What kid is not going to love a snack board with a Christmas theme? It was so much fun putting this charcuterie together with red, green, and white foods. So many possibilities! I love to always have a mix of savory and sweet, including vegetables, fruits, meats, and sweets! No cheese on this board (green cheese just doesn't sound appealing), but the salami was a huge hit!
Christmas Charcuterie Board
1 dozen strawberries
White candy melts (Wilton brand is good)
3 kiwi fruits, sliced
Baby dill pickles
1 red pepper, sliced
1 head broccoli, cut into pieces
8-12 salami slices, rolled
Ranch vegetable dip (our favorite recipe is here)
3 black olives
1 baby carrot
Gluten free sugar cookies (see our favorite recipe here)
Red and green candy (I used Peanut M&M's and Cadbury Mini Snow Balls)
Christmas cookie cutters
Mini candy canes
For the strawberries, clean and dry well, leaving stems on. In microwave, melt 1/2 bag white candy melts. Dip strawberries, covering half. Sprinkle with green sugar and place on parchment paper to set. Prepare you favorite vegetable dip, then to make a snowman face, cut a black in half and place on dip as eyes. Cut a carrot into a small sharp point using a peeler. Place that on the dip as the nose. Slice another black olive into small skinny slices to use for the mouth. Arrange all on your board as desired. Use cookie cutters as holder for the candy. Try to fill every space on the board. Refrigerate until serving. Enjoy!
To start, I prepared my dipped strawberries. For those you need fresh strawberries, white candy melts (white chocolate chips will seize and don't work well), and green sugar.
Wash and completely dry the strawberries. Any moisture can mess up the melted white chocolate. I found sprinkling the sugar on after dipping was much better than rolling them in the sugar. Keep the green stems on because it's perfect Christmas colors as well as great for handling the strawberries. Dip in the white candy melt halfway up the strawberry, then sprinkle with sugar and place on parchment paper to set.
They look so festive and taste amazing! Especially since winter strawberries aren't the sweetest. This helps them out a lot!
Prepare any green and red vegetables you would like to dip in ranch dip. You could use cucumbers, green peppers, celery, cherry tomatoes, or radishes for other ideas. Do what your family likes. To be honest, that broccoli was only eaten by myself - haha. But the kids loved the dill pickles.
Make your favorite vegetable dip into a snowman face by topping with an olive cut in half for button eyes, a triangle carrot piece for the nose, and olive slices to make a smiling mouth. Easy!
Now the fun part..... assembling! Start with the bigger items, like the dip. Fill in all around as desired. I love filler ingredients like marshmallows.
I used some Christmas cookie cutters as holders for the red and green candy. I also interspersed mini candy canes throughout.
Dipped strawberries are always a huge hit and look so festive!
You could put cream cheese and pickles or pepperoncini's rolled up in the salami slices if you like. This time I just rolled them plain, and they were the first to go!
Christmas cut out sugar cookies are festive and yummy. Here is our favorite recipe.
To keep the kiwi's shape I sliced them with their skin. They are super easy to eat by ripping one part and peeling it off like an orange.
Spencer and his friends were so excited to start digging in. This is so fun to make for a party to serve as appetizers or treats.
I hope I've inspired some creative thinking and you are excited to try your own Christmas board! Merry Christmas!
Recipe Source: Ideas created by myself