Make a Stunning Trader Joe's Charcuterie Board With These 16 Ingredients

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Ordering charcuterie at a restaurant can be frustrating. Restaurants charge a lot for the appetizer while often skimping on expensive cuts of cheeses and meats — and, let's be real, three or four slices of prosciutto isn't going to cut it. That's where Trader Joe's comes in. With these no-frill ingredients from the popular grocery store, you'll be able to build a Trader Joe's charcuterie board in the comfort of your own home, whether you're having guests over or making an elaborate girl dinner.

Prices and availability are subject to change.

This story was updated in August 2023.

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Double Creme Brie from Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's

1. Double Crème Brie with Truffles

$10 for 8.5 ounces

Who said you had to spend a fortune on truffles? This double crème brie is one of the best Trader Joe's cheeses for a charcuterie board, and will impress even picky guests.. Made by a family-owned cheese manufacturer in Rhone-Alps, France, this creamy and decadent brie is a good addition to a charcuterie spread. It features actual truffles — not truffle oil or truffle extract — which lends a funkiness to the cheese. It's bound to be an unexpected standout on any homemade charcuterie board.

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Chevre Goat Cheese from Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's

2. Chevre Goat Cheese

$3 for 5 ounces

A solid choice for those who prefer a tangier, more pungent taste, this goat cheese has a distinct aftertaste that's slightly gamey and earthy. It pairs well with jams and fruits and has a lower lactose content that makes it ideal for children or guests with lactose intolerances. Because of its strong flavor profile, it's a great companion for plain crackers.

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Triple Cream Brie Cheese with Green Peppercorns from Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's

3. Triple Cream Brie Cheese with Green Peppercorns

$12 for 1 pound

As someone who will go to great lengths for charcuterie, I believe brie is the most harmonious pairing with meats, nuts, and other cheeses. Snag this hefty wheel to serve as the centerpiece of your charcuterie board. You can also melt it over flatbread for a fancy appetizer, or slice it up and pair it with fruit with a drizzle of honey or balsamic glaze for a healthy snack. 

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Unexpected Cheddar Cheese
Trader Joe's

4. Unexpected Cheddar Cheese

$4 for 7 ounces

Unexpected, indeed. Though TJ's version may look like a regular sharp cheddar, it stands out for having a slightly crumbly texture and salty aftertaste reminiscent of an aged Parmesan. Be sure to let it sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes to let it breathe so that it's natural funky flavors shine through.

Spicy Uncured Charcuterie Collection from Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's

5. Spicy Uncured Charcuterie Collection

$9 for 9 ounces

Instead of buying multiple packages of different meat, opt for an all-in-one approach. TJ's selection of spicy uncured charcuterie includes three traditional Italian cold cuts: coppa, sopressa, and capocolla. Each is dried for more than 60 days and seasoned with condiments such as sea salt, sugar, cayenne pepper, paprika, and garlic. Scatter them around your board and supplement them with various cheeses and crackers.

Sliced Prosciutto from Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's

6. Sliced Prosciutto

$4 for 4 ounces

Want to highlight one specific meat on your charcuterie board? Try opting for prosciutto. Aged for a minimum of 10 to 12 months, TJ's prosciutto is sliced thin and exceptionally tasty. Guests may not believe you paid less than $5 for this traditional Italian cold cut. Aside from charcuterie, prosciutto can be paired with slices of melon or used as a topping for pizza. 

Red Pepper, Cranberry & Walnut Dip from Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's

7. Red Pepper, Cranberry & Walnut Dip

$4 for 8 ounces

For a Trader Joe's-inspired charcuterie board that encourages dipping, this unique dip is an excellent addition. Made with a mix of smoky peppers, dried cranberries, and chopped walnuts, the dip can be scooped with chips or crackers on your charcuterie board or enjoyed as a spread for sandwiches, salads, and leftovers.

Fig Butter from Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's

8. Fig Butter

$3 for 11 ounces

Made with five ingredients — figs, water, sugar, lemon, and pectin — this spread is simple, well-balanced, and flavorful. It will fit in with any Trader Joe's charcuterie board and makes a great topping for a baked brie, toast, or crackers. Try serving it with some crumbly cheese and rosemary for a delectable bite of savory, sweet, and creamy. 

Garlic & Jalapeño Stuffed Olives from Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's

9. Garlic & Jalapeño Stuffed Olives

$4 for 17.64 ounces

These tangy Greek olives will add a touch of heat and saltiness to balance out any homemade charcuterie board. Stuffed with pickled jalapeños and garlic, they also make for great additions to pizza, sandwiches, salads, or as a spicy garnish for a dirty martini. Chopped up, they could make a tapenade to serve as a dip; serve on a skewer with cubed cheese to highlight their bold flavor.

Rosemary Sfogliette Crackers from Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's

10. Rosemary Sfogliette Crackers

$1.70 for 6.35 ounces

After securing the savory and sweet ingredients for a charcuterie board, you'll need the perfect pairing. These thin and crispy rosemary crackers made with sea salt and olive oil are up to the task. Though ideal for dipping, they make for a delicious snack on their own, or to add some crunch to a bowl of soup. 

Cauliflower Crisps
Trader Joe's

11. Cauliflower Crisps

$2.99 for 2.47 ounces

If you or any of your guests have a gluten allergy, these cauliflower crisps are a fantastic alternative to regular crackers on your charcuterie board. Ultra-thin and made with cauliflower, brown rice, and a variety of other gluten-free ingredients, they make excellent vessels for dips, cheeses, and meats. 

Candied Pecans from Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's

12. Candied Pecans

$4.50 for 5 ounces

Add these to a Trader Joe's cheeseboard or charcuterie plate for an extra oomph of flavor. Versatile and delicious, candied pecans can also be chopped up and tossed into a salad for added crunch and a protein boost, or eaten as an afternoon snack.

Everything But the Bagel Nut Duo from Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's

13. Everything But the Bagel Nut Duo

$4 for 8 ounces

Trader Joe's Everything But the Bagel seasoning has developed a cult following since its launch in 2017. This mix features almonds and cashews coated in that blend of black and white sesame and poppy seeds, garlic, onion, and sea salt, and is the perfect charcuterie board companion, protein boost, or even salad topper.

Fire Roasted Red Peppers
Trader Joe's

14. Fire Roasted Red Peppers

$2.29 for 12 ounces

Not only do these fire roasted red peppers add a bit of color to your homemade charcuterie board, but they also lend a spicy note to the arrangement. Nestle them in next to hunks of mozzarella cheese or slivers of cured meat. Utensil note: These peppers can probably be best handled with toothpicks.

Organic Dried & Pitted Deglet Noor Dates
Trader Joe's

15. Organic Dried & Pitted Deglet Noor Dates

$2.99 for 8 ounces

Dried fruit is always an excellent addition to any charcuterie board, and these dried and pitted dates are no exception. Deglet Noor dates aren't as sweet as some other varieties, meaning they won't overpower other items on the board. Pair them with goat cheese, blue cheese, or prosciutto, along with nuts and other dried fruit like mango and apricots.

Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine from Trader Joe's
Trader Joe's

16. Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine

$7 for 750 ml bottle

We can't talk about a Trader Joe's charcuterie board without talking about Trader Joe's wine. While you can pair red or white wines with charcuterie spreads, this sparkling rosé from France is effervescent, refreshing, and light — making it an ideal pairing to counteract the heaviness of meats and richness of cheeses. At this price, it's also a great deal.