This Thanksgiving trend will forever change how you make a charcuterie board

The charcuturkey is where it's at this year.

(Image credit: That Cheese Plate)

Charcuterie boards are one of the best, most fail-safe additions to any Thanksgiving dinner menu. And while it's hard to find fault with a charcuterie board (it's meat, it's cheese, it's delicious!), we didn't realize how much our typical Thanksgiving charcuterie displays were lacking in the creativity department. 

That is until we were scrolling on Instagram earlier this week and came across the latest twist on the charcuterie board, which comes in the form of a feast for the stomach—and the eyes. The cheeky “charcuturkey” arrangement, made popular by Brooklyn-based cheese blogger Marissa Mullen of That Cheese Plate, has gained huge popularity on Instagram and TikTok for its festive approach that the whole family will enjoy having at the Thanksgiving table. 

The charcuturkey board, as seen on the That Cheese Plate social media is actually much easier to create than your typical cheese or charcuterie board because of it’s easy-to-follow layering system. Rather than trying to create your own artfully arranged spread, all you really need to do for this one is follow Mullen’s step-by-step layering process and your festive little turkey will come together before your eyes, whether you consider yourself to be creative or otherwise.

Looking for more ways to make your holiday festive this year? Check out our favorite Thanksgiving table decorating ideas.

Here’s exactly what you’ll need to build your board and the exact layering process that Mullen suggests following for best results. Note that you should feel free to swap the selection for different cheeses if you prefer a different flavor profile—but be sure to pick up at least one full cheese wheel to act as the body of your turkey.


  • Goat Brie, Cheddar and Gouda⁣
  • Genoa Salami and Salami Calabrese ⁣
  • Cucumbers, Orange and Yellow Peppers, Black Olives, Dried Apricots, Dried Cranberries ⁣
  • Pecans ⁣
  • Rosemary + Dried Flowers⁣


  • STEP 1: Goat Brie, Genoa Salami⁣
  • STEP 2: Sliced Cucumbers, Apricots 
  • STEP 3: Cheddar, Salami Calabrese ⁣
  • STEP 4: Sliced Cucumbers, Gouda⁣
  • STEP 5: Dried Cranberries, Pecans ⁣
  • STEP 6: Turkey Face (Orange + Yellow Peppers, Black Olives and Salami), Dried Flowers, Rosemary and additional Black Olives for garnish⁣

Happy November! Bringing back That Charcuturkey Plate 🧀 Tutorial coming soon! #cheeseboard #charcuterieboard

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Looking for even more festive ways to incorporate your favorite cheeses and charcuteries into your holiday meal planning? The “charcuterie chalet” has also begun popping up more and more frequently on our social media pages—and for good reason. Consider this to be your DIY gingerbread project—all grown up and ready to be washed down with a glass of wine.

Whether you’re opting for a charcuturkey or you’re holding out for the 2020 answer to the gingerbread house, these cheeky upgrades to the classic cheese or charcuterie boards takes what you love about the classic holiday DIY project and turns it into the perfect wine pairing to snack on throughout the holidays—and we’re here for all of it.

Plan your perfect Thanksgiving: