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Charcuterie Table For Halloween (Air fryer Version)

Halloween brings a lot of delights in the form of creative and delicious dishes. An air fryer charcuterie board is a quick and entertaining appetizer to try out at a Halloween party.

You can add sweet and savory foods to the charcuterie board. This tasty treat is suitable for any special occasion or holiday gathering, including a Halloween party! There are a bunch of spooky, fancy delights in an air fryer.

Moreover, you don’t have to spend much money buying a fancy board. A breadboard, cookie sheet, or wooden cutting board can work too! 

Let’s get to the recipe!

What is a Charcuterie Board?

Charcuterie comes from the French words for “meat” and “cooked.” Charcuterie boards were made to make food more presentable. It consists of meats, fruits, nuts, crackers, and dips. The practice gained popularity because it extended the shelf life of food.

The charcuterie board is quick and easy to make! Although assembling and arranging all the items seems tricky, it’s not that difficult. I’ll share the recipe with you!

Ingredients

For making the marinade:

  • 1 cup of marinated air-fried olives
  • 1 & 1/2 cups black olives
  • 1/2 cup garlic-stuffed green olives
  • 1 small fresh orange and 2 thin strips of fresh orange peel
  • 3 freshly peeled and smashed garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
  • Olive oil
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Whole black peppercorns
  • Dried thyme

For the Charcuterie board

  • 1/4 cup roasted nuts, such as cashews
  • 1 tbsp apricot preserves
  • One tiny orange (in wedges)
  • 1/2 cup marinated feta cubes, aged cheddar cubes
  • 1 cup of crackers
  • 8 pieces of Italian bacon
  • 2 thin slices of salami or pancetta
  • 2 thinly sliced capicola slices
  • 1/2 cup dates or other dried fruit, garnished with fresh rosemary
charcuterie board with biscuits and fruits
Charcuterie board for snacks and appetizers

How to Make a Charcuterie Board in An Air Fryer?

The charcuterie board is a fun recipe! You’ll love the cooking process!

Step 1: Preparation of an olive marinade

This method helps to enhance the flavor of light olives.

Ensure that the air fryer has no inserts or unnecessary attachments. After removing the lid, place the ingredients to marinate the olives directly in the basket.

The recipe doesn’t require preheating. Air fry them for 5 minutes at 375°F. The temperature can be adjusted between 200 and 380 degrees Fahrenheit.

The number of olives will determine the serving size of this charcuterie board. Leftovers can be kept for the upcoming event or given away during the holidays in attractive jars.

Step 2: Assemble the ingredients

A charcuterie board requires only a small amount of food as it is consumed very quickly. For instance, 10 dishes with 2 servings are enough for an ideal charcuterie board.

Gather cheese cubes, pate, crackers, sliced deli meat, dried dates, and fresh orange slices for various flavors. Place the oranges, feta, and cheddar cheese along the edge of the platter opposite the olives.

Place the crackers and sliced deli meats on the serving tray. Serve the marinated olives in a small bowl and display them on the charcuterie board.

Make faces with dipping sauces and sweet syrups for a spooky and funky look! You can place forks and knives on the board as well. Toothpicks are a good option too!

Nutritional Information

1 cup of each ingredient assembled on a charcuterie board provides you with almost 492 kcal. These are further divided into:

NutrientsAmount (g/mg)
Carbohydrates33g
Protein18g
Fat33g
Cholesterol55mg
Fiber3g
Sugar14g
Iron2mg
Calcium285mg
The number of nutrients in a single serving

Tools & Equipment Needed

  • Cheese knives are useful for serving cheese blocks.
  • Use small bowls or ramekins to hold dips, brined foods, etc.
  • Choose smaller and more substantial bowls to organize your board gracefully.
  • Small condiment spoons are handy for spreading and dipping.
  • Use small plates and serving napkins to get praised by all.
  • You can use party toothpicks to eat the small chunks of food.

