Bagel Breakfast Charcuterie with All the Toppings and Spreads! November Board of the Month

If you follow along with the monthly themed boards, you may have guessed that November’s theme would be Thanksgiving. And, it is… but probably not in the way you were thinking. Unless it’s a grazing board of leftovers, I have no interest in turning Thanksgiving dinner into a “board”, haha. (I mean, I do have boundaries, guys! 😉 ) And, while we do typically do a small cheese board as an easy, light app as dinner is being prepared — in lieu of lunch — breakfast is something that shouldn’t require a ton of effort and cooking, since so much is going into the main meal of the day. Enter… the perfect, easy bagel breakfast charcuterie board for Thanksgiving morning!

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Bagel Breakfast Charcuterie Board

Like I said — avoiding cooking and keeping it simple is the goal. Of course, you can do store-bought muffins and fruit, but even more fun and festive to help bring a little specialness to the morning, is a make-your-own-bagel-board with all the toppings and spreads!

The Ultimate Breakfast Bagel Charcuterie Board (plus, the toppings and spreads to include!)

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The bulk of the labor in assembling this board is literally unpackaging spreads and dumping them in small bowls or ramekins. Easy! But remember, part of the fun of this continental-style breakfast is the ability to sample around and create different flavor profiles. Instead of leaving the bagels whole, pull them apart/slice each half; you can even quarter them for smaller portions which will allow each person to experiment with several combos.

The Ultimate Bagel Board -- Charcuterie Board for Breakfast!

If you’re planning for company and hoping to save time in the AM, you can spoon the toppings/seasonings/dips into bowls the night before so all you have to do the morning of is place them on the board with the bagels and fruit. Your guests or family can fend for themselves without taking you away from dinner prep in the kitchen. And better yet, if you are planning a bagel board to ease your labor on Thanksgiving morning, try to set the board, small plates and napkins, and toaster away from the center of the kitchen to keep your prep (and foot) space clear!

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Along with typical bagel spreads — flavored cream cheese, butter, jam — think about other toast toppings. Sliced bananas with honey and peanut butter would be delicious, pimento cheese would be a great savory alternative, and avocado slices/mash are a pleaser, for sure — especially on top of veggie cream cheese and sprinkled with Everything seasoning and chives! (Trust, this was my favorite flavor profile I sampled from the board!)

Bagel Charcuterie Board (with All The Best Toppings & Spreads!)

Ultimate Bagel Charcuterie Board for Breakfast -- with all the spreads!

If you have savory bagels, make sure you have savory options to pair with it. Make sure there are multiple options for both the bagels and the spreads — if you only want to aim for sweet jams and spreads, then stick to plain, grain, and fruit bagels — no onion or everything bagels necessary.

The Ultimate Bagel Board -- A Charcuterie Breakfast Board with all the Spreads & Toppings!

The Ultimate EASY Charcuterie Breakfast Board -- with all the Spreads and Toppings!

Ultimate Bagel Charcuterie Board -- Perfect for Breakfast Entertaining!

Bagel Breakfast Charcuterie Board Toppings & Ingredients

While their are so many spread and topping options — Nutella, cheese, compote, etc. — below, you’ll find the comprehensive variety used in this board.

How to Make the Ultimate Bagel Breakfast Charcuterie Board

And, obviously this continental-style bagel breakfast transcends Thanksgiving morning — it’s suitable for any morning breakfast when you want something a little more special, while still keeping it easy. It would even be perfect for a brunch-time shower, served with mimosas or bloody marys, fruit, and maybe even some bacon and hashbrown casserole. Whether you’re gearing up for your smallest Thanksgiving with the tightest circle of company/immediate family, or you’re planning to keep things unchanged from years’ past, this board is a “win” for your fam and houseguests.

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Is your Thanksgiving changing at all this year? Do you typically travel but plan to stay home and cook for your immediate fam? Are you still hosting but fewer people? Are you planning a smaller dinner? More formal? More casual? Looking to introduce new traditions since it’s been a tough year? Keeping things the same? Share what you’re planning in the comment section below!


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  1. 11.5.20
    Cindi Walker said:

    Thank you so much for this great board!! I will recreate this for Thanksgiving morning!!

    • 11.6.20

      Hi Cindi, Thank you so much! I bet this will be a great hit in your home on that special day. It’s so easy to put together. Any leftovers can easily be stored for the next time. xoxo

  2. 11.5.20
    Charlotte Gibson said:

    Don’t forget my favorite topper, smoked Salmon., with purple onions, cream cheese and capers.

    • 11.6.20

      Hi Charlotte, Unfortunately, I’m not a salmon fan. But I shared your combo with my mom and she agrees that it sounds delicious! Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving a note.

  3. 11.5.20
    Gretchen Thomas said:

    Love this bagel board so much! This is such a great idea to have on hand for family holiday visits. It is also a great idea to use for showers and other friends and family gatherings. Love the options of savory and sweet!

    • 11.6.20

      The mix up of savory and sweet options is also my favorite part of the board. It’s great to have a dessert to follow the main course!

  4. 11.6.20
    Kellie said:

    Kel!!! I love this idea! I’m going to do it 🤗

    • 11.9.20

      Hi Kellie, Yay! This was such a fun board to do and was really simple. I bet your crowd will love it! xoxo

  5. 11.10.20
    Libbe said:

    I love this idea! My kids would think it was so special! I may have to use it to liven up our lonesome Thanksgiving morning or maybe even Christmas.

    • 11.11.20

      Libbe, Thank you for your kind note! This was a fun board to do. I think your family will love it during the holidays. We had a lot of fun trying the different bagel and topping combos!

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