With house guests to feed, I always default to an easy, inexpensive charcuterie board/platter. I didn’t know what a charcuterie board was until a few years ago. And luckily, I first learned of it as more of a meat, cheese, and whatever option, rather than the traditional board of cured meats.
Trader Joe’s Charcuterie
I think the variety in this type of appetizer is better because it’s well-balanced on my palate and more appetizing to a wider variety of guests. And thanks to Trader Joe’s, not only is a charcuterie platter super easy to put together, it’s also fairly inexpensive for how many it serves.
As an grazing/lighter offering, $30 spent here feeds around 10 people, including one bottle of sparkling wine. As more of a hearty snack or starter, around 6-8.
I like shopping at Trader Joe’s because they have such a great cheese selection that isn’t expensive. Most of their cheeses are $3-$10 and you get a hefty hunk of cheese! Hello Trader Joe’s Charcuterie Spread!!!
Helpful Hint: How do you Pronounce Charcuterie?
One of the other fantastic things about making your charcuterie appetizer boards from Trader Joe’s is that they have a great variety of cheeses. Our go tos are the syrah soaked toscano and the brie. Past that, I like to experiment.
Without getting overwhelmed with the flavored cheese, manchego, goat, and white cheddar cheeses are always fun. But then there’s also the pepper crusted or the cinnamon toscanos. Or how about the pub cheese dips and the chili and red pepper cheddar like we tried here?
The meat options are a little more limited at TJs, but there are still plenty. I opt for a salami of course. Prosciutto is another absolute favorite. I’ve done other boards with turkey meat, sliced (pre-cooked) sausages, and pepperoni. I like to do a mix of peppery, cured, and plain so it’s easier to digest. Then everyone is happy!
Traditionally a charcuterie appetizer platter is just meat and possibly a cheese. My platters always have some sliced fruit, veggies, and crackers. Since I like to serve this as a heartier appetizer or a light meal, I think it’s good to have a variety of things to break it up!
WHAT TO BUY AT TRADER JOE'S | EASY + INEXPENSIVE CHARCUTERIE
I’m all about charcuterie boards (meat and cheese preferably), but I don’t think it has to be expensive. Here is my go-to list of meat, cheese, dips, and spreads for the perfect, inexpensive charcuterie board (all from Trader Joe’s).
- champagne or regular grapes
- anjou pear sliced
- mini heirloom tomatoes
- hummus top w. olive oil and paprika
- syrah soaked toscano cheese
- chili and red bell pepper cheddar
- stone ground wheat crackers
- fig butter
- wine/drink of choice
- Keep items refrigerated until 15-30 minutes before servings.
- Arrange all items on a large platter or cutting board!
- Serve with small spoons and knives for easy enjoyment.