Sweet and Savory Caramel Apple Charcuterie Board is a charcuterie board and dessert board combined highlighting the best of fall produce: apples!
It's (almost) fall y'all and everyone you know will soon be heading to their local apple orchard (Delaware locals, Fifers is the best!). If you are unsure of what to make with all of those apples, try something less traditional than an apple pie! A Caramel Apple Charcuterie Board.
If you are looking for another apple recipe to try, try these 3 Ingredient Apple Muffins. They are the perfect on the go breakfast.
Caramel Apple Charcuterie Board Details
Flavor: Sweet and Savory! This board has sweet elements (apples and caramel dip to name a few) and savory (rich cheese and salty pretzels).
Time: Build this Caramel Apple Board in 10 minutes or less, perfect for your next party!
Level of Difficulty: Simple! Gather the ingredients, slice the apples and arrange on a charcuterie board.
What you like on your board is a personal preference. Use the below suggestions for your next board.
- Apples: I like to use a mix of red and green sliced apples such as granny smith apples and gala apples.
- Caramel Sauce: Store bought caramel sauce works here! Feel free to warm the sauce before serving so that it is better for dipping apple wedges.
- Caramel Pumpkin Pie Dip: It is always nice to include a homemade recipe on a dessert charcuterie board and this cream cheese mixture could not be easier to make. I have linked this recipe. Feel free to use your favorite sweet dip!
- Caramel Candies
- Festive fall candies such as Reese's Pieces or Candy Corn.
- Cheese: I like to include a hard cheese and a soft cheese such as a sharp cheddar and a brie.
- Apple Chips
- Peanut Butter: What goes better than apple and peanut butter?
- Garnish: add a pop of color with a garnish! You could use fresh rosemary or thyme sprigs. You also could use orange or red fall leaves (cleaned) or purchase artificial leaves.
- Lemon Juice: To prevent apples from browning.
How to Build a Caramel Apple Charcuterie Board
Building a charcuterie board could not be easier. Use these simple steps to build a board that will impress everyone at this years Halloween party!
- Start by choosing a large board. This board can be rectangular or circular. Just make sure it is large enough to accommodate the number of guests you will be serving.
- Garnish the board with fresh herbs or colorful leaves.
- Next, add the ingredients that you will be serving in a small bowl. Most dips such as the caramel sauce, Caramel Pumpkin Pie Dip and peanut butter will be put in a bowl. Put these smaller bowls onto the board. Space these bowls on the board.
- Then, add the apple slices and apple wedges. Thinly slice the apples and fan the apples onto the board for a classic appearance.
- Next, add the cheeses. If the cheese is sliced, arrange or stack the cheese to add some texture and height to the board.
- Finally, fill in the empty space with the remaining ingredients such as the apple chips, pretzels and candy.
Add garnishes to the board for a beautiful pop of color.
Add ingredients that will be served in bowls such as peanut butter, apple dip and caramel sauce.
Arrange the apples on the board.
Add the cheeses.
Basic kitchen equipment is required for this board.
- Cutting Board
- Paring Knife or Apple Slicer
- Large Board
- Small bowls
Store all Caramel Apple Charcuterie Board ingredients in separate containers. Any leftover apples can be tossed with additional lemon juice and stored refrigerated in an airtight container or plastic bag with air removed. The caramel dip, Caramel Pumpkin Pie Dip and cheeses should be stored in the refrigerator.
Use lemon juice or sprite on your apples! You don't want to have brown apples on your board. After slicing a variety of apples, toss with lemon juice or sprite. Blot any remaining lemon juice off of the apples before placing on the board.
What goes with apples on a charcuterie board?
There are many types of foods that compliment apples on a charcuterie board. As seen with traditional caramel apples, sweet toppings such as caramel and melted chocolate go with apples. Savory ingredients such as pretzels, cheese and nuts also go well with apples and are a great addition to this snack board.
An apple charcuterie board should include a few kind of apples. I like to always include a red and a green apple. Granny Smith Apples should be included since this is the type of apple that traditional candy apples are made with. The tartness of the granny smith pairs with the sweetness of the caramel sauce. Include a crispy apple such as a Gala Apple or a Pink Lady. If you have room on your board, include a yellow apple variety such as a Golden Delicious.
Cheeses that go well with apples include Gouda, Cheddar, Brie, Camembert or a Cream Cheese Dip. Pairing apples with cheese is the perfect mix of sweet and savory.
Prevent apples from browning by tossing the apples with lemon juice or sprite before serving. This extra step will keep the star of the show from looking drab!
If you are lucky enough to have leftovers from an apple charcuterie board, use them to make caramel apple nachos! Simply, arrange the apples on a plate. Top the apples with caramel sauce or your favorite caramel apple dip. Then, add caramel apple toppings such as chocolate chips, nuts, shredded coconut and crushed pretzels. Finally, add a drizzle of chocolate or peanut butter sauce.
When can I serve a Caramel Apple Charcuterie Board?
The fall season is the perfect opportunity to serve a Caramel Apple Charcuterie Board! Serve the board at fall parties, Halloween parties, football game parties, movie nights, family gatherings or a girls night. This board is a fun way to highlight the best fall produce and flavors.
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These are my favorite drinks to serve with charcuterie boards:
Sweet and Savory Caramel Apple Charcuterie Board
- Cutting Board
- Paring Knife or Apple Slicer
- Large Board
- Small Bowls
- 2-3 Large Apples red and green
- Caramel Sauce
- Fruit Dip Such as Caramel Pumpkin Pie Dip
- Peanut Butter
- Cheeses hard and soft
- Caramel Candy
- Salty Snacks Chips or Pretzels
- Sweet Snacks Apple Chips
- Thyme and Rosemary Sprigs to garnish
- Lemon Juice
- Begin by adding the rosemary and thyme sprigs to a large serving board.
- Next, add any food that will be served in bowls such as sauces or small candies.
- Then, add the apple slices and wedges.
- Add the cheese blocks/slices.
- In the remaining open areas, add the pretzels, chips, candies, etc.