Breakfast Charcuterie Board (European Breakfast Cheese)

Enjoy a European breakfast for a change with this Breakfast Charcuterie Board. A perfect combination of sweet and savory, there’s something for everybody, including easy homemade apple butter. 

Round wooden cutting board filled with cheese, hard boiled eggs, bread, apple butter, bacon and prosciutto.

You guys know I love a snack board, whether it’s a football charcuterie board or savory baked brie.

And, I love how easy it is to find international restaurants in most major cities in the United States now.

With just a phone call or a Google search, you can find authentic Greek, Italian, Lebanese, Indian and Thai food, and so much more.

This breakfast charcuterie board is inspired by European breakfast.

However, the one thing I don’t find here very often is a European breakfast. The first meal of the day is actually one of my favorite things about vacationing in Europe.

While hotels there typically do also offer the American-style pancake or brioche French toast, waffles and ice cream, egg, sausage, hash brown-type breakfasts, they mainly focus on simple small items such as cheeses, charcuterie, fruit, honey, savory pastries, maybe small pieces of vegetarian quiche, and sometimes even salad.

I’m not a fan of sweet breakfast (I much prefer something like a savory cottage cheese breakfast bowl or even cream cheese on an English muffin), so this arrangement is really ideal for me. A bit of cheese and charcuterie in a cup with a cup of espresso, and I’m ready for a long day of sightseeing.

A breakfast charcuterie board arranged on a circular wooden board. Bread, cheese, hard boiled eggs, sliced apples, bacon and prosciutto cover the board. A bloody mary is nearby.

This brunch charcuterie board combines European and American styles.

While everybody enjoys a wine and cheese board in the evening, I’m spreading the good word of breakfast charcuterie and cheese stateside with this Breakfast Charcuterie Board.

Here, I combined the European breakfast traditions of cheese and honey with American classics like oven bacon, eggs and bloody marys.

I think there’s something on this brunch charcuterie board to please everyone, and fans of both sweet breakfast and savory breakfast will love it.

Breakfast cheese goes so well with homemade apple butter.

The easy homemade apple butter might be my favorite part of this brunch charcuterie board.

Made by simply cooking fresh apples with spices and lemon juice and then pureeing, it’s a versatile spread that pairs with almost everything else on the platter.

Bread with apple butter and cheese? Yes! Bacon dipped in apple butter? Trust me, just try it.

Psst – if you’d prefer to make apple butter in your Instant Pot for this brunch charcuterie board, I have a recipe for super easy instant pot apple butter.

A closeup of a breakfast charcuterie board on a circular wooden board.

Some tips for picking out the perfect cheeses for your breakfast charcuterie board:

I’m always a big fan of simply telling the cheesemonger what I’m making and when I’m serving it, and they are always SO helpful. 

Ask for “breakfast and brunch cheeses” at your local cheese counter, and the cheesemonger won’t even blink an eye that you’re eating cheese for breakfast, they’ll simply point you in the right direction.

For every cheese board I make (breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner!), I like to have:

  • A mild, hard cheese (here I used a sheep’s milk French cheese that is very mellow and nutty). If you’re looking for something hard but a little sharper, I suggest a nice Parmigiano Reggiano.
  • A soft and creamy cheese (here I used a Triple Creme Goat Brie). I love both goat’s milk brie and cow’s milk brie. Another great option is traditional goat cheese. Not brie, but simply a log of goat cheese. You can often find these at your cheese counter already drizzled in honey or rolled in dried cranberries, which would be great for a European breakfast like this.
  • A crumbly blue-style cheese (here I used Blue Shropshire, an English cow’s milk cheese with a sharp, strong taste). Other blue cheeses to keep an eye out for are Gorgonzola, Maytag blue cheese, Roquefort and Stilton cheese. All would be great here!

More great cheese and charcuterie boards:

Summer of winter, breakfast, lunch or dinner, snack or meal, a cheese board is always a great idea!

Yield: 8 servings

Breakfast Charcuterie Board (European Breakfast Cheese)

Round wooden cutting board filled with cheese, hard boiled eggs, bread, apple butter, bacon and prosciutto.

Enjoy a European-style breakfast for a change with this Breakfast Charcuterie Board. A perfect combination of sweet and savory, there's something for everybody, including easy homemade apple butter. 

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Ingredients

For the Apple Butter:

  • 2 Gala apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of kosher salt

For The Charcuterie Board:

  • Apple butter
  • Oven baked bacon
  • Bagel chips
  • 3-4 types of cheese
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Herbs for garnish, if desired (chives, rosemary, thyme, etc.)
  • Honeycomb and/or honey
  • Prosciutto and/or salami
  • Raisin bread or any other bread, toasted if desired
  • Sliced apples

Instructions

  1. Make the Apple Butter: Place apples, lemon juice, water, sugar, cinnamon, ginger and salt in medium saucepot; stir until well combined. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low.
  2. Cook 40 to 50 minutes or until most liquid is absorbed and apples are very brown and soft, stirring occasionally.
  3. Transfer mixture to blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Serve warm or transfer to covered container and refrigerate up to 5 days. Makes about 1 cup.
  4. Make the Breakfast Charcuterie Board: Arrange all items on platter or large cutting board. Serve with mimosas and bloody marys!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

2 tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 48Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 37mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information is for apple butter only.

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