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Happy Friday and welcome back to the RKF blog! It’s been a hell of a year, right? I was just thinking this morning about last December, when I finally decided to take the plunge and make this blog. I’m so happy I did! And if you’ve been following along, THANK YOU for your support! Truly, I appreciate each and every one of you who read this. Today I want to share some of my favorite add-ons for a charcuterie board, and you can find all of them on Amazon! If you don’t know what that is, it’s basically a meat + cheese board that you serve as an hors douvre at a party. But you don’t have to be in a group to enjoy one; sometimes I make one just for me! While home-cooked meals are delicious, sometimes I just want a variety of snacks to eat, and keto charcuterie hits the spot.

Keto Charcuterie Basics

To make a bomb af charcuterie board, I try to center each around some sort of “theme.” And no, I don’t mean “theme” as in “party theme” or “cartoon character.” Try to come up with a flavor palette (Italian, Tex-Mex, Dessert, Sweet ‘n Salty, Sweet Heat, Deli Sub, etc.) and follow that when you pick out your ingredients. That will make everything feel a little more cohesive, and you’ll be able to mix and match ingredients a little more freely with less nasty flavor combos. For example, you wouldn’t pair tajin almonds with blueberry goat cheese. It just doesn’t work. As you make your grocery list, try to keep your “theme” in mind.

Since a charcuterie board is foundationally made of meats and cheeses, you’re going to need a variety of those to get started. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Deli pepperoni
  • Pepper coated salami
  • Sandwich cut cheese slices (colby jack and swiss)
  • Feta crumbles
  • Cream cheese mixes (herb, berry, everything seasoning)

And if you want to take the healthy factor up a notch, be sure to add some of the following items in, which will add freshness and flavor:

  • Fancy pork rinds (salt n pepper, chili lime)
  • Celery slices
  • Cucumber spears
  • Halved mini sweet peppers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Baby carrots
  • Radish slices
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries

As far as serving goes, you just need to make sure you have a cutting board or serving plate of some sort. You can start with something really basic or get fancy with extra dishes and risers. My personal favorite boards are ones I’ve found from Ross and Home Goods and I add things like pretty marble and wooden bowls for dips, smaller cutting boards for risers, and sprigs of herbs for garnish.

Half the fun of a charcuterie board is inspiring visual interest, so as you place items around the board, try to create some patterns with your placement. You don’t have to make it too perfect, though, because remember, you eat these with your hands! As a retail worker, I learned it’s important to mess up displays just enough so people aren’t afraid to come look and touch them. The same sort of ideaology applies to keto charcuterie. Pick a few things to make visual intererst with, and scatter the rest of the items around haphazardly. If it’s a big board, try to seperate items into a few piles so everyone can reach all of the items no matter where they sit.

Amazon Charcuterie Finds

Below are my recommendations from Amazon.com organized by categories that make sense in my brain.

Cheeses

Ranch Whisps: SAY HELLO TO MY NEW FAVORITE CHEESE SNACK! Ranch Whisps are addicting. I promise. Don’t buy these unless you’ve accepted that you’re eating the entire bag in one sitting. I’m just joking- absolutely buy them. Lots of bags, because you’re going to want them.

Find it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3hqsboy

F Bomb Buffalo Keto Krunch: A close second to Whisps, these are THICC and CRONCHY. I love them because they’re a little hot and reeeeeally salty. Pair it with some mild cheeses like Mozzarella.

Find it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2XXWOuc

Meats

Duke’s Hatch Green Chile Pork Sausage Links: Savory and spicy, these make a great addition to a platter with tex-mex inspired cheeses (especially if you have a ranch dip on there)

Find it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2MU1fQo

Nuts

Fearless Keto Banana Walnuts: These taste JUST like those candied banana slices I used to eat pre-keto, but without all of the unnecessary added sugar.

I cannot find these on Amazon right now, but I’m going to link to their web shop because they just deserve to be on your board: https://shop.fearlessketo.com/collections/candied-walnuts/products/banana-candied-walnuts

Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds: This is a non-negotiable addition to your board. You can find these at walmart, but why waste the trip when you could buy a big bag to keep in your pantry (just in case)?

Find it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3cZehqj

Veggies

Olives: They’re tasty, salty, and they last a long time! I prefer to eat black olives, but you can get the green ones if you like those more. Keep an eye out at Aldi for cheese stuffed marinated olives, too!

Find it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2YtBDz8

Cracker Substitutes

Cauliflower Crackers: These can get a little high in carbs if you eat a whole serving (usually 44-45 crackers). You won’t come close to that with the other stuff on the board, though. These do taste a little like cauliflower, but I still like them.

Find it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/30DxLhu

Flackers: Flackers are seeded crackers. They’re really filling and usually pretty light on flavor. I opt for Sea Salt when I use them on boards, because it’s versatile for almost any board theme. There are other flavors you can try though! I like these with softer cheeses like havarti.

Find it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3fmwteO

Ella’s Flats: I tried these thanks to My Keto Snack Box (review here) and I’m so glad I did! These are more seeded crackers, but something about the flavor is so much better than Flackers. I put both on this list because Flackers are typically a little cheaper and smaller. These are large, thin discs, and really great with proscuitto and mozzarella.

Find it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3hjLLDf

Sweet stuff

ChocZero squares: Y’all already know ChocZero is my chocolate bar bae, so you shouldn’t be surprised these made the list. I like these because they’re pre-portioned so you can take them on the go, but the packaging is so pretty, they look great on a board, too.

Find them on Amazon: https://amzn.to/37qhi1v

OR if you’d like for a portion of your purchase to be donated to the Equal Justice Initiative, use their web shop! The code RESTINGKETOFACE will get you 20% off!

Keto Bars: These are a long-time fav of mine because they’re amazing in every way. I wasn’t really big on chocolate pre-keto, but now I hoard the stuff, because I just go through it. My favorite part of these bars is the little taste of salt in them, which is always a pleasant surprise. If you’re putting these on a board, be sure to cut them into bite-size pieces. I’d probably do 8 pieces per bar.

Find them on Amazon: https://amzn.to/30xDeGK

If you want to take advantage of special sales on their web shop, check it out here: http://www.ketobars.com/?aff=600

High Keto Mini Cookies: These taste great and are actuually crunchy! They have a fair amouunt of butter (or some sort of fat in them) so they’re pretty filling, too. When you don’t eat them on the board, I suggest you pour a bag in a bowl with some almond milk for a keto-fied cookie cereal.

Find it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3d3WO00

Fearless Keto Cookie Bites: These are super yummy and make easy, bite-size additions to your board.

Find it on Amazon: https://amzn.to/30BKotB

Wrapping It All Up

One day, I hope to make a video for you guys with suggestions for how to arrange your board, increase visual interest, etc. But until then, I hope this list gives you some ideas to make your keto charcuterie boards more creative! Hope you enjoy, and if you have another suggestion, let me know in the comments.

Until next time,

<3 RKF