Charcuterie skewers are a fun way to change up a charcuterie board, and make it easier to serve. Have fun with it – use your favorite cheese, meats, and accompaniments!
The holidays always feel like cocktail and appetizer season, and charcuterie is definitely my go-to appetizer for a party. Charcuterie boards are super fun to put together and you can really go crazy with all of the different variations of ingredients. If you’re looking for an easy and accessible way for guests to eat charcuterie, Charcuterie Skewers are such a fun way to prepare a charcuterie board!
Charcuterie skewers make charcuterie super easy to eat…your guests need an extra hand for their wine or cocktail glass, after all!
First, let’s go over what charcuterie is! Charcuterie boards are popping up everywhere on menus these days, and a typical board contains a variety of meats, cheeses, nuts, jams, crackers, dried fruits, pickled vegetables, etc. As I mentioned, you can really go crazy with all of the variations of ingredients that you can include.
For meats, you can do salami, prosciutto, sausage, pate, and smoked salmon. When it comes to the cheese, there even more options! Anything from hard cheese like Parmesan, Gouda, and asiago, semi-hard cheese like Gruyere, Comte, and cheddar, and soft cheeses like Brie, Gorgonzola, and Burrata!
Then in addition to the meats and cheese, you can let your mind go wild choosing different crackers, nuts, jams, fruits and vegetables! Charcuterie boards are a great way to serve appetizers or even a fun meal with friends and family.
Buying the ingredients and making charcuterie skewers is pretty similar to making a charcuterie board. You’ll want to pick a couple of different kinds of meats, cheeses, pickled vegetables, olives, etc. You’ll also need some bamboo skewers or plastic skewers. You can find some fun festive skewers like these or these on Amazon! For these charcuterie skewers I used:
Sharp White Cheddar Cheese with Cranberries
Fresh Mozzarella Balls
Roasted Red Peppers
Other fun ideas are marinated mushrooms, mini dill pickles, cherry tomatoes, black olives, green olives, grapes, sliced turkey, shaved roast beef, pepperoni, cooked cheese tortellini, strawberries, dried apricots, proscuitto, chorizo, fresh basil leaves, Gouda, Havarti, and any other semi-hard cheese that does not crumble easily. Soft and spreadable cheeses will not work well with charcuterie skewers. In addition, nuts and hard crackers will not go well on a charcuterie skewer as they would simply crumble.
You can certainly serve these items alongside the charcuterie kabobs on a platter! This easy charcuterie appetizer is also great to make ahead of time. Simply prepare them up to 1 day in advance and store them in an airtight container in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
I served these charcuterie skewers at a dinner party with friends on a cheese board, garnished with fresh rosemary and some festive (and fake) pine branches. I think adding a couple of piles of crackers, small bowls of jam or some spreadable option, and some nuts would also be wonderful additions!
These easy antipasto skewers were definitely loved by everyone who had them – they were so nice to be able to just pick up and enjoy, without having to make an entire plate!