We all love a good charcuterie board, but sometimes it’s just too much food! Maybe you’re staying in for the night with a few friends or just want a charcuterie snack without going all-in. When feeding a group, individual appetizers are a great way to make sure everyone maintains their distance and keeps their hands to themselves, without anyone fighting over the last piece of prosciutto. Enter personalized single-serve charcuterie cones that are stuffed to the brim with all sorts of goodness. These little snack cones may look fancy, but they’re very easy to put together!
Preparation & Ingredients
When putting together your ingredient list for your charcuterie cones, think about incorporating flavors that will work well with each other––the combinations are endless! You can always go with the classic cheese and meats, or try a sweet and salty version, or put together a dessert cone pairing chocolates with cheese. Or, just choose the flavors you love! If you’re serving a crowd, create variety by featuring different meats and cheese in each one, so each one is unique. And of course you want to make sure you have stylish cones to put everything in––you can buy the wood ones I used here.
Creating the Charcuterie Cones
With cones, you want to create a visually pleasing look while still accessing all the ingredients with one hand. It’s almost like creating a flower arrangement where you have some taller pieces and others that you add as fillers. Plus, adding in accoutrements like fresh herbs make these just as much a stunning centerpiece as a tasty snack.
You’ll start with your empty cones. You can assemble and lay them down as you go, or you can use a cone holder to help assemble everything faster. If you don’t have a cone holder you can also use a wine glass or tumbler. Just make sure they’re empty…
Start with a base of a breadstick. This fills out space with a nice neutral backdrop, plus provides support for the other ingredients to sit against.
Add a triangle or two (or three, if there’s room) of your favorite cheese. Try mixing flavors and textures, or fill a couple cones with different cheeses if you’re serving a party. You can also add a rosemary sprig for a fresh herb detail and a pop of color, or a slice of fresh fruit like pears or apples.
Next add in your meats. I used salami and prosciutto. You can create extra visual appeal by forming prosciutto “roses.” You do this by simply wrapping the prosciutto around itself in a circle, which gives it the look of a rose bloom.
Your cone is getting pretty full! Finish it off with some bold flavors like a slice of brie, some chocolate, and a honeycomb. These are the figurative cherries on the top — or be bold and add actual cherries — that can provide different textures, colors, and tastes.
And that’s it! With your charcuterie cone in hand, you’re ready for your next Zoom call, movie night, or simple Sunday evening in.
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