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Easy Santa Charcuterie Board for Christmas

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Elevate your holiday entertaining with this Easy Santa Charcuterie Board made with an assortment of cheeses, fresh fruits, cute meat roses, and more. Get creative with this snack board as it’s easy to put together and your guests will love it.

Easy Santa Charcuterie Board for Christmas with text

There’s one thing my family loves to eat at the holidays and that is cheese and meat boards with fruit and sometimes candy. This easy Santa Charcuterie Board for Christmas is perfect for us. It’s filled with our favorite cheeses, fruits, and cute meat roses made from salami and pepperoni. We tend to enjoy this serving platter of snacks on Christmas Eve.

Charcuterie boards are popular to serve at parties, and game day events, and are perfect for the holiday season. Creating a Santa face from cheese and fruit is easy to do and with any grazing boards, you fill it with the foods you love to eat.

snack tray shaped like santa
Perfect for holiday parties or family gatherings

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s fun to assemble!
  • Filled with fresh fruits, cheeses, meats, and spreads you love.
  • Great to serve at parties but also delicious to serve for Christmas movie night or to munch on while playing this Candy Cane Bobbing game.
  • Serve the Santa snack board while you are decorating the Christmas tree.

Santa Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie boards can be created on any type of tray or board as long as it’s food-safe. For this Santa board, a round serving tray or wooden board is needed. I used a wooden cutting board that measures If you want it larger to serve more people, keep in mind that you will need more of the ingredients listed. Mine serves about 4 – 5 people.

Grazing boards have been around forever and they can be as simple as slices of meat and cheese with crackers to more elaborate with fruits, cheese, meats, spreads, dips, and even sweet treats on them.

This Santa Claus charcuterie board is super easy to assemble and I love that there are no gaps on the board. It’s all filled with delicious treats.

santa charcuterie board with cracker tray
This jolly Santa will surely spread some Christmas cheer!

Equipment

  • 15 inch round wooden cutting board
  • parchment paper
  • knife
  • small jar or bowl for raspberry preserves

Ingredients

  • wheel of Brie cheese (for the Santa face and pompom on the hat)
  • Laughing Cow creamy white cheddar cheese wheels (you’ll use 4 total for the fuzzy part on the hat and mustache)
  • 1 black olive slice, cut in half (for Santa’s eyes)
  • strawberries, sliced in half (for hat)
  • small grape tomato half (for nose)
  • 2 containers of marinated fresh mozzarella balls (for beard)
  • 8 slices of salami (for meat rose)
  • 12 slices of pepperoni (for meat rose)
  • deli turkey slices, cut into thirds
  • green grapes
  • blackberries
  • cubes of pepper jack cheese and cheddar cheese
  • raspberry preserves
  • trail mix
  • gherkin pickles
  • rosemary sprig and pomegranate seeds (optional for garnish)
  • assortment of crackers
Ingredients for santa charcuterie

Steps to Make Santa Charcuterie Board

Step 1

Line your round board with a piece of parchment paper if you wish. This just keeps your board clean.

Step 2

To make the Santa face: cut off a small portion of the bottom of the Brie cheese. Set the smaller piece aside for now. Place Brie cheese on your board as indicated in the images.

Using 4 wedges of the Laughing Cow cheese, spread some of it next to the top of the “face” as shown in the images. Then do the same with the Laughing Cow cheese to create a mustache. Cut the olive slice in half and place it on the “face” where you want the eyes to be. Add the half of grape tomato for the nose.

Step 3

Arrange the strawberry halves for the Santa hat. Take the reserved Brie cheese and either use a small cookie cutter or sharp knife to cut out a pompom for the hat and place it accordingly. To make the beard: use the marinated fresh mozzarella balls to create Santa’s beard.

Step 4

Make the meat roses:

Using a shot glass to hold the meat slices in place, press the pepperoni slice on the rim of the glass, half inside and half outside the glass.

Add the next slice of pepperoni halfway over that one, then repeat that process with more pepperoni slices. You will use 12 slices total per pepperoni rose. REPEAT this procedure for the salami rose except you will use 8 slices of salami.

Note: be sure to push the slices against the inside and outside of the shot glass, this will help keep the roses formed and easily removed to your board.

Step 5

Add the salami rose to the board on the left side of Santa’s face. Add some grapes above that and cheddar cheese cubes below the rose. Add a few pepper jack cheese cubes above the hat. Place the small container of preserves on the right side of Santa’s face.

