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How to Make a Paleo Charcuterie Board

Learn how to build a delicious and gorgeous paleo charcuterie board that’ll wow your guests and keep them satisfied until dinner is ready!

Are you a charcuterie board fan? Who isn’t? It’s probably the first thing I go to if I see it at a gathering or a dinner party. I just love that you can pick and choose whatever you want to eat, and you also get to try out some fancy cured meats that you’ve never had before.

I try to make a paleo charcuterie board every year for the holidays for my family. It’s such a crowd pleaser every time and buys me some time to spend on cooking while the guests fill up on the appetizers and the charcuterie board.

While a charcuterie board usually consists of cheese and meats, a paleo version omits cheese, but you have more space to load up with fun ingredients like fruits, vegetables, and dips!

What is Charcuterie?

Charcuterie (pronounced shahr-koo-tuh–ree) is a French term for preparing cured and smoked meats like salami, prosciutto, pâté, ham, and sausages. It is usually accompanied with various cheese, jam, fruits, nuts, and more, and served on a wooden board, many times at gatherings, so you can taste the various flavors with your family and friends.

It’s actually really fun to prepare, and even better to eat. It’s one of my favorite things to eat, especially over the holidays.

How to Make a Paleo Charcuterie Board

A paleo charcuterie board is actually quite easy to make. Overall, you want various textures and flavors like: salty, sweet, and sour. The best thing about it is that it’s totally customizable and it’s so easy to make it look beautiful and delicious.

Here are some components you may want to add to your paleo charcuterie board:

Meats

Cured meats are the stars of the charcuterie board and they are what many people get excited about the most. I like to have about 2-3 oz of meat per person and at least 4 different kinds of meat per board. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Liver pâté: I try to include this in every board I make and it’s always the one that’s gone the fastest.
  • Prosciutto or speck
  • Salami like sopressata or coppa

Vegetables

I like to include a good amount of vegetables on my board, because I always crave something crunchy and refreshing as a palate cleanser after chomping on meats. Some great options are:

  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Radish
  • Cucumber
  • Broccoli

Fruits

A sweet component is important because the meat is usually on the salty side and you want to balance out the flavors. Plus, sweet ingredients like fruits add such a great color to the charcuterie board making it pop:

  • Fresh fruits like persimmon, grapes, pear, pomegranate, melons, apples, and berries
  • Dried fruits like mangoes, apricots, goji berries, figs, and dates
  • Fruit jams like this paleo orange blueberry jam
  • Chutney

Crackers

There are so many gluten free and paleo crackers out there, but my favorite and the ones I always have on hand are the Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers. They are always loved by both paleo and non-paleo guests!

Something Sour

I always try to have something pickled or acidic on my paleo charcuterie board. It really ties all the flavors together and most people love pickled veggies and condiments! Here are some yummy options:

Other Optional Add-Ons

These are some other components that you may want to add to your board:

Tricks to a Beautiful Paleo Charcuterie Board

With all the components I mentioned above, it’s actually not difficult to make a paleo charcuterie board look beautiful. There are so many colors and textures when you bring all those ingredients together that you’ll find that they just look amazing when placed next to each other.

With that said, here are some tips and tricks to make sure your charcuterie board stands out and wows your guests:

  • Choose a board. You probably have a wooden cutting board already at home. They make a great base and it’ll make it easy for guests to slice into certain meats like salami if they need to. Some fancier boards can be slate or even marble.
  • Spread out each component across the board so you can easily reach for them no matter where you are sitting. For example, make sure there’s some kind of meat on all sides of the board so they are easily accessible.
  • Don’t be afraid to crowd all the ingredients together. The more crowded the board looks, the better the presentation. You want to overlap the components so they look cohesive once finished.
  • For wet ingredients like olives and dips, choose small bowl to put them in, and then replenish once they run low. I like to use ramekins.
  • When you are done arranging, fill up any blank spaces! I really love the look of a full charcuterie board, so I like to add crackers, fruits, or even more meat if I see any blank spots.

I hope these tips to making a paleo charcuterie board are helpful for when you host your next gathering. It may see a bit intimidating at first, but charcuterie boards are actually really easy and fun to make. It’s all about having the ingredients on hand and laying them out in a beautiful, appetizing way!

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Sweet Potato Pizza Bites (Paleo, Whole30) – Make Spider Toppings for Halloween!

These Paleo and Whole30 Sweet Potato Pizza Bites are so fun and easy to make, and you can even make spooky shapes with the toppings for Halloween!

Sweet Potato Pizza Bites

You ready for the cutest and the most delicious snack for a party? From my experience, the most popular appetizers at get-togethers are finger foods that you can enjoy a bite at time. That way, you aren’t overcommitting to one dish and you can taste a little bit of everything.

