Step up your game day with that football charcuterie vibe!
We’ve got you covered with tips for a bomb spread – think bites, fresh veggies, fruits, sweets, and savory treats.
Create a straight-up, memorable celebration with flavors and textures for any crowd.
We’re sharing how to put this all together down below!
Football Themed Charcuterie Board
If you’re looking for a visually appealing charcuterie board idea with a football theme, we have just the board for you to do!
What I love about creating charcuterie boards is they usually require no cooking (which is always lovely!)
This football-themed charcuterie platter is filled with everything you want to eat while watching the game (or the commercials or half-time show).
We’ve included a mix of sweet and savory and a few different textures.
This football party board will be a hit at your game day gathering!
Let’s dig in on how this board comes together!
Ingredients used on our Football Charcuterie Board:
- Bagel Chips
- Sonoma Bite-Size Cheddar Cheese Crisps (World Market)
- Rosemary and Cheddar Cheese Crips (World Market)
- Nejaime’s Lavasch Crisp Flatbread Sesame (World Market)
- Peanut Butter Filled Pretzels
- English Cucumbers (sliced in 2; the average amount to have is 10-12)
- Celery Sticks (sliced in 2, the average amount to have is 10-12)
- Grape Tomatoes
- Sliced Mini Peppers
- North Bay Produce Strawberries (also long-stem strawberries)
- North Bay Produce Blueberries
- North Bay Produce Blackberries
- Peanut M&M’s
- Plain M&M’s
- Genoa Salami and Sopressata (about 2.5 packages. There is a 12 oz package of three different types of meats. We only used the two mentioned.)
- Cubed Cheeses: – Mild Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Colby Jack
- Strips of Pepperjack String Cheese
- Fig Spread (World Market)
Directions on putting this football charcuterie board together:
Tip: Ideally, it’s best to prep all of your veggies and items ahead of time. This way, when you’re ready to create the board, you have everything ready.
- Create the football-shaped meat, which you will place in the center of the board. We are using a marble round board. You can use whatever type of board you have on hand.
- Start by placing two small ramekins in the center of the board, leaving space for the meat. This helps keep the meat organized and in place.
- Take a piece of Salami or Sopressata and fold it in half, then fold it again. You will want to have a stack of these ready to go.
- Place a stack of meat against one side of the ramekin, then keep stacking the folded meat until you reach the other ramekin. You will want to stack them so they create half of an oval. Once you complete one side, repeat and do the other side. When you finish this step, you should have an oval of meat.
- Then, fill the middle with folded Salami or Sopressata until it is full (as shown in the image).
- Next, you will take slices of Pepperjack String Cheese (or another sliced white cheese) and create lines similar to what’s on a football.
Once you complete the football part of the board, arrange items with attention to color, texture, and balance. Group similar items together, and consider creating visually appealing clusters.
You will want to create a visually appealing layout by ensuring pops of color throughout the board (instead of one area). Mix your savory and crunchy items throughout the board, so you have different textures and tastes.
Tip: If you don’t have enough room on your board, use small ramekins to hold your additional food items.
Can I customize the ingredients?
Feel free to replace ingredients with your preferences and accommodate any dietary preferences or restrictions.
Can I make this in advance?
Ideally, assembling this board the same day you plan to serve it would be best.
However, you can prepare all the veggies and fruit beforehand and store them in the fridge until you’re ready to put this football board together.
Where can I find unique charcuterie items?
Specialty items like Sonoma Bite-Size Cheddar Cheese Crisps, Rosemary and Cheddar Cheese Crips, Nejaime’s Lavasch Crisp Flatbread Sesame, and Fig Spread can be found at World Market.
Depending on where you live, you may find specialty items at your grocery store.
Many grocery stores like Kroger, Meijer, and the Clubs (Costco, BJ’s, Sam’s Club) have stepped up their game to include more items for charcuterie boards.
And don’t forget about Trader Joe’s. We are finally getting a TJ in our town, so we plan to feature more board ideas using Trader Joe’s items! YAY!
Can I adjust the amounts depending on the number of guests
Adjust quantities based on the number of guests.
Increase or decrease the amounts proportionally to accommodate the crowd.
What’s the Best Way to Organize the Meats on the Board?
Place two small ramekins in the center, leaving space for the meat.
Fold Salami or Sopressata in half, then fold again, creating stacks.
Place stacks along the sides of the ramekins, forming half an oval.
Fill the middle with folded meat until full.
How Can I Make the Football Lines with String Cheese?
Take slices of Pepperjack String Cheese (or another white cheese) and create lines on the oval-shaped meat, resembling football lacing.
What Other Dips Can I Include on this Football-Themed Charcuterie Board?
While the Fig Spread is suggested, you can include other dips or spreads based on personal preference, such as honey mustard or flavored mayo.
And if you happen to have leftovers, you can store them in containers or small baggies for movie snacks, girl dinner, or an afternoon lunch.