Few things go with wine as well as a finely crafted cheese board. If you’re planning a romantic night in for Valentine’s Day, use this cheese board recipe and you’ll be sure to impress your date!
The star of your cheese board recipe should obviously be cheese! But where to start? Including three or four different types is a great place to begin. Better yet, if you know your partner’s preferences, you can include those. Try to include a variety of textures as well, from hard to spreadable to crumbly. Brie, sharp cheddar, bleu cheese and goat cheese are all popular choices.
Bread and Crackers
Bread and crackers are an essential part of any good cheese board recipe, but they should not be the star. Use the bread and crackers as a vessel for the cheeses and meats on your board. Avoid flavored or spiced options since they will take away from the natural flavors of the meats and cheeses.
Think the perfect pairing is cheese and crackers? Cheese and cured meats might give that pairing a run for its money. As a complement to sharp, creamy and tangy cheeses, cured meats like salami and prosciutto are perfect for cheese boards. Just make sure they’re thinly sliced so they don’t overwhelm the palate or have an unpleasant texture.
Adding vegetables to your cheese board recipe will give it a little more substance and you the chance to show off your culinary skills, especially if you whip something up before your guest arrives. Add artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers or caramelized onions if you have time. (Just keep the mints handy!) These options all bring bold flavors that are enhanced by pairings with the other ingredients on your plate.
No cheese board recipe is complete without a few salty snacks! Throw a few different kinds of olives on the board or find some gourmet pickles that pique your flavor interests. Just make sure you note whether the olives have pits in them, or there might be quick trip to the dentist in the future.
While fruits aren’t included in every cheese board recipe, they can be a great addition to the more traditional items. Add a bunch of grapes, apricots or sliced figs to your board. These will all provide a touch of acidity and their flavors will complement the saltiness of the cured meats and cheeses. Plus, grapes are fun finger food to feed to each other or toss in the air and catch to add a little levity to your evening.
Creating the perfect appetizer for Valentine’s Day is as simple as following these cheese board recipe guidelines!