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I think we all can agree that we love a Thanksgiving appetizer as much as we love the Thanksgiving feast. I think we also can all agree we LOVE a  charcuterie board situation.

Food52 never disappoints, and when @Madeline McNamara shared this super easy, super yummy, charcuterie basket with me, I knew we needed to share it on The Love Club just in time for the Holidays.


  • 6 ounces (one round) soft-ripened goat cheese
  • 6 ounces Gruyère
  • 6 ounces washed rind cow’s milk cheese, such as Epoisses or Taleggio or Manchego
  • 4 ounces salami di Parma, thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces dried figs, cut in half
  • 4 ounces dried apricots, cut in half
  • 3 ounces dried cranberries
  • 1 ounce pomegranate seeds
  • 1 box fruit and nut crackers
  • 3 ounces candied walnuts
  • 1 jar fig jam
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme


  1. With a sharp knife, slice the Gruyère into long, thin rectangles. Slice the round of soft-ripened goat cheese in half, and keep the wheel of washed-rind cheese whole (whether it's a round or wedge)
  2. Spread out the different cheeses evenly on the plate
  3. Fold the salami in half, and in half again. Layer this down the center of the plate in a curved shape to make our "salami river."
  4. Create “produce ponds” around the plate, filled in with dried figs, dried apricots, and dried cranberries. Once those are on the plate, sprinkle pomegranate seeds over the dried figs to add a pop of color
  5. Fill in the rest of the empty gaps with the crackers and mixed nuts
  6. In an empty ramekin, scoop in the fig jam
  7. Garnish the plate with sprigs of fresh thyme

If you're in charge of a festive appetizer this year, and whether it's on a board or basket, I hope this or something similar makes it's debut at your feast!