Wake up to a fun and delicious morning meal with this easy, make-ahead breakfast charcuterie board. Featuring cooked and cured meats as well as some familiar breakfast items, this breakfast board is sure to please everyone at your table.
Make-ahead breakfasts have never been easier! You can prep all the components the night before or buy them at the market and then assemble them together in one beautiful breakfast charcuterie board. It will be ready to serve before the coffee is brewed! Perfect for a Christmas Brunch on a budget.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s a regular Saturday or a company weekend, chances are good your people are gonna want a tasty morning meal. Make it fun and easy all in one go when you assemble a breakfast charcuterie board.
Featuring ham and sausage links, hard cooked eggs, baked goodies, breakfast spreads, and fresh fruit, this breakfast board is a people-pleaser, for just your peeps or special guests as well.
Why Make This Recipe
A Breakfast Charcuterie Board is super easy. There’s really not a whole lot to do other than cook a couple ingredients and assemble them together.
It’s a quick semi-homemade fix. Assembling a breakfast board allows you to mix and match homemade items as well as bakery or store bought. You can subtract and add different elements that you find the most appealing without breaking a sweat.
A Breakfast Charcuterie Board can be a budget breakfast. If you shop the sales and take advantage of seasonal items, your breakfast board can be incredibly affordable. So much cheaper than brunching out.
Here’s what you’ll need to prep a Breakfast Board:
sausage links and patties – You must have meat for it to be a true Breakfast Charcuterie Board. The sausages can be pork, turkey, or even vegan. Choose your favorites or swap in some bacon if you like. If you’re really in a rush, you can even buy precooked bacon and sausage that you can reheat prior to serving.
hard cooked eggs – Eggs are super simple to prep in the instant pot or air fryer. You can even purchase perfectly hard cooked eggs at the grocery store if need be.
cream cheese – Choose plain or whipped cream cheese, or make your own Flavored Cream Cheese to add to the Breakfast Charcuterie Board.
butter – You can serve plain dairy butter, a plant-based option, or even make a flavored compound butter, such as a cinnamon honey butter.
grapefruit – Grapefruit are perfect start to the morning, so they make a great addition to your Breakfast Charcuterie Board. You can simply cut them in half or cut grapefruit supremes.
baked goods – I’ve included mini bagels and mini croissants in my Breakfast Charcuterie Board. My kids suggested adding Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits, baguette, or Whole Grain Cornbread Waffles. You can add whatever baked goods you like.
jam or other spreads – Small jars of jam, jelly, or honey are really fun to include in a Breakfast Charcuterie Board. If you can’t find the small jars, you can fill small dishes with your own.
Here’s how to put together an easy Breakfast Charcuterie Board:
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the sausages on a sheet pan and bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes, turning once. Drain on paper toweling.
2. Peel the eggs and slice some of them in half.
3. Soften the cream cheese and butter and place in a small bowl or small serving dish.
4. Cut the grapefruit in half.
5. Arrange all the elements on a large board. Provide serving tongs, spoons, and spreaders as well as small plates.
Food is unsafe to consume if it’s been at room temperature for longer than two hours. Therefore, if you assemble your charcuterie board in advance, it’s going to be important to refrigerate it until you’re ready to serve.
The beauty of a charcuterie board is that it is very self-serve! Lay out the different food ingredients on the board and be sure to provide serving forks, tongs, spoons, and spreaders as well as small plates. Typically the items on a charcuterie board are finger foods. If your are not, be sure to provide flatware as well.
Think about all the foods you typically serve at breakfast and size them down for serving on a board. This might include pancakes, waffles, French toast sticks, croissants, and bagels as well as cooked sausage and bacon as well as different styles of ham. Include fresh fruit, eggs, and spreads as appropriate.
Knowing how much it costs you to prepare a recipe can help you decide if it’s the type of recipe to make regularly or one you might want to save for special occasions. Let’s crunch some numbers and see how this recipe pencils out.
- sausage links and patties – $5.00
- eggs – $1.20
- cream cheese – $1.00
- butter – $0.75
- grapefruit – $2.00
- baked goods – $4.00
- seasonal fruit – $1.00
- spreads – $1.00
While your costs may vary depending on where and how you shop, you can expect to pay about $15.95 for a Breakfast Charcuterie Board for 8, about $1.99/serving.
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Breakfast Charcuterie Board
- 12 ounces breakfast sausage patties
- 12 ounces breakfast sausage links
- 6 eggs (hard-cooked)
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 4 ounces butter
- 4 grapefruit
- 8 clementines
- 8 mini bagels
- 8 mini croissants
- 1 cup assorted jams and honey
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Place the sausages on a sheet pan and bake until cooked through, about 15 minutes, turning once. Drain on paper toweling.
- Peel the eggs and slice some of them in half.
- Soften the cream cheese and butter and place in a small bowl or small serving dish.
- Cut the grapefruit in half.
- Arrange all the elements on a large board. Provide serving tongs, spoons, and spreaders as well as small plates.
- Cook the sausage the night before and reheat prior to serving.
- Cook and chill the hard cooked eggs up to 4 days prior to serving.
- The grapefruits can be sliced and stored in an airtight container up to 24 hours in advance.
- Spreads can be softened (as needed) and transferred to small serving dishes up to 24 hours before.