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Let’s Make a Harvest Charcuterie Board with Trader Joe’s Ingredients

Today I am joining Mary Ann, Annie, and some of our best blogging buddies for a Progressive Autumn Dinner. My mission is a charcuterie board with wines. I thought why not keep it simple? Let’s make a Harvest Charcuterie Board with Trader Joe’s Ingredients.

Autumn Menu

We are entertaining a very large group of 25+ on Thanksgiving. Why not keep the appetizers simple and make a charcuterie board with only ingredients from Trader Joe’s? I thought it might be tricky finding everything at Trader Joe’s but it wasn’t at all. Trader Joe’s has so many great options this time of year.

harvest charcuterie board from trader joes ingredients

Here is my Trader Joe’s haul spread out on my breakfast nook table. Keep in mind I will be serving a large group. You may not need all of this for a smaller group.


Here is your Trader Joe’s Shopping List.

trader joes harvest charcuterie list

I like using my big vintage breadboard for a large group. Yes, they have been thoroughly cleaned. I follow a process similar to this on Real Simple here. About once a month I treat them with this cutting board oil. I add a few leaves before I start assembling the board.


There is really no system to this, just arrange as you see fit and fill in the gaps. If you are using a pretty board like this leave some open space so you can see the wood. If you are using an unattractive platter that you want to cover up, fill in all the gaps.

harvest charcuterie board with trader joe's ingredients

I would normally pick a Pinot Noir and maybe a Pinot Gris to accompany this charcuterie platter. To keep it simple, I picked two of our favorite Trader Joe’s wines. We really love the Pontificis, which is a red blend, and the Sauvignon Republic Malborough Sauv Blanc. Another good Sauv Blanc from Trader Joe’s is The Pass. You can’t go wrong with these and they are reasonable.


Hopefully, we will be able to utilize our outdoor space on Thanksgiving. We love this courtyard space.

cindy hattersley makes a harvest charcuterie board using trader joe's ingredients

I Apologize for the “fake fire”. Steve commutes during the week and I don’t know how to operate the gas fireplace.



Thank you so much for reading Let’s Make a Harvest Charcuterie Board with Trader Joe’s Ingredients. This might be a simple Charcuterie Board you could repeat during the busy holiday season. For a simpler version of this for a smaller group you might find my post Last Minute Cheese and Charcuterie from Costco helpful. You might also enjoy Four Appetizers and the Wines that Love Them. Now let’s pop over and visit my friends for the rest of the Autumn menu. Click on the links to read.

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  1. Gray says

    Late to the table – literally! We were at river over weekend.
    So! I think I might do the same same thing! I have about half that group so will plan accordingly. But I love how you laid it all out. I also use a huge bread board when I do this! Making my grocery list now…. 💋
    PS – Can you fed ex me some grape leaves??? 😉 I will look for some flat fake ones at the grocery. They are so elegant looking.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Gray

      It was so easy. I invited a few neighbors and friends over and we had a great time. I always try to over complicate things. It was simple and everyone had a great time.

  2. Barb L says

    Fabulous! Your presentation is just beautiful. Will be using this as a go to for holiday boards. Too funny about the fireplace (would have never noticed). Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. valletta says

    Lovely board! I am a huge fan of charcuterie and cheese boards, too. I love collecting little plates, spreaders, etc. to make them special too. Love what you did with yours.
    We have a number of vegan / vegetarian folks in the family so I tend to separate them by type (meat, cheese, veg, etc.).
    My family is originally from Spain so tapas are my go-to, and they go so well with these boards.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Valletta

      I love Tapas! I usually wouldn’t serve everything from TJ’s but thought it would be an easy option for those on Thanksgiving day.

  4. Trader Joe lover says

    Was this assembled in 2022? I haven’t seen the cornbread crisps in my Trader Joe’s for a very very long time. I noticed some very interesting items on your kitchen table still in their packages that weren’t on your shopping list or on the charcuterie board! And I also noticed some items on your beautiful charcuterie board display that were not on the shopping list. Rather disappointing

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Kay

      There was nothing on the board that was not on the shopping list. There were a couple that I did not use however, because I did not have room. Everything was purchased last week and assembled on the spot. I did not use the orange slices but other than that I can’t think of a thing. What were you speaking of just out of curiosity?

      • Cindy Hattersley says

        Whoops, I also did not use the pumpkin butter. I ran out of small dishes. The leaves did not come from Trader Joes. They came from my yard.

  5. Mary-Ellen Krull says

    You have given me some great ideas to include in my charcuterie board! And thank you for the wine suggestions as I am not a wine drinker and am at a loss when I need to purchase for guests.
    I think everyone loves a charcuterie board.
    Would have not noticed the fire wasn’t real. The decorations on the fireplace are so beautiful.

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Mary Ellen

      Those wines are consistently good, so you can’t go wrong. Thank you so much for visiting and commenting!

  6. Juliet says

    Cindy … I’ll be leading the pack to your house! Charcuterie and wine … my favorite food groups. And all from TJ’s! Your vintage bread board is a treasure. I’d love to find one like it. And it’s perfect for party charcuterie. I had to laugh about the fake fire. First of all, I would never have known it wasn’t real. And second, when I need our outdoor gas fire pit turned on I need Jim on hand. I don’t know why. Anyway, charcuterie and wine in your courtyard is sure to be the highlight of our autumn progressive dinner. So fun! Cheers. xo

    • Cindy Hattersley says

      Hi Juliet

      I don’t know how to work ours either! Steve isn’t here Monday-Thurs afternoon so I couldn’t lite it! Loved your cocktail! Gorgeous!

  7. Mary Ann Pickett says

    I’d love to come right over and have this for breakfast!! I’m pinning EVERYthing,

  8. Wren says

    I remember driving to Santa Barbara with an ice chest to load up on TJ’s products long before we had one locally. They are pretty much the only place I shop anymore. Your board is gorgeous and I recognize many items that I have on repeat. I usually have some of these items in my pantry for impromptu gatherings. 25+ is going to be a big gathering and your guests will be the recipients of a wonderful meal and day.

  9. sheri silver says

    Cindy this is stunning and looks so delicious! Is there anything better than a good charcuterie board? I mean, who needs dinner, right? 🙂 Thank you for including me as always! xo

  10. La Contessa says

    Something to look forward too!
    Somehow I think your guests will roll out of there with full tummies!

  11. Annie Diamond says

    Cindy! This looks gorgeous!! I love how you have some pumpkin Madeleines tucked in! This will be perfect for your thanksgiving dinner of 25+!!

  12. Karen B. says

    This looks festive and delicious. There’s something for everyone. I’ll be saving your list of TJ items for my next autumn get-together.
    Karen B.

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