The year is 1776. John Handcock and his crew have all just signed a massive middle finger to the King. Gosh, that room must have been tense! Imagine biting the hand that tried to force-feed monarchy and taxes to you. But, could they have been nibbling on snacks during the signing of the declaration? And if so, how were their munchies presented? (We’re assuming chip bags weren’t around then.)
The 4th of July is a day for celebrating our country’s independence and enjoying the company of loved ones. Let’s not forget it also means indulging in some of our beloved foods!
And, what’s more American than a charcuterie board? (Other than a classic BBQ, of course!)
With its endless possibilities and crazy creative presentation, a charcuterie board is perf for incorporating the colors of Old Glory into your spread. So, in honor of OUR queen, Lady Liberty, we’re dedicating this post to guiding you on how to build mouth-watering and patriotic Fourth of July charcuterie boards filled with star-spangled snacks!
Celebrate Independence Day with a 4th of July Charcuterie Board
Looking to impress your guests this independence day without burning your fingers or blowing them off? If so, then look no further than a solid charcuterie board. And the best part? It’s easier than baking an apple pie or stitching up the ol’ red, white, and blue! Looking at you Betsy Ross, you badass!
With just a few simple ingredients and some old-fashioned creativity, you’ll be whipping up delicious spreads worthy of the Pledge. Your guests can get their snack on, and feel all kinds of American pride! Just remember, you CAN let your imagination run wild AND have fun with it!
So… What is a Charcuterie Board?!
No, if you’re unfamiliar with a charcuterie board, then you’re missing all the way out!
Simply put, it’s a snack platter typically loaded with all kinds of goodies. Snacks like cured meats, artisanal cheeses, seasonal fruits, and nuts are all main charcuterie staples. And believe us when we tell you, it ain’t just a trend, baby. Fancy snack boards have been around for centuries!
The Europeans have been perfecting the art of charcuterie for ages, but we think we’ve cracked the code right here in the great U.S. of A. And the best part is, there’s no one way to build a perfect charcuterie board!
You can customize them however you want, so they fit every occasion, from casual get-togethers to fancy soirees (even breakfast!) And even for the Fourth of July! So what CAN you put on a charcuterie board?
What Goes on A Charcuterie Board?
- Cured meats
- Cheeses galore
- Crackers, bread, or crostini
- Fresh or dried fruits
- Olives or pickles
- Spreads, dips, and jams
- Veggies for a healthy crunch
- Chocolate or other sweets
- Fresh herbs, edible flowers, or any kind of garnish
How To Make a Charcuterie Board for the 4th of July
Step 1: You’ve got to start with the RIGHT board.
Believe it or not, charcuterie boards are honestly all about presentation. Choose a cheese board, a cutting board, or something like this extra-large personalized charcuterie board that’s big enough to hold all of your ingredients. Make sure it’s clean, dry, and ready to be dressed. And try to stay from materials that could contaminate your food. We’re stanning non-toxic dinnerware HARD!
Step 2: Get those meats and cheeses sliced, y’all.
You’ll want to pick a variety of textures and flavors to keep things interesting. So, thinly sliced salami, prosciutto, and/or ham, and a mixture of soft and hard cheeses (like goat cheese or smoked gouda) is the way to go. You’ll need to use a sharp knife like this custom-etched chef’s knife to get the job done.
Step 3: Bring on the crunch!
To balance out some of the soft textures of your meats and cheeses, add some crunchy elements to your board. We’re talkin’ crackers, breadsticks, or toasted baguette slices. And with this walnut bread bow knife, you’ll be servin’ carbs like a post-marathon pasta! Don’t forget that nuts are a part of the crunch family, too! Almonds, pistachios, and these raw Texas pecans add an extra flavor, and can help cleanse your palate between bites!
Step 4: Let’s add some color to your board, baby!
Now, you KNOW a charcuterie board isn’t all just meat, cheeses, and bread. Fresh and dried fruits sometimes carry the snack team by bringing color and texture to the board. Consider adding strawberries, blueberries, sliced bananas, and cherries or raspberries to invoke your inner Uncle Sam!
