Set a festive mood with this easy Christmas Breakfast Charcuterie Board that’s simple to put together. Filled with delicious holiday treats that are both sweet and savory, including fresh fruit, mini quiche, pastries, yogurt, granola, and more. It’s a 5-minute holiday brunch charcuterie board everyone will love.
There’s nothing quite like a holiday morning, rife with enthusiasm and joy.
Christmas morning, at our house, is full of scampering little feet, stockings to find, and presents to open. And then, Christmas dinner to get underway.
Breakfast needs to be quick, delicious, filling, and mobile as the family spreads throughout the house.
While I’ll always serve the Make Ahead Easy Vegetable Egg Bake Breakfast Casserole, it isn’t enough for everyone.
And that is exactly why a Christmas Breakfast Board is the answer to holiday mornings!
Plus, it can be as easy you want with simple foods purchased ready-made.
Or, holiday treats you’ve made ahead have a place to shine on this delicious board too.
It’s a casual but fun way to bring everyone to the kitchen on Christmas morning!
While I’ve designed this board especially for the holidays, you might also want to check out our Easy Brunch Charcuterie Board for more ideas on creating a European-style brunch board throughout the year.
A breakfast charcuterie board is one of my favorite cheese boards to make. Filled with simple to make or purchase components, it is completely adaptable to your preferences.
Think sweet, savory, texture, delicious. That’s it.
Here are some ideas to get started designing your own Christmas Breakfast Charcuterie Board.
How to Design a Christmas Breakfast Charcuterie Board
The following tips are summarized from one of my favorite cheese board cookbooks aptly named, “On Boards” by Lisa Dawn Bolton. It’s a great addition to any cookbook library and one filled with useful ideas and information.
While these are great starting points, be creative and have fun with your design!
Tips for Charcuterie Boards
- Break up like colors: nestle colorful vegetables and fruits between pales cheese and crackers
- Spread out large amounts of one ingredient: “If you’re serving 16 slices of meat, for example, put it on at least four different parts of the board.”
- Create a path for the eye: As in photography, odd numbers are best. If using a dominant color or ingredient, create a design that looks like a letter “S.”
- Abundance: While I’m always partial to abundance, the simplicity of minimal ingredients can be equally beautiful.
- The edges: Don’t forget the edges of the board. Linens, fresh flowers, herbs, nuts, can all serve to elevate the theme of your board.
Designing a Charcuterie Board
- Layout all the elements and ingredients for your board.
- Start with the biggest items, and consider placing them toward the edges of the board.
- Add bowls for yogurt, granola, nuts, syrups and more.
- Add clusters of grapes.
- Arrange mid-size components, like slices of fruits.
- Add small components like individual nuts, dried fruits, and berries
- Finally, add garnishes, like herbs or microgreens.
Tips on Making a Beautiful Breakfast Charcuterie Board
While easy and quick to throw together, planning ahead alleviates any stress when hungry onlookers are watching. I like to bake a few things ahead.
- Anchor the board with bowls of condiments. This provides a structure for the display.
- Offer a variety of yogurts. I always like to offer Greek yogurt drizzled with honey as well as fruit, berry, or vanilla option. Think about guests’ dietary restrictions.
- Add granola. This is a must for breakfast and brunch cheese boards. It’s a healthy option that delicious on its own or as a topping. I like to make my own, but store-bought works beautifully too. In this case I used my Christmas Granola Recipe.
- Slice a variety of fruits. Grapes are almost always expected as they are delicious with meats, quiches, and cheese, but seasonal berries, citrus, and bananas elevate the flavors.
- Sweet treats. All cheese boards, but especially Brunch cheese boards benefit from sweet treats, in addition to fruit.
- Finally, add your garnishes: Fresh herbs bring life to a board and toasted nuts bring a perfect finish to brunch.
- And by all means, add Christmasy touches everwhere!
What We Have on our Christmas Breakfast Charcuterie Board
There are so many ways to build an easy holiday cheeseboard. Here are some quick ideas that I’ve included in ours.
Store-Bought and Ready-Made Elements
- Frozen Mini Pancakes: While I purchased these for the Mini Pancake Stacks, you can also make your own, see my 5 Minute Christmas Mini Pancake Stacks post.
- Mini croissants
- Vanilla Yogurt
- Mixed Nuts
- Pomegranate Seeds
- Small danishes
- Grapes (both green and red)
Bread, Pastries, & Breakfast Foods I Made Ahead
- Granola (Christmas Granola or store-bought)
- Mini quiches
- Mini waffles
- Lemon pound cake (Holiday Orange and Cranberry Bread)
- Ginger Pecan Cranberry Scones: Holiday Treats to Share
- Sweet Treats (Christmas Crack or Christmas Muddy Buddies) might be fun to add
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IF YOU ENJOYED THIS RECIPE ON 31 DAILY, YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY:
- Mini croissants
- Mini danishes
- Christmas quickbread (like Lemon Pound Cake or Cranberry Bread)
- Mini Waffles (homemade or store-bought)
- Homemade Granola (or store-bought)
- Mini Pancake Stacks
- Mixed Nuts
- Greek yogurt
- Grapes (green and red)
- Herbs for garnish, if desired (chives, rosemary, thyme, etc.)
- Make any Christmas granola, bread, scones, or treats ahead and have ready. Slice the pomegranate and oranges. Assemble the Mini Pancake Stacks.
- Assemble the Christmas Breakfast Charcuterie Board. Beginning with larger ingredients and dishes, begin to layout components based on color, texture, and quantity. Nestle in the condiments and fill in any blank spots with berries, grapes, mixed nuts, and fresh herbs.