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A Simple Charcuterie and Cheese Board

April 17, 2017

By Kath Dedon


We had our usual Snake River Farms ham for Easter dinner with family and friends this year. It’s gotten so it wouldn’t be Easter without an SRF ham. It’s so good!!

I had originally said that I would provide the whole dinner, but then I came to my senses and delegated. Everyone brought great contributions to the meal and I had a very relaxing day! 🙂

I wanted to set out an appetizer that would include “something for everyone”. Some of my favorite people at the dinner are serious CrossFit devotees and they eat a keto (super low carb, high fat) diet. A couple of people are dairy-free, and two are gluten free. I decided to do A Simple Charcuterie and Cheese Board.

I’d never done a charcuterie and cheese board and found it was quite easy. I just selected a few meats, some cheese, olives, cornichons, and pickled peppers and arranged them on a large wooden cutting board. I set out some rice crackers, wheat crackers, and Parmesan crisps to go with the meats and cheese. Everyone seemed to enjoy it.

If you search the Internet you’ll find all kinds of fancy charcuterie and cheese boards. I found it a bit intimidating to think about trying to reproduce something like those picture-perfect examples. So I just relaxed and put together A Simple Charcuterie and Cheese Board. I highly recommend it for entertaining. You can truly make it so there’s something for everyone.


In the upper left-hand and lower right-hand corners are Milano Salami and Fontina cheese, and then clockwise from the top: Sicilian olives, prosciutto, cornichons with pickled onions, Mama Lil’s Kick Butt Peppers, Beecher’s Herb Cheese Curds, and Salumi Salami 

Charcuterie and Cheese Board


I set out rice crackers (gluten-free), Parmesan crisps (keto) and wheat crackers to go with the charcuterie and cheese.



I have never tried it, but Parmesan crisps sound very easy to make yourself. I may try that next time. (Just google “parmesan crisps” and you’ll find recipes.)

Happy Easter and Happy Spring!


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6 Comments leave one →
  1. lostinapot2017 permalink
    April 18, 2017 1:35 am

    What a fine looking Charcuterie board. I suspect all your guest were pleased. Snake River Farms ham, I’ve never had it. Looks really yummy. I’m going to have to try one next time we’re in the PNW.

    • April 18, 2017 6:58 am

      Thanks, Ron! Metropolitan Market in the Seattle area carries the SRF hams and ham steaks at holiday times (Christmas, Easter, maybe Thanksgiving). I don’t know if they’re available locally other than at those times. They can be ordered from Idaho other times of the year but it’s a lot more expensive. (But worth it if you want a really special ham!)

  2. April 30, 2017 5:44 am

    Very few things satisfy quite like a charcuterie (or, as Italians would say, salumi) and cheese board. It’s a wonderful option when you don’t feel like cooking. And that does happen on occasion, even to us “foodies”.

  3. April 12, 2018 12:47 pm

    It may be simple but it looks fabulous

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