How to create an elegant charcuterie spread #mastroyourholidays

Well, after sharing delicious recipes featuring Mastro & San Daniele cured meats the last few weeks the highly anticipated charcuterie spread is finally here! I’m sure you could see it coming and if you’re anything like me, this will be your favourite recipe of them all! Nothing get’s my mouth watering like a good selection of the finest cured meats paired with delicious cheese and accompaniments. The best thing about charcuterie spreads are that they aren’t complicated. They’re so easy to put together and take the stress away from holiday entertaining yet they still look very elegant. That’s the key to hosting holiday parties: finding uncomplicated dishes that wow your guests.

Everything You Need To Create An Elegant Charcuterie Spread

Variety of Cured Meat

Using at least three different cured meats is the best way to start your charcuterie spread. Once you know what kind of meats you’re adding it’s much easier to decide on cheese and the finishing touches. I always pick up the Mastro & San Daniele Charcuterie Trio as we love the selection of meats they include (Genoa Salami, Salami with Prosciutto and Prosciutto), it’s easy and I trust all of their products. It’s quick to grab at the grocery store and you don’t have to think about what pairs well with what, they’ve done it for you!


Adding a variety of three different cheeses in mild, medium and bold flavours is the key to success here. Also adding a mix of both soft and hard cheese is important. We usually stick to Brie, Gouda and Blue cheese. They provide a good mix of flavour so theres something for everyone.


Pickled quail eggs have to be my favourite garnish, they add a touch of elegance to the charcuterie spread. Perfect for the holidays. We also like to add a variety of olives, Walnuts for some crunch, Blackberries and dried cranberries to sweeten things up and add some grapes for colour.


Adding a few small dishes with condiments to the spread is key. They are great to spread on the baguette before topping with cured meat and cheese. Try adding a variety of sweet and savoury condiments like olive tapenade, apricot preserve, grainy mustard, bruschetta and fig jam.

Crackers and Bread

It’s best to keep things simple here. Fresh sliced baguette pairs well with everything and a good selection of crackers is nice to have on hand. We prefer bread sticks (they look great with prosciutto wrapped around them) and water crackers. Keeping the crackers plain is best because there is more than enough flavour on the charcuterie spread already

Now For The Assembly

Assembling a beautiful charcuterie board isn’t as daunting as it looks. Start by laying out your cheese – 1 cheese per 1/3 of your board. After the cheese is in place I like to fold the cured meats and add them side by side along the cheese (I try to pair the cured meat that best matches that cheese together). Wherever you see a large gap just add in the small condiment dishes and then you can start placing your garnishes and crackers in the open spaces. When I start filling in the spaces I like to add pops of colour to the bland looking sections of the board and put the cracker in last. Voila, you are now ready to entertain your guests!

Mastro & San Daniele and I had so much fun creating these holiday entertaining recipes and ideas for you and we’re giving you a chance to win a GRAND Prize Mastro prize pack! Entering is easy! 

  1. Head over to Facebook and give both Mastro and Renee M. LeBlanc a like.
  2. Come back here and comment who you’d make a charcuterie spread for if you won!

Good luck! **Congrats Mary G, you won!**

This post was sponsored by Mastro & San Daniele however all thoughts and opinions are completely my own.




  1. Kristy
    December 13, 2017 / 5:25 pm

    I’d make a Mastro charcuterie spread for my guests at my New Year’s party. 🙂 thanks!

  2. Cathy Goodwin
    December 13, 2017 / 6:49 pm

    Do I have to share if I win? Can’t I just eat is all myself?
    If I HAVE to share, I would invite a few friends over to enjoy with me!

  3. jan
    December 13, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    I would love to make a great charcuterie spread for my siblings when we get together next.

  4. December 13, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    I’d make a Mastro charcuterie spread for my family and a few close friends.

  5. Shannon S.
    December 14, 2017 / 3:47 pm

    I would make a Mastro charcuterie spread for my husband and children and we would enjoy it on Christmas Eve.

  6. December 14, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    I would make the Mastro Charcuterie for my husband Jessy.

  7. Calvin
    December 14, 2017 / 8:45 pm

    Mastro Charcuterie for my parents, they love fancy foods

  8. Meekyung
    December 14, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    I’d make a charcuterie spread for my family

  9. Debi Manning
    December 14, 2017 / 10:07 pm

    I would make a charcuterie spread for my 2 teenage children my husband and a few friends for New Years Eve. It is going to be a quiet but enjoyable night 🙂 Thank you for the chance to enter.

