Have you noticed a recent rise in popularity of charcuterie boards? More restaurants offer them on their menus and a rising number of chefs include them on their websites. So I thought I’d do a little something different with this trend and offer a meatless Valentine’s charcuterie board that mixes sweet and salty treats.
I join a group of bloggers today to bring a variety of Valentine’s Day inspiration – from crafts to food to table settings. You’ll find all the links at the end of this post.
For my Valentine’s charcuterie board, I started with the obvious – chocolates! These hearts are filled with creamy caramel.
When assembling my sweet and salty treat, I thought about what flavors go well together while keeping a Valentine’s theme. Goat cheese covered with pomegranates can be spread on water crackers. Macadamia nuts was an obvious choice for their mild, nutty flavor, and Jordan almonds provide crunchy sweetness. And raspberries! Raspberries always pair fabulously with chocolate.
Don’t forget to add luscious heart-shaped strawberries! To balance the sweetness of the Valentine’s charcuterie board, be sure to add a couple selections of cheese – like Wensleydale cheese with cranberries.
The best part of a charcuterie board, is there are no hard and fast rules. Normally your board will include meats, but I didn’t include any on mine, partly because I’m a vegetarian but also because I wanted to keep it lighter.
Be creative and have fun assembling your own board! Add a nice red wine and candles, and you’ve got the beginnings of a festive day.
And now, take a few minutes and visit some of my friends below to see what Valentine’s Day inspiration they have for you!
Valentine’s Day Craft – My 100 Year Old Home // Dollar Store Valentine’s Day Decor – Craftberry Bush // DIY Valentine’s Day Pillow – The DIY Mommy // Baked Valentine’s Day Donuts – Inspiration For Moms
Paper Heart Treat Bags – Sincerely Marie Designs // Valentine’s Charcuterie Board – Town and Country Living // Valentine’s Day Stationery – The Handmade Home // Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow – Two Twenty One
Valentine’s Decorating Ideas for Your Home – Wildflower Home Blog // DIY Valentine’s Day Decor – She Gave It A Go // Valentine’s Table Setting – Hallstrom Home // Unromantic Valentine’s Day Decor – Cassie Bustamante