This DIY Costco cheese platter makes entertaining easy. Serve up a Costco cheese board (aka Costco charcuterie board!) with a variety of cheeses, meats, fresh foods, crackers, and nuts for the ultimate snack board. No need to buy a pre-made Costco meat and cheese platter, make your own! (Find more healthy Costco snacks here.) I’ll show you what to buy and exactly how to arrange your Costco cheese tray with $50 and $100 options. And if you’re a Trader Joe’s shopper, I also have a Trader Joe’s cheese board option. Try my Halloween charcuterie board for Halloween!
Ready to make a Costco cheese board? Look no further. I’ll show you what components to buy and how to arrange your Costco charcuterie board so that it’s sure to impress.
Estimated reading time: 9 minutes
Table of Contents
- Costco Cheese Board VIDEO
- What to Put on a Costco Charcuterie Board:
- $45 Costco Cheese Board Items:
- $100 Costco Cheese Board Items:
- How to Make a Costco Cheese Platter:
- Costco Cheese Tray FAQs:
- More Snack Board Platters
- More Easy Appetizer Recipes
- Helpful Tools to Make Costco Cheese Board
- Pin this Costco meat and cheese platter for later!
Costco Party Trays
The deli section also has a great variety of Costco platters that you can also order party platters from your local store – perfect for any celebration – baby showers, a birthday party, graduation parties, or just serving a large crowd for your next event. Check your local store, but you can get a variety of Costco’s party platters that include a fruit tray, croissant sandwich platter, a shrimp platter, a sushi platter, wrap platter, and so much more.
New Fully Arranged Charcuterie Boards
As of 2023, Costco has also recently offered some fully-arranged cheese board options. There is the Boarderie Arte boards in a variety of prices between $140-210 per board and then there is also a $33 Busseto Charcuterie Kit that includes a variety of cheese, meats, olives, jam, and nuts. It looks like a great option for putting together a quick board – just add a few fresh components like grapes or cucumbers.
Costco Cheese Board VIDEO
What to Put on a Costco Charcuterie Board:
When you’re making a Costco meat and cheese tray, you’ll want the following components:
- Cheese – I used the Costco cheese sampler to simplify things. It’s a great variety and a great price and will ensure that you don’t end up with TOO much cheese and also has great reviews on reddit. If you try to buy separate cheeses, you’ll end up spending a lot and ending up with a lot of leftovers.
- Meats – Salami is always a great choice (though I don’t actually like their bulk salami package!). I found an Italian mix, which is great because then you have a variety. You can also use deli ham, roast beef, or turkey if you prefer.
- Crackers – Does this need explaining? Cheese and meats NEED crackers!
- Fresh – This component is a must, but you can be flexible with it. Fruit, veggies, anything goes. Cut and trim everything so everything is ready to eat.
- Nuts – Nuts go well with cheese, but they also help fill in the board with any open spaces.
These items make up a basic Costco cheese tray in a beautiful way that has everything someone needs to eat. No need to overthink it!
$45 Costco Cheese Board Items:
In this budget friendly Costco charcuterie board, you’ll need:
- Cheese – I went with the Costco cheese sampler which has five different cheeses.
- Meat – Antipasto sampler package that has prosciutto, soppressata, milano salami, and coppa.
- Crackers – Carr water crackers are always a must on my cheeseboards and Costco is the place to get them. (For best value.)
- Fresh – I went with grapes for a sweet and juicy bite.
NOTE: With the $50 option, you’ll have enough for two Costco cheese trays.
$100 Costco Cheese Board Items:
In the $100 Costco charcuterie board, we’ve got some more money for extras. You’ll need:
- Cheese – I went with the Costco cheese sampler which has five different cheeses and the brie – it’s a great deal and I love brie on cheese platters.
- Meat – Antipasto sampler package that has prosciutto, soppressata, milano salami, and coppa.
- Crackers – Carr water crackers are always a must, but I also added the Simple Mills almond flour crackers. (Also, Costco is the best place to get these crackers in terms of value!)
- Fresh – I went beyond just grapes for this version. I also added blackberries, mini cucumbers, and fresh pickles.
- Nuts – There are so many nut options at Costco, so choose a fancy mixed nut, candied nut, or Marcona almonds. Pick your favorite.
NOTE: With the $100 option, you’ll also have enough for two Costco cheese trays.
