11 Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board Ideas Your Guests Will Love

Hosting Thanksgiving can be stressful, but one way to make your life a little easier is by serving an easy and crowd-pleasing appetizer like a charcuterie board.


11/21/20232 min read

With Thanksgiving just a few days away, you might be feeling the pressure to finalize your holiday menu and ensure everything is ready for the big day. Hosting Thanksgiving can be stressful, but one way to make your life a little easier is by serving an easy and crowd-pleasing appetizer like a charcuterie board.

At its core, a charcuterie board is filled with cheese and preserved meats, but people often add their own touch by incorporating ingredients like fruits, vegetables, dips, and chocolates. Some have even created fully vegan charcuterie boards by omitting the meat and cheese and opting for plant-based snacks. The idea behind a charcuterie board is to have your guests gather around, engage in conversation, and anticipate the main course.

If you already have your preferred charcuterie ideas, go ahead and get started! But if you need some inspiration to impress your guests, we've compiled a list of 11 charcuterie board ideas specifically for Thanksgiving dinner:

  1. Thanksgiving Cheese Board: Try Vermont Creamery's Thanksgiving Cheese Board featuring classic Thanksgiving ingredients like Brussels sprouts, sliced turkey, and cranberry sauce. Their Cranberry, Orange & Cinnamon Goat Cheese Log pairs perfectly with other cheeseboard components like apple butter, candied pecans, and sweet potatoes.

  2. Thanksgiving Turkey Cheese Board: Create an adorable charcuterie spread shaped like a turkey using a red pear, rolled-up meats, cheese, and fruits.

  3. Holiday Charcuterie Board: Follow the Half-Baked Harvest's Holiday Charcuterie Board recipe, which includes a variety of cheeses like brie, goat cheese, and blue cheese, along with meats, nuts, fruits, vegetables, and crackers.

  4. Thanksgiving Cheese Board: What's Gabby Cooking offers a charcuterie board specifically for Thanksgiving with a "darker" color scheme. It includes olives, marinated artichokes, persimmons, various meats, crackers, and tasty toppings like honeycomb on brie cheese.

  5. Winter Bruschetta Bar: Take traditional bruschetta up a notch with What's Gabby Cooking's Winter Bruschetta Bar, featuring cheeses like goat cheese, blue cheese, creme brie, and a variety of toppings such as pomegranate, apple, red peppers, and prosciutto.

  6. Turkey Snack Board: The Bakermama's Turkey Snack Board focuses on veggies, fruits, and nuts, making it a lighter option compared to meat-heavy charcuterie boards.

  7. Keto Charcuterie Platter: If you or your guests follow a Keto or low-carb diet, this platter is perfect. It includes delicious meats, cheeses, nuts, and replaces crackers with cheese whisps.

  8. Trader Joe's Charcuterie Board: This easy and affordable charcuterie board from The Bakermama can be assembled with ingredients sourced from Trader Joe's, making it convenient and cost-effective.

  9. Vegan Charcuterie Board: For vegan guests, Ambitious Kitchen offers a delicious plant-based charcuterie board featuring a variety of vegan cheeses, veggies, fruits, nuts, olives, chickpeas, and dark chocolate.

  10. Vegetarian Mezze Platter: Surprise your guests with this Mediterranean-inspired app by What's Gabby Cooking, which includes olives, feta, tomato pesto, artichokes, hummus, tzatziki, and pita chips.

  11. Vegan Charcuterie Board: Minimalist Baker presents a vegan charcuterie board with a vegan pimento cheese ball, vegan pepperoni, garlic and herb vegan cheese, hummus, nuts, and chickpeas for a full holiday experience for your vegan guests.

Enjoy creating a stunning charcuterie board that will delight your Thanksgiving guests!