Breakfast Charcuterie Board (European Breakfast Platter)

Enjoy a European breakfast platter for a change with this Breakfast Charcuterie Board. A perfect combination of sweet and savory, there’s something for everybody on this breakfast board.

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

With Mother’s Day coming up, most people assume moms will enjoy an elegant brunch including things like sweet potato breakfast casserole or a smoked salmon platter.

And the truth is, I would be totally happy if somebody served me that brunch (and they often have on Mother’s Day). But you guys know I love a snack board, whether it’s a football charcuterie board or savory baked brie or even jarcuterie.

So I’m just putting it out there: sometimes, moms want charcuterie. Yes, even in the morning. Give me a glass of champagne and a European breakfast charcuterie board, please!

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 breakfast charcuterie board is inspired by European breakfast.

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, Vietnamese and Thai food, and so much more.

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

While hotels there typically do also offer American-style favorites like pancakes, brioche French toast, malted waffles, eggs, sausage, and hash browns, they mainly focus on simple small items such as breakfast cheese, 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 cup of espresso, and an individual charcuterie board that I’ve compiled at the buffet, and I’m ready for a long day of sightseeing.

Wooden brunch board topped with cheese, bacon, honeycomb and hard boiled eggs.

This brunch charcuterie board combines European and American styles on one big breakfast platter.

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.

On this breakfast platter, I combined the European breakfast traditions of cheese and honey with American classics like bacon in the oven, 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 this breakfast board.

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 this European breakfast platter.

Mini cornbread muffins with apple butter? Yes! Breakfast cheese smeared with a bit of apple butter? Definitely! 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 breakfast charcuterie board, I have a recipe for super easy instant pot apple butter.

European breakfast items like cheese, eggs, apples and bread, on a wooden board.

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

Cheddar is great for something like a leftover cornbread breakfast casserole, but let’s get a little fancier for this brunch board, shall we?

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 cheese” 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 almost 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 for your breakfast platter, 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 brief or a brunch charcuterie board. Another great option for this breakfast charcuterie board 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 blueberries, 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. Wine Enthusiast has a very comprehensive Essential Guide to Blue Cheese that might help you with selecting, storing and serving blue cheese for your breakfast board.
A breakfast charcuterie board arranged on a circular wooden board. Bread, cheese, hard boiled eggs, sliced apples, bacon and prosciutto cover the board.

More great cheese and charcuterie boards:

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

Yield: 8 servings

Breakfast Charcuterie Board (European Breakfast Platter)

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

Enjoy a European breakfast platter for a change with this Breakfast Charcuterie Board. A perfect combination of sweet and savory, there's something for everybody on this breakfast board.

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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