A lovely Fall charcuterie board filled with delicious cheeses, autumnal flavors, and themed snack foods. Perfect for entertaining this fall!
Create a delicious and beautiful Fall charcuterie board using a blend of fall flavors, seasonal produce, and fun fall treats. The key to a good grazing board is filling the board with a variety of ingredients with different shapes, textures, and colors.
This fall-themed charcuterie board is made with a variety of meats, fresh seasonal fruits, and quality cheese in an array of fall-inspired colors. You don’t need expensive ingredients to create a good charcuterie board, just a theme, and a large board!
What’s On This Fall Charcuterie Board
- Pumpkin Shaped Cheeseball – This delicious cheeseball is shaped like an orange pumpkin, which is the perfect decoration for a Fall charcuterie board. Find out how to make your own pumpkin shaped cheeseball.
- Hummus – A rich and nutty dip for chips or crackers. The perfect hearty addition to a snack board.
- Apple Butter – A Fall staple! Apple butter brings a cinnamon-spice sweetness to this board. It pairs well with sharp cheese and savory meats.
- Manchego – This sharp cheese with nutty notes is a mix of savory and sweet. It is a hard cheese that often is sold in wedges. It is lovely on a board sliced into little triangles.
- Blueberry Goat Cheese – A stunning combination of sweet and tangy. This cheese looks gorgeous on a board and tastes even better.
- Proscuitto – A savory cured meat that is perfect for a charcuterie board. Cut the slices into smaller, more manageable pieces.
- Salami – Another savory cured meat full of flavor and the perfect compliment to a fall charcuterie board.
- Apple Slices – Apple slices are necessary for a Fall snack board since they are in season this time of year.
- Grapes – A cluster of purple grapes is a lovely addition in appearance and flavor.
- Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps – These small crackers from Trader Joe’s are so DELICIOUS! They balance sweet and savory with crispy pumpkin bread filled with dried cranberries and spices like nutmeg and thyme.
- Mini Pickles – Mini sweet pickles are both sweet and savory. Their flavor is a perfect pairing with manchego, salami, and apple butter, so they are a great option for a fall board.
- Raspberries and Blueberries – Fresh berries add color and a delicious sweetness to charcuterie boards.
- Leaf-Shaped Tortilla Chips – Another Fall snack from Trader Joe’s. These are simple tortilla chips shaped and colored to resemble fall leaves.
- Reece’s Pumpkins – In my opinion, every charcuterie board needs a bit of chocolate! Peanut butter and chocolate shaped like pumpkins are a cute and delicious addition.
- Candy Corn – This Fall staple candy adds a little bit of color and makes this board scream autumn.
How to Assemble This Fall Charcuterie Board
This perfect Fall charcuterie board is an easy fall appetizer for a fall party or Thanksgiving dinner. The cured meats, selection of cheeses, and fun fall shapes create a lovely cheese platter for autumn.
Start with Large Items and Bowls
When assembling a cheese board, it’s always best to start with large items. First, place the pumpkin-shaped cheese ball in the upper right-hand corner of the board. Then place any other decorative mini pumpkins you may want to use.
Next, place the small bowls of hummus and apple butter on the board. I put the hummus in the upper left corner and the apple butter in the center of the board to the right.
Then I placed the entire log of blueberry goat cheese closer to the lower left-hand corner. For displaying, I cut slices halfway down the log. Place a small rectangle of parchment paper under the goat cheese to keep the blueberry jam from staining the cheese board.
Place the Hard Cheese and Meats
Next, place the sliced manchego on the board. For this Fall charcuterie board, I arranged the manchego in two different ways. First, I arranged the triangular slices facing opposite directions. The other arrangement is overlapping and spread out like a fan. It’s best to arrange hard-sliced cheeses in a variety of ways in order to create visual interest.
For the prosciutto, cut the large slices into smaller pieces. About half or a quarter of the original size is best. Then bunch the slices and add them to the board. The little bunched bundles are easy to pick up and the perfect size for stacking on bread or a chip with cheese.
Leave the salami whole and arrange it so it overlaps. Then fold it in half to resemble a chain. Wrap those chains around the bowls on the board. If they fall open, use the other layers of food to help stand them up.
Add the Fresh Fruit, Pickles, and Crisps
Add the sliced apples, stacked on their side with the peel side facing out, on the board. Then place a large bunch of red grapes in the lower right-hand corner.