Step 6

Cut a couple of slices of deli turkey into thirds. Roll them up “pinwheel” style and place on board near the top of the hat pompom (as shown in pictures).

Step 7

Take a few gherkin pickles and place above the pepperjack cheese. Place the pepperoni rose between the turkey and the raspberry preserves.

Step 8

Fill in the empty spaces around the jar with some blackberries. Add some trail mix below the jar. Garnish other empty spots with pieces of rosemary and pomegranate seeds to resemble holly berries. Enjoy!

Tips, Tricks, and FAQs

  • The bigger the board, the more ingredients you will need.
  • You are not limited to what I used. Get creative!
  • Make several small boards to spread around your serving area.
Santa Charcuter Board for Christmas

Other Ideas for Charcuterie Boards

Check out the boards I have created for Valentine’s Day and this sweet and savory one for Valentine’s Day with some sweet treats. Mother’s Day is a perfect time to make this Breakfast board or for a brunch too! Patriotic holidays like the 4th of July can be all about sweets with a little savory added. Summer grazing boards are great for lunches and snacking. Need a spooky grazing board? Then this Halloween Charcuterie Board is for you.

cute santa cheese and meat tray
snack tray shaped like santa

Easy Santa Charcuterie Board

Elevate your holiday entertaining with this Easy Santa Charcuterie Board made with an assortment of cheeses, fresh fruits, cute meat roses, and more. Get creative with this snack board as it’s easy to put together and your guests will love it.
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Course: Appetizer, holiday
Cuisine: American
Keyword: charcuterie board, christmas charcuterie board, santa, santa charcuterie board
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Equipment

  • 15 inch round wooden cutting board
  • parchment paper
  • knife
  • small jar or bowl for raspberry preserves

Ingredients

  • wheel of Brie cheese (for the Santa face and pompom on the hat)
  • Laughing Cow creamy white cheddar cheese wheels (you’ll use 4 total for the fuzzy part on the hat and mustache)
  • 1 black olive slice, cut in half (for Santa’s eyes)
  • strawberries, sliced in half (for hat)
  • small grape tomato half (for nose)
  • 2 containers marinated fresh mozzarella balls (for beard)
  • 8 slices salami (for meat rose)
  • 12 slices pepperoni (for meat rose)
  • deli turkey slices, cut into thirds
  • green grapes
  • blackberries
  • cubes of pepper jack cheese and cheddar cheese
  • raspberry preserves
  • trail mix
  • gherkin pickles
  • rosemary sprig and pomegranate seeds (optional for garnish)
  • assortment of crackers

Instructions

  • Line your round board with a piece of parchment paper if you wish. This just keeps your board clean.
  • To make the Santa face: cut off a small portion of the bottom of the Brie cheese. Set the smaller piece aside for now. Place Brie cheese on your board as indicated in the images.
    Using 4 wedges of the Laughing Cow cheese, spread some of it next to the top of the “face” as shown in the images. Then do the same with the Laughing Cow cheese to create a mustache. Cut the olive slice in half and place it on the “face” where you want the eyes to be. Add the half of grape tomato for the nose.
  • Arrange the strawberry halves for the Santa hat. Take the reserved Brie cheese and either use a small cookie cutter or sharp knife to cut out a pompom for the hat and place it accordingly. To make the beard: use the marinated fresh mozzarella balls to create Santa’s beard.
  • Make the meat roses:
    Using a shot glass to hold the meat slices in place, press the pepperoni slice on the rim of the glass, half inside and half outside the glass.
    Add the next slice of pepperoni halfway over that one, then repeat that process with more pepperoni slices. You will use 12 slices total per pepperoni rose. REPEAT this procedure for the salami rose except you will use 8 slices of salami.
    Note: be sure to push the slices against the inside and outside of the shot glass, this will help keep the roses formed and easily removed to your board.
  • Add the salami rose to the board on the left side of Santa’s face. Add some grapes above that and cheddar cheese cubes below the rose. Add a few pepper jack cheese cubes above the hat. Place the small container of preserves on the right side of Santa’s face.
  • Cut a couple of slices of deli turkey into thirds. Roll them up “pinwheel” style and place on board near the top of the hat pompom (as shown in pictures).
  • Take a few gherkin pickles and place above the pepperjack cheese. Place the pepperoni rose between the turkey and the raspberry preserves.
  • Fill in the empty spaces around the jar with some blackberries. Add some trail mix below the jar. Garnish other empty spots with pieces of rosemary and pomegranate seeds to resemble holly berries. Enjoy!

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