Appetizer/Snack

How to Make A Kid Friendly Charcuterie Board

Kid Friendly Cheese Boards are excellent for weekend snacking or parties and are loaded with a wide variety of fruits, veggies, cheeses and meats. These also make great after school snack trays!

 

Kids Cheese Snack Plate

 

Every Sunday afternoon my family gathers together. We usually do a large meal, talk, play, and generally just hang out. Before we start the dinner, though, we always start the afternoon with a large charcuterie plate and either a cocktail or a glass of wine while we catch up on all the week’s happenings. It has become a fun tradition that we love and it is definitely missed on the weeks we don’t do it.

But over time we have realized that the kids really enjoy being able to become a part of this tradition. They don’t want to be in the other room while all the adults are snacking in the kitchen. Because of that we have evolved our charcuterie boards to become a little more family friendly. Sure we still occasionally have something stinky or ultra bold, but we also make sure there is plenty on there that the girls will love, too.

 

kid-friendly-charcuterie-board

 

Building an easy and family friendly cheese board is really all about choosing a wide variety of finger foods and arranging them on a large tray together. I usually make my board on a large rimmed baking sheet and then just dump handfuls of items here and there until the tray is full. You don’t need to take the time to cut things into cute little shapes or use cheesy crackers shaped like specific creatures that live in the sea. Although, you totally can if you want!

 

 

Family Cheese Tray

 

The trick to making a beautiful charcuterie board is to vary your items – space out items that are the same size, shape or color with different items to give your tray visual appeal. For example – don’t place cherry tomatoes and grapes beside each other because they are both roundish. If you want to add something that is juicy or watery (think pickles) or small (nuts or pomegranate arils), place them in a small bowl on the tray.

 

These trays also work awesome as after school snack trays (but smaller sized), and I often fix something similar when I am trying to make dinner but my children are about to die from starvation (their exaggeration, not mine). Adding a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses means that even if they fill up on their “snack” and are too full for dinner I know that they still ate a balanced meal and got some good nutrition down!

 

Kid Cheese Board

 

What to Add To A Kid-Friendly Charcuterie Board

The key to making a good charcuterie board is to have a good selection of all different kinds of things. Pick 2-3 different options from each of the categories below. Make sure that all the items are pre-cut into bite sized pieces and ready for snacking (no sharp cheese knives on these boards, please!).

 

Which Cheeses Are Good For a Kid-Friendly Cheese Tray?

Pick milder cheeses (a super stinky blue may not be the best choice unless you know your kids really enjoy it!). Pick 2 to 4 cheeses in both yellow and white coloring, and cut them into a variety of shapes (cubes, slices, sticks, etc).

  • Both white and yellow sharp Cheddar Cheeses are good – get a good quality like Kerrygold, or something out of the fancy cheese case. This is not a time for Kraft.
  • Edam
  • Havarti
  • Gouda
  • Mild Goat Cheese
  • small balls of fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Gruyere

Which Fruits Should I add?

Again, pick a variety of colors, textures and crunchy level. Cut them into different shapes and sizes.

  • Slices of fresh apple – get a crispy apple like a Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, or a good green. Dried apple chips are also a fun addition because they are crispy
  • Pear slices
  • Grapes
  • dried apricots
  • berries like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries or quartered strawberries

What Kinds of Veggies To Add To A Charcuterie Board?

Make sure the items are small sized so they are perfectly grab-able and dip-able.

  • cherry tomatoes
  • sliced cucumbers (we really like those little persian ones!)
  • sweet snap peas
  • baby carrots or carrot sticks
  • baby kosher pickles
  • slices of sweet mini peppers (the orange, yellow and red ones)

Which Meats should I add to a Kid-Friendly Charcuterie Board?

  • salami
  • sliced and quartered sections of summer sausage
  • a good quality jerky
  • rolls of deli meat like turkey or ham

Fun Extra Stuff to Add

  • Nuts – Almonds, Walnuts, or Pistachios
  • Something to Dip like Ranch Dressing, French Onion Dip, or Hummus
  • Don’t forget the crackers, pretzel crisps and slices of baguette!
  • Crispy roasted chickpeas

 

How to make a kids cheese tray

 

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Kid Friendly Cheese Boards are excellent for weekend snacking or parties and are loaded with a wide variety of fruits, veggies, cheeses and meats. These also make great after school snack trays! Easy Family Friendly Charcuterie Tray

27 Comments

  • Reply
    Calleigh K
    February 27, 2018 at 1:06 PM

    Thanks for the idea, now I know what to serve for snacks on our family gatherings. I may give this a twist by adding blanched veggies to bring a light contrast to meats and cheeses.

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    Danielle
    February 27, 2018 at 2:31 PM

    This is a great idea. Now kids can be involved in the party food too!

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    Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
    February 27, 2018 at 2:42 PM

    We have family game afternoon every Sunday. We take it in turns to pick a board game, have snacky picnic style food and all spend several hours being present.
    They love eating the same food as we do and are always willing to try different options.
    Love this. ALSO loving your Eat like a princess series!!!! I have boys but I am sharing this as it is just so fabulous!

