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How to make an Easy Breakfast Charcuterie Board

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Are you looking for a fast and delicious way to make your morning meals special? Look no further than creating your own Breakfast Charcuterie Board.  It is an easy-to-assemble breakfast board featuring a variety of flavors that will awaken your taste buds and is always a crowd favorite. 

Looking down on a completed breakfast charcuterie board.
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Perfect for sleepy weekday mornings, lazy weekend brunches, or just because – this board has everything you need to feel full without dragging out kitchen prep time. 

With layers upon layers of fresh breads, savory meats, sweet fruits plus some extra goodies for the adventurous eater – you can easily customize every combination to fit everyone’s unique tastes while adding a little something special to start each day off right!

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WHAT IS A BREAKFAST CHARCUTERIE BOARD?

A breakfast charcuterie board is a combination of your favorite breakfast foods, surrounded by foods that pair well with them.

Oftentimes those items include croissants, fruit, donuts, cookies, cinnamon rolls and meats. The best part is that this is where you can get creative.

There are not any rules, so the sky’s the limit and you can customize it to be whatever you want it to be.

WHAT DO YOU PUT ON A BREAKFAST CHARCUTERIE BOARD?

A breakfast board should be fresh and full of amazing morning treats.  It is time to have fun with breakfast.  Get creative and go wild with an array of fresh fruits, baked items and a little protein.

STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR CHOOSING THE FOOD

MEATS

For breakfast I like to go with meats that are considered brunch items.  In this board I used ham but crispy bacon and sausage links would also be great options.

If you decide to go with a board for brunch, include salami and other cured meats.

Transforming the meat into a rose is a wonderful way to elevate the end result. Let me show you two ways to make salami roses here.

CHEESES

Cheese is definitely a personal preference, especially for a morning board.  Cream cheese would be super delicious to serve with pastries.

You can also go with sliced or cubed cheese in your choice of flavors.

BREAD/MUFFINS

A typical breakfast board always has a variety of everyone’s favorite bread, donuts and other pastries.  

Adding mini cinnamon rolls, mini waffles, mini pancakes, mini bagels, mini muffins and mini donuts allows everyone to easily grab a serving and they also look adorable.  French toast cut into slices would also be fun.  If you only have access to larger items, cut them into thirds or quarters.  

FRUIT

Start with your favorite fresh fruit.  Go with what is in season so that it is super ripe and flavorful.  Fruits like watermelon, pineapple, cherries, fresh berries, orange slices and seasonal stone fruit are a great way to add color and flavor to the board.  

Of course, you could always use dried fruit which is easy to find all year long and also shelf stable.

SWEETS

Every good board has a sweet element in my opinion. Make your life easier and go with store bought treats that everyone will love. Small cookies and candies are always my go-to.

You can also make Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies or Mini No Bake Cheesecakes for a delicious bite sized treat.

DIPS

Add a side of maple syrup or a bowl of peanut butter.  Homemade apple butter and yogurt are also great options.

​FINISHING TOUCHES

Using edible flowers and fresh herbs are a fun way to add just the right touch for a perfect brunch charcuterie board.

EXPERT TIPS

  • Get creative with what you use for the base. A cutting board is traditional but there are so many things you can use instead. Lay brown paper on the counter, use a baking sheet or breakfast tray.
  • Know how many people you are serving and the size of the board you want to use before going shopping. Both of these numbers will help you decide how much food to purchase.
  • Always start with the larger and main ingredients first. Adding the meat and cheeses first allows you to arrange all of the supporting ingredients around them.
  • Use small bowls to contain items you don’t want rolling around the board.  Using bowls for smaller items, fruit and dips can keep everything in place and help with pulling it together.
  • Go back and add smaller foods like fruit to fill in any empty spaces.  To get a lush and gorgeous brunch board it should be full and completely covered.
  • If you are using larger items be sure to cut them down into smaller portions.  This step helps to put the board together and allows everyone to grab a few items.

Recipe FAQs

What do I serve with a breakfast charcuterie board?

The possibilities are endless but the great thing is that you don’t have to add anything.  In fact, there are so many items on the board that it stands on its own.

Of course, if you wanted to add a few items with it a Cheesy Ham Breakfast Casserole or Pigs in a Blanket Casserole would both be great.

Can I make one in advance?

You can easily make it up to 4 hours in advance but be sure that you have room in the refrigerator.  It should also be covered in plastic wrap to keep everything fresh.

Where do I serve an easy Breakfast Charcuterie Board?

It can be served anytime, I love to serve in the evening and declare breakfast for dinner.  It is also amazing served on Mother’s Day, at a baby shower, Christmas morning and Valentine’s Day.

What should I not put on a charcuterie board?

There are no rules as to what you should and shouldn’t put on a board but I would keep my audience in mind.

Do they like spicy foods? If not, steer away from anything with spicy flavors. Do your guests like strong cheeses? If they do, go with a blue cheese but if not try another soft cheese.

An up close photo of a breakfast charcuterie board with mini treats.

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A charcuterie board full of breakfast items.

How to make an Easy Breakfast Charcuterie Board

Transform the way you look at breakfast with a fun charcuterie board full of all of your breakfast favorites!
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 785kcal
5 from 1 vote
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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces cured meats {or deli slices}
  • 8 ounces cheese {sliced or cubed}
  • 16 mini cinnamon rolls
  • 16 mini muffins
  • 16 mini croissants
  • 16 mini donuts
  • 6 ounces fresh fruit
  • 1 cup candies or cookies

Instructions

  • Add the large items {meats & cheeses} to the board. Then place the bakery items around the board.
  • Next, arrange fruits around the meat, cheese and mini pastries. Add bowls of dip {if you prefer to add}.
  • Fill in any empty areas with candy and cookies. Finally, go back and fill in any areas and add fresh herbs and edible flowers. Serve or cover for up to 4 hours in the refrigerator.

Notes

  • Get creative with what you use for the base. A cutting board is traditional but there are so many things you can use instead. Lay brown paper on the counter, use a baking sheet or breakfast tray.
  • Know how many people you are serving and the size of the board you want to use before going shopping.Both of these numbers will help you decide how much food to purchase.
  • Use small bowls to contain items you don’t want rolling around the board.  Using bowls for smaller items, fruit and dips can keep everything in place and help with pulling it together.
  • Go back and add smaller foods like fruit to fill in any empty spaces.  To get a lush and gorgeous brunch board it should be full and completely covered.
  • If you are using larger items be sure to cut them down into smaller portions.  This step helps to put the board together and allows everyone to grab a few items.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 785kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 23g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 1351mg | Potassium: 296mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 1199IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 248mg | Iron: 3mg
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