Looking for fun Valentine's Day Charcuterie Board Ideas? It's Valentine’s Day weekend! And there is no better way to celebrate this season of love than with food. After all, the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, or so the saying goes. Whether you’re entertaining your closest gal pals or sharing with your valentine, here are a few ideas for making a beautiful and delicious Valentine’s Day charcuterie board.
Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board Ideas – Keep It Simple
Firstly, you can’t go wrong with the basics: a few different cheeses, bread or crackers, and meat. In addition, commonly, charcuterie boards can include nuts, both dried and fresh fruit, olives, and spreads. However, you can certainly get creative even with the standard spread.
Some great basic cheeses for your charcuterie boards are:
Manchego is firm and tangy with a nutty flavor - a perfect charcuterie staple.
Gouda brings creamy, buttery goodness to any charcuterie board. Pair it with dried or fresh fruit!
Another delicious creamy cheese is brie. It’s perfect spread over baguette slices or crackers, and pairs well with fruit, especially fruit jam.
A classic. Try white or orange cheddar, sharp or mild, depending on what you’re pairing with it.
If you want something a little stronger or more potent, bleu cheese is a popular goat cheese. But there are a wide variety of goat cheese flavors, so you can experiment and find your favorite.
Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board Ideas – Stay Sweet
In addition to the standard options, adding sugar to your board can really make it shine. And the most important sweet addition to your Valentine’s Day charcuterie board is, of course, chocolate! Chocolate, cheese, and nuts such as almonds or walnuts combine wonderfully.
Furthermore, chocolate and strawberries are always a match made in heaven. You could also add baked goods or even put together a sweet brunch spread for your sweetie.
Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board Ideas: Savor the Savory
If sweet isn’t for you, there are plenty of great options to make a beautiful, savory Valentine’s Day charcuterie board. Some great options for charcuterie boards are prosciutto, thin-sliced ham, salami, or any cured meats. For additional salty and savory goodness, we recommend olives for your board.
Now keep in mind, you still want to add some sweetness for contrast. We suggest a jam spread for your cheese and crackers. Furthermore, the addition of dried or fresh fruit can add a pop of color to your board as well!
Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board Ideas: Picture Perfect
Finally, since you’ll probably want to post a picture later, consider the layout of your board. You can use not only different colors of cheese, but also different shapes. For example, cheeses can come in wheels, wedges, blocks, or logs. They can be sliced or crumbled. Again, get creative!
You could even create a color scheme for your Valentine’s Day charcuterie board by choosing strawberries or other red berries, tomatoes, salami, and any other red items. Divide your cheeses into sections using all your items and you’ll be certain to have a picture-perfect Valentine’s Day charcuterie board in no time at all!