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.
What is a charcuterie board?
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 are beautifully arranged on a serving board.
❤️ Why You'll Love This DIY Charcuterie Board: It is 1) Quick and easy to prepare. 2) A perfect make-ahead appetizer, snack, or small dinner. 3) Easy to customize with your favorite meats and cheeses. 4) Full of flavors and textures. 5) 100% gluten-free, low-carb, and keto!
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!
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 choose 1 or 2 pickled items (such as olives or pickles) to put on your board.
Pickled ingredients add flavor but also help to balance out the richness of the meats and cheeses on the board.
Crackers, fruit, nuts, and garnishes
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.
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!
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 or dark chocolate hummus (use wholesome yum maple syrup for keto) with keto crackers (or flackers for store-bought)
- Coarse ground mustard
- Sugar-free jams or jellies
- Keto Fruit Dip With Cream Cheese
Bowls are also great for small nuts or any berries that may stain.
Once you have your bowls, place them around the board randomly. 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 various 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.
💭Top Tip: Always fold the meats to be 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 can be served as wedges, such as brie.
I've started adding Good Good Sugar-Free Jam to my brie's top in my recent keto charcuterie boards. 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!
Place a particular veggie or fruit that goes with a dip (such as ranch dressing, hummus, or fruit dip) 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 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!
How to serve
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 🍷
And don't let your low-carb charcuterie board sit out for more than 2 hours, maybe even less if the temperature outside is hot.
If it sits out more than 2 hours, the food may spoil, and you risk making your guests sick.
Make ahead and storage
- Make-Ahead: The meats and cheeses can be cut up to 1 to 2 days beforehand and stored covered in the fridge.
- Store: After assembly, it can be stored, tightly covered with plastic wrap, for a few hours up to overnight. Just be sure to add the crackers (and jam if using) just before serving; otherwise, they may get soggy.
Even though there aren't specific rules, follow these tips for the best taste and presentation:
- Create variety. Give your guests plenty to choose from with lots of variety and textures!
- Fold and cut everything differently, and fold the meats to be light and not compacted. This will keep your low-carb board interesting.
- If serving to guests, be sure to include some typical ingredients. Not everyone likes fancy meats and cheeses. Be sure to have a few basics, such as ham, turkey, or cheddar cheese.
Looking for more charcuterie board variations? Here are some fun ideas:
- Dessert Charcuterie Board. Make a board of sugar-free chocolate, low-carb berries, sugar-free cream cheese fruit dip, and keto desserts!
- Breakfast Charcuterie Board. Pair breakfast meats with coconut flour pancakes, keto drop biscuits, and other low-carb breakfast foods.
- Italian Charcuterie Board. Pair Italian meats and cheeses such as mozzarella balls, provolone with marinated artichoke hearts, and pepperoni garnished with basil. A Caprese Salad would also be delicious!
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
- Cutting Board, Platter, Or Large Baking Sheet
- 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!
Add Your Own Notes
- 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.
NET CARBS = Total Carbs - Fiber - Allulose - Xylitol
Nutritional information is approximate and may vary. Sugar alcohols, xylitol, and allulose are included in the total carbs and fiber.
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