Dessert Charcuterie

Dessert Charcuterie Board

I am going to show you today how to make a Dessert Charcuterie Board, complete with a Homemade Chocolate Salami recipe that makes your dessert board EXTRA special!

For the past few years I have been pretty obsessed with making charcuterie boards. It’s my favorite thing to bring to friend’s homes for dinner parties, or to make for a happy hour, or girl’s wine night. It’s basically food that doubles as a craft. Putting the boards together with cheeses, meats, crackers, nuts, and spreads is almost more fun than eating them. If you follow me on Instagram you see charcuterie boards often on my stories.

Also, can we first address the elephant in the room…how the freak do you say charcuterie? I always feel awkward every time I say it, even though I know it’s correct…or at least I think so! So, to get that out of the way, let’s all say it together….shar-KEW-tah-ree. And again, shar-KEW-tah-ree.

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Got it?

AND apparently charcuterie is really a branch of cooking that all about cured meats, primarily pork. And a charcuterie board is supposed to be a combination of meats with a good balance of flavors and textures. Many charcuterie boards include cheeses, fruits, nuts etc…Basically anything that will pair well with the meats.

Ok, now that we have that out of the way, let’s move on.

I don’t know why it took me so long to play on the charcuterie concept and make a DESSERT charcuterie, but finally, here we are! Obviously, I am not really into meats in my dessert, so, instead I decided that my board would have a CHOCOLATE salami!

Chocolate Salami

The chocolate salami is really the centerpiece to the dessert charcuterie board, and it’s SO easy to make! No really, it’s easy…AND it can be made WAY ahead, so when it’s time to put together the board it will be all set.

So before we get into how to build your board, let’s make the chocolate salami. All it is, is chocolate, chopped up cookies, nuts, and even dried fruit if you want.

I melted some chocolate and heavy cream together and then added chopped pistachios and chopped Biscoff cookies…

Chocolate Salami

Let the mixture cool for a few minutes and then spoon it onto cling wrap and form it into a log shape.

Chocolate Salami

Let that chill for a few hours until the chocolate sets. Then you can roll the chocolate in powdered sugar so it really looks like a salami.

Chocolate Salami

I’m telling you, it’s so cool how much it looks like ACTUAL salami.

Chocolate Salami

Isn’t that fun? And like I said, this can be done a week in advance. Or you can even freeze it for up to a month!

When you’re ready to prepare your dessert charcuterie it’s time to get creative! Putting different flavors and textures, just like a regular charcuterie, is the key.

Dessert Charcuterie Board

Places like Trader Joe’s is a great spot to grab lots of unique and interesting items to add. Of course, if you don’t have Trader Joe’s local to you, that is not a problem at all…you can get all your goodies at Target just as easily.

Great additions to your Dessert Charcuterie:

  • Fruit. This is an easy place to start. Fruit is easily accessible, and adds great color to your board! Grapes, Kiwi, Strawberries, and cherries are perfect. Anything that you can grab with your fingers is key.
  • Caramel Dip, Cookie Butter, or Nutella. A thick caramel sauce or dip is an easy, inexpensive addition. People love to dip!
  • Pound Cake. Certainly you can make your own pound cake to cut up into pieces for your board, but I usually just buy a pound cake from my local bakery!
  • Candied nuts. Candied pecans, coconut cashews, or cocoa almonds are a simple space filler for your board.
  • Cookies. Add some of your favorite cookies like shortbread, or graham crackers. These are great to enjoy the chocolate salami with, or dip in the caramel sauce.
  • Truffles. Lindt Truffles add a pop of color and yumminess to the board!
  • Brie. To add an element of savory to your board you can easily add a wheel of brie cheese. It pairs fantastic with the fruit and graham crackers. You can even add some preserves on top of the brie, or even bake it in puff pastry.
  • Caramel Corn. You can make your own using my recipe, or buy some pre-made. Either way, it’s a great texture, and salty/sweet addition.
  • Pretzels. Whether they are chocolate coated pretzels, or plain, pretzels are super for your dessert charcuterie board. You can dip them in the caramel, or the brie, or just be a great way to incorporate a little salty into all the sweet.

