How To Make A Charming Charcuterie Bouquet With Salami Roses

Roll up your sleeves and get ready to craft the ultimate party piece with our guide for how to make a charcuterie bouquet. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or just because, this guide has all the tips to help you craft a centerpiece that’s sure to get all the likes, loves, and “how’d you do that?” at your next shindig.

A charcuterie bouquet with salami and cheese roses with strawberries, fresh mozzarella and greens.

A Charcuterie Board with a Twist

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, today we are sharing a fun charcuterie board recipe with a twist. We are preparing and arranging it into a festive bouquet-shaped presentation known as a ‘charcuterie bouquet’ or ‘charcuterie flower bouquet’.

And don’t worry, we’ve got a thorough step-by-step guide with images and videos to break it down and show you exactly how to make your own impressive charcuterie board bouquet creation at home.

Looking for more in-depth info on how to create the ultimate charcuterie board? Check out our guides to the best crackers for a charcuterie board, the best jams and spreads for your charcuterie board, and the best pickles to pair with charcuterie.

You’re going to absolutely adore our guide for making your own DIY charcuterie bouquet:


  • Creative Twist on a Classic: You’ll love how this guide turns the familiar charcuterie board into a stunning centerpiece. This isn’t just food; it’s a feast for the eyes!
  • Our Easy, Step-by-Step Approach: Even beginners will find it easy to follow, making sophisticated entertaining accessible to all.
  • Versatile for Any Occasion: From a romantic night in to your best friend’s birthday bash, this charcuterie bouquet will be the talk of any table. It’s easy, impressive, and oh-so-delicious. We think it’s particularly perfect for special occasions like Valentine’s Day, Galentine’s Day, or Mother’s Day.

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A charcuterie bouquet with meat and cheese roses with fresh greens, mini mozzarella balls, and heart-shaped strawberries.

What is a Charcuterie Bouquet?

A charcuterie bouquet is your go-to charcuterie board but with a super fun twist. Its all about thinly sliced meats and cheeses, artfully rolled into adorable little “flowers” and arranged to mimic the beauty of a floral bouquet.

It’s a feast for the eyes and the palate, blending the rustic charm of traditional charcuterie with an elegant, whimsical presentation. Perfect for when you want to impress at your next hangout – a little artsy, totally tasty, and definitely a conversation starter!

Ingredients

Ingredients for the charcuterie bouquet displayed on a counter top.

Recommended Equipment

  • A large bowl – I used a large mixing bowl (2.5 quarts / 10 inch diameter)
  • A small bowl – A shallower bowl will work best and it needs to fit into the larger bowl. I used a shallow pasta bowl (22 ounce / 7.7 inches in diameter)
  • Parchment paper or tissue paper
  • A champagne glass or similar-sized small glass – the size of your glass’s diameter will determine how large your charcuterie roses are. A regular drinking glass or wine glass will likely be too big.
  • Toothpicks

Make Ahead Prep (with Images and Video)

In this section we are going to cover all the steps for styling your ingredients so they are all prepped and ready to go when you are ready to assemble your bouquet.

This is a great make ahead option and I actually prefer it because it gives the styled ingredients some time to chill in the refrigerator which helps them keep their shape better.

And its also a good tip to keep in mind while prepping the meat roses in particular. You want to make sure your salami and pepperoni are well chilled before you begin because as they start to warm up at room temperature they will soften, making it harder for them to set and hold the rose shapes after molding.

Be sure to scroll down to check out the full recipe and ingredient list along with a recipe video guide in the recipe card below.

Make The Pepperoni and Salami “Roses”

This method will work for most any thin sliced salami or pepperoni. For this recipe I used Dietz & Watson’s Italian Trio which comes with salami, pepperoni, and provolone cheese all in on pack. The meats are sliced thin and are about 3.5 inches in diameter.

