How to Make a Waffle Charcuterie Board

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Breakfast (or brunch) has never been so beautiful and delicious!

kid-friendly waffle charcuterie board

Put a delightful twist on breakfast (or brunch) with our waffle charcuterie board! This innovative take blends a classic charcuterie’s fun and friendly nature with the comforting appeal of a warm, sweet breakfast. It’s an inviting way to gather friends and family around the table for a shared meal that’s not only delicious but also a feast for the eyes. Perfect for lazy weekend brunches, special occasions, or when you want to make breakfast an extraordinary affair, this waffle board will transform your morning routine into a delicious adventure.

What is a Charcuterie Board?

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Traditionally, a charcuterie board is an assortment of meats, cheeses, artisan breads, olives, fruit, and nuts, artistically arranged on a serving board. It’s not just about the food but the presentation and the shared grazing experience over the board. This French culinary tradition has evolved and now includes various interpretations, like our waffle-themed charcuterie board.

Our Sweet Breakfast Twist

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Instead of the usual meats and cheeses, our waffle charcuterie board is a playful and sweet take on this classic. We’re using protein-rich waffles and various sweet and savory toppings as the foundation. This board combines the coziness of a warm breakfast with the interactive, communal nature of a classic charcuterie board, making it a unique and enjoyable way to start the day.

Best Ways to Serve A Waffle Board

A waffle charcuterie board is best served fresh and warm. You can cook the waffles just before serving or keep them warm in the oven until it’s time to eat. Here’s the basics: Use a large wooden board or platter as your base, and place a small bowl of the peanut butter and honey mixture where you’d like it (If you plan on using other bowls for different ingredients, now would be the time to add those too.) Then, arrange the waffle pieces in sections around the bowl(s), leaving space for the fruit, cheese, and other toppings. Most importantly, have fun with it!

Creative Presentation Ideas for Your Waffle Board

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A waffle charcuterie board is not just about the delicious combination of flavors; it’s also a visual treat. The way you present your board can significantly enhance the overall experience. Here are some creative ideas to make your waffle board truly stand out.

Choosing the Right Board

Start by selecting the perfect board. Wooden charcuterie boards offer a rustic, cozy feel, while a slate or marble board can give a more elegant touch. The size of your board will depend on the number of guests; a larger board is necessary for a party, while a smaller one is perfect for intimate gatherings.

Creative Arrangement

Begin by placing your bowl of peanut butter and honey mix in the center or slightly off-center for a more dynamic look. Arrange the waffle pieces around this bowl in a circular or geometric pattern. Think of your board as a canvas and the food elements as your palette. Create visual interest with contrasting colors and textures.

Maximizing Color

Use the fruits and toppings to add vibrant pops of color. For example, bright berries next to golden brown waffles or green apple slices next to creamy cheese can be visually striking. Play with the natural beauty of your ingredients to make the board look as good as it tastes.

Thematic Decorations

If your waffle board is for a special occasion, like a holiday or a themed party, add decorations to match. For a Christmas brunch, sprinkle powdered sugar over the waffles for a ‘snowy’ effect, or use heart-shaped waffles for Valentine’s Day. Small edible flowers can add a touch of elegance to spring gatherings.

Interactive Elements

Make your waffle board interactive by allowing guests to customize their waffles. Along with the fixed toppings, provide small jars or bowls of various spreads, syrups, and sprinkles. This not only adds to the fun but also caters to individual tastes.

Pairing with Drinks

Place the recommended drink pairings, like cold brew coffee or mocktails near the board. You could also include a small guide suggesting which drink pairs best with which type of waffle topping, enhancing the tasting experience for your guests.

Height and Texture

Play with different heights and textures to make the board more appealing. Use small pedestals or bowls to elevate certain elements, like a bowl of whipped cream or a stack of cheese slices. This not only adds to the visual appeal but also makes the items more accessible.

Labeling for Convenience

If you’re including a variety of cheeses or unusual toppings, consider adding small labels. This can be especially helpful for guests with dietary restrictions or allergies, and it adds a professional touch to your presentation.

Lighting and Setting

Finally, consider the overall setting where your board will be displayed. Natural light can make the colors pop, while soft candlelight can add a cozy, inviting atmosphere for evening gatherings.

What Kind of Party Needs A Waffle Board?

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The better question is, what type of party doesn’t need a waffle charcuterie board?

Brunch Gatherings

Whether it’s a casual Sunday brunch with family or a more formal brunch party with friends, a waffle board offers something for everyone’s taste. It’s a fun, interactive way for guests to customize their plates.

Kid’s Birthday Parties

Kids love the interactive and customizable nature of a waffle board. Laying out a spread with mini waffles and various toppings like chocolate chips, whipped cream, and fruits can be a hit at a child’s birthday party, ensuring a fun and fuss-free dining experience.

Baby Showers and Bridal Showers

For a morning or midday shower, a waffle board can be a charming and elegant centerpiece. It brings a cozy, homey touch to the celebration, and you can upscale the toppings for a more sophisticated feeling.

Holiday Celebrations

Be it Christmas morning, Easter, or Thanksgiving brunch, a waffle charcuterie board can be a festive and easy-to-prepare addition to your holiday festivities. Adorn it with seasonal fruits and toppings to suit the occasion.