Dessert Charcuterie Board

The fun part of putting a Dessert Charcuterie Board is getting creative. You can make them as elaborate or as simple as you want. If you’re having a small party, just choose a few options and arrange them on a beautiful board. It’s about how you put your board together that counts.

A trick to putting a charcuterie board together, no matter the size, is to fill all the space. You want your board to look abundant, and the key to this is fill up the empty spots. You can do this with nuts, peanut butter cups, or popcorn….really anything that can fill in the blank space.

But don’t forget the Chocolate Salami. It’s really the star of the show!

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Chocolate Salami

Chocolate Salami

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes, plus chill time
  • Total Time: 20 minutes, plus chill time
  • Yield: 2 logs
  • Category: Snacks
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: French

Description

This Chocolate Salami Recipe is the perfect addition to a Dessert Charcuterie Board


Ingredients

  • 2 cups (12- ounces) chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts (I used pistachios)
  • 12 – 14 ounces Biscoff or shortbread cookies, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • optional – 1/2 cup dried fruit, such as raisins or chopped dates

Instructions

  1. Place chocolate chips in a medium bowl.
  2. Heat heavy cream in a sauce pan or microwave until it starts steaming, but not boiling.
  3. Pour the hot cream over the chocolate and allow it to sit for a few minutes to allow the chocolate to melt. Stir the chocolate and cream together until smooth. Stir in the nuts, chopped cookies, and dried fruit if using.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool for 10-15 minutes until it’s cooled slightly.
  5. Divide the mixture in half and spoon onto 2 pieces of cling wrap. Using the cling wrap, form the mixture into 2 logs. Twist the ends up and place in the refrigerator to chill completely, 3-4 hours, or overnight.
  6. When the chocolate is cooled, dust on all side with powdered sugar.
  7. Slice and serve.

Notes

You can make this chocolate salami up to 2 weeks in advance, or freeze for up to a month.

If freezing, allow the chocolate to thaw before slicing. Also, dust with more powdered sugar if necessary.

Keywords: Dessert Charcuterie, appetizer recipe, chocolate and nut log recipe, Chocolate Salami

14 Responses

  1. Love a sweet charcuterie board! And thanks for the lesson on how to pronounce it — I usually just stumble a few times and say, “umm, you know, big platter.” Love that this is really beautiful, but not too fussy on the arranging!

  2. Jessica Rietema

    This looks fantastic! You had an apple dip with skor bits a while back, I think I would put that on one side and the chocolate salami on the other!
    If you were making this for an evening party, would you put your platter together in advance, or prep the individual elements, and put the platter together at the last minute?

    1. Shelly

      I made mine for a party and put it all together before the guests arrived, so it was ready for dessert. I did leave off the Brie until right before I served it, and got out the chocolate salami right before I served it as well.

  3. Sarah-Jayne

    What an awesome idea! I love a good snack board and I never thought to go sweet. Especially in my sweets-loving family. I’ve also always been intrigued by the chocolate salami. 🙂

  4. Sabell

    I love it! A sweet salame {salumi salami whata you wanta calla me?..} with my favourite nut… pistachio! Bellissima!

  5. Kate

    I’ve never heard of this. Mind. Blown. I am TOTALLY going to do this at my next gathering as we all love something sweet after dinner but sometimes a large showstopper piece of cake can be overwhelming after a big meal (for others… not me, of course). 😉 Thanks for posting and all of these great pictures!!

  6. Kathy

    We had our first set of company Friday evening and then the second Sunday, with some more being added in tonight. I made the dessert charcuterie board for all of it. So easy and I got rave compliments!!!! Last night I just filled in the empty spaces from Friday’s guests devouring it, and tonight I can do the same!

  7. What a fantastic idea! Never thought of adapting charcuterie to dessert. I can’t wait to try it next time I have people over or have to take dessert to a party. Agree that sometimes all you want is a little bit of sweet at the end of a meal and not a major dessert (which I love to make as well…)

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