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How to Make Salami Roses for Charcuterie Board


If you want a fun and creative way to add some pizzazz to your next charcuterie board, look no further than salami roses. These beautiful and tasty treats are easy to make and impress your guests with their elegant appearance.

This post will offer a step-by-step tutorial on crafting salami roses for your charcuterie platter. We will also share some tips and tricks for making the perfect salami roses and provide answers to some frequently asked questions about this delicious snack.

Gather Your Ingredients and Tools

For creating salami roses, you’ll require the following:

  • Thinly sliced salami
  • Cream cheese or goat cheese
  • Fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, or parsley)
  • Toothpicks

In addition, you will need a flat surface to work on, such as a cutting board and a sharp knife.

How to Make Salami Roses?


Now that you have all the necessary ingredients let’s start making salami roses.

Step 1: Prepare the Salami

Place the salami slices flat on your chopping board. Slice each piece in half lengthwise to obtain two elongated, slender strips of salami.

Step 2: Roll the Salami

Roll one strip of salami tightly, starting at one end. Roll it to the other end, ensuring it is snug but tight. This will form the core of your rose.

Step 3: Add More Salami

Wrap another salami strip around your rose’s center, spiraling outward. Be sure to tuck the end of the salami underneath the rose so that it doesn’t unravel.

Step 4: Repeat

Continue adding strips of salami, spiraling outward, until your rose is the desired size. You can make miniature roses with just a few strips or larger ones with several.

Step 5: Add the Cheese

Once your rose is complete, dab a small amount of cream cheese or goat cheese onto the base of the rose. Doing this will aid in securing it to your charcuterie platter.

Step 6: Add the Herbs

Finally, add a sprig of fresh herbs to the base of the rose. This will add a burst of color and taste to the dish.

Step 7: Secure with Toothpicks

To keep your salami roses from unraveling, secure them with toothpicks. Stick a toothpick through the rose’s base, ensuring it goes all the way through to the other side.

Step 8: Arrange on the Charcuterie Board

Arrange your salami roses alongside other meats, cheeses, fruits, and nuts on your charcuterie board. Your guests will be amazed by your inventiveness and meticulousness.

Tips for Making Perfect Salami Roses

  • Use thinly sliced salami: Thinly sliced salami works best for making roses, as it is easier to roll and mold.
  • Choose a good-quality salami: The quality of your salami will affect the flavor of your roses, so choose a high-quality salami that you enjoy eating.
  • Experiment with different cheeses: Cream cheese and goat cheese work well for securing the base of your rose, but you can also try other soft cheeses like Boursin or feta.
  • Try different herbs: Rosemary, thyme, and parsley are all good options for adding color and flavor to your roses, but you can also experiment with other herbs like basil or dill.
  • Make sure to make them in advance: Salami roses are best made before serving, as they can dry out and lose shape over time.


Salami roses provide a modest yet sophisticated enhancement to any charcuterie platter. You can create beautiful and delicious decorations with just a few slices of salami, some cream cheese, and fresh herbs to impress your guests. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can easily make salami roses and take your charcuterie board to the next level. Your visitors will value your other endeavor to make your charcuterie platter visually appealing and delicious.

FAQs About Salami Roses

Can I make salami roses ahead of time? 

You can make salami roses a day or two in advance. Please keep them in a sealed container in the fridge until it’s time to use them.

Can I use other types of deli meat instead of salami? 

You can use other types of deli meat, such as prosciutto or ham, to make similar-looking roses.

Can I freeze salami roses? 

A: Salami roses are best served fresh and should not be frozen.

How many salami roses should I make? 

The number of salami roses you make will depend on the size of your charcuterie board and how many guests you are serving.

Can I use a different type of spread instead of cream cheese? 

Yes, you can use any soft spread, such as goat cheese, Boursin cheese, or even hummus, as a substitute for cream cheese.

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