How To Build A Charcuterie Chalet

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What is a Charcuterie Chalet?

Imagine the most adorably decorated gingerbread house, but with all savory ingredients. That’s it! A charcuterie chalet is like a savory cheese board house, all dressed up for the winter holiday! Pretzel windows, salami-tiled roof top, and all of it dusted with parmesan cheese, it’s so darn cute. Who wouldn’t love this?! 

Obviously I had to jump on this new fad. Here’s my take on the trend with a few extra suggestions thrown in for good measure. And here’s my IG REEL for a full 360-degree view of the Meat Mansion I created. For other Christmas ideas, check out the Christmas section of the blog, including my Charcuterie Tree and Charcuterie Wreath. You can also search all holiday board ideas by section on this site. And, for a non-holiday version of antipasti, make my Italian Antipasti Platter.

Charcuterie Chalet

Building the Structure of Your Chalet

Make it easy on yourself! Find a gingerbread kit and build off that. Zero judgement here, because that’s what I did. I used this Gingerbread Mansion, but Target also smaller options like this Gingerbread House kit and ready-built options like this Gingerbread House and these mini pre-built holiday homes

I’ve heard of people making the structure from flatbread, which is some varsity-level food art right there. I’m no architect, and I’d honestly rather be decorating than frustrated by building the base. But you do you! It’s an option, and the important part is to make this fun and festive.

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The Base

One of the most common questions I recieved on instagram after posting was, “what is the base?” So in addition to using a gingerbread kit to build the home, I placed everything on a Lazy Susan so that I could really get a good look at every side. I love being able to show off the full 360° view!

Once the main house elements were done, I covered the Lazy Susan in cream cheese and parmesan sprinkles (more on that below). This helped the landscaping elements stick.

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Ingredients to Make it a Winter Wonderland 

I’ve made mine all savory. But you could do a mix—some savory items, with some sweet ones too. You know I love a dessert cheese board. It really comes down to the shapes and colors you want to add in. 

Besides the gingerbread house, think about what elements you want to have on your chalet: windows, landscaping, roof, and trimmings and characters. These should start to inform the colors, shapes, textures you want to look for in your ingredients. Here are some ideas based on what I made and what I’ve seen others make….

charcuterie chalet kit

The House Details

  • Cream cheese is your best bet for charcuterie chalet glue. Use it to make a beautiful, smooth snowy drift (on the rooftop or elsewhere). 
  • Salami and charcuterie are key. I placed salami rounds on the roof to make cute looking tiles. You could also make salami (or ham, or prosciutto!) rosettes for decoration around the chalet. Full tutorial here on making salami rosettes
  • Pretzel snaps (grid squares) make the perfect windows. You could also try triscuits
  • Dried fruit is a good option for decor. I used half slices of dried oranges as window awnings/coverings. 
  • Longer crackers like these rustic bakery flatbreads cut in half work as great doors. Just draw on doorknobs with these edible ink markers. I also used these to for the chimney on top, securing the four sides with cream cheese.
  • Pretzel sticks give off a great log-cabin vibe. I used a few sizes and shapes for different aspects of the decor: windows, roof eaves, and some for “logs” in front of the chalet. I used the same buttery pretzel twists in this Fall Cheese Ball Bites board. 
charcuterie chalet instructions

Landscaping

  • Rosemary makes for great trees and garden-like additions. Stand them up tall and affix them to a few more pretzel twists to help them stand. Or just lean them against the chalet.
  • Sage is such a beautiful herb, and fragrant too. I piled leaves of it into circles to make wreaths on the front and back of the house.
  • Marcona almonds (or regular almonds) make a great pathway up to the doorstep.
  • Cut up tiny thyme sprigs along the almond walkway to create a cute landscaping detail. I just stuck them into the cream cheese/parmesan base on the lazy susan.
  • Green olives could come in handy for garden landscaping too. 
charcuterie chalet recipe

Characters

  • Brie bites are so adorable. All piled up they make a pretty great snowman. Mine are secured with a skewer. I drew on the eyes, mouth and carrot nose with the edible ink markers. I get my brie bites at Trader Joe’s, but I also linked to some on amazon if you don’t have access to TJ’s.
  • Babybel cheese is a staple on my boards (like these PAC MAN with edible eyes). So it was a no-brainer to make a snowman and a Rudolf with them. Again, I used the edible ink markers for help with the faces and Santa suit. I used extra wax from the Babybels to create the red noses. For Santa, I added in a provolone beard and furry hat and stuck them on with cream cheese. See more details on my IG Reel How-To (coming soon).
  • Black olives put on skewers would make adorable looking penguins. I’ve seen these with mozzarella or cream cheese for the white belly.  
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Extras

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How to Make it Sparkle

This was the most fun part! Grate some parmesan into a bowl. Sprinkle it on top of your salami rooftop. Add it to any snowy sections you made with cream cheese. And give the rest of the yard a nice soft dusting of parmesan snow. This will really set it up to look so wintery (and yummy!). 

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How to Cheat … Full Disclosure! 

In all honesty, I knew this would only be posted on social and not eaten, so I brought the big guns. And by big guns, I mean my tiny glue gun. Yep, it just wasn’t possible for me to hold up the house without it.  

Obviously this makes the chalet inedible. Only use glue if you’re not planning on eating it. If you do want to make these and eat them too (duh, why wouldn’t you?!) you can use the royal icing that you would usually use on a gingerbread house. Or cream cheese—just make sure to keep it cold. If it gets too warm it won’t hold much up. 

A big THANK YOU to my friend, Alexandra Olin for helping build this meat mansion.

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360 video of the Chalet

Here’s a video of the full chalet.

