Having trouble getting one on one time with your significant other? The pandemic has made date nights out difficult, and with Valentine’s day coming up as well, the larger crowds in some restaurants, or outdoor spots can make the average person weary.
So, why a charcuterie board for your date night?
Charcuterie cheese boards offer an instant way to spruce up your date nights if your kitchen isn't built for big and lavish meals, if you both enjoy wine or cocktails, and if you’re open to trying new flavor profiles.
Creating cheese boards at home can give you and your SO a good mix of warmth and excitement. These boards are elegant, and by adding a combination of your favorite ingredients, you both can savor endless combinations of flavor. To top it all off, this tasty treat can be prepared in just a few moments -- most likely 10 minutes and you’re ready to chill with your beau.
Trying something new with your partner is so much fun, especially when it’s food. Sometimes, it could be good for both of you to pick things you've never tried before. In addition, the prep time is a fun activity for couples because you can arrange everything nicely without spending hours cooking in the kitchen and being left with a huge amount of dishes after. The Charcuterie Board and accessories set from Roots To Table provides you with everything you need to make a beautiful spread.
How to prepare a cheese board for a date night
The first and most important part of preparing a cheese board is picking what type of cheese you want to fill it with. Choosing one depends on your preferences for taste and texture. In general, these are the common cheeses used for making cheese platters:
Feta and goat cheese - For crumbly cheese lovers
Gouda and Parmigiano Reggiano - For firm cheese lovers
Aged Gouda and Gruyere - For aged cheese lovers
Brie and Buffalo Mozzarella - For soft cheese lovers
Once you’re done selecting cheeses, the next step is to find various accompaniments to complement the salty and creamy taste of the cheese. One of the best partners of cheese is charcuterie, aka cooked cuts of meat.
The general rule of the thumb is to pick a number of meat choices equivalent to the number of cheese variants. For example, if there are 3 types of cheeses, then it’s recommended to choose 3 types of cooked meat as well.
Here are the most popular meats for cheese platters:
Salami - Either pork or beef
Sopressata - Italian salami
Prosciutto - Italian ham
Mortadella - Italian sausage
Cooked beef cuts - Bite-sized
Jerky -Pork or turkey v
Bread and crackers act as neutralizers when all the creaminess and other flavors are combined in your mouth. You can choose any bread or crackers on your pantry, or if you don’t have one, grab some of these from your nearest convenience store:
Salty gourmet crackers
Other Delicious Accompaniments
The great thing about cheese boards is that you can arrange them any way you want, depending on your liking. For example, if you don’t want nuts, you can always replace them with a treat that’s more favorable for your taste.
If you still have plenty of space left on your cheese board at this point, consider adding one of these accompaniments:
Roasted red peppers
Dips (mustard or hummus)
Don’t forget the drinks
Date nights are even more romantic with cold glasses of wine, or if you and your SO prefer cocktails, there are plenty you can try to go along with your delectable platter. But since there are bazillions of choices when it comes to wines and cocktails, we’ve listed down our top favorites below:
Chardonnay - Blends well with Brie cheese
Sauvignon Blanc - Pairs great with Mozzarella
Shiraz - Best with Gouda cheese
Pinot Noir - Great with goat cheese
Malbec - Perfect for aged cheddar
Cabernet - Pick with cheddar or Gouda
Lavender Spritz pairs with chèvre
Forager Martini alongside Alma Krauterschatz, a semi-firm alpine cheese wrapped in herbs
Spiked Shandy pairs well with Harbison cheese
A date night with your SO can never go wrong as long as you’ve prepared ahead and made sure your cheese board masterpiece is as complete and mouth-watering as it should be. A Charcuterie Board and fabulous drink along with a movie to stream, a board game to play or just some great conversation and reconnecting from a hectic week will be sure to please.