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A Charcuterie Wreath is a beautiful addition to your holiday party or family gathering. This easy-to-make Christmas themed appetizer is festive, eye-catching and most importantly, a perfect variety of snacks. Full of meat, cheeses, olives, fruits and veggies – there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Wreath Charcuterie board.

 

It’s the holiday season! The time of year when you can really up your charcuterie game, especially with this holiday wreath charcuterie board.

The wreath-like greenery on the bottom sets the wreath shape and from there it’s easy to build upon with sliced meats, a variety of cheeses, berries and a few veggies. Add in a few salami roses and fresh herbs for festive charcuterie board!

This Charcuterie Wreath is surprisingly simple to put together. It looks fancy, but you can put this snack board together quickly with all pre-made goodies from the grocery store.

This Charcuterie wreath is perfect for 6-8 people. If you need a larger appetizer, then you’ll want to make this ultimate Christmas Charcuterie Board. Or add on this fun Santa Veggie Tray.

Why You’ll Love this Charcuterie Wreath

Here are some of the reasons why you’ll love serving this Christmas Wreath Charcuterie Board:

  • A great way to serve finger foods for Christmas.
  • Easy for party guests to pick and choose their favorite snacks.
  • Takes less than 30 minutes to put together.
  • A really great option for a cocktail party, Christmas Eve or a festive appetizer before Christmas dinner.

Kitchen Equipment Needed

  • Round Charcuterie Board / Large Cheese Board / Large Platter – here’s a nice charcuterie board on Amazon.
  • Little bowl
  • Christmas Tree Cookie Cutter
  • Cheese Knives
  • Drinking Glass (to make the salami rose)

Ingredients

Wreath Herbs:

To make the base of the wreath charcuterie, I’m using baby spinach, fresh rosemary sprigs and fresh mint leaves. Not only do they provide greenery to look like a wreath, these fresh herbs smell just like Christmas.

Cured Meats:

I’m using the typical meats for a regular charcuterie board: Pepperoni and salami.

Cheese:

Add a variety of delicious cheeses.

I’m using pre-cut cubes of cheddar cheese, pepper jack, and colby jack.

For a different textures and flavors, I’m using fresh mozzarella balls, blue cheese wedge, Brie and a cheese spread.

Jelly or Jam:

Use a complimentary holiday jelly or jam. Sweet jams like apple or raspberry or a tarter jam like apricot.

Olives:

Both black olives and green olives.

Fruits and Veggies:

To grab the green and red colors for Christmas, I’m using green grapes, fresh raspberries, blackberries and cherry tomatoes.

Then sprinkling a few clumps of yogurt covered raisins for pops of white and a little sweet snack.

Nuts:

Add a handful of pistachios.

Here are the Ingredients labeled on the Wreath Charcuterie Board:

The left side:

Ingredients labeled with text overlay on the photo of the wreath charcuterie board.

The right side:

How to Make a Wreath Charcuterie Board

This is the fun part!

How to Make a Salami Rose.

1. Place the first slice of salami and place half of it in the glass with the remaining folded over the outside rim of the glass.

2. Take your second piece of salami and place it halfway over the first piece, again, half of it in the glass with the remaining folded over the rim of the glass.

3. Continue layering around the glass until you’ve used 9 pieces of salami.

4. Turn your glass upside down and carefully remove your masterpiece! Set it aside.

Christmas Tree Brie

Use a medium sized Christmas tree cookie cutter, and press it into the Brie to cut out a tree shape. Set it to the side.

Making the Shape of a Wreath

Make a circle with baby spinach leaves. Then layer other fresh herbs on the outside edges such as mint leaves, rosemary or dill to add texture.

Charcuterie board with baby spinach leaves placed in a circle.

​Create the Charcuterie Board

1. Place your larger items first and balance them around the wreath.

2. Use the Brie Christmas tree, Blue cheese wedge, Boursin herb cheese spread, Salami rose, and ramekin filled with jam or jelly.

Larger items placed on top of the charcuterie board and spinach leaves.

 

3. Fold salami and pepperoni. Take each piece and fold in half and then fold again into quarters, place it on the board.

4. Place the various cheese chunks on the board in different areas.

5. Add the fresh mozzarella balls around the salami rose.

6. Add the black olives, green olives, and baby tomatoes.

7. Fill in holes with the fresh fruit and pistachios.

8. Top with groupings of white yogurt covered raisins.

9. Add additional rosemary sprigs for “wreath greenery” around the outside and inside of the circle for a festive display.

