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A charcuterie board typically features a selection of cured meats and cheeses—think salami, prosciutto, Brie, and Gouda—and other bite-sized accompaniments, like hummus, jam, baguette, honey, fruit, flowers, and more. The nice thing about a platter like such is that it doesn't require any culinary skill to put one together, although it may take a bit of practice to make the finished product look aesthetically pleasing.
While you can technically serve your sweet and savory selection on a cutting board or plate, investing in a beautiful charcuterie board truly ties everything together—and with a dish like this, it's all about presentation. Here, the best charcuterie boards.
Best Overall: Vistal Supply Cheese and Charcuterie Board Gift Set with Cheese Knives
This 13 x 13-inch bamboo board comes with a handy built-in storage drawer for its cheese knives, and there's a rim around the edge that's perfectly shaped to hold crackers and slices of bread. The board comes with four serving utensils, all made from stainless steel: a serving fork; a plane knife, which is used for softer cheeses; a spatula for serving those that tend to crumble (like blue cheese); and a heart-shaped knife that will help you dig into harder ones.
Bamboo is considered a renewable resource, so you can feel good about choosing it as a material, and it's also easy to keep clean, though like any wood, it's not dishwasher friendly.
Best Stone: Anthropologie Agate Cheese Board
Measuring approximately 11 x 7 inches, this gleaming board comes in several different colors, including two shades of blue, rose quartz, and amethyst. It's made from agate, which is a rock that's typically volcanic and contains a mix of silica and quartz. The edge is brass-plated, which gives it an extra glamorous look.
Note that some reviewers mentioned the boards seemed small in size, vary greatly in terms of color and shape (some ordered a few so they could choose the one they liked best). Others used them as trivets or a place to hold candles or perfume bottles rather than snacks or desserts.
Best Rustic: West Elm Olive Wood Rustic Cutting Board
This elegant board is sold in two sizes. One measures approximately 18 x 9 inches, and the other is slightly smaller. Like pine, olive wood is a non-porous option that works well for a serving piece, since it's known for being especially dense and sturdy.
The board's curvy, freeform design makes it a good candidate for a casually arranged spread—think cascading bunches of grapes and piles of different meats and vegetables. We especially like that, unlike most wood boards, the grain of this board is curvy and abstract, and the board's edges aren't cut into straight lines.
Best Oversized: Tableboards by Spinella Cheese Board and Platter
At 3 feet long, this massive showpiece board is meant to be placed in the center of a dining or coffee table. There are two color options—walnut or cherry—and both have beautiful accent colors that complement their tones. Some reviewers also enjoy using their boards for shared dishes such as pizza, or as a place to put several hot serving dishes, thus eliminating the need for trivets.
Although they work well for cheese and charcuterie, the creator of Tableboards said the long platters were inspired by a request from his partner, Liz, who wanted to be able to bring hot food to the table immediately, and have a place for it to cool before cutting.
Your Tableboard will need a regular dose of mineral oil to condition it and help it repel water, but reviewers felt that the little bit of work was well worth the effort to show it off.
Best Personalized: Whitney Herndon Rustic Serving Tray
This handmade board is made from pine wood and accented with cast iron handles that make it easy to carry from room to room. Pine is a great choice for a charcuterie board because it's non-porous, and therefore won't absorb odors or stain as quickly as softer woods.
The board can be personalized with either a name or your zip code, and measures approximately 17 x 11 inches. The only downside is that there is an eight-letter limit on the board, so if your family has a longer last name, it may not fit.
Whitney Herndon is an independent artist based in the historic downtown area of Brunswick, Georgia. She also makes many other stylishly rustic home decor items, like wall-mounted bottle openers and chalkboards.
Best Eco-Conscious: Val Huegerich Recycled Wine Bottle Platter with Spreader
Artist Val Huegerich is based in Wyoming, where her shop is called Cowgirls Re-Ride. Not surprisingly, she focuses on giving recycled items new lives as artwork or home decor. These funky platters made from old wine bottles, which would make fitting gifts for wine lovers and eco-conscious households, are formed in a kiln.
They measure 12 x 5 inches, and each one comes with a cork-handled spreader that can easily be stored in the neck of the wine bottle. Not only are the platters good-looking, they're low-maintenance as well, and can be run through the dishwasher. Glass is an ideal material for serving cheese and meat because it's easy to clean and doesn't absorb odors or harbor bacteria.
Best Slate: Crate and Barrel 20" x 12" Cheese Board
Slate is a non-porous material that's easy to keep clean; you can give it a little extra luster by rubbing in a few drops of mineral oil after you wash it with soap and water. This simple black board measures 20 x 12 inches and has a flaked edge that gives it an especially distinctive look.
Felt pads on the bottom of the board mean you can put it directly on a wood or glass table without worrying about leaving scratch marks. There's also a fun factor with slate: You can use chalk to write directly on the board, so guests will be able to tell distinguish the Brie from the Camembert. To truly nerd out, write down the region and purveyor, too.
Best Ceramic: Danica Studio Birdland Ceramic Cheese Board
The arrow motif on this gorgeously detailed cutting board is a serious conversation starter. When you're not using it to serve charcuterie, this board can also double as a piece of artwork for the kitchen, hung on the wall from a hole at the top of the design. It measures 12.5 x 5 inches and can be easily cleaned by hand washing.