How to Make a Costco Cheese Platter:
Ok, here’s the part that may seem tricky, but I promise you it’s not! Let me break it down for you:
- Cheese. Start with cheese and or any bowls of olives, etc. Space them throughout the cheese platter. (PRO TIP: Cut a little of the cheese so that it’s inviting for people to start eating!)
- Meats. Next add the meats. I like to keep them close to the cheeses. If you’re using a variety, be sure to put a little section of each meat by each cheese, so that you’ve got a few different meat sections throughout the board with a variety. (PRO TIP: Fold salami in half, and rip up sheets of prosciutto so that they are small enough for one bite.)
- Crackers. Fan out crackers like water crackers and place any oddly shaped crackers (like the breadsticks) in a small bowl or glass. (PRO TIP: The breadsticks help add height to the board, which adds visual interest. Display them in a way that shows this off!)
- Fresh components. Now we’re going to add the fruit and/or vegetable. You want people to be able to pick up one piece and eat it easily, so cut cucumbers into rounds on a bias; cut grapes into little clumps of 2-3; and slice any pears or apples.
- Take a look. Step back and look at your cheese platter. Does it feel and look balanced? With a good variety? GOOD! If not, add some extra crackers or meat to any areas that look open.
- Nuts. Finish with the nuts! This is the last step and you want to fill in any open spaces with nuts. Any place you see the board or platter? Add nuts. I like to use a variety, but check to see what you have in your pantry already! Marcona almonds are a high-end option, candied walnuts are a great sweet and crunchy component, but regular almonds or pistachios work great, too!
This is from my Trader Joe’s Cheese Platter Post.
Costco Cheese Tray FAQs:
Can you make your own Costco cheese tray?
Yes, while it’s easy to buy a cheese board ready-to-go, I can tell you that this Costco charcuterie board will be much better than the pre-made version when it comes to looks AND taste.
How do I arrange my Costco meat and cheese platter?
While cheese board recipes can look super fancy, they are actually pretty simple to put together. Here’s the trick: FILL THE PLATTER. I walk you through the step-by-step process above.
More Snack Board Platters
If you like this Costco charcuterie board, you’ll want to check out these other snack board platters:
- Trader Joe’s Cheese Board – Two price options for these boards using all items from Trader Joe’s. A $20 budget-friendly option and a $45 option with some extras.
- Trader Joe’s Breakfast Board – Serve up this fun brunch for brunch parties or an extra-special weekend or holiday family breakfast.
- Brunch Bagel Board – This is another great option for weekend guests. All the components you need for a full meal, but super simple to pull together.
- Mezze Platter – All the Mediterranean appetizers on one board! This is a great way to switch up your cheese board with dips like hummus, olive tapenade, and more. Make your own or buy them from the store to keep it easy.
- Red, White and Blue Food Cheese Board – This holiday-inspired board is perfect for the 4th of July or patriotic themed parties.
- How to Arrange a Cheese Platter – In this (practically!) vintage video, I break down the components and how to arrange them.
More Easy Appetizer Recipes
If you love cheese boards, you’ll also love these other easy appetizer ideas:
- Whipped Feta Dip
- Ranch Chex Mix
- Chili Cheese Dip
- Copycat Chipotle Corn Salsa
- Grilled Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Helpful Tools to Make Costco Cheese Board
- Serving Board or Platter – You have lots of different options for the board, depending on the size of platter you want to put together. This cheese board platter is my current favorite. But you can always use a simple wooden cutting board or even a sheet pan, too!
- Cheese Knives – I’ve had this cheese knife set from Crate & Barrel for more than 10 years and it’s less than $20!
Easy DIY Costco cheese platter (Costco charcuterie). I’m sharing what to buy + how to arrange your Costco cheese tray so that it looks great!
- Costco cheese flight
- French Brie
- Aged Gouda (if you need to add another one!)
- Carr’s Table Water Crackers
- Almond flour crackers
- Cocktail cucumbers
- Arrange cheeses and anything in bowls on your board.
- Place sections of antipasto around the cheese.
- Fan out crackers around charcuterie and cheese.
- Add in sections of fresh ingredients, I like to group them together. (Little sections of cucumbers, blackberries and then grapes sprinkled around)
- Fill in board. Add more fresh ingredients or fill in any open spots with nuts.
- Add any knives, toothpicks, etc. to make serving easy.
- This is obviously customizable so feel free to swap out components with your favorite cheeses, antipasto, crackers, fresh ingredients, and nuts. There is no wrong way!
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