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An ultimate sweet and salty Valentine’s Day Cheese Board is the way to your love’s or best friend’s heart. A little sweet, a little savory, and full of variety, perfectly paired with wine.
By Meghan Bassett
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I’ve been racking my brain for a recipe to celebrate. Instead of spending all your time on a complicated recipe this year, why not dive into a romantic cheese board? Just picture this – a couple bottles of wine, a gourmet spread of cheese, crackers, and other goodies, snuggling up with your boo under a blanket surrounded by candles. Pretty romantic, am I right?
OR picture several bottles of wine, the gourmet spread, chick flicks and your besties giggling like children during an epic sleepover, 1990s style. Except with fine wine and cheese. Because we’re adults now and we’re classy.
Regardless of how you plan to spend your Valentine’s Day, this cheese board is a must. Building the ultimate Valentine’s Day cheese board is easy, as long as you are sticking with the good stuff, like Castello cheese. Castello really pulls out all the stops with their variety of cheeses, from soft to hard, aged to double creme, making them a great addition to any cheese board. It was SO hard to narrow it down to just two (the ideal number for a cheese board meant for two, but if you have more people to serve go ahead and throw more on there).
When I finally made my decision, I went with the Aged Havarti and Extra Creamy Danish Blue – one that’s a little more mild and one that’s a little more bold (love me some stinky cheese!) to really have some contrast on the board. After you get the cheese, it’s all about adding the extra goodies to go along with the cheese. Just remember, the key to an amazing cheese board is VARIETY. I love to pick and choose different goodies, experiment with flavors and indulge in items I only get a couple times a year (ahem, chocolate-covered strawberries anyone?).
For my Valentine’s Day board, I wanted to nail the balance of salty and sweet. For the sweet, I loaded the board up with chocolate-covered strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, dried fruit and some chocolate-covered almonds. For the salty, you have the cheeses, a variety of nuts, prosciutto, crackers and a French baguette (because carbs don’t count on holidays).
When it comes to the wine, I say don’t just limit it to white or red. Start with white and then move on to red as the night progresses. Folie à Deux has some amazing wines that hit the right budget point and pair perfectly with a sweet and salty cheese board like this one. If you’re limiting yourself to just one bottle, I’d go straight for the Zinfandel. It’s not too heavy and pairs so well with a buttery cracker loaded up with a little prosciutto, fig jam and havarti.
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For another great cheese board addition, try this sweet and spicy carrot chutney.
- Castello Extra Creamy Blue Cheese
- Castello Aged Havarti
- Chocolate-covered strawberries
- Dried apricots, cranberries, and dates
- Mixed nuts
- Chocolate-covered almonds
- Two types of crackers
- French baguette
- Folie a Deux wines of your choice
- Arrange the cheeses and other ingredients on a large marble slab board or large wood serving tray. Make sure to include small cheese knives to serve the cheese.
- Make the awesome chutney featured in the video below. Add it to your gourmet spread.
- Pour wine (a must).
- Have fun trying new combinations!