    December 14, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    I would spread it ALL out for my 95 year old mom and her friends…Yes she has friends, ages 87-97!
    They would thoroughly enjoy every bite!

  11. Austin H.
    December 14, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    I would make a spread for my mom. She would love it!

  12. Silvia D
    December 14, 2017 / 11:59 pm

    i would make for my husband and kids!

  13. Sandi Tymchuk
    December 15, 2017 / 1:07 am

    I would make one for my sister’s family.

  14. Jenny W
    December 15, 2017 / 1:39 am

    I’d make one for my husband.

  15. carol clark
    December 15, 2017 / 2:38 am

    I’d make a charcuterie spread for my family

  16. Jolie
    December 15, 2017 / 3:14 am

    Liked both pages on Facebook 🙂
    I’m having a party for New Year’s eve, so that would be perfect!

  17. Marlene V
    December 15, 2017 / 5:55 am

    I would make this for my husband – he loves meat and cheese!

  18. Nicole B
    December 15, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    I would make this for my husband and kids. They all love meat and cheese to snack on!

  19. Kristin McCall
    December 15, 2017 / 4:51 pm

    I would make one for my husband.

  20. Geena O'Banion
    December 15, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    I don’t know if I could make that spread your talking about….I would try, but not share unless it was delicious.
    Maybe I should make it for myself and then opt to share it with friends if I like it.

  21. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard
    December 16, 2017 / 2:28 am

    I would make it for my coworkers on the last day of school

  22. Kayte CookWatts
    December 16, 2017 / 2:59 am

    It will be just the two of us for Christmas Eve, and I love to put out a nice spread!

  23. Margaret H
    December 16, 2017 / 4:14 am

    I would have the coffee group over for a drop in evening Great fun

  24. Rachel
    December 16, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    I would have this at my next family get together. Yum.

  25. crystal porter
    December 16, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    I host family and friends over the holidays. I would make it for a night that I was planning on Entertaining, for everyone to enjoy.

  26. Stephanie Shipley
    December 16, 2017 / 8:03 pm

    I would make a spread for my family and I to enjoy!

  27. Morgan Stewart
    December 16, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    I would make a spread for my parents!

  28. Linda Svarovsky
    December 16, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    I would ake a charcuterie for my friends.

  29. Florence Cochrane
    December 16, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    I would make the Mastro charcuterie for family.

  30. Gregg Cesario
    December 16, 2017 / 11:35 pm

    Meat and cheese for everyone

  31. Wonryang
    December 17, 2017 / 12:00 am

    I’d make a charcuterie spread for my mom

  32. Lushka
    December 18, 2017 / 5:01 am

    Already liked both.

    I’d share with my twin brother.

  33. Betty S
    December 18, 2017 / 11:30 am

    If I won, I would make a spread for my family, to enjoy at our get together in Jan.

  34. Mary Gardner
    December 18, 2017 / 4:53 pm

    I would make a charcuterie spread for my family and friends to enjoy on New Year’s Eve!

    • December 22, 2017 / 5:43 pm

      Congrats Mary! You won, please check your email!

  35. Caryn Coates
    December 18, 2017 / 5:07 pm

    I would make a spread for my husband and my mom

  36. Christina
    December 18, 2017 / 7:54 pm

    I’d make a charcuterie spread for my mom

  37. jane kramer
    December 18, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    Id make a spread for my boyfriend , he would love this .

  38. Meghan
    December 18, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    I’d make it for my girlfriends!

  39. Chris MacDonald
    December 18, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    I would make a make a charcuterie spread for my son Ryan when he comes to visit!

  40. Danielle Magee
    December 19, 2017 / 1:33 am

    I’d make a charcuterie spread for my family on Christmas eve.

    December 19, 2017 / 9:23 am


  42. Judy
    December 19, 2017 / 11:43 am

    I would make a charcuterie spread for my dad

  43. Stephanie
    December 19, 2017 / 2:22 pm

    I would make one for my parents and my sisters.

  44. Brenda M Robinson
    December 19, 2017 / 8:50 pm

    I would share this with my family at home. They would really appreciate it.

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