Show Me Your Chalets

I hope this post inspires you to create the infamous #CharcuterieChalet. Nothing makes me happier than seeing the food art you create from my tips. If you make a “Meat House” (hehe) inspired by this post, please tag me at @ainttoooproudtomeg so I can see and share! 

And, If you liked this recipe, please rate and review.

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Other Resources

Check out these charcuterie chalet roundups from PopSugar and The Spruce for more inspo.

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Charcuterie Chalet Recipe

5 from 119 votes

Description

How to build a charcuterie chalet! These tips are your go-to charcuterie chalet instructions to get in on the charcuterie chalet meme!

Ingredients
  

Cheese

  • Cream Cheese
  • Babybel Cheese
  • Mozzarella
  • Cheddar
  • Provolone
  • Grated Parmesan

Meat

  • Salami

Produce

  • Mushrooms

Carbs

  • Gingerbread House Base
  • Pretzel Snaps
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Rustic Bakery Flatbreads

Accouterments

  • Dried Oranges
  • Edible Ink Markers
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Sage
  • Marcona Almonds
  • Green Olives
  • Black Olives
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140 Comments

  1. Kayley wrote:

    Seriously such a cute idea! The Brie has snowman and the rosemary wreath! I love it! Such creative ideas!

    Posted 12.17.20 Reply
    • Laura wrote:

      5 stars
      Love this!! Will try to recreate next year ????

      Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  2. Julianne wrote:

    5 stars
    This is absolutely too cute to eat! I love it!

    Posted 12.17.20 Reply
  3. Janelle B wrote:

    5 stars
    This is the most adorable chalet I’ve seen!

    Posted 12.17.20 Reply
  4. Samantha wrote:

    5 stars
    You always have the cutest ideas!!

    Posted 12.17.20 Reply
  5. Robyn wrote:

    5 stars
    So Cute!! Great spin on the traditional gingerbread house!

    Posted 12.17.20 Reply
  6. Alison wrote:

    5 stars
    This is cutest thing ever! What an amazing centerpiece for the season. Meg has done it again.

    Posted 12.17.20 Reply
  7. Jody wrote:

    5 stars
    Such a fun twist to a gingerbread house! I love the elegant feel that the meats/cheeses add to this….such a great centerpiece for a holiday dinner party.

    Posted 12.17.20 Reply
  8. Jill wrote:

    5 stars
    I was challenged by a friend to recreate this masterpiece!!
    Not even going to try ????

    Posted 12.17.20 Reply
  9. Tomiko wrote:

    5 stars
    This could be a new tradition! While the kids are putting together their sweet treat gingerbread houses, I can be working on my charcuterie chalet! Love it! ????

    Posted 12.18.20 Reply
  10. Fran wrote:

    5 stars
    Love this – so cute for the holiday

    Posted 12.18.20 Reply
  11. Nicole D wrote:

    5 stars
    It’s not only beautiful and looks delicious! BUT You’re such a thoughtful blogger, I love the detail and explanation step-by-step you put into this post! Thank you! 🙂

    Posted 12.18.20 Reply
  12. Paige wrote:

    So cute and the only “gingerbread house” I’m interested in! Would love to make this for a holiday party,

    Posted 12.18.20 Reply
  13. Jen wrote:

    Most delicious gingerbread house I’ve seen. Great spin on a classic!

    Posted 12.18.20 Reply
  14. Sarah M wrote:

    5 stars
    Ok if this isn’t the cutest thing EVER. I need to try one!

    Posted 12.20.20 Reply
  15. Vicki wrote:

    5 stars
    What a fun project that is sure to bring many smiles!!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
    • @littlemsjolly wrote:

      5 stars
      This is so cute and original! I totally want to make this with/for my nieces and nephews once covid is over!

      Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  16. Gina Tiedemann wrote:

    Absolutely my favorite charcuterie chalet! .You inspired me to make my own version. It was so much fun! Mine was a rustic cabin and the base was a TJ gingerbread kit. I posted it at #charcuteriechalet. Yay!!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  17. Gina Tiedemann wrote:

    5 stars
    Sorry! I forgot to rate before I hit “post”.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
    • Meg Quinn (Ain't Too Proud To Meg) wrote:

      no worries. thank you so much for the support!

      Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  18. Cara wrote:

    5 stars
    Adorable!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  19. Boards O’Clock wrote:

    5 stars
    So cute!!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  20. Carly wrote:

    You are the queen of boards! I’m blown away by your creativity!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
    • Meg Quinn (Ain't Too Proud To Meg) wrote:

      thank you soooo much! happy holidays!

      Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  21. Lauren wrote:

    5 stars
    i LOVE this as an alternative to a gingerbread house full of sweets/candy ! the meat on the roof caught me off guard ???? definitely going to try this out myself!!!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  22. Katherine wrote:

    5 stars
    I have got to try this for Christmas Eve! Thanks for the inspiration!!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  23. Bethaby wrote:

    This is amazing – daunting but amazing.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  24. Scott Paray wrote:

    5 stars
    Great ideas

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  25. DaNae wrote:

    5 stars
    I love this idea for the holidays! I definitely used it as inspiration for my rendition!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  26. Mary Lou wrote:

    5 stars
    This made me laugh! Super duper cute.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  27. Asha wrote:

    5 stars
    I can’t wait to try this with my kids!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  28. 5 stars
    Such a cute idea! Love the marcona almonds walkway, the Brie Bite Snowman, Babybel Santa, and mushroom/thyme flower pots!

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  29. Michele wrote:

    5 stars
    I love this! I plan on pinning it and trying it next year for Christmas.

    Posted 12.21.20 Reply
  30. Kim wrote:

    5 stars