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Serving charcuterie for a party appetizer and looking for the perfect dinner idea for afterwards? These 50 Dinner Ideas pair well with charcuterie whether it is for a special occasion or a simple family night. From chicken to steak and shrimp to lobster you are sure to find a dinner idea or two that will be enjoyed by your crowd.
What to Include for the Perfect Charcuterie Board
Building a charcuterie board can be very simple. Start with a wooden cutting board, large platter or a small plate depending on the size of the group you are serving. Then, add different types of cheeses, meats, crackers, fruit and dips. Most of these can be found at your local grocery store in the deli, produce and cheese departments. Other specialty grocery stores like Whole Foods are also fun places to look for more charcuterie board ideas.
Here are some ideas of what to include on your charcuterie board:
Hard cheeses: parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, pecorino, gruyere
Cured meat: prosciutto, salami, chorizo, ham, pepperoni
Fresh fruit: fresh figs, grapes, berries (I like to stick with fresh seasonal fruit so they are ripe)
Dips: fig jam, orange chutney, apricot jam
Crackers: wheat crackers, pita chips, butter crackers, water crackers
Nuts: marcona almonds, cashews, pistachios
Other: kalamata olives, spanish olives, garlic stuffed olives, dried fruit such as apricots, fresh cut vegetables such as cucumbers and carrots
When to Serve a Charcuterie Board
Charcuterie boards are very versatile can be served for many different occasions. Make one just for the family as a snack, for a girls night, as an appetizer for a crowd. We love to make charcuterie boards for a snack for the family because it is the easiest way to get our kids to eat a variety of healthy foods and extra protein. Also, it gives us creative ways to use up some random things leftover in our refrigerator all at one time.
This One Pot Lemon Herb Chicken and Rice is a main course the whole family will love! Chicken, rice, lemon, oregano come together to make a creamy rice and chicken dish. Double this recipe for a larger group. Chicken and Rice is a perfect dinner to follow up a traditional charcuterie board.
This Easy Crock Pot Beef and Beer recipe will give you tender, flavorful beef that requires very little work. The best part about this main course is it is quick to get in the crock pot where it will cook all day! This is a delicious dinner to pair with charcuterie.
Air Fryer Chicken Cordon Bleu is coated in a crunchy breading and is filled with ham and melty cheese! While chicken cordon bleu may sound like a fancy meal this recipe will walk you through how easy it is to put together. This is a fun way to serve chicken that can be made with various cheeses.
Chicken served in a lemon wine sauce with capers. This chicken dish is always a hit and this healthy take is perfect for a special occasion. Pair with rice or pasta and roasted asparagus spears for a complete meal.
Quick, easy and delicious comfort food... this Air Fryer Cube Steak Recipe is sure to become a family favorite! If you like country fried steak you'll love this version of air fryer country fried cube steak. If you're looking for a hearty dish to pair with your charcuterie platter this is it.
Air Fryer Chicken Thighs are a quick and easy protein to make for a weeknight dinner. We marinated these chicken thighs before cooking them and they came out full of flavor and stayed juicy inside with crispy edges.
Sheet Pan Sausage Potatoes and Green Beans is an easy and delicious meal perfect for a busy weeknight. Seasoned potatoes, roasted green beans and perfectly cooked sausage make this a meal everyone will love. This is a great addition to charcuterie because it is easy to prep and can be put in the oven to cook while you entertain.
This delicious and simple to make quinoa pasta salad is vegan, dairy free and can easily be made gluten free if desired. Make this recipe to have for easy lunches during the week or as a side dish to a main meal.
This Stuffed Pepper Casserole with Beef and Mushrooms is a hearty and comforting meal. Loaded with peppers, beef, rice, onion, mushrooms, garlic and sauce this meal is sure to be a family favorite. Another great meal for entertaining a crowd that can cook in the oven while you entertain your guests.
Chicken, pasta and broccoli with a citrus kick make this pasta dish a crowd favorite. This pasta dish is easy to make and will be ready in about 30 minutes. Pair with a simple salad and/or garlic bread for a complete meal.
Vegetarian baked ziti is loaded with fresh vegetables like red bell peppers, mushrooms and spinach. With an easy homemade tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, topped with melted mozzarella, you won’t miss the meat in this classic comfort food!
Who adores eggplant Parmesan, but doesn’t want to eat as much fried food? We have the answer for you! Crispy eggplant Parmesan stacks are easy to make by just using a baking grid over a sheet pan in your oven! This gives you a crunchy texture, without having to use any oil to fry the eggplant! Using a convection oven or air fryer is the best way to circulate the hot air to create that crispy “fried” crunch without the oil!