Four process shots of making a charcuterie rose with pepperoni slices.
  1. Prepare the Glass: Using a small glass (I prefer the size of a champagne glass) as your mold, lay a slice of salami over the rim of the glass, half in and half out.
  2. Arrange the Slices: Continue by adding additional slices of salami over the rim of the glass, half in and half out, slightly overlapping each piece to create a continuous circle.
  3. Create the Rose: Once the glass rim is covered, gently press down on the salami inside the glass to secure the slices in place and help to set the shape. For me, it ends up being about 8 slices of meat for each rose.
  4. Final Touches: Then carefully invert the glass onto your serving platter (or countertop). Lift the glass off slowly, allowing the salami to fan out into a rose shape. Adjust the petals as needed to enhance the rose appearance before adding it to your charcuterie display.

Make the Cheese and Turkey “Roses”

This method will work for both the sliced Provolone cheese and the deli-sliced smoked turkey.

Four process shots of making a cheese rose.
  1. Layer and Cut: Arrange four slices of provolone cheese (or deli-sliced turkey) so they slightly overlap each other in a row. Then, cut this layered row in half down the middle to create two separate sections.
  2. Roll the Cheese: Take one of the halved sections and carefully roll it up, keeping all the slices together as you go. The overlapping edges will start to resemble petals.
  3. Secure with Toothpick: Insert a toothpick through the middle of the rolled cheese to keep the ends and layers in place, ensuring your rose holds its shape.
  4. Arrange on the Board: Place your provolone rose on your charcuterie board. Repeat the process with the rest of the cheese slices and then do the same for the smoked turkey.

Assemble the Mozzarella Toothpicks

Process shot of hands adding a mozzarella pearl to the end of a toothpick.
  1. Place each mozzarella pearl onto the head of a toothpick.

Prepare the Strawberry “Hearts”

Four numbered process shots of making a strawberry hearts.
  1. Slice the green top off of the strawberry.
  2. Place the strawberry cut side down and slice it in half vertically.
  3. Using a small paring knife, cut out small triangle-shaped pieces from the top of each strawberry half to create the strawberry “heart”.
  4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 for each strawberry.

Make Ahead Prep (Video)


How to Assemble a Charcuterie Bouquet (with Images)

1

Prepare the Bowls

Place two overlapping 12×16 inch sheets of parchment paper over the larger bowl and then place the smaller bowl over the top so that the paper hangs over the sides.

2

Add The greens

Sprinkle some of the spring greens over the bowl with particular emphasis around the edges.

3

place the salami roses

Place the salami and pepperoni roses on the bouquet evenly spaced apart.

4

Place the cheese roses

Distribute and arrange the cheese and turkey roses across the bouquet. Leave a couple of spaces open for the ramekins.

5

Place the ramekins

Place the ramekins of cranberry mustard and chocolate-covered blueberries onto the bouquet.

6

ADD more greens

Place additional greens in between the meat and cheese roses for a pop of contrasting color.

7

Add the Strawberries

Place the strawberry “hearts” evenly spaced over the bouquet.

8

Add the mozzarella

Distribute the mini mozzarella balls throughout the bouquet placing some in small clusters.

9

FINish Arranging

Make any final tweaks and additions to the bouquet arrangement so that it is balanced and visually appealing.

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How To Make A Charming Charcuterie Flower Bouquet (with Video)

Roll up your sleeves and get ready to craft the ultimate party piece with our guide for how to make a charcuterie bouquet. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or just because, this guide has all the tips to help you craft a centerpiece that’s sure to get all the likes, loves, and “how’d you do that?” at your next shindig.
By: AllieAllie Cleveland
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, French
Servings 8
Calories 332 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 large bowl (I used a large mixing bowl – 2.5 quarts / 10 inch diameter)
  • 1 small bowl (I used a shallow pasta bowl – 22 ounce / 7.7 inches in diameter)
  • 2 parchment paper sheets (12x 16 inches each)
  • 1 champagne glass (or similar-sized small glass)
  • 16 toothpicks

