Culinary arts

Original aperitif board – welcome to the level!

Are you organizing a family night out or have you invited friends over to your home? No matter the occasion, you probably want your welcome to be level. Therefore, we advise you to pay special attention to the aperitif, as it can ensure a very strong start to the evening. If you agree, take a look at our article where you will find ideas and advice for an original aperitif board. We will inform you about the main components of a tray, on decoration and arrangement trends and we will show you several inspiring photos !

Prepare a good aperitif

original aperitif board an aperitif board decorated with toothpicks

What an aperitif board ?

Before choosing the best products and before dealing with their presentation and decoration, we must first find the best appetizer board. So, we have listed the best variants for you. !

Wooden plate

The plank is a great idea because it doesn’t cost much, but it will add style to the table. Wood is a natural and aesthetic material that goes very well with all types of products. Only you will not have a large choice of models or colors. Also take into consideration that this material is not too strong and can wear out over time. Pay attention to washing and do not leave the wood wet.

A rich platter on a wooden platter

aperitif aperitif idea on a round wooden board

Slate plate

The slate plate is also a very original option, as it brings an elegant and modern look to the table. In addition, it is a more resistant material than wood and it has no problem with water. However, you still do not have a choice of colors.

A plate of slate

aperitif aperitif idea on a slate board

What delicious bites !

aperitif aperitif idea on a rectangular slate board

Ceramic plate

The ceramic plate is a very interesting option which already gives you a large choice of colors and shapes. In this way, it offers you the possibility of creating your own style by making different color combinations to finally have an original aperitif board. Be careful not to drop it, as it breaks very easily.

A multicolored ceramic plate

aperitif recipe idea a ceramic plate for aperitif

A very practical plate to serve an aperitif

original aperitif board a man holding a ceramic plate

Aperitif dinner tray – the main components

After choosing the plate that best suits the style of your table, you should focus on the choice of products. The food industry offers you an endless number of options. You of course have the freedom to improvise and put your favorite foods on the set. We have nevertheless listed for you the main components that each aperitif board must contain..

Plate of cold cuts

We start with the different types of meat. If fresh meats are preferred for the main course, when it comes to the aperitif, it is better to opt for pre-cooked, smoked or salted cold cuts or for the different types of pâté or rillettes. More concretely, you can put ham, sausage, chorizo, sausage, salami, prosciutto, etc..

You don’t want to taste ?

charcuterie plate the different types of cold cuts on a plate

Welcome to the world of cold cuts !

charcuterie plate the different types of cold cuts on a board

Cheese board

Cheeses are a very important part of the appetizer platter. They give it flavor, aromatics and color. Here too we have a huge choice – there are over 1600 types of cheese in France which are divided into a few sub-groups. We advise you to choose a representative from each sub-group for more diversity on your aperitif board. Otherwise you can choose only one sub-group. For example soft cheeses, you can choose Camembert, Brie or Reblochon. Hard cheeses offer us Comté, Etorki or Beaufort. Why not add some goat cheeses like Tomme de chèvre, Sainte-Maure or Valençay. Blue cheeses are also a great option for those who like their taste and smell a bit more specific. Roquefort and Bleu d´Auvergne are a classic of the genre.

More than 1,600 types of cheese in France !

cheese board the variety of french cheeses on a board

Goat cheese

slate cold meats cheese sliced ​​goat cheese

Brie cheese

cheese board brie cheese sliced ​​by a knife

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cheese board the cheese roquefort on a board

Bread – product not to be omitted

Bread is a staple that cannot be overlooked. It balances the taste in your tray, as it dampens the effect of products that taste more intense. It is true that lately there is a popular tendency not to eat bread in order to be fit and healthy. However, you should know that bread also contains foods that contribute to the proper functioning of the human body. The problem comes with binge drinking. In addition, there are varieties of bread that are even healthier, such as wholemeal bread for example. It is also a good idea to bake the bread yourself at home.

Fruits, nuts and vegetables

All-natural products like fruits, nuts and vegetables are the ones that will bring freshness to your charcuterie and cheese platter. These foods are the perfect addition because they cover the gamut of tastes – some that are sweet, others that are salty, bitter or hot. They will therefore help you balance your aperitif. Remember, however, that some people have a nut allergy! Here are some interesting additions to form an original aperitif board: almonds, peanuts, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, pine nuts (in a bowl with a spoon), pickled vegetables (onions, cauliflower, asparagus, peppers, carrots, pickles), black olives, artichoke hearts, carrots (sliced ​​or sticks), roasted red peppers, celery sticks, zucchini slices, snow peas, green beans, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapes, pear slices, slices of apple, sliced ​​kiwi, pineapple, cherries, figs… the list could go on and on. Mix colors and tastes to create tasty and innovative combinations !

decoration of cold cuts of fruits and vegetables in a basket

Don’t forget to add natural products 

decoration of cold cuts of vegetables and nuts in a ceramic plate

Sugar ?

