This fall charcuterie board is the perfect fall appetizer idea for autumn parties, tailgates, Halloween and Thanksgiving gatherings, and more!
It combines all the best flavors of fall (think pumpkin, apple, cinnamon) with classic charcuterie board meats and cheeses.
Charcuterie boards have been quite the trend in party appetizers over the last few years, and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon! They’re such a delicious way to serve up snack favorites like meats, cheeses and nuts to party guests. Everyone can select what they want, win-win!
What I especially love about charcuterie boards is that you can customize them for seasons or special occasions… like FALL!
Fall flavors are some of my favorites so I incorporated lots of them into my fall charcuterie board. Think pumpkin, cinnamon, apple…!
Psst… I also have a few other charcuterie and grazing boards to inspire your next party! Take a look!
- Football/Tailgating Charcuterie Board
- Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board
- Summer Charcuterie Board
- S’mores Board
- Movie Night Snack Board
- My favorite? A huge, delicious Southern Charcuterie Board in my latest book!
Let’s get to the details to recreate this look and make your OWN easy fall charcuterie board, ready? Let’s go!
How to Make a Fall Charcuterie Board
Select Your Board or Platter
First things first, your board! It’s not really a charcuterie board without some sort of large board or platter. You can stay on budget and use any large serving tray, it doesn’t have to be a board purchased just for a charcuterie board.
Large marble platters, wood boards (like this one), serving trays, etc. will all do the trick. Just make sure it’s big enough to hold all the meats, cheeses, etc.
Gather Your Fall Foods
Since fall is the theme of our charcuterie board, stick with the classic autumn colors like orange, red, yellow, gold, etc. This will give your board a cohesive look that’s seasonally perfect for all your fall gatherings!
So where do you find all these fall foods? For mine, I found almost everything from Trader Joe’s and Aldi.
Trader Joe’s has a fabulous fall selection of pumpkin foods like pumpkin biscotti and pumpkin butter spread as well as apple cinnamon too.
I also got the fall leaf tortilla chips at Trader Joe’s. You COULD make your own fall leaf chips, however, with tortillas and fall leaf cookie cutters, if you wanted to! Or make fall leaves out of pie crust to adorn on brie, etc.
I grabbed a few other items at Aldi including cheeses, meats, nuts, and my favorite – the fall maple leaf cookies! They’re delicious and they have them every fall.
Most grocery stores have a few select seasonal items in pumpkin/apple items (check the bakery) during the season, but if not, you can make your own! Here are a few treats you could make for your board!
Be sure to get a variety of textures and tastes of meats and cheeses as well as crackers, pretzels, and dips too.
Think outside the box and try a savory pumpkin spread or apple butter. Go with a mix of sweet and savory to appeal to everyone’s preferences. The more variety, the better!
Design your Charcuterie Board
I like to lay out my largest items on the board first. Usually, this starts with the cheeses like a brie wheel. Space them out around the board evenly. Fill in with the next largest items like chips, crackers, meats, dip bowls, etc. Next, add in small items like nuts, little cookies, etc. Tuck in serving spoons, cheese knives and spreaders, and ta-da!
Add some Festive Fall Touches
Give your board some fall garnishing with mini pumpkins, sprigs of wheat, cinnamon sticks, and fall flowers tucked in for the perfect autumn cheese board! Now you have yourself a festive fall charcuterie board!
Charcuterie Board Hostess Tip
One tip I’ve found with serving these large boards to guests is that no one wants to “mess it up” and be the first to cut into the cheeses. Do it for them! I like to slice the brie open and have a few slices of the cheese already ready to go so no one has to be the “first to dive in”. I do the same with goat cheese logs, etc. When it’s easy to grab and spread, your guests are more likely to do so!
I hope you’ll give this fall charcuterie board a try for this fall season or even Thanksgiving! It would make the perfect pre-turkey appetizer with your family!
Fall Charcuterie Board
- 10 ounces meats - (salami, prosciutto, etc)
- 1 brie wheel
- 1 goat cheese log
- 4 ounces smoked cheddar - (or cheese of choice)
- 4 ounces pistachios
- 4 ounces almonds
- 3 ounces walnuts
- 2 ounces pepitas
- 6 ounces pumpkin butter - (or pumpkin dip)
- 1/2 cup olives
- 10 ounces fall leaf tortilla chips - (or crackers)
- 6 mini orange pumpkin cakes
- 4 ounces honey
- 12 chocolate wafer rolls
- 10 pumpkin biscotti
- 16 ounces seasonal covered pretzels
- 1 bunch apricots or other dried fruit
- 2 apples - sliced and brushed with lemon juice
- 12 fall leaf maple cookies
- Arrange foods on large board or serving platter. First, place mini pumpkins, large cheeses, dip bowls, etc. Fill In with smaller Items. Garnish with wheat sprigs, cinnaon sticks, thyme, rosemary, etc.