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Valentine’s Charcuterie Board

While traditional gifts like flowers and chocolates are always appreciated at Valentine’s Day, why not think outside the box this year? Let’s explore the art of creating a charcuterie board for Valentine’s Day that is not only visually stunning but also a delicious treat for your significant other or friends. Whether you are celebrating with a romantic partner or hosting a Galentine‘s gathering, a Valentine’s charcuterie board is a versatile and impressive option that is sure to impress.

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The Basics of a Charcuterie Board

Before we dive into the specifics of creating a Valentine’s charcuterie board, let’s start with the basics. A charcuterie board is a curated selection of cured meats, cheeses, crackers, bread, fruits, nuts, and condiments. It originated in France and has since gained popularity worldwide due to its versatility and ability to cater to different tastes and dietary preferences.

Choosing the Perfect Ingredients

When it comes to creating a Valentine’s Day charcuterie board, the key is to select ingredients that are not only delicious but also visually appealing like with the Charcuterie Board with Love. Here are some suggestions:

Meats

  • Prosciutto: Its delicate texture and savoury flavour make it a staple on any charcuterie board.
  • Salami: Choose a variety of salami such as Genoa, Soppressata, or Pepperoni for added diversity.

Cheeses

  • Brie: This creamy and mild cheese pairs perfectly with fruits and honey.
  • Gorgonzola: Its bold flavour adds depth to the board and complements the sweetness of fruits.

Fruits

  • Strawberries: A quintessential Valentine’s Day fruit that adds a burst of colour and sweetness.
  • Grapes: Choose both red and green grapes for a vibrant touch on your board.

Crackers and Bread

  • Baguette slices: Crusty baguette slices are perfect for spreading cheese or pairing with meats.
  • Gourmet crackers: Opt for a variety of shapes and flavours to add texture and depth to your board.

Condiments

  • Honey: A drizzle of honey adds a touch of sweetness and enhances the flavours of cheeses and fruits.
  • Fig jam: Its rich and sweet taste pairs perfectly with cured meats and soft cheeses.

When choosing the perfect ingredients for your Valentine’s charcuterie board, remember that you can add heart-shaped truffles, treats, cookies, chocolates and more! You can omit any of the suggested ingredients for this recipe and replace them with your favourite ones.

Assembling the Charcuterie Board

Now that you have our ingredients ready, it’s time to assemble your easy charcuterie board. Follow these steps for an organized and visually appealing presentation:

Step 1: Choose the Right Board

Select a large wooden or marble board that can accommodate all the ingredients while leaving some empty space for garnish. If you don’t have a board, you can use a large plate.

Step 2: Start with Cheeses

Place your cheeses on the board, making sure to spread them out evenly. Cut some into bite-sized portions and leave others in larger chunks for variety.

Step 3: Add Meats

Arrange your cured meats around the cheeses. Fold the prosciutto into elegant rolls or create small stacks of salami or pepperoni slices to create a rose.

Step 4: Fill in with Fruits or treats

Intersperse fresh fruits like strawberries and grapes between the cheeses and meats. This adds pops of colour and freshness to your board. For this Valentine charcuterie board, we omitted the fruits and added some candy and chocolate M&Ms.

Step 5: Arrange Crackers, Bread, or cookies

Place your choice of crackers and sliced baguette in separate sections of the board. Consider stacking them or leaning them against cheeses for an artistic touch. You can also add cookies for a special Valentine’s Day charcuterie board.

Step 6: Add Condiments

Drizzle honey over the cheeses, use small bowls for fig jam, and place any other condiments you have chosen strategically around the board.

Step 7: Garnish

To elevate the presentation further, add garnishes like fresh herbs such as rosemary or thyme. These will add a pop of greenery and enhance the visual appeal.

Valentine’s Charcuterie Board 

This Valentine’s Day, surprise your loved ones with a beautifully crafted charcuterie board that showcases your creativity, thoughtfulness, and culinary skills.

