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Show off your charcuterie skills with this Christmas Wreath Charcuterie Board! This easy tutorial will show you how to make an antipasto skewer wreath that goes perfectly on a Christmas charcuterie board, it is perfect for the holidays. I used beef salami, mozzarella balls, grape tomatoes, and green olives, but you can use whatever meats and cheeses you like. Add in some rosemary sprigs for a touch of greenery, and you have a beautiful Christmas-themed appetizer!
This is as artsy as I get with my holiday appetizers – food in the shape of wreaths! It’s fun to serve food in this festive presentation and fun to eat food off a stick! (Did I mention how fun this holiday charcuterie board is? Ha!) If you’re looking for something easy, quick, and yummy to make this Christmas season, this wreath charcuterie board is exactly what you need.
Table of Contents
- Recipe at a glance
- Ingredients to make an antipasto Christmas wreath
- How to make a Christmas wreath charcuterie board
- Tips for making the best Christmas Charcuterie Board
- popular substitutions & additions
- what to serve/pair with your charcuterie wreath
- how to store an antipasto charcuterie wreath
- Frequently asked questions
- More holiday appetizer recipes:
- Christmas Charcuterie Board Wreath Recipe
Recipe at a glance
Cuisine Inspiration: American
Primary Cooking Method: Assembly
Dietary Info: Gluten Free
Key Flavor: Blend of sweet and savory
Skill Level: Beginner
- Soo easy!! In charge of bringing the appetizer? This wreath is perfect and doesn’t require a lot of prep! It’s super easy to make, and there’s no cooking involved – just assembling a few simple ingredients!
- Perfect for the holidays!! This festive, holiday-themed appetizer is sure to impress any guest who sees it. And best of all, it’s the type of appetizer that you can prepare well in advance and just assemble at the last minute.
- A fun way to present a meat and cheese platter. You could go with a traditional meat and cheese board, sure, but the shape of this appetizer gives your guests something to talk about, and it’s a fun way to present this type of snack.
- Customizable. Not a fan of salami? Swap it out for beef pepperoni, bresaola, or whatever your favorite meats are! Prefer mozzarella to provolone? That’s easy enough to swap out as well. Be creative with this delicious appetizer and let your guests pick their favorites.
Ingredients to make an antipasto Christmas wreath
- Beef salami: You’ll need thinly sliced beef salami to make your skewers. Around 8oz should be plenty. You are going to fold them in half twice to make a triangle shape. If you want less meat, you can cut a round in half and then fold that half, and add to the skewer.
- Mozzarella balls: If you can get your hands on fresh mozzarella balls, I highly recommend it for this recipe. They’re a bit hard to find but so worth it once you taste how delicious and soft they are.
- Grape tomatoes: These round red gems will add the perfect color contrast to your appetizer wreath and also provide that juicy crunch that all good appetizers should have. Cherry tomatoes can also be used.
- Green olives: I chose green olives for this recipe, but black olives, or even kalamata, would also work well.
- Rosemary sprigs: To give your appetizer a festive holiday feel, cut some fresh rosemary sprigs and place them in between the ingredients. This will not only add color to your charcuterie board, but it will also add a touch of flavor! You can also swap out the rosemary for other herbs like thyme or sage.
- Balsamic glaze: You can pick up a bottle of premade glaze at your local grocery store in the vinegar section, or you can make your own by reducing a bit of balsamic vinegar down to a thick sauce.
How to make a Christmas wreath charcuterie board
- Place the skewers on a large circular serving platter or cutting board, overlapping them if needed.
- Make a circle with the skewers.
- Tuck the rosemary springs underneath the skewers all around.
- Drizzle balsamic glaze immediately before serving.
Tips for making the best Christmas Charcuterie Board
- Don’t add the balsamic glaze until ready to serve. This allows all the ingredients to stay their freshest without anything getting too soggy from the glaze on top.
