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The Ultimate Football Charcuterie Board

Updated January 25, 2023

For the ultimate game day experience, serve up this football themed charcuterie board! It has everything you need for starters before the big game!

football charcuterie board

February is an important month for football fans. Why? Because the final two football teams go head to head in the big game.

Millions of people will be gathered around their televisions to cheer on their favorite team while grazing on delicious party food. Even if you’re not a fan of football, you’re probably enjoying the commercials.

what to put on a football charcuterie board

If you’re looking to up your game day spread this year, why not try a charcuterie board loaded with all sorts of deliciousness?

We’ve put together a list of our favorite football party foods, so you can mix and match to create the perfect spread for your crew. From savory meats and cheeses to delicious appetizers and dipping sauces, there’s something for everyone on this board.

So gather up your ingredients and get ready to score big at your next football party!

What is a charcuterie board?

A charcuterie board is a platter of cured meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and other snacks. It can be served as an appetizer or main course.

What should be included on a charcuterie board?

You can use any type of cured meats, various cheeses, fruits, vegetables, and snacks that you like. The key is to choose items that complement each other in terms of flavor and texture.

Football Charcuterie Board Ideas

When creating your football charcuterie board think of what party foods would be popular at a football party and things your guests would like. Here’s a few ideas to get you started! Get creative and have fun!

Charcuterie Board Meats

  • Salami
  • Prosciutto
  • Pepperoni
  • Smoked ham
  • Roast beef
  • Turkey breast

Game Day Snacks

  • Crackers: club, rounds, pita, etc.
  • Nuts: peanuts, cashews, pistachios, almonds.
  • Assorted cheeses
  • Tortilla chips
  • Pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Soft pretzel bites
  • Corn chips
  • Potato chips

Veggies

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Pickles

Appetizers

Dips

what to put on a charcuterie board for the big game

How to Arrange a Charcuterie Board

Step One: Start with the football shaped cheese ball as the centerpiece. Make a cheese ball, chill and shape into a football. Cover with pepperoni and use string cheese for the laces. Place in the center of the board.

Step Two: Next, add the crackers and pretzels along the side of the cheese ball.

Step Three: Then add the appetizers on the board. I like to add to the four corners and then fill in where needed.

Step Four: Place the appropriate dips near coordinating foods as you arrange them.

Step Five: Set the carrots and celery by the wings and dips.

Step Six: Fan out the cheese slices and meats and place near pretzel thins and crackers.

Step Seven: Finally, fill in the rest of the spots with remaining items until the entire board is covered. Serve and enjoy!

Charcuterie Board Tips

  • Choose a platter or board that is large enough to hold all of the items you plan to include.
  • Plan ahead by making a list of the items you want to include on the board and plan the layout to ensure you have enough space for all of the items.
  • Have a good variety of foods and snacks to choose from.
  • Make it easy to access the items on the board. Place serving forks and plates near the board.
  • Keep the board fresh by replenishing items as they run low.
  • Don’t be afraid to get creative. Have fun and make it festive with a theme!
game day charcuterie board

FAQs

What type of board is used for a charcuterie board?

A charcuterie board can be served on a variety of boards including wood boards, metal, ceramic, marble, stone and plastic. I’ve even used a large baking sheet, cutting boards and a restaurant serving tray as a charcuterie board.

The possibilities are endless it just all matters of the size, how much food you are serving and if it will all fit on the board.

Can I make this game day charcuterie board ahead of time?

You can make some of these items ahead of time if you’d like and reheat them in the oven, air fryer or microwave the day of serving. If you really want to save on time, buy the food premade and assemble the board before everyone arrives.

What are some good football game foods?

Finger foods such as chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, potato skins, tacos, pizza and cookies are the most popular foods to serve at a football game party.

How long can you leave a charcuterie board out?

A charcuterie board should not be left out for longer than 2 hours at room temperature. If the board is outdoors in warmer weather put away after 1 hour to avoid the food from spoiling.

Football Charcuterie Board

Football Charcuterie Board

Yield: Serves 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

For the ultimate game day experience, serve up this football charcuterie board! It has everything you need for starters before the big game!

Ingredients

  • Chicken wings
  • Chicken strips
  • Mac and cheese bites
  • Football shaped cheese ball
  • Soft pretzel bites
  • Mozzarella sticks
  • Boneless wings
  • Potato skins
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Sliced cheese
  • Pretzels
  • Tortilla chips
  • Crackers
  • Prosciutto
  • Ranch dressing
  • Sour cream
  • Queso dip
  • Buffalo sauce
  • Honey mustard

Instructions

  1. Start with the football shaped cheese ball as the centerpiece. Make a cheese ball, chill and shape into a football. Cover with pepperoni and use string cheese for the laces. Place in the center of the board.
  2. Next, add the crackers and pretzels along the side of the cheese ball.
  3. Then add the appetizers on the board. I like to add to the four corners and then fill in where needed.
  4. Place the appropriate dips near coordinating foods as you arrange them.
  5. Set the carrots and celery by the wings and dips.
  6. Fan out the cheese slices and meats and place near pretzel thins and crackers.
  7. Finally, fill in the rest of the spots with remaining items until the entire board is covered. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

A charcuterie board should not be left out for longer than 2 hours at room temperature. If the board is outdoors in warmer weather put away after 1 hour to avoid the food from spoiling.

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