While this isn’t a “recipe” per say, this Charcuterie Board is something I wanted to share for Valentine’s Day. I personally love making Charcuterie Board’s, especially for a romantic date night in. There is just nothing quite as romantic as sipping your favorite beverage (ours happens to be Welch’s Blueberry Sparking Grape Juice) and snuggling up in front of the fireside, munching on a Charcuterie Board and playing a board game or just enjoying one another’s company.
Seven years ago, on our very first Valentine’s Day together as a married couple, my husband and I did what most other couples do for Valentine’s Day and we gussied up and went out to a local steakhouse for dinner that night. What followed was an experience I never want to repeat. We waited forever (outside in the cold) to get a seat and after about thirty minutes of waiting, we were finally ushered inside to a packed restaurant and a table that had (obviously) been hurriedly cleaned. Our poor waitress was over worked and likely underpaid and since she was stretched between multiple tables, the service was sporadic as best. We never received a drink refill, the steaks were over cooked and the vegetables under cooked, and the entire experience was stressful and really just not enjoyable at all.
After that fateful Valentine’s Day Dinner, I told my husband from then on, I would like to start our own Valentine’s Day tradition of having a date – in. For six years now I have cooked every Valentine Dinner meal at home, it’s always Italian food (because does it get any more romantic than pasta?! I think not!) and we eat at the dining room table by candlelight. Our meal has also always included a cheese board or Charcuterie Board along with our favorite Sparkling Grape Juice (we abstain from alcohol).
In light of my love for Charcuterie Board’s, I have put together this blog post to show you that you CAN have a fancy, nice little spread without breaking the bank. So first off, I started in my local grocery store which happened to be Wal-Mart. There is no need to shop an expensive grocery store or buy pricey cheese. If you want to splurge a little, a nice, mid-grade cheese such as this Apple Wood Smoked Gouda will do just fine! I spent $4.98 on this wheel and it was worth every penny. After selecting the cheese, I shopped around for some fruit I knew we liked. Just play around with this – even shop the sale paper and let that be the deciding factor! I went with seedless purple grapes, one green Granny Smith apple, a small carton of raspberries (that were on sale), and some blood oranges.
Once my fruit was picked out, I decided I needed a little meat on this Charcuterie Board. I went with turkey pepperoni because it’s a favorite. There’s no need to buy super expensive meat for this – I purchased this pepperoni in the back of the store by all of the lunch meat and it tastes great. I picked up some multi-grain crackers to add a little extra flair (they were $2 for a large box) and then to top it all off I threw in these Brazil Nuts. I already had these in my pantry and a few frozen Blackberries in my freezer or I probably would’ve omitted these two and just added another, cheaper fruit in place of the nuts since nuts can be expensive.
The best part about serving this Charcuterie Board is styling it. Just play around with where you want your ingredients to go and have fun with it! Make it your own! This little Charcuterie Board would also be a great thing to add to a wine tasting party or Bachelor/Bachelorette party. I hope you all have enjoyed these tips for a Charcuterie Board and that you use some of these ideas to impress your Significant Other this Valentine’s Day. I love that so little effort can be put forth to create something so beautiful and seemingly expensive, when in reality, it really wasn’t!
A simple and budget friendly addition to a romantic Valentine dinner date or party.
- 1 package turkey pepperoni
- 1 small wheel Apple Wood Smoked Gouda Cheese
- 1 bunch seedless purple grapes
- 1 Granny Smith Apple cored and sliced
- 1/2 blood orange sliced
- 1/4 cup Brazil Nuts
- 1/4 cup Raspberries
- 4 large multi-grain crackers
Wash and slice fruit accordingly and then arrange to your liking on a cutting board or cheese board. Pair with your favorite beverage and enjoy!
Shared at Meal Plan Monday
Shared at Weekend Potluck
Also shared at Foodie Friday
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