- Don’t overthink it. The beauty of this appetizer is that you can use whatever ingredients you want. Don’t stress about getting all the same kinds of meats and cheeses. As long as it looks like a wreath when it’s done, your guests will be happy!
- Serve with other holiday-themed appetizers. Christmas wreath charcuterie board is best served alongside other holiday-themed appetizers like a Christmas tree veggie platter or a baked brie cranberry bowl. This will help your guests get into the holiday spirit!
popular substitutions & additions
- Make it vegetarian. If you prefer not to use beef salami, think about adding another vegetable like cucumbers or peppers, some soft bread like mini naans, or even marinated vegetables like artichokes or hearts of palm.
- Marinate the ingredients before skewering. Instead of drizzling the balsamic glaze, you can marinate all the ingredients together with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper and then skewer them.
- Make a dip. Instead of the balsamic drizzle, think about adding a dip in the middle of the charcuterie wreath with the balsamic glaze for spooning and serving individually. You can also make a dip like a ranch dip or guacamole.
what to serve/pair with your charcuterie wreath
- Christmas Wreath Salad
- Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad
- Christmas Tree Vegetable Platter
- Candied Walnuts and Pear Salad
how to store an antipasto charcuterie wreath
Ideally, you would store your charcuterie wreath in an airtight container or a plastic bag in the refrigerator. To maintain freshness and flavor, be sure to seal up any leftover ingredients tightly when storing. Keep in mind that the balsamic glaze will slowly start to absorb into the ingredients, so it’s best to add that right before serving.
how long will antipasto skewers last in the fridge?
Antipasto skewers should keep for at least 3-5 days if stored properly.
Frequently asked questions
Yes! The balsamic glaze is essentially a reduction of balsamic vinegar, so you can easily make your own by simmering down a bit of balsamic vinegar until it thickens into a sauce. To make the glaze, simply heat some balsamic vinegar in a saucepan over low heat and let it reduce until it reaches your desired consistency. This can take anywhere from 10-30 minutes, depending on how much vinegar you are reducing.
Yes, you can make the antipasto skewers ahead of time, as long as you store them properly in an airtight container or plastic bag in the refrigerator. It’s easy to assemble them into the wreath on your charcuterie board right before serving, so feel free to make them in advance if needed.
There are many different options for charcuterie boards available online or in stores. My favorite charcuterie boards are by etúHOME. They make such a wide variety of boards ranging in size and color. They’re made with high-quality wood and look beautiful in any space.
If you’re looking for a festive and easy appetizer to serve your guests this holiday season, look no further than the Christmas Wreath Charcuterie Board. This simple yet elegant board is made with antipasto skewers and sprigs of rosemary for a Christmasy feel, and can be easily customized with your favorite meats and cheeses. Don’t forget the balsamic glaze – it adds a delicious finishing touch!
More holiday appetizer recipes:
- Christmas Tree Vegetable Platter
- Baked Cranberry Brie Bread Bowl
- Crudite Platter Wreath
- Warm Baked Brie Appetizer
- Butter Board with Fruit and Nuts
- Avocado Deviled Eggs
- Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
- Warm Spinach Dip
- 7 Layer Mediterranean Dip
- Gourmet Stuffed Dates
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Christmas Charcuterie Board Wreath
- 24-30 4- inch skewers
- 8 ounces beef salami
- 16 ounces fresh ⅓-inch mozzarella balls about 24 – 30 balls
- 1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes about 24 – 30
- 16 ounces green olives pits removed (about 24 – 30)
- 12-15 fresh rosemary sprigs
- Balsamic glaze for serving
- Assemble the skewers by placing folded salami, mozzarella balls, grape tomatoes and green olives on a skewer. Repeat with the remaining skewers and ingredients, switching the order of ingredients on the skewer.
- Place the skewers on a large circular serving platter or cutting board, overlapping them if needed to fit the size of the board. Tuck the rosemary springs underneath the skewers all around.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve. Drizzle balsamic glaze immediately before serving.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.