10. Serve with crackers.

Wreath charcuterie board on a white wood background.

Tips

  • If you don’t have a round charcuterie board, use a large round platter or tray. Or grab this round charcuterie board from Amazon.
  • ​Serve with small plates and toothpicks.
  • ​Provide cheese knives for guests to use for the brie, cheese spread and blue cheese wedge.

Variations

  • Make it your own gorgeous creation by adding or replacing ingredients. A few ideas are:
  • Add candy canes for a festive red and white color pop.
  • Cold cuts can be added for a more substantial appetizer board.
  • Decorate with red pomegranate seeds for more color.
  • ​Add fancy stuffed olives.

How to Store Leftovers

Store each ingredient separately in sandwich baggies or plastic wrap.

Use the leftovers to make mini appetizer plates or cute charcuterie cups. Or simply snack on the leftovers every time you open the fridge (that’s what I do!).

 

This Charcuterie Wreath is gorgeous and it makes the perfect appetizer tray for your holiday party.

Yield: 8

Charcuterie Wreath

Wreath charcuterie board.

A Charcuterie Wreath is a beautiful addition to your holiday party or family gathering. This easy-to-make Christmas themed appetizer is festive, eye-catching and most importantly, a perfect variety of snacks. Full of meat, cheeses, olives, fruits and veggies - there's something for everyone to enjoy.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

Wreath Herbs:

  • Baby spinach
  • Fresh Rosemary Sprigs
  • Fresh mint leaves.

Cured Meats:

  • 8 ounces Pepperoni slices
  • 8 ounces Salami slices
  • 9 slices Salami, for the salami rose

Cheese:

  • 4 ounces Cheddar cheese cubed
  • 4 ounces Pepper jack cheese cubed
  • 4 ounces Colby jack cheese cubed
  • 4 ounces fresh Mozzarella balls
  • 1 small Blue cheese wedge
  • 1 8 oz double creamed Brie cheese, tree shape (using a cookie cutter)
  • 5 oz Boursin herbed cheese spread

Jelly or Jam:

  • 6 ounces Apricot jam (or preferred jelly or jam flavor)

Olives:

  • 1 cup whole black olives, pitted
  • 1 cup whole green olives, pitted

Fruits and Veggies:

  • 1 cup green seedless Grapes
  • 1⁄2 cup Fresh raspberries
  • 1⁄2 cup Fresh blackberries
  • 1⁄2 cup Cherry tomatoes
  • 35 Yogurt covered raisins

Nuts:

  • 1⁄4 cup Pistachios

Instructions

How to Make a Salami Rose

  1. Place the first slice of salami and place half of it in the glass with the remaining folded over the outside rim of the glass.
  2. Take your second piece of salami and place it halfway over the first piece, again, half of it in the glass with the remaining folded over the rim of the glass.
  3. Continue layering around the glass until you've used 9 pieces of salami.
  4. Turn your glass upside down and carefully remove your salami rose. Set it aside.

Christmas Tree Brie

  1. Use a medium sized Christmas tree cookie cutter, and press it into the Brie to cut out a tree shape. Set it to the side.

Making the Shape of a Wreath

  1. Make a circle with baby spinach leaves.
  2. Then layer other fresh herbs on the outside edges such as mint leaves, rosemary or dill to add texture.

​Create the Charcuterie Board

  1. Place your larger items first and balance them around the wreath.
  2. Use the Brie Christmas tree, Blue cheese wedge, Boursin herb cheese spread, Salami rose, and ramekin filled with jam or jelly.
  3. Fold salami and pepperoni. Take each piece and fold in half and then fold again into quarters, place on the board.
  4. Place the various cheese chunks on the board in different areas.
  5. Add the fresh mozzarella balls around the salami rose.
  6. Add the black olives, green olives, and baby tomatoes.
  7. Fill in holes with the fresh fruit and pistachios.
  8. Top with groupings of white yogurt covered raisins.
  9. Add additional rosemary sprigs for "wreath greenery" around the outside and inside of the circle for a festive display.
  10. Serve with crackers.

Notes

See recipe post for tips and variations.

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