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How To Make a Charcuterie Board Festive For The Holidays!

Your guide to designing the best charcuterie board for your holiday parties! Load it up with your favorite meats, cheeses, jams, crackers, nuts, you name it! 
Prep Time25 minutes
Servings: 10
Author: Lexi



  • Bacon Jam Recipe Below
  • Fig Jam
  • Grainy Mustard
  • Honeycomb


  • Manchego Cheese Pepper Jack Cheese, Cheddar (Hard Cheese)
  • Brie Humboldt Fog, Forager d’Affinois (Soft Cheese)


  • Bread Sticks
  • Gluten-Free Crackers
  • Other Crackers


  • Applegate Salami
  • Applegate Prosciutto
  • Applegate Salami Trio


  • Olives
  • Rosemary Sprigs
  • Mini Marinated Peppers
  • Marinated Artichokes


  • Apples
  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Fresh Cranberries
  • Candied Pecans

Bacon Jam Recipe:

  • 1 package Applegate Sunday Morning Bacon
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tablespoon bacon fat
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1.5 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves picked
  • 1.5 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large skillet over medium heat, cook finely diced bacon until crispy.
  • Drain bacon, leaving 1 tablespoon of fat in the pan. Add butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  •  Slice onion thin and add to pan and cook on low heat for 40 minutes. Add bacon back into the pan.
  • Deglaze pan with ¼ cup water: Deglaze the pan by adding in the water and scraping up the browned bits in the bottom of the skillet for about 30 seconds.
  • Add balsamic vinegar, thyme leaves, and pepper and remove pan from heat.
  • Serve warm on top of brie or in a dish on your board.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, and reheat before serving. Yields about 1 cup of jam.