These easy individual charcuterie cups appetizers are simple to make, completely customizable, and ideal for celebrations, parties, holidays, and events.
Your guests will go crazy for these pint-size party containers!
They are a close cousin of traditional charcuterie boards with a single serving twist.
A huge thanks to Sarah Drexler (@sarah_drexler on Instagram), the host of this party!
She created these charcuterie darlings for her sister’s baby “sprinkle” party and was so generous to share them with us today.
Why I Love this Recipe
There are just so many reasons to love these little appetizer cups.
They look so festive and make you look fabulous for coming up with the idea.
There’s no cooking required, just simple assembly. They are just as fun to assemble as they are to eat. Oh! And everyone gets their very own.
Then, next time, try this yummy breakfast charcuterie board for your guests.
You can find all the ingredients you need for your appetizer cups at Trader Joe’s, except the cups and skewers.
You’ve got to love Trader Joe’s, where shopping and trying out new grocery products is always a fun adventure!
Scroll down to “Charcuterie Accessories” for more on that.
If you are planning for more than ten guests, consider buying some of your groceries at Costco or Aldi to save money.
Sarah went to Costco for grapes, fruit, olives, cheese, and meat.
Charcuterie Cups Ingredients
I’ve created a shopping list so you can make exactly what you see in these photos. Plus, I have more DIY charcuterie-filling ideas too.
Keep scrolling for ideas and where to buy resources for disposable cups, cones, cocktail skewers, and other fun accessories.
Sarah purchased from several grocery stores, so the quantity inside each package differed, but here is what she bought.
Sliced cheese, one package
Assorted salami, one package
Prosciutto, one package
Strawberries, two packages
Sangria tomatoes, one package
Garlic stuffed olives, one jar
Marinated mozzarella balls, three tubs
Blueberries, one regular container
Red grapes, one bag
Green grapes, one bag (table garnish)
Parmesan crisps, three packages
Honey wheat pretzel sticks, one bag
Regular Grocery Store
White bread, two loaves
Chicken salad, one quart, for the sandwiches
She did have some leftovers from the bulk packages.
This made about 65 cups. However, Sarah ran out of the parmesan crisps and filled in with some pretzel thins.
Separate cups can be made vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free.
Fillers and Accompaniments
Below is more inspiration to fill in the nooks and crannies of your creative cups! All of these are typically available anywhere groceries are sold.
Nuts; cashews, macadamias, Marcona almonds, or pecans
Dried fruits; apricots, cherries, figs, mango, or pineapple
Crackers; various shapes, sizes, and flavors
Sweets; a small bar of good dark chocolate
These cold finger food appetizer cups are fun for incorporating all your favorite finger foods!
When using room-temperature snacks and chilled varieties, you must be careful to keep them safe for your guests to consume.
Keep the cups in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
Below are common appetizer questions.
Keep the meat and cheese wrapped and separated until 2 hours before your event so they don’t dry out. Also, add fruit and crackers just before serving to maintain freshness and crispness.
Chop or cut your food to size, then store it in plastic wrap or an airtight container until you are ready to put the cups together. Then, the assembly is easy and stress-free before your event.
A charcuterie board or cups should only sit at room temperature for 2 hours. This will help prevent bacteria from growing on the meats and making people sick. Be sure to dispose of any leftover food that has sat out longer.
If you use glass or ceramic jarcuterie jars (not paper), display your appetizers on top of a pretty platter or shallow pan filled with ice. This will keep everything chilled and fresh.
Charcuterie keeps best in cooler-temperature environments. Avoid serving it outside on hot days.
How to Make Individual Charcuterie Cups
Below is the recipe and list of the grocery items used in the photographs. Remember, anything goes. Have fun putting your own spin on it!
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Nutrition Label. The nutritional values listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card. Actual amounts may vary.
Mix it up with charcuterie containers and additions such as cocktail skewers for the season!
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Disposable Individual Charcuterie Cups
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Individual Charcuterie Cheese Boards
Jarcuterie, Glass Individual Charcuterie Jars
More Party Ideas
Looking for more entertaining inspiration? Below are links to other ideas for hosting your friends and family.
Enjoy your next event with these charming charcuterie appetizers. Your cup will overflow with compliments.