This keto charcuterie board is a perfect snack or appetizer for a party, entertaining, or even date night! In this post, I'll show you step-by-step how to build a delicious, show-stopping charcuterie board that will wow your guests or that you can take to the next party or get-together.
For those of you who are new to charcuterie boards (pronounced shahr-ku-tuh-ree), charcuterie basically means cold, cooked meats.
So when making a keto charcuterie board, the board is based primarily on deli meats or cured meats with an assortment of cheeses, nuts, pickles, or anything else that compliments the meat. All of which is beautifully arranged on a serving board.
Watch the YouTube video!
If you're more of a visual learner, be sure to watch my step-by-step video on how to assemble a charcuterie board! Watch the video here: YouTube Video
Choosing a board
First off, you'll need to select the board you are going to use. It can be large, small, and in any shape you prefer.
A small board is fun for date night, a picnic, or a night in. For a larger crowd, choose a large board or make two to give your guests plenty of options.
For the board, you can use a wooden cutting board, serving tray, or any flat surface.
Don't have a beautiful board or serving tray? No problem! There are some gorgeous charcuterie boards on amazon to choose from! Or, simply line a large sheet pan with parchment paper. It will still look stunning and beautiful!
Selecting items for your board
Since charcuterie boards are primarily based on meats, I recommend using, at minimum, 3 different kinds of meats. I prefer prosciutto, salami, and deli meat - but use whatever you prefer!
Here are meats that would work great on your board:
- Deli Meats
Now, choose 2 to 3 different kinds of cheeses.
Here are some cheese ideas:
- Goat Cheese
- Mozzarella Balls (great with tomatoes and basil!)
- Pepper Jack (or any mildly spicy cheese)
After that, the sky is the limit! Choose a 1 or 2 pickled items (such as olives or pickles), dips, spreads, nuts, low-carb fruit, etc.
When choosing items, be sure to choose foods with a variety of colors because you don't want your board to look boring! Look for some low-carb berries, such as strawberries or raspberries, to add pops of color.
Also, bright green fresh herbs, such as basil, fresh mint, and rosemary also make great compliments and add pops of color.
The same goes for texture, variety is key. Look for something bright and shiny, such as sugar-free jams, spreads, or olives, to go alongside the rougher, dryer ingredients such as keto crackers, nuts, and cheeses.
If possible, try to include the 4 S's on your board:
- Savory - meats & cheeses. I like to include at least 3 varieties of each.
- Salty - meats are salty, so that's covered. However, nuts and crackers can also be included for a saltier variety
- Spicy - no need to go overboard, but a spicy cheese or pepper jelly is always a good idea
- Sweet - low-carb berries, sugar-free jams or jellies, or even cubed keto bars will cover you on the sweet front.
How to arrange a charcuterie board
You may think that once you have your ingredients you can just throw it all on your board and it will be gorgeous, but not so! It requires a little bit of strategy. But don't worry, I'll walk you through all of the simple steps!
1. Start With Your Bowls
Every charcuterie board should include a few bowls.
Here are a few things that would work great in bowls:
- Ranch dressing with chopped veggies
- Hummus with keto crackers (or flackers for store-bought)
- Coarse ground mustard
- Sugar-free jams or jellies
- Keto Fruit Dip
Bowls are also great for small nuts or any berries that may stain.
Once you have your bowls, place them around the board in a random fashion. The number of bowls will depend on the size of your board.
2. Meats & Cheeses
Next, add your meats and cheeses. For a prettier presentation, you want to fold the meat in a variety of ways.
If using prosciutto, I love making a beautiful ribbon at a diagonal across the board. To do this, hold each piece vertically and slowly lower it in one place, allowing it to fall over on itself.
If you can, make them light and airy with some of the edges pointed up for a beautiful ribbon shape.
For large circle slices, you can fold them in half twice into a triangle shape and line them up to create a border or arrange them like a deck of cards.
For large circle slices that aren't as flexible, you can just fold them in half one time.
Just remember to keep the meats light and not compacted.
Then add the cheese. If you can, use different shapes for the cheeses. Some can be cubed, some sliced, and some served as a wedge, such as brie cut into wedges.
In my more recent keto charcuterie boards, I've started adding sugar-free jam to the top of my brie. It's not only gorgeous with beautiful color and texture, but it tastes amazing too!
While not required, having some low-carb keto crackers is a great addition to your charcuterie board!
I love whipping up some keto crackers from my Keto Breads Cookbook. However, if you prefer store-bought, Flackers are readily available and keto-friendly.
4. Fruit, Veggies, Nuts, & Garnishes
Now it's time to fill in all the remaining spaces!
If you have a particular veggie or fruit that goes with a dip (such as with ranch dressing, hummus, or fruit dip), place them close to their respective dips.
Otherwise, just fill in all the gaps on your tray with various low-carb fruits or berries, chopped veggies, nuts, & pickled items.
Then top it off with fresh garnishes, such as fresh rosemary, basil, and mint for beautiful pops of color.
Try to fill in all the spaces without leaving any bare spots. And that's it - you're done!
What to serve with a charcuterie board
After you make your board, it's a good idea to have a few small plates and utensils for serving so everyone isn't eating directly over the platter with their hands in everything!
Also, don't forget the bubbly! A dry red wine is a perfect low-carb option to serve with your charcuterie board 🍷
If you've tried this keto charcuterie board, please let me know what you think in the comments below!
Keto Charcuterie Board
- ½ cup Assorted Olives
- ½ cup Baby Pickles
- ½ cup Blueberries, Blackberries, or Raspberries
- ½ cup Hummus
- 6 oz Prosciutto
- 6 oz Deli Meat
- 6 oz Salami
- 1 container Brie
- 5 oz Cheddar Cheese
- 5 oz Gouda
- ¼ cup Sugar-Free Jam
- 1 Batch Keto Crackers
- 10 whole Strawberries - hulled and sliced
- ¼ cup Mixed Nuts
- Fresh Herbs - for garnish
- Place the olives, pickles, hummus, and berries in mismatched bowls and place them in a random fashion on your board.
- Add your meats in a way pleasing to the eye. Be sure that they look light and airy, not compacted. For ideas, please refer to the post.
- Slice the brie into small wedges, the cheddar cheese into slices, and the gouda into bite-sized squares. Add to board.
- Spread the sugar-free jam over the brie, if using.
- Fill in the remaining space with the keto crackers, strawberries, & mixed nuts. Add some fresh herbs for garnish and serve!
- If you're more of a visual learner, be sure to watch the full tutorial on my YouTube channel! Watch the video here: YouTube Charcuterie Tutorial
- Nutrition information is for 1/12th of the entire charcuterie board.
Nutritional information is approximate and may vary.
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