Have you ever made a charcuterie board? If not, you are going to love this Valentine's Day themed sweet and savory charcuterie board. It's ideal for any event, a special dinner, picnics, or parties. With both sweet and savory elements, this grazing board is sure to please anyone. Load yours up with these ideas or different options to suit your tastes and present at your Valentine's Day dinners!
Sweet and Savory Charcuterie Board
While not entirely classic, this charcuterie board is a favorite style with a mixture of sweet and savory elements. Cured meats, cheeses, crackers, and a handful of sweet elements cut through the saltiness perfectly. This is a great choice for serving to friends throughout the January and February "love" season, but with only a few elements truly Valentine-themed, it would be simple to update and use this any time of year.
How do You Serve a Charcuterie Board?
One question I see a lot of is how to actually go about serving a board like this. Especially in the days of COVID-19, everyone is more aware of germs and many people handling the foods. My solution is to offer up mini plates and tons of food picks as well as tongs. You can place a pick into all items ahead of time, or lay out tongs near the platters and boards then add spoons on bowls.
Of course, you can also prepare little packets for your guests including a disposable cup, plate, napkin, food picks, and utensils so they can use these one time and dispose of when done. It's a super-easy way to keep things clean and easy to serve.
What Goes on a Valentine's Day Charcuterie Board
- Pepper jack cheese
- Swiss cheese
- Sliced ham
- Ritz crackers
- Whole wheat crackers
- Dried pineapple
- Apple slices
- Cream cheese fruit dip
- Chocolate fruit dip
- Caramel fruit dip
- Chocolate covered strawberries
I would also add things like these cute little strawberry kiss cookies, easy chocolate truffles, fruit roll fortune cookies, and. You can even add a bowl of M&M's and this fun little tic tac toe Valentine's cards to the tray to add a little fun to the mix.
How Do I Assemble My Charcuterie Board?
For this board, I began with filling the bowls of dips, cashews, and dried fruit to go in their spots along the side of the board.
Next, I rolled the meats and placed them on one side, with crackers and cheese in lines nearby. Separating rows with a new cheese or meat makes a lovely decoration that really looks nice on the board.
A few dipped strawberries and fruit slices fill in gaps easily.
For a larger board, I would recommend placing items in bowls first, then largest foods, and filling in gaps with smaller items like candies, cheese cubes, or rolled salami.
More Valentine Treat Ideas
If your Valentine's Day plan includes creating treats and gifts for others, then the ideas below may come in handy. Most are geared toward children, but that doesn't mean that they can't or won't be great for anyone on your friends list. I love sending cards to everyone on my list, no matter the age!
- Printable Dinosaur Valentine's Day Card
- Cupid's Arrow Pencil Printable Valentine's Cards
- 25+ Valentine's Day Printable Cards for Kids
- Valentine's Day Basket Idea for Tween Girls
- White Chocolate Dipped Valentine's Day Hot Cocoa Spoons
Create larger boards by adding 2 more meats, another variety of crackers, and more apples or grapes, You can even add a savory dip or pretzels. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Create larger boards by adding 2 more meats, another variety of crackers, and more apples or grapes, You can even add a savory dip or pretzels.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.