Charcuterie boards have changed the entertainment game. Completely customizable and easy to make, boards are a fun way to graze while enjoying a glass of wine or playing a board game. Use the tips below to create the most delightful board using watermelon!
The first step of building a board is finding your base. While large wooden boards are the most commonly used, there are plenty of other options if you are looking to scale down or don’t have a board handy. Cutting boards, large plates or even baking sheets are great options.
Gather Your Ingredients
There’s no going wrong when choosing the flavors for your board! Start with your base ingredient (watermelon!) then mix and match additional ingredients to fit your taste buds or even play into a holiday or theme.
- Give lots of options. Fruits, cheeses, meats, pickled foods – anything goes!
- Balance sweet and savory. Think sweet watermelon, chocolate and honey to balance salty meats and cheeses.
- Vary your textures. Fruit boards are delicious, but taste even better when you scatter in a “crunch!” via crackers, pretzels and nuts. Pistachios pair wonderfully with watermelon!
- Lean into a theme! Labor Day celebrations? Think watermelon, white chocolate and blueberries as the stars of your board. We’ve seen rainbow, breakfast, dessert, Halloween…if you can dream it, you can board it!
Time to Plate
Placing your ingredients can feel intimidating, but have fun and get creative!
- Bigger items first. We recommend placing the biggest items first, like watermelon wedges or cheese, as those tend to be the biggest things on the board.
- Contain. Use bowls to hold smaller items, dips and watermelon balls.
- Scatter. Consider varying texture and flavor around the board by scattering ingredients around the board versus keeping all the fruit in one corner and crackers in another.
- Prep! Dice the watermelon, slice the cheese, roll the salami. Make it easy to grab and gab.
- Get creative. Yes, we are talking about charcuterie roses and cookie cutter fruit shapes!
Now that you’ve got some handy tips and tricks, ready for some inspo? These boards are anything but boring!
Patriotic Charcuterie Board
Red, white and yum. Watermelon wedges provide a refreshing bite among traditional charcuterie ingredients, such as goat cheese, salted nuts and cured meats.
Kids Charcuterie Snack Board
This recipe may include ‘kids’ in the title but we won’t judge if the adults want to get in on this cute board. We bet there will be smiles all around after this board is placed on the table!
Watermelon and Chocolate Dessert Board
You’ll probably want dessert first with this board on deck. This dessert board is made with fruit, nuts, chocolate and coconut chips for a delightful way to satisfy your sweet tooth.