Office Meetings and Corporate Events

Switch up the usual bagels and donuts with a waffle board at morning meetings or corporate events. It’s a delightful way to kickstart a day of productivity and can be a great conversation starter.

Outdoor Picnics

A waffle board can be a fun and easy option if you’re planning a picnic. Portable and loved by both kids and adults, it’s a great way to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors.

What to Pair with a Waffle Charcuterie Board

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The beauty of this board lies in its versatility. Here are some pairing suggestions for a more filling, well-rounded meal:

  • Easy At-Home Cold Brew: Enjoy a refreshing, bold, and smooth cold brew coffee, perfect for balancing the sweetness of the waffles and an effortless pick-me-up.
  • Low-Calorie Nutella Spread: This healthy spread can add a touch of sweetness to your waffle board!
  • Citrus Spritz Mocktail: This vibrant and fruity beverage can add a refreshing touch to your breakfast spread.
  • Overnight Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole: Savor the convenience and heartiness of this casserole, packed with eggs, cheese, and veggies, a perfect savory contrast to your waffle board.
  • One of these Breakfast Smoothies: Choose from a variety of nutrient-packed smoothies, each offering a delightful blend of ingredients for a healthy, sip-able side.
  • Date Butter Spread: Indulge in this naturally sweet and creamy jam, adding a rich, caramel-like flavor to enhance your waffle creations.
  • Air Fryer Turkey Bacon: Enjoy crispy, less-greasy turkey bacon made effortlessly in an air fryer, adding a deliciously savory crunch to your breakfast palette.
  • Macadamia Nut Butter: Dive into the smooth taste of homemade macadamia nut butter, offering a creamy, rich texture and unique flavor to complement your waffles.

Customize this Brunch Board

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Feel free to get creative and tailor your waffle board to your liking.

  • If you prefer a gluten-free option, choose waffles that meet your dietary requirements.
  • For a healthier twist, opt for more fresh fruits like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, bananas, and apples or nuts like almonds, pecans, or walnuts. You can also use Kodiak protein waffles for more protein and fiber!
  • If you’re catering to kids, don’t hold back on the chocolate chips, caramel sauce, syrup, Nutella, and whipped cream!
  • Switch it up by swapping the waffles with pancakes or french toast.

Frequently Asked Questions

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We know if can be a bit daunting to create a charcuterie board for the first time. Here are the most commonly asked questions and answers. If you don’t see the answer you’re looking for, leave us your question in the comment section and we’ll get back to you!

Can I prepare the waffle board in advance?

While waffles are best served fresh, you can partially prepare your board in advance. Cook the waffles, let them cool, and then store them in an airtight container. Right before serving, reheat them to regain that crispy texture. You can definitely wash and chop your fruit ahead of time, as well as putting your spreads in their own bowls.

What if I don’t have an actual charcuterie board?

No problem! Any large serving platter or even a baking sheet can serve as a good substitute. The key is to have enough space to spread out your ingredients.

How can I make this waffle board more brunch-like?

To give your waffle board a brunch twist, consider adding savory elements like scrambled eggs, bacon, or smoked salmon. This will offer a delightful contrast to the sweet waffles and toppings (and extra protein, too!)

How do you keep waffles warm on a charcuterie board?

Keeping waffles warm on a charcuterie board requires a bit of strategy. One effective method is to cook the waffles just before serving and place them on a pre-warmed board. You can warm your serving board in the oven at a low temperature before arranging the waffles on it. Alternatively, cover the waffles loosely with foil to trap the heat without making them soggy. Another option is to use a warming tray or a chafing dish underneath your board (just keep in mind this will warm everything on your board.)

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How to Make a Waffle Charcuterie Board

This charcuterie board is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1 waffle
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American

Ingredients

  • 4 waffles We like Kodiak brand protein waffles, cooked, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 cups fruit any kind- berries, banana, apples, etc
  • 4 ounces cheese brie, cheddar, gouda, etc
  • Other toppings of your choice (yogurt, whipped cream, chocolate chips, nuts, granola, marshmallows, etc.)

Instructions

  • In a small condiment serving bowl, mix together peanut butter and honey.
  • Place bowl where you'd like it on the charcuterie board.
  • Next, arrange waffle pieces on the charcuterie board or large plate.
  • Arrange desired fruit, cheese and other toppings in any pattern you'd like. Try to distribute colors evenly.

Notes

The nutritional information is tough to determine because everyone’s toppings will be different. The nutritional info above includes one waffle and 1/4 of the peanut butter and honey mixture.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1waffle | Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 344mg | Potassium: 223mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 532IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 98mg | Iron: 3mg |
Keywords Kid-Friendly

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Kelsey Butler, MS, RDN

Kelsey Butler is a Registered Dietitian and recipe developer. From a young age, Kelsey found a love for creating delicious recipes. Now, with a Master's in Nutritional Sciences, Kelsey uses her culinary skills to create healthy and unique recipes for many different diets. She is passionate about creating a healthy relationship with all foods and recipes that everyone can enjoy. Kelsey has a passion for cooking, but she also enjoys the outdoors, staying active, and traveling. She is currently living with her partner in New Zealand.

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