Step 5: Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize!
We cannot stress the importance of accessorizing enough here. You’ll need spreaders, small plates, etc. to keep organized and clean. Small bowls are perfect for holding dips, spreads, olives, nuts… you name it! This stainless steel charcuterie set will ensure that your guests aren’t creating unnecessary messes. Cheese knives also make it easy for your guests to serve themselves. Also, toothpicks come in handy for smaller nibbles. These wooden charcuterie pics have the power to clean that board!
Step 6: Now it’s time to arrange your ingredients.
Start with your larger items first, like those main staples we mentioned earlier (your breads, meats, and cheeses)! Then fill in the gaps with smaller ingredients. Think about the colors, the theme, the textures, and flavors of your ingredients when arranging your board. Creativity is key in crafting stunning charcuterie boards.
Step 7: Last but not least, enjoy yourself!
A charcuterie board is all about sharing and enjoying the food with good company. So sit back, relax, and savor every bite!
Party Like it’s 1776 With These 4th of July Charcuterie Board Ideas
You don’t have to play football or be a Reject to enjoy this All-American Board! Go ahead and load up this simplistically fabulous round marble serving board with juicy hotdogs, savory hamburgers, and crispy potato chips. And for you, state-side sweet-toothed snackers, add some slices of homemade apple pie to the mix. There is nothing more worthy of American pride than that!
We want magic, we want pizzaz, and we want Katie Perry to sing to our charcuterie boards. So, with this idea, you’ll need to create a board that looks like a firework exploding. Have your meats and cheeses in the center of this black stone USA state cheeseboard, with crackers fanning out like sparks. Add some red and blue accents with juicy berries and plump tomatoes, and some blue cheese for a bolder flavor. This board will have your guests, and Ms. Perry, shooting ‘cross the sky-ah-aaah!
Planning a patriotic picnic in the park? Then the Picnic Board is 100% the answer! We love this simple yet VERY iconic walnut and Maplewood rectangle serving board. You could fill it with scrumptious sandwiches, a refreshing fruit salad, delectable deviled eggs, and a classic potato salad. Don’t forget, summer drinks like lemonade and iced tea are also great additions for sipping.
Grill Master Board
Your guests will want to “Kiss the cook” once you’ve served them this board idea! For this board, grilled meats and veggies are the stars and stripes! Grill up some succulent chicken, juicy steak, and savory sausages. Add in some sweet corn on the cob and colorful bell peppers for that extra pop. We love to get saucy too, so don’t forget to include some BBQ sauce or any of these Trade Street Signature Jams for dipping.
If you’re dreaming of the beach, then this board is THE VIBE. Create a board with seafood-inspired snacks like shrimp cocktail, creamy crab dip, and smoky, smoky smoked salmon… ugh sounds divine, doesn’t it? You should add some crackers and bread for dipping, as well as some juicy fruits and creamy cheeses to balance out the flavors. And what’s better for your Beach charcuterie needs than this blue-whale-shaped artisanal wood board?
Red, White, and Blue Board
This last charcuterie board idea is all about showing the patriotic colors of our flag. So, fill it up with juicy red strawberries, plump blueberries, and creamy white cheeses (like white cheddar). Also, add some star-shaped crackers or cookies for a festive touch. And don’t forget to include some satisfyingly crunchy marcona almonds! Throw it all on a USA-shaped handmade wooden charcuterie board to tie this holiday-themed snack platter together.
Get your independence day started right with these 4th of July charcuterie board ideas!
Well, our fellow patriots, we’re putting the finishing touches on our OWN declaration, the Declaration of Charcuterie Boards!
As we gear up to celebrate the birth of our great nation, we hope these charcuterie board tips and ideas will get your taste buds bursting in the summer air! Remember, there’s no better way to show your love for our country than with good food and good company. So, let’s raise a board to the land of the free and the home of the brave!