How to make a fabulous Cornucopia Cheese Board with a variety of crunchy snacks shaped like a cornucopia and an enticing selection of fall cheeses, fruits, vegetables, nuts and more for your Thanksgiving gathering enjoyment!
Take your cheese board game to the next level on Thanksgiving by making this gorgeous snackable spread of an edible cornucopia overflowing with fall-flavored cheeses and plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts and more. Your family and friends are sure to love grazing on it throughout the day!
I love making our food fun and festive around the holidays. It makes it even more special and you can just feel the excitement and appreciation from those you make and enjoy it with. This Cornucopia Cheese Board is so beautiful in both sight and taste. It could serve as the centerpiece to your Thanksgiving table and is sure to be the center of attention until it’s all gobbled up.
It all starts with a large wood board. I used a 28″ x 19″ wood board that my dad made me years ago. If you’re in need of a large wood board, here are a few options I found:
24″ x 18″ Extra Large Walnut Wood Cutting Board from Amazon
24″ x 18″ John Boos & Co. Cherry Edge-Grain Cutting Board from Sur La Table
I used a variety of crunchy snacks and some dried brown figs to form the shape of a cornucopia horn on the board first. Ritz crackers, Triscuit crackers, multi-grain pita chips, pretzel snaps and Wheat Thins crackers along with large dried brown colored figs for the tip…
Next comes the cheeses which I got from Trader Joe’s.
I also cut some sharp cheddar cheese slices into pumpkin shapes with a pumpkin shaped cookie cutter because what’s a cornucopia without pumpkins coming out of it?! 😉
I then placed the cheeses on the board followed by all the fresh fruits and vegetables before filling it in with a variety of nuts and dried fruits. Everything, except some of the crunchy snacks, came from Trader Joe’s.
Here’s what all I used, but you can certainly build the board to your liking by using your favorite variety of cheese board goodies: green grapes, red grapes, green apple, red apple, pear, asparagus, sugar peas, les petites carrots of many colors, mini heirloom tomatoes, pomegranate seeds, marinated olives, dried apricots, dried cherries, dried orange slices, cornichons, candied walnuts, sesame honey almonds, salt & pepper pistachios, Giant Peruvian Inca Corn, honey, fig jam, apple jam, and pumpkin butter.
For the apples and pear, I cut each one in half, cored it with a knife while still keeping it in its shape, turned it cut/cored side down on a cutting board and thinly sliced it with a sharp knife. I put them on the board, cut side down, so they kept their original apple and pear shape. This was both for looks and to keep them from turning brown.
I put the honey, fig jam, apple jam and pumpkin butter in some mini white square tasting bowls from World Market.
And that’s all there is to it! It’s a little bit more ambitious than your traditional cheese board spread, but so worth it for the fun and festiveness it creates for your crowd on Thanksgiving!
Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Enjoy!
Cornucopia Cheese Board
How to make a fabulous Cornucopia Cheese Board with a variety of salty snacks shaped like a cornucopia and an enticing selection of fall cheeses, fruits, vegetables, nuts and more for your Thanksgiving gathering enjoyment!
Author: Maegan – The BakerMama
Recipe type: Appetizer
- Ritz crackers
- Triscuits crackers
- multi-grain pita chips
- pretzel snaps
- Wheat Thins crackers
- dried brown figs, for the tip of the cornucopia
- Apricot Cherry Cranberry Goat’s Milk Cheese log
- Chimay Autumn Cheese
- White Stilton with apricots
- Double Cream Gouda, torn into large chunks
- Port Salut
- sharp cheddar cheese slices, cut into pumpkin shapes
- green grapes
- red grapes
- green apple, thinly sliced
- red apple, thinly sliced
- pear, thinly sliced
- sugar peas
- carrots (les petites of many colors from Trader Joe’s)
- mini heirloom tomatoes
- pomegranate seeds
- marinated olives
- dried apricots
- dried cherries
- dried orange slices
- cornichons, mini pickles
- candied walnuts
- sesame honey almonds
- salt & pepper pistachios
- Giant Peruvian Inca Corn
- fig jam
- apple jam
- pumpkin butter
- On a large rectangular-shaped wood board, start by forming a cornucopia horn shape from the widest part and curve around to make a tip. Alternate with a variety of salty snacks and end with the dried brown figs for the tip. I used Ritz crackers, Triscuit crackers, multi-grain pita chips, pretzel snaps and Wheat Thins crackers.
- You want the remaining ingredients to look like they’re overflowing out of the cornucopia.
- Space the cheeses out on the board followed by the fresh fruits and vegetables. Place the pomegranate seeds and olives on small leaf-shaped serving plates and then place the plates on the board. Fill in the space between the cheeses, fruits and vegetables with the dried fruits and nuts.
- Put the honey, fig jam, apple jam and pumpkin butter in mini serving bowls and space them out on the board. Put out some cheese knives for people to slice the cheeses with. Serve and enjoy!