LAST UPDATED: Apr 25, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Dec 21, 2020 | By:

Jarcuterie is the cutest spin on the ever-popular charcuterie boards that are forever loved by families and party-goers across the world! Instead of a board or platter, charcuterie elements are served in individual containers or jars.

It’s the best kind of socially distanced appetizer, and it might just be the cutest hors d’oeuvre you’ll ever serve!

jars filled with charcuterie garnished with heart cheese and christmas cracker

These darling jarcuterie appetizers are sure to be a new favorite with all your friends and family.

They’re perfect to drop off for a zoom happy hour or to serve fireside with blankets and toasty cocktails or wine! You can serve them with individual take home wine bottles for a drive by shower or champagne for New Year’s Eve!

Charcuterie is the art of assembling cured meats, but it’s often paired with an array of accompaniments. Of course cheese has become a requirement of any good charcuterie board, along with a variety of other delicious little bites!

christmas graze cup with star cheese tree cracker

Jarcuterie are personal charcuterie boards wrapped up into a jar for safe grazing! They’re also known as graze cups or graze bouquets. Whatever you call them, they’re the best thing (along with Hot Chocolate Bombs) to come out of 2020!

They’re packed full of all of your favorite fruits, cheese and crackers, meats, olives, herbs and even fruits and veggies. The options are endless! You can even include my miniature Cheese Ball Bites.

jarcuterie with heart cheese strawberry and heart cracker

There are no rules for charcuterie, whether it’s served in an adorable jarcuterie format, traditional charcuterie board, or as a festive cheese and crackers display.

It’s a beautiful starter than can easily be enjoyed as a meal in and of itself! It’s well balanced, wholesome, and such a deliciously beautiful opportunity for creativity!

2 jars filled with charcuterie

Why You’ll Love Jarcuterie

  • Easy to serve, easy to enjoy!
  • Pretty
  • Individual servings
  • Can be prepared ahead
  • Customizable


The options are endless, but these are some amazing suggestions to make it your own!

  • Cheese – A beautiful wedge, cubes on a skewer or a miniature brie
  • Meats – Cured meats including genoa salami, prosciutto, capicola, soppressata, calabrese, mortadella, pepperoni and more.
  • Fruits – Blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, grapes, dried orange or apricots are beautiful options. You can even include an individual fruit skewer for a beautiful and festive touch.
  • Olives – it’s so easy to get creative with a variety of stuffed olive flavors!
  • Gherkins
  • Crackers
  • Breadsticks
  • Crostini
  • Pretzels
  • Herbs – Rosemary and thyme are beautiful and versatile.
  • Nuts – Almonds, pecans, walnuts or candied nuts are all great options.
cracker cheese and strawberry in a jar

How to Make Jarcuterie

  1. Fill the base of the jar or cup with nuts and fruits like grapes.
  2. Add crackers, crostini or breadsticks in the back.
  3. Add fruits, cheeses, cured meats, olives and or gherkins to skewers and place in front at varying heights.
  4. Garnish with fresh herbs for a pop of color and fragrance.

Serving Suggestions

  • Wrap a bow around it to make it a graze bouquet
  • Use clear plastic cups for to-go options
  • Garnish with a decorative party pic for the occasion
  • Wrap jar or cup in a cellophane bag for transport
  • Cut cheeses or fruits into shapes (see Fresh Fruit Skewers for ideas!)
  • Wrap meats into flower shapes, roll or thread on skewers
  • Deliver with wine or champagne for New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day (aka Galentine’s) or a girls’ night in!

Have fun with it! The options are endless!

jars filled with cheeses, meats, fruits and herbs for christmas


  • Keep it small, these are intended to be personalized servings
  • Vary the height to create visual interest
  • Add a variety of colors and textures
  • Garnish with an herb
  • Use skewers as needed
  • Add an edible flower for garnish for Valentine’s or spring and summer occasions
bottle of champagne next to charcuterie in a jar
Why is charcuterie so popular?

They’re customizable offering an array of options to suit everyone. It’s the perfect way to showcase cured meats with accompaniments to highlight them.

How do you pronounce charcuterie?

Historically a French term, charcuterie is pronounced “shar-koo-tuh-ree”) and is the creative art of preparing and presenting cured meats.

champagne and jarcuterie

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jars of fruits cheeses and crackers

More Easy Hors d’oeuvres

christmas charcuterie in a jar


Author: Julie Blanner
Customizable charcuterie in a jar – individual portions make this appetizer easy to eat and to deliver!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 269 kcal


  • 8 ounces cheese wedges, cubes and miniatures
  • 4 ounces meat capicola, mortadella, salami, prosciutto
  • 1 cup nuts candied, almonds, cashews, pecans or walnuts
  • 1 cup fruits dried or fresh
  • herbs rosemary or thyme
  • 8 crackers breadsticks, pretzels, or crostii


  • In a jar or plastic cup, layer nuts, fruits and cheeses to fill the cup.
  • Add fruits and cheeses on skewers at varying heights.
  • Garnish with a cracker and herb.




  • Keep it small, these are intended to be personalized servings
  • Vary the height to create visual interest
  • Add a variety of colors and textures
  • Garnish with an herb
  • Use skewers as needed
  • Add an edible flower for garnish for Valentine’s or spring and summer occasions


Calories:269kcalCarbohydrates:11gProtein:14gFat:20gSaturated Fat:7gCholesterol:39mgSodium:223mgPotassium:214mgFiber:2gSugar:4gVitamin A:374IUVitamin C:1mgCalcium:223mgIron:1mg
5 from 2 votes
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