This is Ben and I's first married Valentine's Day! It's also a special time for us because he proposed last February (although he remembers the proposal as the day before the Super Bowl.. lol). I get to plan what we do this year, so I want to keep it equal parts fun and chill. We decided to kick things off with one our favorite things, a Valentine's charcuterie board! Side note, I pretty much convinced him to ask me out on our first date because I told him how good I am at making these! I guess you could say it worked! haha. Today I'm excited to show you how I put this Valentine's charcuterie board together so you can enjoy one with your loved ones too!
Looking for more ideas?
- Simple Heart Shaped Pizzas for Valentine's Day
- Easy Freeze Dried Strawberries Chocolate Bark
- Unicorn Snacks Board
Here are some options for put on the grocery list for your cheeseboard. I tried to stick with Valentine's Day colors for mine (think pinks, reds, and purples) and used a mix of what I already had at home. Tip: Trader Joes is your best friend!
- Cheeses- All kinds! Here are a few we love- Brie, Blueberry Goat Cheese, Gouda, Camembert, Trader Joes Unexpected Cheddar, Trader Joes Creamy Toscano Cheese (Soaked in Syrah), Trader Joes Truffle Pecorino
- Nuts- almonds, cashews, walnuts
- Dried fruits- cranberries, cherries
- Fresh fruits- raspberries, blueberries, strawberries
- White chocolate chips
- Meats- Salami, Proscuitto, Mortadella, Chorizo, or Sopressata
- Crackers- Trader Joes Garlic Naan Crackers, Flatbread Crackers, Trader Joes Fig and Olive Crisps
- Smart Sweets Candies- I used Sweet Fish and Sour Blast Buddies
- Mini Iced Sugar Cookies
Steps To Assemble The Valentine's Charcuterie Board
On a cheese board or a cutting board, start with a heart shape outline that fills up most of the board. I initially used all raspberries for this part (more on that later). Leave enough room on the outer edges of the heart for other yummy things! If possible, use a round cheese board. I found this was really helpful in shaping my heart!
Next, place the larger items inside of the heart. Typically this would be the blocks of cheese and anything else that takes up space. For this Valentine's charcuterie board, I decided to make a salami rose in the center! It turned out so cute and was seriously SO easy you guys! If you'd like to see a tutorial, here is the one I followed.
Once the larger items have been placed, fill in the open spaces with crackers, dried fruits, nuts, and fresh fruits inside of the heart shape. Ben loves chocolate covered anything, so I made a few white chocolate covered strawberries and pretzels! Tip: I mixed a tiny bit of beetroot powder with my leftover melted chocolate and drizzled it over the strawberries and pretzels for a touch of pink! I also made little pink chocolate hearts.
Add A Sweet Touch
Lastly, it wouldn't be a Valentine's charcuterie board without some sweets! The way I created the board was to have the typical meat and cheese items inside the raspberry heart, and then all of the yummy sweets outside of it. I placed the chocolate covered pretzels, Sweet Fish, Sour Blast Buddies (red color only!), and sugar cookies along the outer edges. To finish everything off I placed the chocolate hearts randomly throughout the board.
Don't be afraid to rearrange everything and find what works! Once everything was assembled on my board, I didn't like the Sweet Fish next to the raspberries, so I made a half blueberry, half raspberry heart outline! There's no wrong way to make one of these Valentine's charcuterie boards so don't forget to make it fun!
Happy Valentine's Day!