Ingredients
  

  • 6 oz salami thinly sliced (to make 3 "roses")
  • 6 oz pepperoni thinly sliced (to make 3 "roses")
  • 6 oz smoked turkey thinly sliced (to make 4 "roses")
  • 6 oz provolone cheese thinly sliced (to make 4 "roses")
  • 2 oz spring mix salad greens
  • 1 oz chocolate-covered blueberries
  • 1 oz cranberry mustard
  • 5 strawberries cut in half and slice to make "hearts"
  • 16 mozzarella pearls (mini mozzarella balls)

Instructions
 

  • Place two overlapping 12×16 inch sheets of parchment paper over the larger bowl and then place the smaller bowl over the top so that the paper hangs over the sides. Shape and arrange with your fingers so that it fans out appealingly.
  • Sprinkle some of the spring greens over the bowl with particular emphasis around the edges.
  • Place the salami and pepperoni "roses" on the bouquet evenly spaced apart.
  • Distribute and arrange the cheese and turkey roses across the bouquet. Leave a couple of spaces open for the ramekins.
  • Place the ramekins of cranberry mustard and chocolate-covered blueberries onto the bouquet.
  • Place additional greens in between the meat and cheese roses for a pop of contrasting color.
  • Place the strawberry “hearts” evenly spaced over the bouquet.
  • Distribute the mozzarella pearls throughout the bouquet, arranging some in small clusters.
  • Make any final tweaks and additions to your bouquet arrangement so that the colors and textures are balanced and visually appealing.

Video

Recipe Notes

*For pro recipe tips and step-by-step instructions with images and video for prepping the charcuterie bouquet ingredients and assembling the bouquet, scroll up through the post above.

Nutrition

Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 8.4g | Protein: 18.7g | Fat: 24.5g | Saturated Fat: 10.8g | Cholesterol: 74.3mg | Sodium: 1014.4mg | Fiber: 0.6g | Sugar: 4.3g

*Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Maplevine Kitchen makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

Keyword charcuterie board, cheese board, cheese plate, entertaining, holiday appetizer
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FAQs about Charcuterie Bouquets

Absolutely, you can make a charcuterie bouquet ahead of time with a bit of planning. Prepare the individual elements like meat and cheese roses in advance and keep them chilled. Assemble the bouquet closer to serving time to maintain its beautiful presentation. Add any fragile items like fruits or delicate garnishes right before serving to keep them fresh.

Creating a beautiful charcuterie bouquet is all about creativity and arrangement. Vary the colors and textures by including different types of cured meats, a variety of cheeses, and some vibrant additions like grapes, berries, or edible flowers for a pop of color. Arrange these ‘flowers’ at different heights for a dynamic, 3D effect. Finally, wrap it all up in a stylish paper or place it in a decorative container for that perfect, picturesque ‘bouquet’ look.

Valentine's Day themed charcuterie bouquet with meat and cheese roses.

What to Serve with a Charcuterie Bouquet

Serving a charcuterie bouquet offers a chance to get creative with pairings. Here are some ideas to complement your meat and cheese “flowers”:

  • Crackers and Bread: A variety of crackers, breadsticks, and slices of baguette provide a crunchy base to enjoy with the meats and cheeses.
  • Fresh Fruit: Grapes, figs, apple slices, and berries add a juicy, fresh element that contrasts nicely with the saltiness of the meats.
  • Dried Fruits and Nuts: Apricots, dates, almonds, and walnuts offer a chewy texture and a sweet bite that pairs well with the savory flavors.
  • Olives and Pickles: Briny olives, pickles, and cornichons can cleanse the palate between different flavors.
  • Spreads and Dips: Mustards, honey, and jams give guests the chance to play with different flavor combinations.
  • Dark Chocolate: A few pieces of dark chocolate can add a surprising and luxurious touch.
  • Wine and Beverages: Offer a selection of wines, sparkling water, and non-alcoholic options to sip on.

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