Valentine's Day Snack Boards
I don't know anyone who doesn't love a good snack or appetizer assortment. One of the most popular ways to display all of your goodies is on one large plate, tray, or board. It's easy, elegant, and you don't have to wash a million little plates and bowls when it's time to clean up! You can use this style of plating for pretty much any casual food course - desserts, brunch, a light dinner...
I've seen a growing trend on Pinterest to create snack boards for different holidays, and I thought it would be fun to show you 2 ways to set up a snack board for Valentine's Day - one for kids and one for grown ups.
You can use a serving tray if you have one, or for a rustic look, a large wooden cutting board.
You may have heard of a 'charcuterie board', (shar-CUE-ter-eee) which is a fancy name for a meat and cheese plate. They most often consist of an assortment of meats, cheeses, nuts, dried fruits, and bread. Think of it like the grown up version of lunchables! I try to keep these categories in mind when planning out a board. You end up with a well balanced variety that is sure to please! And please note, there's no wrong way to create a board as long as you're filling it with yummy food! Use this basic list as a guide and you are sure to impress!
Basic Charcuterie Board
2-3 types of cured meats
2-3 types of cheese
1-2 types of nuts and dried fruit
fresh fruit (grapes and pears pair very well with cheese)
olives or pickled veggies
condiments such as whole grain mustard, hummus, honey, or preserves
fresh bread such as a sliced baguette or an assortment of crackers
something sweet like dark chocolate
For The Kids
As soon as my son saw my kids' board, his eyes lit up. This is such a special way to display food for your kiddos whether it's just for one or a whole party. I used a small heart shaped cookie cutter to cut cheese slices and a larger one to cut out turkey breast and ham. I even cut out hearts from thawed bagel bites and then popped my little heart pizzas in the air fryer for a minute to crisp them up.
I couldn't find heart shaped crackers this year, but I settled for these darling butterfly shaped ones. And I scored X's and O's pretzels at Target! Strawberries and grapes round out my board for a little health factor, but you could also include fresh veggies! And of course, you gotta have a little chocolate for Valentine's Day! For a vegetarian board, you could swap in peanut butter and jelly sandwiches cut in the shape of hearts instead of meat.
For The Adults
Much like the kids' board, I tried to find things that were reminiscent of Valentine's Day. The obvious choice was chocolate covered strawberries. My local store was selling them for $12 for 6 so I decided to make my own by dipping large strawberries into melted semisweet chocolate chips. WAY cheaper!
I like to choose things in odd numbers, so I selected 3 different types of cheese that I knew would be winners in our household - smoked gouda with bacon, extra sharp cheddar, and a blueberry, lemon, and thyme goat cheese.
I chose peppered salami and would normally go for some prosciutto and tavern ham, but we're a family of 3 and I already had turkey and ham for the kids' board!
Baby carrots, red bell peppers, and almonds went perfectly with a roasted red pepper hummus.
I selected garlic pita crackers, our go-to staple triscuits, and rosemary fig toasts for a variety of flavors that complimented all of our different meats and cheeses.
For desserts, I chose raspberry chocolate-dipped marshmallows, red grapes, mini French macaroons, and of course, my way-cheaper-than-the-grocery-store-strawberries.
While these 2 boards were a hit with my crew, choose what YOU like and what you know will be a crowd pleaser! Just make sure to have lots of choices to mix and match - that's the fun part!
I hope you find some inspiration here! Whether you choose to cuddle up with your Valentine, a glass of wine, and a snack board or you make a large platter for a party, trust your instincts and your taste buds! And let me know what fabulous combinations you come up with!
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