June 24, 2024

Get Creative with These Summer Snack Boards

Kick off your summer with a splash of creativity and flavor! Snack boards are a fantastic way to entertain guests or simply enjoy a fun and flavorful meal with the family. From the crisp bite of Apples to the bold tang of Tart Cherries, these snack boards are perfect for any occasion.

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With summer’s heat in full effect, most people tend to go for lighter meals or snacking, rather than full, hearty dishes. This is where snack boards come in handy. Whether it’s a simple gathering of friends or a lavish party, snack boards offer a versatile and engaging way to cater to diverse tastes and dietary preferences.

Snack boards (also known as charcuterie boards) are a canvas for culinary creativity, where the art of presentation is just as important as the flavors themselves. Originating from the traditional French “charcuterie,” which refers to the art of preparing and assembling cured meats and other meat products, the concept has evolved over centuries. What began as a means to preserve meats before the advent of refrigeration has transformed into a sophisticated and visually appealing way to showcase a variety of foods, from cheeses and fruits to nuts and breads.

Snack boards are not just a slab of cut meat today; they come with an assortment of snacks that one may put together and mix based on one’s taste, occasion, and season. They show how creative one can get with the ingredients and layout, hence a feast not just for the eyes but for the palate. One could pick each item thoughtfully arranged as a companion in both taste, texture, and color.

This delightful culinary tradition offers endless possibilities to explore new combinations and flavors, making each board a unique and personalized display of edible art. Check out these recipes to get you started: 

Summer Summer S’mores Board with Washington Apples

Imagine a cozy campfire evening under a starlit sky, translated into a snack board. Think perfectly crisp graham crackers, rich melted chocolate, and gooey marshmallows – but with the addition of sliced Washington Apples for a crunchy, fresh burst of tartness that perfectly complements the sweetness of the other ingredients.

Not in the mood to set up a campfire? Try cooking marshmallows in the oven, or turn your gas or electric burner on high and cook your marshmallows by holding them over the burner.

Cheese boards that delight your guests

Cheese boards are a perennial favorite, and for good reason. They offer a variety of flavors and textures and are easy to customize. This Ultimate Cheese Board recipe by Kat Turner of Highly Likely Café in Los Angeles is a masterpiece of abundance. It features a variety of cheeses, from creamy to sharp as well as fresh fruit and Mediterranean cold cuts. Tangy mostarda, deeply flavored whole California Prunes, and a unique peppercorn black tea syrup take the concept to a new level. 

Spicy Walnut Pimento Cheese Ball with California Walnuts

Looking for something with a bit more zip? Then look no further than this Spicy Walnut Pimento Cheese Ball recipe from the California Walnut Commission. This recipe features the rich, nutty flavor of California Walnuts, which adds a delightful crunch and depth of flavor to the creamy pimento cheese. A touch of spice and fresh cilantro takes this cheese ball to the next level, making it perfect for those who like a little kick in their snacks.

Smörgåsbord Snack Board Supper with USA Pears

Drawing inspiration from the Scandinavian culinary tradition, this board features pickled and fresh USA Pears, known for their buttery soft texture and subtly sweet flavor. Paired with a variety of meats, cheeses, and bread, they offer a refreshing balance to the savory components of the board

Snack Board with Tart Cherry Baked Brie featuring Montmorency Tart Cherries

Looking for something elegant and impressive?  This Snack Board with Tart Cherry Baked Brie recipe by Emily Laurae might just be the perfect solution.  Featuring a whole wheel of brie cheese baked until gooey and topped with a vibrant Montmorency Tart Cherry compote, this recipe is a showstopper.  The sweet and tart cherries perfectly complement the richness of the brie, creating a truly decadent snacking experience.

Whether you’re hosting a summer party or simply looking to enjoy a relaxing evening at home, these snack boards are perfect for any occasion, combining fresh produce with beloved favorites like cheese and cold cuts. So grab your cutting boards and get ready to assemble your new favorite snack boards!