Breakfast Charcuterie Board
June 05, 2023
Talk about morning glory! Build the brunch of your dreams with an Instagram-worthy Breakfast Charcuterie Board bursting to the brim with flavor-filled AM favorites. Our tasty, tidied-up take on a breakfast grazing board is perfect for feeding a hungry crowd. It’s also endlessly customizable, so you can make some components beforehand and heat things up the morning of, which works well even if you’re still a bit groggy when you put it all together.
Easy to assemble and full of diverse tastes, this brunch charcuterie board tastes even better than it looks. Contrasting textures and tastes come together for an elegant brunch centerpiece made with Primal Kitchen favorites like Vanilla Coconut Collagen Fuel®, our bestselling Buffalo Sauce, and fan-fave Mayo with Avocado Oil.
What is a Breakfast Charcuterie Board?
The word “charcuterie” is traditionally used to describe cured meats served on a board or platter. As the use of charcuterie grew and migrated from its European roots, the definition expanded to include a variety of sliced meats, cheese, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and spreads served on a wooden board.
A breakfast or brunch charcuterie board is similar in that it is served on a board (or platter) and may include meats, cheeses, and fruits. However, breakfast charcuterie focuses specifically on foods appropriate for a morning meal. Items may be ingredients, such as sliced bacon and cantaloupe chunks, or fully conceived dishes like waffles, deviled eggs, cinnamon rolls, and hash browns.
Many of our ingredient suggestions are keto or Paleo-friendly, and recipes are made with Primal Kitchen products that contain no dairy, soy, cane sugar, or high fructose syrup. Simply mix and match your ideal Breakfast Charcuterie Board from all the options. Before you choose the ingredients and dishes for your board, take stock of who will be at breakfast and what dietary restrictions they have, if any. This way, you can make sure there’s something for everyone at the table.
Ingredients for a Breakfast Charcuterie Board
Making a morning-ready charcuterie board doesn’t have to be difficult. Think of it like a deconstructed version of your favorite restaurant menu. Picture the classic breakfast platter and list everything that’s typically on there: eggs, a breakfast meat like bacon or sausage, hash browns or home fries, toast, maybe a side of fresh fruit if you’re lucky.
Now, break that big breakfast into individual pieces—eggs, meats, fruit, potato—and add a few sauces or condiments for dipping. Guests will be nibbling, so focus on finger foods and easily picked-up items. Add a few veggies for crunch, and some sauces for dipping.
Proteins: Meats & More
- Hard-boiled eggs
- Soft-boiled or jammy eggs
- Crispy bacon
- Smoked salmon
- Cheddar cheese
- Smoked gouda
- Brie or Babybel wedges
- Plant-based cheese slices
Fruits & Veggies
- Apples, thinly sliced
- Orange slices or wedges
- Blood orange slices or wedges
- Carrots or carrot sticks
- Celery sticks
- Hash browns or air-fried tater tots
Consider grain-free crackers or toast as a base for building handheld sandwiches. Gather herbs like parsley, dill, or cilantro for garnishing. Fill ramekins on your board with sauces, dips and condiments that pair well with your selected items, like smashed berry “jam” for spreading on toast or our A Tad Sweet Ketchup for dunking tater tots.
Brunch Recipes to Elevate Your Board
You could simply stock your board with cooked eggs, breakfast meats, fruits, veggies, and a few dips. But why stop there? Whether you’re a host with the most or just feeding your family, these sweet and savory dishes take your morning nosh to the next level. Settle in with these delicious, easy recipes that pair with that second cup of coffee and either great conversation or a cozy read.
Vegan Banana Chocolate Muffins
Gluten-free Peanut Butter Bread
Eggs Benedict Quiche with Hollandaise Sauce
Side & Dip Recipes
How to Assemble Your Charcuterie Board
The best thing about a charcuterie board is that it can be simple and small, or three feet long and amazingly complex—the size and intricacy of your breakfast board is up to you. We suggest plotting out the basics in advance, such as where you’ll put the larger items you’re making for your brunch bash or where your ramekins of sauce will sit. Separate or label items if there are dietary concerns.
The rest of your plating (or rather, “boarding”) is purely aesthetic. Arrange your board by color in a rainbow-like state, order everything in neatly arranged rows, or scatter colorful items throughout, depending on your preferences.
Here are the basic steps you’ll take to assemble a breakfast charcuterie board:
- To build your board, start with a hefty platter or cutting board that can support all your fixings.
- A few ramekins or small bowls are perfect for dips and dunks, and should be placed on the board first.
- Next, place your larger items and arrange them next to complementary sauces or herbs.
- Finish your board by filling any extra space with garnishes or extra nibbles.
- Serve and enjoy!