These novelty Charcuterie Jars are a perfect way to pack all of your favorite ingredients into a handy single serve charcuterie spread!
When you’re looking for something fun and exciting to bring to a happy hour or you want a delicious and memorable gift, try assembling one of these individual charcuterie jars.
Pair with a tropical Sparkling Blue Hawaiian Cocktail for a refreshing combination!
Why You’ll Love Charcuterie in Jars
Assembling an entire charcuterie board can be a daunting task. Not only does it take a plethora of ingredients, but there’s also a pressure to ensure the presentation is beautiful.
That’s where these charcuterie board jars come in. They’re much less stressful and are charming in their more relaxed aesthetic!
Best of all, assembling charcuterie in mason jars turns it into a single serve and portable snack, great for on the go, carrying around at happy hour, or for a fun favor at potlucks or holiday parties!
Better yet, sit down and enjoy your charcuterie jar with a Dragonberry Rum Cocktail for a fantastic pairing of sweet and savory!
Charcuterie Jars Ingredients
- sesame seed bread sticks – for a subtle nutty crunch.
- Parmesan crisps – provide some saltiness.
- Colby Jack cheese sticks – just one of several cheeses used to assemble your mason jar charcuterie.
- green pimento stuffed olives – a classic charcuterie ingredient.
- cherry tomatoes – for some sweetness and acidity; you could also use grape tomatoes.
- small mozzarella pearl balls – a light and creamy addition to your spread.
- Genoa salami – cured meat is a staple for charcuterie.
- Manchego cheese – a sweet and fruity cheese that contrasts some of the more savory components.
- pistachios – for some extra crunch and distinct nutty flavor.
- raspberries & blackberries – for color variety and a natural added sweetness.
- rosemary – for garnish.
- small jam jars – you’ll use these for assembly.
- bamboo picks – aid in grouping ingredients for a fun presentation.
Getting Ready to Make Charcuterie Jars
- There are a few steps to get all the ingredients ready before actually beginning to fill the jars. It will be helpful to assemble the ingredients and lay them out on a wooden board.
- Of course, instead of actually filling the jars, you could serve your charcuterie on the wooden board. It makes for a beautiful presentation on your appetizer table!
- Once you have gathered all of your ingredients for the Charcuterie jars, put the tomatoes and mozzarella balls on the bamboo picks and set aside.
- Put 3 olives on bamboo picks and set aside. Fold and layer the salami on the bamboo picks, as shown in the photo below. Slice the Manchego cheese into small wedges. Now we’re ready to start actually assembling the jars!
Assembling Charcuterie Jars
- Pour a layer of pistachios in the bottom of each jar.
- Then add a layer of Parmesan crisps. Then put a sesame bread stick and a Colby Jack cheese stick in the jar.
- Then add the tomato and mozzarella cheese sticks, olive sticks and salami sticks. Add a wedge of Manchego cheese.
- Add anything left over and finish with the berries to fill in on the top. Add a sprig of Rosemary in the jar for garnish.
Charcuterie Questions and FAQ’s
What is a charcuterie jar?
This fun treat is exactly what it sounds like: take your favorite charcuterie board components and arrange them in a mason jar instead of on a board! These make for fun, individual servings that guests will love to snack on.
What kind of preserves go on a charcuterie board?
Any sweet jam or preserve is an excellent addition to a charcuterie spread. Serve with raspberry, strawberry, or grape jam or jelly, or for something even more elegant, use apricot jam or a nice fig spread.
For these charcuterie jars, you’ll probably want to serve these spreads on the side and allow your guests to use them as they please.
What is typically on a charcuterie board?
Meats and cheeses make up the heart of many charcuterie spreads. This typically includes both hard and soft cheeses, and for the meats you can serve cured meats, sausage, cold cuts, or whatever you see fit.
Charcuterie also includes lots of accompaniments, both sweet and savory, like dried fruit, berries, sweet spreads, or nuts, olives, and veggies. Many also include some kind of cracker or nice chips.
Can you make charcuterie jars the night before?
You can assemble many of the ingredients ahead of time. Putting the meats and cheeses on the bamboo skewers is perfect to do the night before–just cover with some plastic and keep in the fridge.
When it comes to assembly, I recommend putting everything together as close to serving as possible, but preparing all of the components ahead of time can streamline this process!
Popular Variations and Substitutions
- The best part about charcuterie is that it’s 100% customizable. Here’s a list of other ingredients that are great additions to any spread: honey, red peppers, cherries, figs, apples, pears, brie, orange slices, mustard, hummus, almonds, candied nuts, marmalade, dark chocolate, and grapes. This list isn’t exhaustive by any means, so feel free to add whatever you like!
- If you like, you can use these ingredients to make a more traditional charcuterie board instead of individual servings in mason jars.
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Homemade Charcuterie in a Jar
You'll love how easy it is to make charcuterie in mason jars; everything you could want is contained all in one portable container!
- 1 Package sesame seed bread sticks
- 1 small bag Parmesan crisps
- 1 package Colby Jack cheese sticks
- 1 small jar green pimento stuffed olives
- 1 small container of cherry tomatoes
- 1 package of small mozzarella pearl balls
- 1 package of Genoa Salami
- 1 small block Manchego cheese
- 1 small bag of Pistachios
- 1 small container of raspberries
- 1 small container of Blackberries
- 1 small container of Rosemary for garnish
- Also Needed:
- 8 small jam jars
- 1 container of bamboo picks
1.Gather all of your ingredients for the Charcuterie jars.
2.Then on a board I laid every thing out before I assembled the jars.
3.Put the tomatoes and mozzarella balls on the bamboo picks and set aside.
4.Put 3 olives on bamboo picks and set aside.
5.Layer the salami on the bamboo picks.
6.Slice the Manchego cheese into small wedges.
Assembling the Charcuterie Jars
1.Pour a layer of Pistachios in the bottom of each jar.
2.Then add a layer of Parmesan crisps.
3.Then put a sesame bread stick and a Colby Jack cheese stick in the jar.
4.Now, add the tomato and mozzarella cheese sticks, olive sticks and salami sticks.
5.Add a wedge of Manchego cheese.
6.Then add anything left over and finish with the berries to fill in on the top.
7.Add a sprig of Rosemary in the jar.
- Feel free to use these ingredients to assemble a more classic board as well.
- Add spreads like jam or honey, or ingredients like dark chocolate, dried fruit, or other varities of meats, nuts, and cheeses to customize these jars to your taste!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 331mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 20gProtein: 9g