Ever since we discovered how simple they are to make, we’ve been obsessed with breakfast charcuterie boards. A breakfast charcuterie board is the perfect way to get your family to socialize in the morning, especially on the weekends.
Your family members can connect as they help arrange the board’s ingredients and as they serve themselves from your finished, communal charcuterie board.
Here are my tips for making an insanely delicious breakfast charcuterie board, for one (or 10):
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Gather your ingredients
The first step in making a breakfast charcuterie board is gathering your ingredients. Here are a few ideas, providing a balanced meal full of flavor and nutrition:
- A mixture of sweet and tart fruits. Berries are particularly delicious on breakfast charcuterie - blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, as are citrus fruits like orange slices.
- Proteins and fats. Great sources of breakfast-time protein include:
- Eggs (rich in omega-3)
- Avocado (fiber, potassium, and monounsaturated fat)
- Pecans (calcium, magnesium, potassium)
- Bacon (because it’s bacon)
- Vegetables. Vegetables that belong with breakfast include:
- Bell peppers (vitamin A, iron, and folate)
- Sliced onions (antioxidants)
- Sliced mushrooms (antioxidants)
Cut your fruits and veggies
To prepare your fruits on a charcuterie board, you can get as basic or decorative as you like.
For large fruits, berries, and vegetables:
- Wash and dry your fruit, then cut each piece into thin slices with a sharp knife
- If you want to get fancier, you can learn to make your own strawberry or kiwi flowers like we did
- Small berries will help fill in the spaces on your board and can also be used in your pancakes, so wash them and set them aside.
Make your proteins
Hard-boiled eggs are easy to make and can be done ahead of time. Boil your desired amount of eggs for 10 minutes and let them sit in an ice bath until cool. Peel the shells off and slice each egg in half. Add paprika if you want to give it a spot of added color.
- Another protein-packed option is bacon! If you don't have access to a smoker, bake your bacon at 400 degrees F in a foil-lined baking sheet until crisp (about 15–20 minutes). You can also opt for turkey bacon if you're looking for something healthier but still want that smoky flavor; just cook it as usual but keep an eye on it so it doesn't burn too much!
Make your pancakes
Now, you're ready to make your pancakes.
- First, whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking powder and salt.
- Second, whisk together the wet ingredients: milk (or buttermilk), vanilla extract, and eggs.
- Third, mix all of these ingredients together until everything is smooth—this will take some time so don't rush it! You may need an extra pair of hands here if your hands get tired; just ask a family member if they'd like to lend a hand by mixing your pancake batter together.
- Add some berries, as many as you’d like, into the batter.
- Fry your pancakes on a hot, nonstick griddle or frying pan until the base is golden brown, flip, and repeat on the other side.
Arrange your board
Arrange your breakfast charcuterie in a way that looks appealing to you and your family. The various colors and textures you chose will keep things visually interesting and make it more pleasing to the eye.
We recommend creating a main focus area for your board - something larger than the other ingredients. This might be avocado with hard-boiled eggs in the center, or maybe your pancakes.
Congratulations! You’ve created a breakfast charcuterie board. Now that you know how easy it can be, go ahead and try out this idea at your next brunch!