Tips for Beginners

  1. Do not spend too much. You can easily decorate or assemble it in any way you like. Try to be creative! You can buy a small charcuterie board that’s not too expensive. The suggestions include Trader Joe’s and Aldi. For larger ones, search at Costco.
  2. You don’t have to buy a charcuterie board from the market. You can use any flat object or a tray.
  3. Let the board sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving. It helps the cheese bring out its actual flavor.
  4. Ensure everything is covered on the charcuterie board because air dries up meat, cheese, fruit, sauces, etc. Use plastic food wrap to cover the tray. It’s a game-changer!
a big round charcuterie board with various colorful food
A colorful charcuterie board with unlimited food items

Why is Charcuterie Board so famous?

It’s an incredible way to display unique items for guests and serve creative meals simultaneously. There is no other recipe that matches the creativity and aesthetics of a charcuterie board.

It’s also great for Halloween parties and new year’s eve. You can add a package of crackers, bread slices, and filler fruits like grapes or banana slices to your board. This will make it nutritious and visually appealing at the same time.

Try Halloween Chex Mix, chocolate cupcakes, mummy dogs, brownies, and frosted pumpkin donut holes for a larger serving size. Candy sprinkles are a tasty filling ingredient to give fullness to the board.

Varieties of Charcuterie Board

You can create customized charcuterie boards for a Halloween party.

For that, you have to be a little creative. Buy some edible eyes and spooky buttons to decorate gingerbread and mummy dogs. Use ketchup for making some ghosting drawings on the board.

Make a special portion for cookies and biscuits. And use Hershey’s syrup to draw smileys on them. Select the color palette according to the event you’re hosting.

There are also boards for kids, mostly filled with sweet snacks, candy, and healthy snacks.

Benefits of Charcuterie boards

1. They are more versatile and upscale than nachos or tortilla snacks

Charcuterie boards give a presentable look to different food items. These charcuterie boards include nachos, tortillas, sweet items, and meat. It’s a complete meal that is perfect for movie night as well. Therefore, most people love it!

2. They have good flavor and nutrition

A charcuterie board comprises a variety of foods; it has a variety of flavors as well. It includes enormous quantities of cheese, meat, fruits, dates, and nuts. Cheese satisfies your taste buds, and nuts fulfill your fat and protein requirements. Therefore, it’s a complete meal with a bunch of flavors.

3. It has a lot of health benefits as well

It helps overcome digestive problems. It is not too calorie-dense, comprising small portions of nutritious foods. You don’t have to worry about your weight! There is no hidden fat content in the food items. Therefore, it’s an ideal choice for maintaining a healthy diet.

small charcuterie board
A round and economical charcuterie board for a small gathering.

What to Add To a Charcuterie Board?

Some of the most popular choices for charcuterie boards are:

  • Crackers
  • Water wafers
  • Multi-grain crackers
  • Buttery crackers
  • Blue cheese-stuffed olives
  • Garlic-stuffed olives
  • Kalamata olives
  • Prosciutto
  • Candied bacon
  • Smoked turkey breast
  • Thinly sliced prime rib

Several sauces can be served with fruits and vegetables. Slice a baguette, toast the slices with finely diced garlic, and then spray the toast with melted butter to enhance the flavor of your incredible charcuterie board.

2 Ways to Use a Charcuterie Board

Here are some tips for putting together all the ingredients:

1. Use regional goods

Look for cheese, honey, flavorful sauces (such as chutney, salsa alfredo, or jams), cured meat (such as salami), and marmalades.

You should consider a successful pairing for at least 1+1+1 of sweet, sour, and salted. Look for consistency and traditional taste combinations

2. Keep a proportion of all the ingredients

Make sure you have bread, breadsticks, and crackers on hand. There should be a minimum of three pieces per item. Look for several wines to mix with, and check for colors on the board.

Here’s a video about how to make Halloween themed charcuterie board:

Check out this video.

Conclusion

  • The air fryer has a lot of recipes to try out for Halloween parties. A charcuterie board is one of the oldest creative meals to try out in an air fryer.
  • Many ingredients are used. It’s easy to make with only 15 minutes of cooking time. A charcuterie board contains a variety of foods that provide you with sweet and savory delights at the same time.
  • You can always vary the ingredients according to your taste buds. Choose the right proportion of sweet, sour, and healthy foods.
  • It will boost your metabolism and benefit your body. Your Halloween party will be more fun with this recipe.

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