Here's how to make entertaining easy by creating a thoughtfully planned out grazing board.
Grazing boards take the best of a cheese board combined with a charcuterie board to create the ultimate snack lover's appetizer. The best part is, no cooking necessary. Just assmeble and let guest help themselves.
Start with a large oversized cheese board. If you don't have a large board, a wooden cutting board or smaller boards pushed together will do just fine.
Maintain visual order by spreading out each variety of cheese across the board rather than clustered together. Do this by dividing the board into two to three segments, reserving an area for each type of cheese. Add two to three varieties; aged, hard and semi-firm
Pro Tip: Cut or slice each individual cheese so it is ready to eat. Keep each piece to one or two bites so guests can try each variety. Keep hard cheeses in cubes, while softer cheeses can be sliced and fanned out.
Add in layers of charcuterie, pairing them next to complementarity cheeses. Thinly sliced and beautifully marbled prosciutto and salami work great.
Next is your turn to add color, textures and layers to the board. Do this by adding in sliced fruits, veggies, mustard, crackers, and our pickled red onions of course. Items that roll or are messy can be placed in a bowl. This adds visual interest and dimension to your board. Crackers can be stacked or fanned out to keep order and tidiness to the board.
Finish the board by adding a variety of nuts to any remaining gaps. Spiced and salted nuts are great at adding layers of flavor.
Style tip: fresh flowers and herbs are perfect not only visually but their fragrant really adds that special touch.