If it's your turn to make breakfast or brunch, this Easy Breakfast Charcuterie Board should be on the table. Filled with your favorite breakfast breads, proteins, jams, spreads and fruit, this board has something for everyone!
I love serving a breakfast charcuterie board for New Years Day breakfast or brunch, at a baby shower or Mother's Day. This epic board is highly customizable and can be made ahead of time to make your life easy!
If you're a sucker for a charcuterie board like I am then you should try my Easy Thanksgiving Charcuterie Board. It's perfect for any fall/winter lunches or dinners! These French Charcuterie Boards or a round board are my favorite to use.
When making a breakfast charcuterie board or any charcuterie board for that matter, there is a lot of freedom. Board are versatile, you can pick and choose your favorite things to add. Here are a few of my favorites!
- Breads - Waffles, Stroop waffles, mini pancakes, bagels, raisin bread, rye bread or your favorite type of bread.
- Jams & Spreads - Raspberry jam, strawberry jam, Nutella, chive cream cheese, honey, syrup, peanut butter and anything else you love to spread on bread. Pick and choose your favorite items.
- Fruits - I like using whatever happens to be in season at the time. Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, red grapefruit, peaches, etc.
- Proteins - Bacon, sausage, dried chorizo, prosciutto, smoked salmon.
- Cheeses - I could write a mile long list of the cheeses I love! Try a brie, flavored cream cheese, cheddar, gouda or something a little spicy, maybe a habanero cheese.
- Additional Items - Jammy eggs, yogurt, butter, crackers, salsa, sliced garden tomatoes. Add on anything you love to snack on!
How to Build a Breakfast Charcuterie Board
Cook any ingredients that need to be cooked: eggs, bacon, etc.
Mise en Place. Gather all ingredients together. It is much easier to build a charcuterie board when all you're ingredients are ready to go and in one place.
Put any of your jams or spreads into small bowls or dishes. Place those on your board first because they take up the most room.
Begin adding your breads, proteins, fruits and additional items. Build each of these around the items already in place. Make patterns if you like. Try to space out items of the same color.
Add any remaining ingredients or garnishes and serve. This board can also be wrapped with plastic wrap then stored in the fridge until the following day to be served. Crackers fill in the gaps well too, check out the best crackers for a charcuterie board.
Substitutions & Variations
This breakfast charcuterie board is easy to play around with, substituting and adding variations. The possibilities are endless!
- Apple Pie Filling - Turn the apples into an apple pie filling to top any of the sweet breads.
- Greek Yogurt - Use any flavor of yogurt you like. I like buying plain and adding flavors like honey, vanilla, cinnamon or even go the savory route with lemon, garlic and dill as a spread for the smoked salmon.
- Add caramel as a dip for the apples.
- Make it themed for the specific season of the year! Find different fruits, veggies and flavors that go with each season.
- Place the larger items on the breakfast board first then build around them.
- Create movement on the board with breads, apples, etc. Create patterns and waves for visual appeal.
- Choose a color theme and stick to it.
- Make the board hours ahead to get organized.
- Have a plan/list before heading to the grocery store to make shopping easy. It's easy to buy way too many things when you don't have a plan. Trust me, I've done it a million times!
Storing your easy breakfast charcuterie board is a cinch. Simply wrap the board in a couple layers of plastic wrap then place in the fridge.
Generally I will only keep the board in the fridge for up to 24 hours ahead of time but if you have leftovers they will last up to 3 days, tightly wrapped.
I like to serve my breakfast boards with orange or grapefruit mimosas, bloody Mary's, coffee or other fruit juices.
You should also serve your board with a cheese knife set. It comes in handy for serving the items off the board without making a mess.
I like to use either a treated wood board that is non porous or a marble board. You can also use ceramic.
Make sure the board is large enough for the amount of people you're serving. It's easy to use up all the space quickly.
Yes, absolutely. I recommend making your board a day ahead of time for ease. Wrap the board tightly with a couple layers of plastic wrap then store in the fridge for up to 48 hours ahead of time.
I like to take my board out of the fridge an hour or so ahead of time to let the ingredients come to room temperature before serving.
Anything you like! A few main items for a breakfast charcuterie board are breads/pastries, spreads and jams, fresh and dried fruit, proteins and cheeses.
It is completely customizable though, you can add any of your favorite items.
Easy Charcuterie Board
- 4 eggs hard or soft boiled
- 8 slices candied bacon
- 8 mini Belgian waffles I bought pre-made
- 2 Belgian waffles I bought pre-made
- 4 slices raisin bread
- 2 mini raisin bagels
- 2 potato pancakes I bought pre-made
- ¼ lb smoked black forest sausage
- 1 oz smoked salmon
- ⅓ cup peanut butter
- ⅓ cup vanilla yogurt
- 8 strawberries
- ½ pt raspberries
- 2 apples
- 1 avocado sliced
- 1 oz cheddar cheese sliced
- 1 pomegranate
- 1 tablespoon honey for drizzling garnish
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill for garnish
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary for garnish
Cooking Eggs + Bacon
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Boil your eggs and cook your bacon ahead of time. Peel the eggs so they're ready to go
- If you're making candied bacon, lay the bacon out on a parchment lined sheet tray. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of brown sugar over the top of the bacon slices. Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon chili powder, a light dusting of cinnamon and about ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes over the top then bake 15 minutes or until desired doneness.
Building the Board
- Gather all your ingredients to one place
- Start by filling small dishes with the peanut butter, yogurt or any spread or jam you're using. Place those on the board first.
- Add each of the rest of the ingredient groups to the board, building around the larger items
- Add any garnishes to the top then serve!
- Make sure that you cook anything that needs to be cooked then gather everything together before you start to assemble your easy breakfast charcuterie board.
- Buy whatever you can pre-made. This breakfast board is meant to be easy so don't stress yourself trying to use homemade items.
- Make this board a day ahead of time, wrap it and put it in the fridge. If you're going to a baby shower, Mother's Day event or having this for breakfast on New Years Day after a night out, do yourself a favor and make it the day before.
- Be creative! You can literally add anything you like to this board. Customize it with your favorite fruits, nuts, spreads, cheeses, proteins and breads!
- Pick a color theme for visual appeal! Add pops of color because often times many of these items can be brown or beige.