Then, place handfuls of Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps below the blueberry goat cheese. These flavors taste AMAZING together. Placing them together on the board suggests to your guests that they should be eaten together.
Next, fill some of the empty space in the center of the board with the mini pickles. These are best served in the center of the board so they don’t roll around.
Use the raspberries and blueberries to fill blank spaces on the board. Blueberries should go in the center of the board, surrounded by other foods, to keep them from rolling. I placed my raspberries in an empty space on the left side of the cheese board.
Place the Chips and Finishing Snacks
Surround the pumpkin-shaped cheese ball with the leaf-shaped tortilla chips. Arrange the chips so they appear to be falling toward the center of the board.
Fill the remaining two spots on the charcuterie board with Reece’s pumpkins and a large handful of candy corn. Lastly, fill any remaining space with additional apple slices, crisps, or sprigs of rosemary.
A board that appears to be overflowing with a variety of textures, a color scheme, and no empty spaces is the key to a beautiful charcuterie board. Never overlook the big impact small finishing touches can have!
Serve this Fall Harvest board with a pitcher of Pumpkin Sangria for a perfect Fall pairing!
Alternative Food for a Fall Charcuterie Board
This Fall charcuterie board is full of great snack ideas, but you can always switch foods out based on your preferences. There are so many amazing types of cheeses available at your local grocery store. And many fall favorite snacks! Some great food alternatives for a fall-themed cheese board include:
- Cheddar Cheese – A sharp, hard cheese that pairs well with sweet toppings like apple butter and savory meats.
- Brie – A creamy cheese with a mild buttery taste. It pairs well with all of the other snacks on this seasonal charcuterie board.
- Mimmolette Cheese – This hard cheese has a taste similar to Parmesan, but a little more fruity. It is a vibrant orange, which makes it perfect for a Fall board.
- Blue Cheese – This pungent cheese is delicious with a drizzle of honey.
- Olives – A briny snack alternative to pickles.
- Honey – This delicious sweet option is perfect for drizzling over crackers full of cheese and meat.
- Fresh Figs – These fruits are best during the summer and early fall months. They are sweet with a honey-nectar flavor. Dried figs would also be a great alternative.
- Persimmon – These sweet fruits are similar in texture to apricots and are in season during the fall and early winter. They are orange and add a nice pop of color to a fall themed charcuterie board.
- Pumpkin Hummus – Replace regular hummus with a more seasonal pumpkin hummus.
- Ginger Snaps – These hard cookies are spicy and delicious. The perfect dessert option for a fall harvest cheese board.
- Pumpkin Cookies – Another fun option for the fall season is pumpkin cookies or desserts.
What Size Board Did You Use?
My rectangular board is 18″ x 14″. I purchased the board at HomeGoods. It’s a great place to find affordable cheese boards! I’ve provided links to similar boards, as well as a few small dishes.
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Fall Charcuterie Board
- 1 large rectangular cheese board
- Pumpkin Shaped Cheeseball
- Apple Butter
- Blueberry Goat Cheese
- Apple Slices
- Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps
- Mini Pickles
- Leaf-Shaped Tortilla Chips
- Reece’s Pumpkins
- Candy Corn
- Place the pumpkin-shaped cheese ball in the upper right-hand corner of the board.
- Add decorative pumpkins.
- Place a small bowl of hummus in the upper left corner and a small bowl of apple butter in the center of the board to the right.
- Placed a log of blueberry goat cheese closer to the lower left-hand corner on a piece of parchment paper.
- Place the sliced manchego on the board.
- Cut the large slices of prosciutto into smaller pieces. Bunch the slices and add them to the board.
- Leave the salami whole and arrange it so it overlaps and resembles a chain.
- Add sliced apples, stacked on their side with the peel side facing out.
- Place a large bunch of red grapes in the lower right-hand corner.
- Place handfuls of Pumpkin Cranberry Crisps below the blueberry goat cheese.
- Fill some of the empty space in the center of the board with the mini pickles.
- Use the raspberries and blueberries to fill blank spaces on the board.
- Surround the pumpkin-shaped cheese ball with the leaf-shaped tortilla chips.
- Fill the remaining two spots on the board with Reece's pumpkins and a large handful of candy corn.