Winter charcuterie inspiration

With so many holidays throughout the month of December, we find ourselves snacking constantly, and there’s no snack we love more than… well basically anything served on a board. Why do snacks taste so much better from a board? Honestly, it’s a mystery, but even our kids love a good snack board so we’ve rounded up some charcuterie board ideas from the HMC Farm Kitchen to get you through the holidays and into the new year. 

Board #1: The winter classic

This is one of our favorite winter charcuterie boards. We started with HMC Farms red seedless grapes (of course), and added local almonds, pistachios, pomegranates, and salami—in fact, nearly everything on this board is grown or made in California. What we love most about this board is that it balances the sweetness of in-season fruit with the saltiness of salami and nuts and the bold flavor of our favorite cheeses. It’s a crowd-pleaser, and our go-to when hosting a small gathering or cocktails over Zoom.

Charcuterie board with grapes, salami, cheese, pomegranate, crackers, and nuts

What we used for the winter classic:

  • HMC Farms red seedless grapes
  • Pomegranates from the Central Valley
  • Almonds from the Central Valley
  • California pistachios
  • Two kinds of salami from Busseto Foods
  • Rainforest Crisps
  • Dubliner cheese from Kerrygold
  • Habanero and jalapeño cheddar from Yancey’s Fancy

Board #2: The vegetarian board

FYI: meat is not required for a delicious board of snacks. We said it. Honestly, why should meat eaters have all the fun? Whether you are a vegetarian, shifting toward a more plant-based diet, or simply not eating processed meats (hello, pregnant ladies!), this board is a great option to enjoy your board sans-meat (you can also ditch the cheese or swap for vegan cheese to make this a vegan board). Honestly, even if you’re an omnivore, you might not even notice the salami is missing—we didn’t!

Charcuterie board with fruit, nuts, cheese, and crackers

What we used for the vegetarian board:

  • HMC Farms red seedless grapes
  • Oranges and pomegranates from the Central Valley
  • Red walnuts from the Central Valley
  • California pistachios
  • Marcona almonds
  • Brie cheese
  • Manchego cheese
  • Dubliner cheese from Kerrygold
  • Red wine cheese
  • Mini crisps
  • Rosemary from our backyard for garnish

Board #3: The charcuterie wreath

It took us a minute to get on board with the charcuterie wreath trend. It seemed like a waste to leave a giant gap where there should be a pile of yummy snack foods. However, with the holidays upon us, we concede that a charcuterie wreath is cute for Christmas gatherings. If you’ve got a plate so cute you don’t want to cover it up, or if your famous artichoke dip needs a home on your charcuterie board, this might be the perfect fit for you.

Plate that says Happy Holidays with grapes, cheese, nuts, and a salami rose. Greenery, crackers, and a kitchen towel around the plate.

What we used for the charcuterie wreath:

  • HMC Farms red seedless grapes
  • California almonds
  • Salami
  • Manchego cheese
  • Cranberry white cheddar cheese
  • Served with a side of mini crisps

Board #4: The jarcuterie

This portable pint-sized snack is a promising pick when plating your preferences isn’t pleasant. (We are trying to compete with Peter Piper and his peppers here). A jarcuterie is an adorable way to refer to all of your favorite charcuterie board items served in jars. Why do we love jarcuteries? They remind us of Christmas stockings. There are layers of fun surprises, and you honestly never know what you’ll find at the bottom. You can easily customize jarcuteries for people with food allergies or dietary preferences that would make different foods overlapping on a board a bad idea. This is also a great way to prevent people from touching (or breathing on) all of the treats, and it’s pretty easy to make these little guys look just as adorable as a full spread. As a fun bonus, your uncle can’t hog all of the HMC Farms grapes if everyone gets their own portion.

Three jars filled with nute, grapes, cheese, peas, an crackers.

What we used for the jarcuterie:

  • HMC Farms red seedless grapes
  • Salami
  • Marcona almonds
  • Cranberry habanero white cheddar
  • Manchego wedges
  • Rosemary crackers
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Cookies from Life’s a Batch
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