Ingredients 

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  • 24 Cheese Slices (cheddar, Mozzarella, havarti, marble, your favourite cheeses)
  • 24 Pepperoni 
  • 1 cup of M&Ms
  • 1 1/2 cups of Valentine’s Marshmallows
  • 12-24 Crackers
  • 2 to 4 Heart Cookies

Kitchen tools

  • 2 Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters (1 small and 1 large)
  • 1 board

How to make a valentine charcuterie board

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  1. Using the heart shaped cookie cutters, cuts hearts into the cheese slices.
  2. Using a shot glass, make pepperoni roses by placing the pepperoni onto the glass overlapping. Then remove the pepperoni and arrange into a rose shape. Place on plate at the top in the middle.
  3. Put the heart-shaped cheese slices opposite sides in a corner.
  4. Add crackers and Valentine’s Marshmallows opposite in the other 2 corners.
  5. Arrange the valentine M&M’s and the heart-shaped cookies onto the charcuterie board.
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Valentine’s Charcuterie Board

Lyne Proulx
This Valentine’s Day, surprise your loved ones with a beautifully crafted charcuterie board that showcases your creativity, thoughtfulness, and culinary skills.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 7 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American, Canadian, French
Servings 4 people
Calories 884 kcal

Equipment

  • 2 Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters (1 small and 1 large)
  • 1 board

Ingredients
  

  • 24 Cheese Slices cheddar, Mozzarella, havarti, marble, your favourite cheeses
  • 24 Pepperoni
  • 1 cup M&Ms
  • 1 1/2 cups Valentine’s Marshmallows
  • 12 Crackers 12-24 crackers
  • 2 Heart Cookies 2 to 4 cookies

Instructions
 

  • Using the heart shaped cookie cutters, cuts hearts into the cheese slices.
  • Using a shot glass, make pepperoni roses by placing the pepperoni onto the glass overlapping. Then remove the pepperoni and arrange into a rose shape. Place on plate at the top in the middle.
  • Put the heart-shaped cheese slices opposite sides in a corner.
  • Add crackers and Valentine’s Marshmallows opposite in the other 2 corners.
  • Arrange the valentine M&M’s and the heart-shaped cookies onto the charcuterie board.

Nutrition

Calories: 884kcalCarbohydrates: 71gProtein: 35gFat: 51gSaturated Fat: 30gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 1179mgPotassium: 208mgFiber: 2gSugar: 52gVitamin A: 1120IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 941mgIron: 2mg
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Presentation Tips

Creating a visually stunning charcuterie board is as important as selecting delicious ingredients. Here are some presentation tips to make your Valentine’s charcuterie board even more impressive:

  • Use different heights: Create dimension by using small bowls or ramekins to vary the height of certain ingredients.
  • Color coordination: Play with colours by choosing ingredients that complement each other. For example, place red strawberries near green grapes for an eye-catching contrast.
  • Symmetry and balance: Arrange your ingredients symmetrically on the board to create an organized and visually pleasing display.
  • Consider edible flowers: Sprinkle some edible flowers like pansies or rose petals on your board for an extra touch of romance.

Wine Pairing Suggestions

No Valentine’s charcuterie board is complete without the perfect wine pairing. Here are some suggestions to complement the flavours on your board:

  • Rosé: Its light and refreshing nature pairs well with a variety of cheeses and cured meats.
  • Pinot Noir: This red wine offers a balance between fruity flavours and earthy undertones, making it an excellent choice for charcuterie boards.
  • Champagne or Prosecco: The effervescence of sparkling wine cuts through the richness of cheese and enhances the flavours of cured meats.
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By following our guide on selecting ingredients, assembling the board, and adding personal touches, you’ll create an unforgettable experience that will be cherished for years to come. So why settle for traditional gifts when you can impress with an easy charcuterie board for Valentine’s Day? Cheers to love, good food, and unforgettable memories!

Lyne Proulx
Lyne Proulxhttps://ottawamommyclub.ca/
Lyne Proulx is a Certified WEBB Bodywork Pet Practitioner, Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. She loves all things Disney and is an avid teaholic and chocoholic. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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