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
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.
Now that Christmas nibbles are sorted, head to our list of 13 Easy Christmas Desserts for more inspo.We may get commissions for purchases made using links in this post. Learn more.