Making a Valentine’s Day Board for Two is a fun, gorgeous way to snack all day or night long. Add in your favorite cheeses or charcuterie, a few sweet treats, and some spreads to mix and match with your honey!
If you take any reason to make a cheese board and run with it then you are in the exact right place, my friend. Sit down, pour a glass of wine, and let’s talk how to make a heart-felt (hah, get it?) cheeseboard this lover’s day.
But before we dive into some basics for creating the perfect Valentine’s Day Board for two, let me preface with this: it is in no way for two and only two.
I am 100% here for a Galentine’s Day bash – because what’s better than cheese, chocolate, wine, and the ladies? Taking appropriate measures during this time we’re living in, of course.
Even better? Valentine’s Day Board for One – there’s no judgetment or restritction here. In fact, truth be told, I’d quite enjoy this board, a bottle of wine, and a chick-flick binge myself.
P.S. You’ve gotta include some Better Than a Boyfriend Brownies if you’re going that route…
Now, onto the heart of any good board (pun definitely intended…):
There is no right or wrong here, in fact, for the entire board, there is no right or wrong. It’s all about what you want to enjoy, and quite frankly, what you already have in your fridge and pantry that can go on the board. I’m just here to offer a few suggestions to balance it all out, but seriously, use what you have!
On my board I have a sampling of:
- Brie – it’s creamy, silky, buttery, and spreadable
- Blue Cheese – for a more pungent balance to the rich, creamy brie.
- Manchego – a firm cheese with a buttery texture, this cheese goes with just about anything on your board, and the firm texture is a great addition to pair with the creamy counterparts.
You don’t need these three specific cheeses. Heck, you don’t even need three cheeses. There’s no magic number, but here are my tips for pairing cheeses on your board:
- Texture – aim for a variety of textures on your board. If you have a creamy, spreadable cheese, pair it with a more firm cheese.
- Flavors – similar to textures, you want a variety of flavors. Have something slightly stinky and pungent? Balance it out with a mild cheese that will pair well with other sides.
- Consider how it’s served – similar to texture, take into account whether the cheese is crumbly, firm and served in wedges, or spreadable. Variety is key!
How do I make a Brie heart?
Obviously if we’re making a Valentine’s day themed cheese board, we should definitely have some heart-shaped items, right?!
It’s super easy to make a heart out of brie! Purchased in its wheel form, it’s easily done.
- Place the brie in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before you’re ready to cut, this will help ensure that the cheese doesn’t squeeze everywhere out of the rind.
- Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter and press down in the middle of the brie wheel. You could also use mini-hearts and make several.
- Use a knife to help cut along the cookie cutter if needed.
- Gently press the brie out of the cookie-cutter et voila! Your brie heart is ready.
The…what? My mom got me hooked on the word accoutrement. You know, the extra things that go along with something.
So here we are, ready for all the rest of the little things that bring the board together.
- Crackers or bread- you most definitely need a vehicle for all the cheese. Be it baguette slices (my favorite), cracker crisps with dried fruit (my other favorite, shown here), or whatever kind of cracker you’ve got in your pantry. You can’t go wrong, just make sure you have something crunchy and carb-y for the cheese.
- Jelly or Jam– something a little fruity to pair with the cheese is always a nice touch. I also love hot pepper jelly for a little kick.
- Honey – another sweet addition that pairs so lovely with cheese.
- Fresh fruit – berries for the vibe, or apple and pear slices, either way, it’s great to have something fresh to snack on, too.
- Olives or Pickles – we’ve got a lot of sweet going on on this board – for a good reason – but it’s nice to balance it all out with something briny, too.
- Nuts – added crunch!
- Something sweet – you cannot have a Valentine’s Day board without something sweet. I said it, and I stick by it. Whether it’s heart candies, truffles, almond bark covered pretzels, or all three, you’ve got to have it. Ohhh – and you know chocolate covered strawberries would be dynamite.
How to Assemble
Step 1: Place the Cheeses – put the heart right in the middle and spread the other across from each other.
Step 2: Put any bowls on the board – olives, jams, and honey work best in small bowls, so place them next. This makes the ‘loose’ items easier to fit in around them.
Step 3: Add in the rest – lay down the crackers, drop the nuts here and there, sprinkle in the berries, and add in the sweet treats.
Step 4: Pour the wine! Enjoy, dig in, and get that quality-time on!
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