Charcuterie Cups

These individual Charcuterie Cups are perfect party pleasers. They’re an assortment of meats, cheeses, pickled food and sweet fruit amongst other things. They’re rich, indulgent and can be beautifully arranged.

Why make a charcuterie cup?

There are many reasons why charcuterie cups are a good idea. Perhaps someone has allergies and you would like to make them a custom charcuterie cup at your dinner party. And, of course, Covid is another good reason to make individual charcuterie cups since this way guests won’t have to share food from the same board. Apart from practical reasons, mini charcuterie cups look beautiful when displayed and laid out for guests at a dinner party!

Charcuterie cup as seen from above to show the salty meats, cheeses and skewer

Cheeses

Cheeses are definitely a crowd-pleaser. We aim to add at least three cheeses to our charcuterie cups: a creamy, strong cheese, a soft, milder cheese and a sharp cheese. For these charcuterie cups, we use slices of stilton, brie and cubes of mature cheddar. We also add a small ball of mozzarella onto each of our skewers which offsets some of the more acidic food items. Here are some cheese ideas for your charcuterie cups:

  • Blue Cheese
  • Gouda
  • Pecorino
  • Camembert
  • Gruyère

Saltiness: Meats

We like to use cured meats in the charcuterie cups for a little bit of saltiness to contrast the other flavors in the cups. We use two types of meat for these cups, salami and prosciutto. Cured meats are brilliant in these cups, but they’re definitely not the only options for types of meats. Here are some ideas for meats to add to these cups:

  • Ham
  • Gammon
  • Chorizo
  • Jamón serrano
  • Mortadella
  • ‘Nduja
Beautifully arranged charcuterie cups with all assorted ingredients on display

Sweetness: Fruit

We like to add at least one element of sweetness to the cups, usually by adding fruit. For these cups, we use grapes, preferably seedless grapes if we can get some. These are especially easy as they don’t require any prep work. Here are some other ideas for fruit that you can use in your charcuterie cups:

  • Dates
  • Sliced figs
  • Sliced apples
  • Sliced pears
  • Dried apricots

Acidity: Everything Pickled

To offset the sweetness and saltiness of the cups, we add some acidity and we usually do this through some pickled foods. We like to add a mini dill pickle to each cup, again, this reduces prep work as we just pop the pickle in the cup. We also include a pickled onion as well as a whole, pitted black olive to our skewers. Here are some other ideas for pickled food:

  • Pickled peppers
  • Pickled carrots
  • Pickled tomatoes
  • Pickled red onion
Five individual charcuterie cups assembled for guests

Charcuterie Ideas: What do I put in a charcuterie cup?

Our number one rule is to try to add an assortment of flavor profiles and variety for anything charcuterie: sweetness, saltiness, acidity; at least two salty meats, at least two to three different kinds of cheese, fruits and a selection of pickled food. For specific ideas, please see the suggestions for each of these food groups above.

Our second rule, specifically for charcuterie cups, is to add a skewer in each cup and to only include food that guests can eat with the skewer provided. This avoids the situation wherein guests have to stick their hands in their cups to eat the food. For this reason, we do not add small nuts and seeds to the cups.

You can also add crackers or breadsticks to the cups as a palate cleanser. We like to use breadsticks since this is easier to pick out of the cup.

Close up on the charcuterie cups' skewers of pickled onion, olives, cherry tomatoes and mini mozzarella balls

Charcuterie Cups

These individual Charcuterie Cups are perfect party pleasers. They’re an assortment of meats, cheeses, pickled food and sweet fruit amongst other things. They’re rich, indulgent and can be beautifully arranged.

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Cuisine
American

Servings
6

Calories
417 kcal

Prep time
15 minutes

Cook time
0 minutes

Total time
15 minutes

Ingredients

    Skewers

    • 6 white pickled onions
    • 6 pitted black olives
    • 6 whole cherry tomatoes
    • 6 mini mozzarella balls
    • 6 skewers

    Cups

    • 6-12 grapes
    • 6 halved cherry tomatoes
    • 6 mini dill pickles
    • 6-12 slices of brie
    • 6-12 slices of stilton
    • 12 cubes of mature cheddar
    • 6-12 slices of salami
    • 6-12 slices of prosciutto

Instructions

  1. Add the 6-12 grapes, 6 halved cherry tomatoes and 6 mini dill pickles to the cups. Add 1-2 items of food to each cup.
  2. Place the 6-12 slices of brie and stilton to the cups. Add 1-2 slices of every cheese to each cup. Try to lean the slices of cheese against the edge of the cup. Add 2 cubes of the 12 mature cheddar cubes to each cup.
  3. Fold 6-12 slices of salami and prosciutto twice over. Add 1-2 folded slices of every meat to each cup.
  4. Prepare the skewers by adding a white onion, a black olive, a cherry tomato and a mini ball of mozzarella to each skewer. Place the skewer in the cup and serve your beautiful, individual charcuterie cup.

Nutrition

  • Calories 417 kcal | 
  • Carbohydrates 27.3 g | 
  • Protein 20.2 g | 
  • Fat 30.5 g | 
  • Saturated fat 10.9 g | 
  • Cholesterol 63 mg | 
  • Sodium 1394 mg | 
  • Fiber 2 g | 
  • Sugar 4.2 g |