This Pistachio Crusted Salmon brings bold flavors, with tender salmon coated in a crispy, nutty, and savory crust. With brightness and tang from the lemon and Dijon mustard, this nut-crusted salmon recipe relies on just 5 simple, yet impactful ingredients to create a quick marinade and crust to bring out the best in your salmon!
This Salmon Spinach Pasta with White Wine Sauce is easy, feeds 4-6, and is so delicious! The buttery, zesty, white wine sauce is the perfect accompaniment to the pasta and spinach, and really allows the salmon to shine!
Also known as gnocchi al forno, this these cheesy baked potato dumplings are the ultimate italian comfort food! you don't have to work hard for comfort, either: gnocchi alla sorrentina is easy to make and ready in a snap!
Slow Cooker Lasagna is an easy recipe for your favorite lasagna. This Italian dish cooks in your crockpot while you go about your day. It is hearty and flavorful, using ground sausage and beef, rich tomatoes, vegetables and a creamy cheese mixture.
This creamy chicken pesto pasta is ready in just 20 minutes. It's proper comfort food with lots of flavour and packed with green vegetables too. Chunks of chicken and vegetables mixed into creamy pesto pasta.
Air Fryer Stuffed Chicken Breast is so easy to make, packed full of flavour and you can adapt it with different stuffing ingredients. This spinach and cream cheese stuffed chicken is cooked in the air fryer for all that crispiness without lots of oil.
This super delicious Crispy Chicken Parmesan recipe with mozzarella cheese on top! crispy outside and juicy inside. The original chicken parm recipe is simplified for the oven and gives the same cheesy, crispy delight, but with a healthier twist and less mess.
This Chicken Mozzarella Pasta recipe is the perfect weeknight dinner. It features one of the best homemade creamy pasta sauces! a homemade sun-dried tomato, shredded mozzarella cheese, and a mix of spices to kick things a little bit.
Halloumi Carbonara is a quick and easy pasta dinner you can have on the table in under 20 minutes! This healthyish Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara is creamy, perfectly salty, and incredibly satisfying halloumi pasta recipe.
Spaghetti Arrabbiata is a spicy Italian pasta dish with a sauce of crushed tomatoes, garlic, onion, and, typically, red pepper flake. It’s a spicy, bold dinner that’s an excellent main dish after charcuterie.
Elevate steamed mussels from simple to amazing making Spanish Mussels. Steam them in a seafood broth infused with saffron, sherry, shallot, smoked paprika, garlic, crushed red pepper, and tiny bits of Spanish chorizo... Unbelievably quick and easy, you just need fresh (or even frozen) fresh mussels and your well-stocked pantry.
This Healthy Poke Bowl Recipe features chunks of succulent raw ahi tuna dressed up with a light sesame ginger vinaigrette. This customizable poke bowl recipe is a nutritious powerhouse bursting with flavor, and so quick and easy to make!
Cavolo Nero Pasta, or Tuscan Kale Pasta, is a creamy, rich, moreish dish that has a long tradition in Tuscan and Italian cuisine. This velvety "pasta con cavolo nero" pairs well with crusty garlic bread, requires only 8 ingredients and 20 minutes to get from the pot to your plate.
Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs is a hearty and satisfying meal featuring perfectly cooked spaghetti noodles tossed in a your favorite tomato sauce, topped with tender and juicy meatballs, and finished with a layer of gooey melted cheese.
This 3-ingredient Smoked Beef Tenderloin is tender and juicy with a crispy, golden brown crust. It is served with a tasty chimichurri sauce, making the perfect main dish for an after charcuterie board.
Super soft, juicy and oh so tasty Italian meatballs in less than 40 minutes with just 10 core ingredients. Made with milk-soaked sandwich bread to get them nice and tender, generously seasoned and bursting with flavor.
This easy chicken and mushroom meatballs recipe is so good! All the flavors of a traditional chicken marsala are packed into bite-sized meatballs served with sautéed mushrooms and a rich Marsala cream sauce.
Coq au vin blanc is a cozy and comforting one pot meal that is perfect for serving to friends and family. This simplified version of the traditional French dish features bone-in chicken that has been stewed in a buttery white wine sauce with bacon, mushrooms and pearl onions.
Sun-dried tomato pesto chicken is a delicious main dish. This Italian-inspired chicken is rich and creamy, and has a perfect flavor to pair with charcuterie.
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