Gather your friends and family around this bewitching spread. This Halloween Charcuterie Board is a symphony of flavors and textures. The details transform a simple spread into a Halloween feast. Ghostly white cheese slices, spooky witch fingers, adorable witch brooms, bats, and more.
This recipe is more a no recipe recipe. You don't really need any specific quantities and can get as creative as you want! If you're looking for some seasonal recipes to bring along to a party, check out our spooky easy ghost cookies, peanut butter chocolate bat cookies, or ghost pop truffles.
This season we had several opportunities to show up with something fun and festive! I don't love dessert boards, especially this time of year when there are already so many opportunities for sweets. So I've been whipping up different variations of this spooky & savory halloween charcuterie board. If you're serving up a board, you may be in need of our post on the best tools for serving charcuterie. How fun would it be to make a spooky version of a charcuterie cone!?
What is charcuterie?
Charcuterie (pronounced "shar - koo - tuh - ree") originated in France as a display of cured meats. The term and dish later evolved to display various meat products, cheese, pickled foods, crackers, bread, dips, olives, dried and fresh fruit, and nuts. Charcuterie boards are notoriously arranged on beautiful boards (often a wooden board) and highlight a variety of different flavors and different shapes.
Charcuterie flavors are often broken down into main categories, which I keep in mind when creating a board for any occasion. A charcuterie board should be balanced with naturally sweet, savory, salty flavors and plenty of texture. I always try to play on seasonal flavors and use seasonal produce when possible. I have a post dedicated to Autumn charcuterie if you want to read more on perfect ingredients for a board with seasonal flavors and ingredients.
You will usually find a variety of the following on a charcuterie board:
- Dried or cured meats
- Hard and soft cheeses
- Fruits, fresh or dried
- Spreads or dips
- Pickled foods (olives, pickles, cornichons, cocktail onions)
- Bread, chips, crackers
Spooky elements on this Halloween charcuterie board
- Black olives "spiders"
- Green pesto cheese "witch fingers"
- Almonds "witch finger nails"
- Brie cheese "full moon"
- Black gouda "bats"
- String cheese "witch's broom bristles"
- Pretzel sticks "witch's broom handle"
- Mozerella slices "ghosts"
I also used a steel cast bowl to mimic a cauldron and break up the board a bit.
It's also fun to add some plastic skeletons. I love the addition of adding cured meat into the skeleton's torso in this halloween charcuterie board.
We also used: bread sticks, grapes, berries, herb cheese, cherry peppers, crackers to add more textures and flavors.