegranate to this board!)

Thanksgiving charcuterie board items like meat, crackers and cheese

Can you make it dairy-free?

This Thanksgiving charcuterie board can absolutely be made dairy-free. Just choose dairy-free cheeses and dips or leave them off entirely.

There are plenty of incredible non-dairy cheeses out there now from Violife slices (they are the only ones my little boys will eat) to Treeline spreads. Boursin cheese, our favorite, even has a dairy-free spread now!

You can even add our vegan gluten-free chocolate chip cookies for a tasty sweet treat.

Hand dipping apple slice into pistachio cream

How do you store leftovers?

It is best to put all items that need refrigeration such as cheeses, meats and dips into containers. They can then be refrigerated until you want to enjoy them again.

Crackers, fruits, cookies and non-refrigerated items can also be placed in containers and bags and store at room temperature.

Hands eating Thanksgiving charcuterie board

Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving dinner is one of my favorite meals of the year! I love all the classics like our gluten-free turkeygluten-free green bean casserolegluten-free mashed potatoes and gluten-free gravy, and sausage apple stuffing

Our fun and delicious sides like gluten-free sweet potato casserole with pecan brown sugar topping and gluten-free cornbread casserole are also delicious accompaniments. 

It’s also great though to try new takes on delicious fall flavors like we do in our apple cider cupcakes and pecan pie bread pudding. If you want something really different, our Thanksgiving cookies in the shapes of Thanksgiving dinner foods and our gluten-free apple pie cookie cups are sure to please!

Don’t forget the drinks… Our Thanksgiving mocktails and crockpot apple cider are always a hit especially at our outdoor Thanksgiving dinner.

Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board overhead shot

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Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board

I love making this 30 minute Thanksgiving charcuterie board as a beautiful and tasty snack before the big meal. It has flavors and colors of fall with pumpkin dip, harvest fruits and even themed sugar cookies!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword charcuterie, Thanksgiving
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 162kcal
Cost $50

Ingredients

  • variety of cheese
  • variety of cured meats
  • olives, pickles, caperberries and/or artichoke hearts
  • dips (pumpkin butter, artichoke dip and pistachio cream are my favorites)
  • crackers or chips
  • decorated sugar cookies
  • fresh fruits (pears, apples and pomegranate)

Instructions

  • Get a board and place cups and spreaders where you would like them 
  • Add some dips or sauces in the little cups 
  • Also add things like pickles which are wet and can make a mess
  • Add cheeses around the board, I recommend at least three varieties
  • Add themed decorated sugar cookies like we did here with the white sweaters, orange pumpkins and leaves
  • Finish with cured meats, crackers, fruits and veggies (I love adding fresh pomegranate to this board!)

Video

Notes

Pro Tip: If you want less clean up mess, add some wax paper to the board first

Pro Tip: The cups are especially great for berries, olives and anything with “juices” so they don’t get your other board ingredients soggy

It is best to put all items that need refrigeration such as cheeses, meats and dips into containers. They can then be refrigerated until you want to enjoy them again.

Crackers, fruits, cookies and non-refrigerated items can also be placed in containers and bags and store at room temperature.

This Thanksgiving charcuterie board can absolutely be made dairy-free. Just choose dairy-free cheeses and dips or leave them off entirely.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 449mg | Potassium: 62mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 1mg

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