Trader Joe’s hooked us up again! This time, with a Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board so gorgeous, it’s sure to be the focal point of your holiday party. The only downside is, it might not last long when everyone gathers around to chat and snack at the tasty assortment of meats, cheeses and other snacks.
All of the ingredients for this board can be found in one trip to Trader Joe’s, but Don’t worry if you don’t have a TJ’s near you—moving nearby one mayyy be tempting, but not necessary—you can find similar ingredients at another store and follow along with the assembly of this cute as can be charcuterie tree for your next holiday party.
What is charcuterie anyway?
Let’s get technical juuust for a sec before we get to the fun stuff. Charcuterie is a French tradition of “preparing and assembling cured meats and meat products. Charcuterie-style meat and cheese boards have become very popular outside of France, and the idea of charcuterie has evolved to include many foods besides meat. Today, it’s common for a charcuterie board to contain an assortment of cheeses, artisan bread, olives, fruit, and nuts.”
The most fun part about assembling a charcuterie board is that you really can’t mess it up. You can pair sweet and savory, meats and cheeses, and even sprinkle in some chocolate and nuts, if you so choose.
The assembly is the most fun part! I went with a holiday tree theme, but as long as you have a large board and enough colors, textures and variety, yours is sure to be a show-stopper at your next party!
Our charcuterie board picks
Like I mentioned before, everything here is actually from Trader Joe’s! They sell a package of assorted meats labeled specifically for charcuterie (makes things soo easy). This board features savory, tangy and sweet items, most of which were selected to be not as conventional as most of the boards we see out there filled with meat, cheese and olives.
It seemed a bit more festive and fun to go with some sweet items for the holidays, especially for any parties where kids are invited.
Be sure to buy an assortment of delicious crackers or crostini, a few different meat selections, and a couple good cheeses. TJ’s cranberry chevre and white stilton with cranberries are absolutely delicious and add a hint of tang and sweetness, which pair nicely with the meats.
Assemble your Christmas Tree Charcuterie Board
Grab the following items and assemble in order starting at the bottom for the tree trunks. With each layer, get a bit smaller and thinner so that it becomes a triangle “tree.”
The meats come in a circular shape so it’s easy to pinch the bottoms and create small flower shapes for an adorable presentation.
- Sharp Cheddar Cheese Twists
- Yogurt Covered Pretzels
- Cranberry Chevre, sliced
- Pistachio Pomegranate Crisp Crackers
- Charcuterie meats, twisted to look like flowers
- White Stilton Cheese With Cranberries, cubed
- Sesame Honey Cashews
- More meat “roses”
- Chocolate Covered Almonds
- Meat rose
- Dried cranberries (for sprinkling on top)
- Fresh rosemary sprigs to decorate
This Christmas Tree Charcuterie board could not be any cuter for your next holiday party! Comment below what your favorite charcuterie ingredients are and maybe we’ll make another board soon!