Sweet Potato Pizza Bites Recipe

These mini Sweet Potato Pizza Bites are the perfect snack for those get-togethers and they are packed with all the good-for-you ingredients without any dairy or gluten. Not only that, they are fun and easy to make, and you can even get your kids involved because the steps are pretty simple. If you are a sweet potato lover, I know you’ll love this recipe!

Make Spider Toppings for Halloween!

Not only are these Sweet Potato Pizza Bites great any time of the year, you can get festive over Halloween by making fun shapes with black olives. Making little spiders with them is actually quite easy to do, and they actually end up look super creepy and realistic.

I mean… what kid wouldn’t go crazy for these? If these are TOO creepy, you can even make jack-o’-lantern faces like I did with these Halloween deviled eggs! Aren’t they so much fun?

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Choose Your Own Toppings!

I’m a huge fan of the pepperoni and olives combo, but if aren’t, you can, of course, choose your own toppings and put anything you want on these Sweet Potato Pizza Bites. Some of my other favorites are: bacon, mushrooms, arugula, prosciutto, and real cheese if your digestion has no problem with it.

The sweet potato crust is quite sturdy, but make sure the toppings aren’t too heavy, because you’ll want to be able pick these up in one hand without the crust falling apart!

Sweet Potato Pizza Bites

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Sweet Potato Pizza Bites (Paleo, Whole30)

These Paleo and Whole30 Sweet Potato Pizza Bites are so fun and easy to make, and you can even make spooky shapes with the toppings for Halloween!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 12 pizza bites
Calories 81kcal
Author Jean Choi

Ingredients

Sweet Potato Crust

Cashew Cheese

Pizza Toppings

  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce sugar free
  • 12 pepperoni slices sugar free
  • black olives
  • Optional garnish: red pepper flakes, basil leaves, garlic powder, or your favorite topping

Instructions

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and grease it lightly.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place sweet potato chunks and coconut flour in the food processor and blend until the mixture becomes a fine texture.
  • Add egg, olive oil, sea salt, and garlic powder, and pulse until the dough becomes pasty.
  • Scoop out 2 tablespoons of the dough on the parchment paper and use your hands to shape into a circular crust that's about 1/4 - 1/2 inch thick. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  • While the crust is baking, make the cashew cheese by blending all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. Add more water if the consistency is too thick.
  • Once the crust is done baking, top with 1 tsp marinara sauce.
  • Add the cashew cheese (you might not use all of it), then top with a slice of pepperoni.
  • Add black olive slices, or for Halloween, cut the olives into shapes for spiders before adding them. 
  • Place back in the oven and bake for another 5 minutes. 
  • Sprinkle with your favorite toppings, then enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1pizza bite | Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 207mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 31.6% | Vitamin C: 1.3% | Calcium: 0.7% | Iron: 3.7%

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Egg Free Cauliflower Potato Salad (Paleo, Vegan, Whole30, Keto)

If you are looking for a low carb way to enjoy your potato salad, look no further than this Cauliflower Potato Salad (or “fauxtato” salad). Not only is this paleo, Whole30, and keto-friendly, it’s egg free and vegan, made with creamy cashew sauce! 

Egg Free Cauliflower Potato Salad

As the weather warms up, I’m thinking of all the summer friendly recipes for BBQs, picnics, and get-togethers. Grilled food is always a favorite among crowds, but I also love make-ahead salads and side dishes that really pull the party together. One of my favorite dishes is a yummy potato salad, which is why I created this Egg Free Cauliflower Potato Salad, or also called “fauxtato” salad.

Egg Free Cauliflower Potato Salad Recipe

There’s no potato in this salad, and cauliflower florets are used instead. But before you roll your eyes, I urge you to try it first! My husband, who is a potato lover, couldn’t tell that it was made with cauliflower, and when he first tasted it, he just said, “Mmmm, this is really good potato salad.” No joke.

Also, there are no eggs or mayo in this cauliflower potato salad, and the dressing is made with a creamy and decadent cashew sauce. It’s a great one for any kind of potlucks or get-togethers because it fits under so many food restrictions. It’s paleo, low carb, Whole30, gluten-free, and vegan, and even kids will go crazy over this dish, so make sure to make a giant batch!

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Tips For Making This Cauliflower Potato Salad

  • Use raw cashews for the sauce. Roasted cashews won’t be as creamy when blended.
  • The longer this salad sits, the better it tastes! I like to make it a day ahead so the flavors have enough time to meld together.
  • Feel free to adjust the spices depending on your taste preferences. I really love the vinegary taste in potato salads, but you can scale back on the apple cider vinegar if you aren’t a big fan like me.
  • Double the recipe because it’ll be gone in no time!

I guest posted this Egg Free Cauliflower Potato Salad on Adrienne Urban’s blog, Whole New Mom, so go check it out there. I hope you love it as much as I do!:

CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE!

Egg Free Cauliflower Potato Salad