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Let's Get Cheesy... I Mean Romantic!

How to assemble the perfect charcuterie board for this Valentine's Day!

 

Are you looking for a way to impress your loved one this Valentine's Day?


It can be hard to plan the perfect romantic evening during today's challenges with restrictions and lockdowns. Going out to a restaurant or planning a night out on the town may not be an option for many people. This is why I have come up with three different Charcuterie Board options with different beverage pairings to make your night special! A little bit of planning before heading to the grocery store will help you put together an impressive display.



Let me set the scene:

You arrive home with a stunning bouquet of flowers and a nice bottle of their favourite drink (My guy knows that my second boyfriend is always welcome to the party... his name is Josh Cellars, and he's a tall tall glass of Cabernet Sauvignon that's full-bodied and smooth). With your flowers and wine in hand it is time to set the mood. Dim the lights and light the candles.. who doesn't love a candle light dinner?! Once you have set the mood, now is time to bring out the grand finale... the Charcuterie Board.


Meats, cheeses, fruits, crackers... the possibilities are endless! There are so many options when creating a charcuterie board at home. Let us look at a few options to inspire you.


 

Charcuterie Board #1 - The Meat Lover


The meat lover caters to those who love a traditional charcuterie board. The word Charcuterie is derived from the French. Chair - meaning Flesh and Cuit - meaning cooked. Though the term has derived from the French, the act of smoking and salting meat for preservation dates back to Ancient Rome. A traditional board would contain an assortment of primarily meats. You can choose from

Charcuterie Board
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so many different kinds of meat that it can sometimes be intimidating. Though the options are abundant, here are a couple of examples: Prosciutto, Rillettes, Sopressata, Genoa Salami, Mortadella....etc.


Beverage Pairings with meat:

Prosciutto with a Sauvignon Blanc, Pilsner and a Negroni cocktail

Salami with a Pinot Grigio, Pilsner or Gin and Tonic

Mortadella with a Lambrusco, IPA or Champaign

Coppa/ Capocollo with a Merlot or an IPA


 

Charcuterie Board #2 - A Little Bit of Everything

Cheese, Meat, Fruit, Crackers, Nuts, Honey.... this is the crown jewel of charcuterie boards. If you want to create a board to satisfy everyone's taste buds, this is the one for you. So many different palette pairings can be created, the possibilities are endless with this board.

Charcuterie Board
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Here are some examples of what you can include on your board:

Fruits: pomegranate, pear, strawberries, grapes, apples, dates

Cheese: Blue Cheese, Gouda, Cheddar, Brie

Meats: See The Meat Lover above

Additives: Pecans, walnuts, honey, herbs, jellies




Beverage Pairings with cheese:

Aged Gouda with a Malbec, Stout or Scotch Old Fashioned

Cheddar with a Chardonnay, Whiskey Old Fashioned or a Porter

Blue Cheese with Port, Stout or a Manhattan

Brie with a Gewürztraminer, weissbiers or a Gin and Tonic


 

Charcuterie Board #3 - The Sweet Tooth


Charcuterie boards are not limited to only cheese and meats. It can be a great way to put together a romantic dessert to share. You can assemble a well rounded spread or keep it simple with some delicious chocolates. You can pair this board with a nice cup of coffee or finish off the evening with a bubbly.


Chocolate and Coffee
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Here are some examples of what you can include on your dessert board:

Fruits: Strawberries, Raspberries, Cherries

Chocolates: Milk Chocolate, White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate

Pastries: Macaron's, Éclair's, Cannoli's

Cakes: Chocolate Cake, Lemon Cake, Cheese Cake





Beverage Pairings with Desserts:

Dark Chocolate with a Cabernet Sauvignon, Stout, Bourbon or an Espresso

Cheese Cake with a Riesling, Cabernet Franc Ice wine or an Americano

Macaron's with a Moscato, Champaign or a cup of Coffee

Strawberries with a Dry Prosecco, Stout or a Porter, or a Caffè latte


 

My favourite thing to bring to parties or gatherings is a charcuterie board - The versatility to suit a variety of occasions makes for a great arrangement. The key is to use your imagination - there is no wrong way! So eat, sip and enjoy this Valentines Day!


Cheers,

Morgan


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