A charcuterie board, or meat and cheese platter, has become the quintessential way to serve up everyone’s favorite snacks together at once. But if you want to take your charcuterie board to the next level, you need to add steak! Why not create a way to serve up everyone’s favorites with a steak charcuterie board?
A beautiful, flavorful piece of perfectly cooked steak elevates your charcuterie board from typical party fare to gourmet and it’s sure to be the star of your meal. So, how do you make an epic steak charcuterie board? Read on to find out!
How to Make an Epic Steak Charcuterie Board
What meat goes on a Steak Charcuterie Board?
Here at Fresh Mommy Blog, we favor a Filet Mignon served up with fruit and vegetables… and of course cheese (like this Boursin Garlic Cheese, so good!). Our other top picks include Ribeye, Top Sirloin, and New York Strip. We also suggest dried cured meats if there’s room including prosciutto, salami, or soppressata.
Start by sourcing high-quality ingredients, whether that’s at your local grocery store or our method of choice: our monthly stock-up order from Omaha Steaks (demand is high right now and supplies are limited, so stock that freezer while you can!). For one, I love that when you order from Omaha Steaks, your satisfaction is always unconditionally guaranteed… so you can order with complete confidence! Plus each steak is prepared by master butchers and with all Omaha Steaks, they’re aged at least 30 days for maximum tenderness and handled and delivered with care.
Check out the Ultimate Steak Cut Guide to discover the unique flavor profiles of each cut.
Next, choose sliced cheeses that complement your proteins but don’t overpower them; think something soft and creamy, like brie or Camembert. If you have extra room on your platter, finish off with something crunchy; try a handful of nuts or some fresh veggies and herbs for brightness. Keep reading for other tips on how to create an amazing steak charcuterie board!
Can you put steak on a charcuterie board?
You can absolutely put steak on a charcuterie board. In fact, we think it takes the board to a whole new level! Keep reading, because we’ve got some great ideas for how you might do it.
While we wouldn’t recommend putting a raw steak on a charcuterie board (unless you’re an expert with steak tartare – not one of my fortes), once it’s cooked, there are no rules that say your charcuterie board has to be exclusively cold cuts. Think of it as just another way to host friends and family over dinner. You could also think of it as a great excuse to experiment with interesting cheese and meat pairings!
How do you serve steak on a board?
A steak charcuterie board is a simple idea—it’s just a plate piled high with meats, cheeses, and little extra bites. But how do you make one epic? Add that steak!
Once you’ve got a perfectly cooked steak, allow it to rest while you start gathering and plating the rest of the steak charcuterie board ingredients. Then, slice the steak across the grain.
A charcuterie board is meant to be easy to grab bites of food, so pre-slicing the steak is important.
How to Assemble a Steak Charcuterie Board
When it really comes down to it, a charcuterie board is nothing more than a grouping of delicious foods that are sliced into bite-sized pieces and served with cheese. While it may seem straightforward, assembling a truly memorable charcuterie board is actually more complex than it seems – but the most important part is just getting the flavors on the plate so everyone can eat and enjoy.
In order to create something spectacular, you must first choose your ingredients! Use fresh, quality products that complement each other. Be sure not to overload one ingredient; variety is key when it comes to flavor.
I like to use cute bowls for dips and sauces, which can also serve as a way to break up the board and add curves and dimension as you place items around the bowls. Then create a “river” with a main ingredient or two, like sliced steak flowing in a curved line through the middle of the board.
Small finishing touches like grapes, nuts, and even chocolates can go on last as a fill-in addition to round out the board.
What cheese goes on a Steak Charcuterie Board?
Cheeses are one of my favorite ingredients. There is a cheese for every occasion and there is a cheese for every season. What cheese should you choose for your charcuterie board? That depends on what your favorite cheeses and flavors are, what color scheme you’re going with, and how many people will be eating it (and if they like blue cheese).
Here are some suggestions for different cheeses that would go great on a steak charcuterie board. The more variety in textures and flavors that you can pack into one plate, the better (from softer spreads to harder cheeses like sharp cheddar or parmesan)!
For example, aged cheddar goes well with a soft Brie or Camembert. Humboldt Fog is delicious paired with Feta or Manchego because they share similar flavors. If you love goat cheese but most of your family or guests don’t, try pairing its distinctive flavor with something milder—even pungent Comte will play nice alongside fresh mozzarella balls.
Strive for at least one soft cheese and one hard cheese (which can be plenty!), and build from there if you’d like more.
How to Finish Your Steak Charcuterie Board
Vegetables and Fruit
While serving up a tray laden with fruits or vegetables would be more of a veggie tray, vegan charcuterie board, or vegan snack board, typically a vegetable or fruit (or two) is included in a charcuterie board to add flavor variety and options to the spread.
Consider adding some of these classic charcuterie vegetable accompaniments:
- cucumber slices
- sun dried tomatoes
- roasted peppers
- cherry tomatoes
- bell peppers
Fruits are always at the top of my list for a charcuterie board as well, I love the pairing of sweet fruit with salty cheese:
- figs (I love fresh or dried)
- dried apricots
- dried dates
- apple slices
Because steak brings a whole new level of savory, you can even add a choice of other veggies, like:
- grilled zucchini
- artichoke hearts
- grilled squash or eggplant
- grilled mushrooms
The best part? You can customize your board however you like! Have fun with it!
Condiments and Sauces
Top your charcuterie board with a house-made steak sauce, home-made chimichurri, or this herb butter recipe —or try one of these quick options:
- Fig jam
- Spicy mustard
- Sweet/hot mustard
- Steak sauce
- Dijon mustard
- Omaha Steaks toppers
Crackers or Bread
Your board doesn’t have to revolve around bread. Start with a classic cracker for something lighter, or slice up a baguette and toast. Or, choose a whole-grain cracker like Wasa or Ak-Mak—the rich flavor of these will stand up well to your salty cured meats and creamy cheeses.