The best charcuterie boards can easily become the star of a party, packed high with swirls of cured meats and a dazzling array of hard and soft cheeses. Not to mention the rest of the accouterments, from fresh baguette to zesty pickles and yummy honey and jellies.
What’s not to love about charcuterie boards? It makes planning the snacks for a happy hour a breeze. Simply pick up a broad selection of snacks, lay them out day-of, and your guests will be happily grazing with little effort on your end. Plus, a charcuterie board caters to all different diets and budgets. Skip the meats if you have vegetarian guests. Or, stock up on fruits and nuts for a healthy crowd.
Even if you’re not a culinary wiz, a charcuterie platter is easy to curate. Just pick up a variety of products, from hard cheeses to fresh fruit to bite-sized desserts. Just don’t forget bread and crackers to pair with the treats.
The other trick to a great snacking board is the presentation. This is where owning a unique charcuterie board comes in handy. A beautiful charcuterie board will make an impact at any dinner party or happy hour.
And some of the best boards available on Amazon come with everything you need to craft an excellent snack platter, from corkscrews to a selection of cheese knives. Simply select your cured meats and cheeses (plus some beverages to pair) and let the board do all the talking. Here are our favorite charcuterie boards available right now. Just grab the cheese, crack the wine, and you're ready for happy hour.
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via: AmazonNatural acacia wood grain, brushed copper finishing, and a minimalistic circular shape give this board serious style. Aesthetics aside, this board comes with two cheese knives, a serving spoon, and fork that are all magnetic for easy storage—you will never misplace them! A copper handle makes it easy to move this board to wherever you're snacking.
via: AmazonSlide open a hidden drawer in this charcuterie board to reveal a set of four different cheese knives. Use them to dish out cheese from the center of the board, then place your nuts, crackers, or bread in the recessed sections along the side. We love that this handy board is carefully crafted with durable, organically-sourced bamboo wood. It's easy to clean and durable enough to last for decades.
via: AmazonMade with elegantly carved acacia wood, this is easily one of the most handsome options available. And it's not just a charcuterie board: this set includes a chic black slate serving board, three knives, and three petite dip and nut bowls. When you're done, pop the knives in their hidden resting place and pack up the set in the matching velvet bag (great for gifting!).
via: AmazonWhile this option doesn’t have all the zippy drawers and knives of the previous charcuterie boards, it has a high-end design that will add an air of elegance to any happy hour. The luxury board is handcrafted from Italian olive wood and features an iridescent resin streak up the middle.
via: AmazonMeet the Cadillac of charcuterie boards. Not only is this a massive board with enough bowls to hold all your treats. There's also four magnetic drawers that pull out to hold all your cheeses, dips, and fruits. Not to mention the drawers are pre-stocked with four cheese knives, a wine opener, plus clever little natural slate signs for labeling your cheese.
via: AmazonWhile most of the boards out there are square, this fun one from Picnic at Ascot is round. Display a different snack on each level of the board and when you're done feasting, stow away the cheese knives in a small drawer and fold up the board for easy storage. Perfect for the city-dweller with a small apartment!
via: AmazonIdeal for date night, this bamboo cutting board has more than enough room for a feast for two, plus two stainless steel bowls for honey, nuts, pickles, or hummus. Fun fact: bamboo has natural antimicrobial properties that keeps this board free from odors. What we really love about this board is it is completely reversible. One side acts as the perfect charcuterie board, while the other is a great cutting board.
via: AmazonLooking for a great gifting idea? Picnic at Ascot makes monogrammed hardwood boards for the hostess in your life. This cute set comes with a hardwood board carefully engraved with their initial, ceramic olive bowl, and four cheese tools. Not to mention adorable little stainless steel markers for identifying your cheeses.
via: AmazonThis chic board swivels open to reveal four different serving knives, each designed to cut through hard or soft cheeses. Place your cheeses and meats in the center, while a built-in bowl will perfectly fit your crackers and bread. The set also includes four ceramic bowls for nuts and dips. Once you’re full, pop the bowls out of the board and place them in the dishwasher for easy clean-up.
via: AmazonMade of natural bamboo, this board spreads out large but packs up small. Unfolded, it’s an impressive 21 inches long, but the board easily folds down to just 15 inches wide for easy storage. Two different drawers open up to reveal four different knives and extra space for nuts and pickles, plus a suave stone serving platter, three dip dishes, and a fruit tray.