Charcuterie houses are the festive holiday treat you didn’t know you needed. Sorry gingerbread houses, this is the year of the tiny savoury Christmas house.

First there was the Pavlova Grazing Board, then the Fries Grazing Board and the Hot Chocolate Grazing Platter. And now there is a new food trend that’s adorable, delicious and one for the savoury enthusiasts – charcuterie houses. And just like the traditional gingerbread house – this is so fun to make and well worth getting the kids involved.

How to make charcuterie houses

Charcuterie House

The beauty of this mini house is that you can add anything to make it your own. Instead of sweet treats like gingerbread, lollies, royal icing and icing sugar, think savoury: cheese, cold meats, vegetables and herbs.

Also known as charcuterie chalets, they’re fun to build and even more fun to eat!

House walls: Start off by crafting the house structure. Use crackers, Grissini, or pastry twists. You can use cream cheese as a kind of mortar to hold it all together. Now you can leave the house looking more like a log cabin or chalet, or you can cover the walls in cured meats like prosciutto.

House roof: Make a gabled roof using flat large crackers and cover with cured meat – salami looks great.

Finishing touches: Now to the fun part. It’s time to add the features that will make the house look adorably realistic. Look for crackers that can be used as door and windows. and go for a liberal smattering of cream cheese or dip and sprinkling of grated parmesan for snow. And rosemary looks gorgeous as Christmas trees.

Pop the whole house in the fridge until you’re ready to serve, but it is best to get stuck into it soon so the crackers don’t get soggy.

Charcuterie House Inspiration

Here are just some of our favourite charcuterie houses to help get the creative juices flowing.

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Now that Christmas nibbles are sorted, head to our list of 13 Easy Christmas Desserts for more inspo.

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  • They do look good but will stick with making a gingerbread house for this Christmas.


  • OMG. That is super cute. What a cool idea. Looks like a fun cheese plate idea. The look to good to eat though.


  • Oh my salami and cheese, how are people so creative. These sound and look just amazing. I’d probably take a photo and eat the whole thing.

    • Some people are very creative and it is good to test creative talents.


  • wow these are awesome. Anyone comes to my place and all the food is just tossed on a plate. Wow….im so not Instagram worthy


  • Love these so much better than a gingerbread house as everyone would gobble it up as soon as it’s finished


  • Ha ha I wish to have enough patience to make one


  • I feel this would need to be out together on the day and eaten quickly, but looks too food too eat lol


  • Very creative but would need to be eaten quickly.


  • It’s a ‘no’ from me.


  • These look so good, what a great idea, I wouldn’t won’t to eat them though and muck them up


  • Very clever way for the savoury element after Christmas lunch. Thanks so much for sharing these ideas with us all.


  • We tried to make one but failed miserably so just did the usual one with the Oreo kit…
    And how beautiful is my new chopping board from @greidyrridy8 on Instagram?!


  • I’m so sending this to my neighbour, her gingerbread houses and Charcuterie boards are always next level, I would love to see what she came up with for this!


  • OMG.. Now were talking. See ya later gingerbread house…


  • I love these savoury houses. I sometimes struggle with the Gingerbread houses so this might be an alternative.


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