For a romantic evening with your love, nothing is more fun and relaxing than a romantic My Secret Valentine Charcuterie Board, personalized with all of your favorites. Perfect for a Valentine picnic or quiet evening in front of a roaring fireplace, or a romantic weekend in a cabin tucked away in the north woods.
Now is the time to gather your favorite chocolates and other decadent treats - the perfect surprise to create and share with your special someone. A bottle of good wine, glowing candles, and we’re all set for a special night of relaxing and snacking!
WHAT IS THE PERFECT WAY TO CELEBRATE VALENTINE'S DAY?
When I think of Valentine celebrations, I think of sweets and treats that are old-fashioned favorites - unfussy, colorful, and maybe something new and even a little bit quirky! Charcuterie or grazing boards are the perfect fit, because you can choose tasty Valentine-themed foods and serve them in a way that people can help themselves and come back for more. The absolute easiest way to entertain!
And when you are planning a quiet celebration for just the two of you? My Secret Valentine Charcuterie Board is perfect for you and your special someone!
FOR MY SECRET VALENTINE CHARCUTERIE BOARD I USED THE FOLLOWING:
HOW TO MAKE A GREAT VALENTINE CHARCUTERIE BOARD?
The secret of a great Valentine charcuterie board is to find your favorite treats - and to have a few surprises! The goal is to assemble a board filled with texture and color that fits with your theme - be it something old-fashioned, something simple and new, something for young and old alike.
For Valentine's Day that means lots of fresh fruit and heart-shaped treats in red and pink hues. It's easy to add Valentine chocolates, decorated sugar cookies, macarons or miniature cheesecakes, and chocolate-covered raspberries and strawberries. There are no rules - just have fun!
For My Secret Valentine Charcuterie Board I used a hand-selected mix of some of our favorite store-bought treats and some homemade items too. Mix and match your favorites for something wonderful and unique every time!
HOW TO KEEP A CHARCUTERIE BOARD FOOD SAFE:
FOR THIS BOARD I USED THE FOLLOWING:
Sweet Grape Tomatoes on the Vine
Cranberry White Cheddar Cheese
Provolone Cheese Hearts
Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Caramel Duet Hearts
Chocolate Dipped Fresh Raspberries
Raincoast Crisps (Cranberry & Hazelnut Crackers)
Godiva Dark Chocolate Hearts with Velvety Dark Chocolate Filling
Chocolate Chip & Cherry Chip Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing
Jelly Belly Rose Sparkling Jelly Beans
Belgian Milk Chocolate Roses
Vanilla Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies with Royal Icing
Charles Raspberry & Pistachio Bark (with Ruby Cacao)
Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Duet Hearts
Chocolate Covered Fresh Strawberries
EASY CHARCUTERIE BOARD IDEAS:
The secret of a great charcuterie board is to find fresh flavors and textures that work for you and your family and friends. Mix and match your favorite cheeses, meats, fruits, nuts and condiments for something wonderful and unique every time!
CHEESE: a selection of 3 or 4 is the way to go. One cheese should be soft and creamy; another firm and aged, another flavorful, and another that is seasonal and different:
MEAT: a selection of 2 or 3 Italian sliced deli-meats is the magic number. Something spicy, something peppery, and something traditional:
SPREADABLES: a selection of 1 or 2 gives you a nice balance. Something with an edge – and another that is a simple surprise:
BAKERY: you can’t go wrong here at all with a selection of homemade and bakery treats:
NUTS & CHOCOLATES: you can’t go wrong here at all with a selection of 3. Something simple and roasted, another spicy, and something sweet – the perfect trifecta of favorites:
FRUITS & VEGETABLES: a selection of seasonal fruit and traditional vegies, both fresh and dried, gives you a nice balance and a burst of colors:
GARNISHES & CONDIMENTS: usually a simple selection of 2 or 3 rounds everything out – something sweet and something savory. I usually keep boards simple and garnished with fresh Rosemary, which smells SO GOOD, and add colorful and seasonal fresh fruits.
CRACKERS & BREAD: a selection of 3 is the perfect amount – if you don’t have room on your platter, you can place them in a basket next to your board:
FAVORITE WINES: Pick a few of your favorites and you’ve got an instant party! For tonight, I sipped on my favorite Pinot Noir and he had his favorite craft beer.
HOW I MAKE THIS:
Original recipe created and posted February 2022 by Snowflakes & Coffeecakes.
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