Apart from honey and dried fruits like blueberries, cranberries, raisins, peaches, apricots, apples, etc., other sweet products do not have a place in the appetizer platter. However, professional chefs tend to add them more and more often. This is how we already see chocolate candies, cream puffs, cake pops or mini donuts on aperitif boards. In addition, these products play a decorative role too.

Original aperitif board – practical advice

After choosing the products that you are going to put on the appetizer tray, you must move on to its decoration and arrangement.

Serving utensils

So what are the serving utensils and knives that you need to make available to your guests? Cheese knives are essential, one for softer cheeses and a knife for harder cheeses that require more effort to cut. You can also add an extra knife for fruits and vegetables. Remember to provide guests with forks.

presentation charcuterie board cheese knife for slicing cheese

presentation of a charcuterie board with cheese a woman slicing cheese

How to arrange an original aperitif board ?

The right arrangement of the aperitif board is a very important part of the preparation of your evening. It is said that the service of food is as important as its taste. It is its exterior appearance in particular that attracts us and makes us want to eat. So, follow the next steps:

  1. Place 3 or 4 small bowls of olive oil on top of the board and add the spices to soak.
  2. Fill in the empty spaces with meat, cheese, vegetables, crackers, figs, olives, nuts, etc..
  3. Slice all food without leaving too large pieces. Small bites are more convenient and easier to eat. In addition, their small size predisposes guests to eat.
  4. Pay attention to the colors! Choosing a limited color palette will have a great visual impact and will undoubtedly impress your guests..
  5. Draw shapes or pictures. No, it’s not very difficult! Choose simple shapes like the heart, the star, the circle that you can use to organize the products on the board.

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A good idea for a romantic evening

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Drinks – some ideas for your aperitif

The drinks ? We can not do without ! It would be the element that will perfectly complete your aperitif. You have to make the best choice and we will of course help you !

Non-alcoholic drinks should probably be part of the evening, especially if there are children or people who do not drink alcohol. We suggest you opt for more fancy drinks such as non-alcoholic mojito, homemade fruit juices, mint syrup, etc..

non-alcoholic mojito lunch tray

As for alcoholic beverages, you cannot of course omit the wine which is the best friend of cheeses! Apart from wine, you can also prepare a tasty punch or the aperol spritz which is a very delicious Italian drink..

charcuterie dinner platter drink wine with friends

dinner charcuterie platter pour wine into the glasses

Recipe idea for your aperitif

Finally, we have prepared for you some easy and delicious recipes that don’t take a lot of time, but are sure to impress your guests! They will undoubtedly help you to create an original aperitif board.

Stacks of ham and cheese cookies


  • puff pastry rolls – 700 gr
  • stone ground mustard – 1/4 cup
  • softened butter – 1/2 cup
  • chopped green onions – 1/4 cup
  • mayonnaise – 1/4 cup
  • honey – 1/4 cup
  • thick slices of ham cut into quarters – 10
  • slices of gruyere, quartered -10
  • grated romaine lettuce – 2-1 / 2 cups
  • ripe olives, pitted, drained – 20
  • chilli stuffed olives, drained – 20
  • Toothpicks with flounces – 40

Preperation :

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 ° C.
  2. Cut the puffy buns in half to form semi-circles.
  3. Place semicircles on an ungreased baking sheet.
  4. Put mustard on top.
  5. Bake in the oven until golden (8-10 minutes).
  6. Cool completely on racks.
  7. Mix the butter and the green onions.
  8. In another bowl, combine the mustard, mayonnaise and honey.
  9. Divide each cookie into 2 layers.
  10. Spread the butter mixture on the cookie bases. Top with ham, cheese, romaine lettuce and cookies.
  11. Pour the mustard mixture over the puff buns.
  12. Thread 1 olive on each toothpick.
  13. Insert the toothpicks into the batteries.
  14. Serve immediately.

You smell the pleasant smell ?

original appetizer board with ham and cheese stacks

Aperitif Tortilla Pinwheels

Ingredients :

  • softened cream cheese – 1 packet
  • grated cheddar cheese – 1 cup
  • sour cream – 1 cup
  • chopped ripe olives – 1 can
  • chopped green peppers, well drained – 1 can
  • chopped green onions – 1/2 cup
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • wheat tortillas – 5
  • salsa sauce (optional)

Preperation :

  1. Beat cream cheese, cheese and sour cream until blended.
  2. Add the olives, green peppers, green onions and spices.
  3. Spread over tortillas and roll up tightly.
  4. Wrap each tortilla in plastic wrap.
  5. Refrigerate for several hours.
  6. Unwrap and cut into slices.
  7. Serve with salsa.

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