This Charcuterie Wreath is a no-fuss way to bring your holiday spread to life. Load up a few skewers with the best cheese board fixings for an appetizer everyone will be impressed by that comes together in just 20 minutes!
About this Charcuterie Wreath
Hello holidays! It’s that time of year when you’ve got event after event and you’re looking for fun, festive appetizers to bring to the party. Enter: Charcuterie Wreath.
This Charcuterie Wreath is an easy and eye-catching display to impress your guests. And if you’re all about phone-eats-first, this thing is so Instagram-able, too.
We include fruit like apples, grapes, and berries, salami and cheese, but also feel free to add any other of your charcuterie board favorites to this recipe. If you can put it on a skewer, it belongs on this Charcuterie Wreath!
If you’re looking for other holiday apps, also check out this Honey Goat Cheese Ball Appetizer, this Cranberry Jalapeño Salsa, or this Cranberry Brie Bread Bowl.
- Opal Apples - these apples are naturally non-browning and are perfect for spreads like this. Use their store locator to find them near you.
- Cheese - it's important to select firm cheeses so they hold up when being placed on a skewer.
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
How to Make This Recipe
1. Start by preparing the fruit and cheese. Slice both cheeses into small cubes (about ½” - don’t slice them too small as they will break when slid on the skewer.) Wash the strawberries and apples. Pat dry. Core the apple and dice the apple into 16 pieces / cubes.
2. Before assembling, layer bay leaves around a cake stand or circular serving dish (towards the end so the greenery resembles a wreath). Slice the apple that is not being used on the skewers in half and place in the center.
3. Take a skewer and one piece of each ingredient and layer it on the stick. For efficiency, set up an assembly line of ingredients and go down the line. Rotate where the ingredients (specifically strawberries) are placed so one area of the wreath doesn’t get too crowded. After assembling each skewer, stick the end into the core of the center apple to ground it. Repeat until the wreath is made.
4. Garnish with rosemary sprigs, skewers of fresh or sugared cranberries, and cookie cutter star cutouts of extra apple slices if desired. Enjoy!
Extra skewers can be kept in an airtight container for a day or two, but note the apples may begin to brown and the juice from the berries may begin to seep onto the other ingredients. Best enjoyed day of! Opal Apples, however, are naturally non-browning. If you plan to make in advance, use these!
Yes, but I suggest leaving the apples off until serving. If you slice apples too far in advance, they’ll begin to brown. If you’re making just an hour or two ahead of time, sprinkle a little lemon juice on the apples to help keep them fresh.
These skewers are highly customizable! Add your favorite charcuterie board ingredients as you wish. I do, however, suggest steering clear of ingredients that easily crumble or are super soft. For example, you could definitely get a chunk of goat cheese on your skewer, but it’ll likely get pretty messy when attempting to enjoy an individual skewer.
Use medium sized bamboo or wood skewers (for a gathering it’s nice to just be able to toss the skewers rather than try to keep track of reusable ones). You want them 6-10 inches in length. Any shorter and you won’t be able to fit much on them and longer, the final product will begin to look less wreath-like. Opt for skewers about ½ the size of your serving plater so they will situate nicely when the wreath comes together.
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- cake stand or circular serving tray
- 6 inch skewers
- Cutting Board
- star cookie cutter optional
- 2 apples
- 16 strawberries
- 16 green grapes
- 1 carton raspberries
- 16 slices mini salami
- 8 oz block raw cheddar cheese
- 8 oz block dill havarti cheese
- Start by preparing the fruit and cheese. Slice both cheeses into small cubes (about ½” - don’t slice them too small as they will break when slid on the skewer.) Wash the strawberries, raspberries, grapes and apples. Pat dry. Core one apple and dice into 16 pieces / cubes.
- Before assembling, layer bay leaves around the cake stand (towards the end so the greenery resembles a wreath). Slice the second apple in half and place in the center.
- Take a skewer and one piece of each ingredient and layer it on the stick. For efficiency, set up an assembly line of ingredients and go down the line. Rotate where the ingredients (specifically strawberries) are placed so one area of the wreath doesn’t get too crowded.
- After assembling each skewer, stick the end into the core of the center apple to ground it. Repeat until the wreath is made.
- Garnish with rosemary sprigs, skewers of fresh or sugared cranberries, and cookie cutter star cutouts of extra apple slices if desired. Enjoy!
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Sydney Van Acker says
So festive and fun! I think every single person took a photo of this when I made it for a holiday party
Courtney Paige says
I brought this to a family Christmas and everyone LOVED it! Opal Apples are great and non-browning. So cool!