These easy individual charcuterie cups appetizers are simple to make, completely customizable, and ideal for celebrations, parties, holidays, and events.
fruit; blueberries, strawberries, & cantaloupe
garlic stuffed olives
salami, pepperoni or prosciutto
cheese; havarti, cheddar, & gouda
marinated mozzarella balls
Trader Joe’s parmesan crisps
honey wheat pretzel sticks
balsamic glaze for dipping
Charcuterie Supplies (see below)
cups, jars, or cones
cocktail picks or skewers
Open all packaging, cup containers, and skewers. Scroll down for container and skewer design ideas and buying resources.
Design One Container First
Create and complete one charcuterie cup just as you want, so you have a plan.
First, thread 2 skewers for one cup (or more, depending on the size of your container). Remember to vary the skewers from each other and mix the food colors, textures, and flavors to create more interest and varied tastes. Fold your sliced meats 2-3 times to add depth to your skewers.
Now, add your loose elements to the container; the parmesan crisps and pretzels. Keep damp items like strawberries away from the crisp things until you are close to serving time. Next, fill in openings or add height if necessary with more oversized items like grapes, tomatoes, or tall parmesan crisps.
Set up your Assembly Line
Finally, set up your workspace in the order of items you want to put on your skewers and in your containers so you are as efficient as possible.
Repeat the process to make all of your charcuterie cups.
Your final finished cups may vary depending upon the size of your container and filling methods.
Preparation. Keep the meat and cheese wrapped and separated until 2 hours before your event so it doesn’t dry out. Also, add fruit and crackers just before serving to maintain freshness and crispness
Resources. For reference to the exact amount of food used in the photos and the stores where it was purchased, see the post.
- Prep Time: 40 minutes
- Category: Appetizers
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: charcuterie cups, jarcuterie, appetizers, party food