Christmas CharcuterTREE

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UPDATED: Dec 2020. Did someone say CharcuterTREE? IT ME!

Here’s my version of an edible Tannenbaum (I’ve basically been waiting all year to use that word!) with all your favorite cheese board fixings. It’s a great spread to serve as a simple appetizer because it has both sweet and savory items—plus it’s such a festive showpiece! 

For other ideas, check out the Christmas section of the blog, including my Charcuterie Chalet and Charcuterie Wreath. You can also search all holiday board ideas by section on this site.

christmas tree charcuterie board appetizer

How Do You Build a Charcuterie Tree?

This board is one of my easiest and most approachable boards. Simply gather up cubed cheese, salami & some colorful accoutrements and line them up to create a tree shape. Add in some festive touches with cheese cut outs and garnish and you have yourself an impressive holiday appetizer.

Feel free to copy this one exactly or sub in some of your favorite ingredients to create the this festive appetizer.

Here’s my process. 

  • I start by gathering all the ingredients I’m going to use together. I like to see what colors, shapes, and flavors I have and if there are any gaps I need to fill. 
  • Cut all your harder cheeses (Cheddar, Colby Jack, etc) into cubes. 
  • Start your tree layers! I started from the bottom, with cheese (Duh!), then continued up the tree, making sure each layer was slightly less wide than the last, to ensure the triangle tree shape.
  • If you want to leave out briney items like olives, you can always just put a ramekin of those off to the side (or in a star ramekin on the top!) if you prefer.
  • Create a tree trunk using pretzels at the bottom of the tree.
  • Don’t forget to garnish! Add the rosemary sprigs to evoke the tree branch feeling. Then finish with star-shaped cookies and provolone stars cut-outs to act like decorative tree ordainments. 
charcuterie christmas tree board

What’s On The Christmas Board? 

  • Cubed cheese: cheddar, colby jack, and havarti
  • Cheese cut outs: I made snowflake & star cut outs using provolone slices
  • Meat: regular, peppered, and Calabrese salami  
  • Produce: Castelvetrano olives, blackberries, raspberries 
  • Sweets: chocolate shortbread star cookies (I used the ones from Trader Joe’s)
  • Garnish: pretzel sticks, rosemary sprigs

Alternative Ingredients to Try

Since this board is all about the color and shape, there are so many directions you can take it. If you feel overwhelmed by choices, I suggest sticking to a smaller color palette or flavor palette while you figure out the ingredients you want to include. 

I always advocate that you use seasonal produce (it just tastes better!) and the ingredients that you and your crew love the most. If no one likes olives, don’t use olives! As always, make it your own. 

  • Cubed apple slices turned so that the outside color is showing. You can make sure to cut them in a way that they’ll sit flat and not wobble.  Remember to use this apple trick so they don’t brown.
  • Edamame for some fresh green color. 
  • Grapes of any color would be super fun. 
  • Flavored, colored Oreos turned on their side if you want to add more sweets to the mix. Just make sure they are crowded in by other ingredients so that they don’t roll away. 
  • Cherry tomatoes for a fun pop of red (or yellow!). 

What Size of Board Did You Use?

This board is 14inx20in. Find similar wood boards in the SHOP THIS POST below. Remember to always check dimensions before you buy as some of these differ slightly.

Show Me Your Board

Nothing makes me happier than seeing you create beautiful boards from my tips. If you make a spread inspired by this post, please tag me at @ainttoooproudtomeg and use #AintTooProudToCheese so I can see and share!