    • Reply
      Jenni
      February 27, 2018 at 4:35 PM

      Thanks so much Claire!! I am developing a series aimed at boys right now! It will start this summer! 🙂

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    Annemarie
    February 27, 2018 at 2:45 PM

    My kids would go crazy for this! Such a great idea.

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    Traci
    February 27, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Love it! Charcuterie for the kids (and works for adults too!). I live in wine country, where charcuterie boards are a staple offering at ALL events. I’ll remember this one for the summer picnics. Pinning and sharing! 🙂

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    Monica | Nourish & Fete
    February 28, 2018 at 3:00 PM

    I really love this – my husband and I used to do “wine and cheese” nights for dinner at least once a week before we had our son. Love the idea of adapting it to fit the little guy right alongside us!

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    Abra Pappa
    March 2, 2018 at 1:41 PM

    Such a unique and fun idea for kids!!

  • Reply
    Ben Myhre
    March 2, 2018 at 2:08 PM

    Kid friendly? I am not kid friendly and would eat this. 😉

  • Reply
    abra
    March 2, 2018 at 6:17 PM

    I love this idea Jenni, and totally love your behind the scenes video! Also, isn’t a charcuterie board the perfect meal? Little bites of delicious food, lot’s of variety… yum!

    • Reply
      Jenni
      March 5, 2018 at 1:09 PM

      Such a great meal!

  • Reply
    Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
    March 2, 2018 at 9:34 PM

    Love how you’ve made this something that both kids and adults would love. I’m always down for a charcuterie board – yours looks fabulous! Great tips 🙂

    • Reply
      Jenni
      March 5, 2018 at 1:09 PM

      Thanks, Ashley! They are so hard to turn down!

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    Lauren
    March 4, 2018 at 4:41 AM

    Jenni this is a fabulous idea! Shea is SUCH a cheese lover, but maybe just maybe I can convince her to have some of the veggies. We will definitely be trying this and maybe adding a little hummus!

    • Reply
      Jenni
      March 5, 2018 at 1:08 PM

      Yes! And sometimes mixing and matching to make little sandwiches is fun! Hummus is always a good idea!

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    TaraTeaspoon
    March 4, 2018 at 3:14 PM

    Love it ! This is such a great after school snack with friends !

  • Reply
    Anne Lawton
    March 4, 2018 at 8:19 PM

    What a great idea to make a charcuterie board kid friendly! A much healthier snack than chips and cheese doodles!

    • Reply
      Jenni
      March 5, 2018 at 1:10 PM

      Healthier but no less fun!

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    Paige
    March 4, 2018 at 9:52 PM

    Such a cute idea and very well executed! Super cute video too! Looks like fun and I enjoyed the story!

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    Julie
    March 4, 2018 at 10:47 PM

    This post made me laugh, because my 2 year old will devour a charcuterie board — the spicier the meat or the more cured the olives, the better! I never thought about needing a “family friendly” aspect since he dives right in. But I can definitely see how less adventurous toddler eaters would be turned off by some of his favorites! I’m pretty sure if we had this as a pre-dinner snack, he wouldn’t even think about touching his dinner! 😂

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      Jenni
      March 5, 2018 at 1:12 PM

      YES! My kids love some items that most people would never think about serving their child. I think its all about what you serve them! Our kids are lucky to have food bloggers for moms! LOL Sometimes people just need to be told “hey, this food is good for all members of a family, not just adults!” And you can totally adjust the size as needed! LOL

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    Karyl | Karyl's Kulinary Krusade
    March 5, 2018 at 2:55 AM

    What a great looking charcuterie board! My friend’s daughter loves munching on simple finger foods when they come to my house, and she would absolutely devour everything on this board! I really like how you have everything about the same size, to make it super easy for the kids

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      Jenni
      March 5, 2018 at 1:13 PM

      Its great to have pieces that are perfect for grabbing by little fingers – that way you don’t have to worry about knives on the tray. Plus my kids like to pretend they are “sneaking” items off it, so by having small bites all ready to go, they can grab more.

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    Amanda Mason
    March 5, 2018 at 3:44 AM

    What a FABULOUS idea! my kids would be all over this! They love cheese, crackers, fruit, veggie and hummus and those pretzel chips! YUM! I love that you included your littles with a special dish of their own! It’s perfect!

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    Amy Nash
    March 5, 2018 at 5:13 AM

    I love this idea and the concept of gathering in such an important place in the home. It’s a great tradition that I think we may have to implement on Sundays at our house as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Reply
      Jenni
      March 5, 2018 at 1:14 PM

      I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

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    Elena
    March 5, 2018 at 7:23 PM

    Awesome idea to make a charcuterie board for kids! I have a toddler, so he wouldn’t eat anything besides crackers and apple slices from it. Can’t wait to introduce him to your board in a few years! 🙂

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