And, if you liked this board recipe, please rate and review.

christmas tree charcuterie board

Christmas CharcuterTREE

5 from 134 votes

Description

Ingredients
  

Cheese

  • Sharp Cheddar cut into cubes
  • Havarti cut into cubes
  • Colby Jack cut into cubes
  • Provolone Slices for the snowflakes and stars

Meats

  • Calabrese Salame these came in an easy-to-use 3 pack
  • Italian Dry Salame
  • Peppered Salame

Produce

  • Blackberries
  • Raspberries

Carbs

  • pretzel sticks for the tree bark
  • suggestion to have crackers on this side

Accoutrement

  • Castelvetrano Olives

Garnish

  • Rosemary

The Sweet Stuff

  • Chocolate Covered Shortbread Stars from Trader Joes
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164 Comments

  1. Audrey wrote:

    5 stars
    Cannot wait to make this! Your are such an inspiration!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  2. Lindsey wrote:

    This is so great! I love the stars and the rosemary is a great touch!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  3. Tonya wrote:

    5 stars
    I love this! Making it for Xmas eve this year ????????????

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  4. Shaz wrote:

    4 stars
    So cute!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  5. Randi wrote:

    This is perfect for my neighbor!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  6. CocoKnowsBest wrote:

    5 stars
    This is probably one of my favorite charcuterie boards you’ve made, to date 🙂

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  7. DaNae wrote:

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to get festive with this fabulous Charcutree!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  8. Shannon Cimino wrote:

    5 stars
    Meg – I just love all your creative board designs. The way you label the ingredients so that it is clear on what is what is so helpful. Can’t wait to entertain again (soon) with friends and your recipes/inspiration! Thank you!
    Shannon

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  9. Geeta wrote:

    5 stars
    ????

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  10. Meg wrote:

    5 stars
    Yum!!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  11. Nina Barone wrote:

    5 stars
    Love this! So many great ideas!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  12. Jaime wrote:

    5 stars
    Made this and love it-so cute and festive!!!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  13. Leah wrote:

    5 stars
    So inspired by these festive boards! I think a tree will be making a debut at our house Christmas lunch!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  14. Aisling wrote:

    5 stars
    Definitely making this board this year – and those Trader Joe’s star cookies are one of my holiday favs! Best way to easily make a board look festive

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  15. Aubrey wrote:

    5 stars
    In these uncertain times, one thing never changes: Ain’t Too Proud To Meg produces the BEST content on the internet!!!! I’ve loved the Instagram videos and posts for so long, and I’m so excited to read the blog!!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  16. Melissa Boetjer wrote:

    5 stars
    Love this!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  17. Marissa wrote:

    5 stars
    Love! Thank you for all your amazing posts! I started making them because of you and my friends and family love it! Continue killing it and sharing all your awesome ideas! We appreciate you!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  18. Patricia Walton wrote:

    5 stars
    I love that you provide step by step details. So inspiring! I love attempting to recreate.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  19. Colette Weber wrote:

    5 stars
    I love your holiday boards. I have begun working on boards on the Mississippi Gulf Coast after I retired from teaching after 24 years, and it has been amazing. I love to look at your creations to give me inspiration.

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  20. Alison wrote:

    5 stars
    This is absolutely beautiful! We eat with our eyes first and this is almost too pretty to eat!!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  21. Allison wrote:

    5 stars
    Love this! The list of specific ingredients is so helpful ????

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  22. Rosa Son wrote:

    5 stars
    I love this idea and will definitely try to recreate it!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  23. Tegan wrote:

    Love this and that the design is V simple to follow ????????????????

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  24. Anita Toss wrote:

    5 stars
    I love all your boards! So imaginative!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  25. Amy wrote:

    5 stars
    I’m always inspired by everything posted, but this tree board is such an easy one to recreate! Was a big hit when I first tried it 🙂

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  26. Lisa wrote:

    5 stars
    I’m so doing the tree for my simple Christmas alone with my hubby!
    I can’t wait!! Thank you for helping those of us that need the step by step!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  27. Missy wrote:

    5 stars
    Amazing!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  28. Hannah wrote:

    5 stars
    Love how this has everything! (Sweets/cheese/meat) and it looks so cute but also relatively easy for a newbie like me!!

    Posted 12.3.20 Reply
  29. Crystal wrote:

    5 stars