For my lady friends…we’ve all heard the saying that the way to a man’s heart is through his belly, and on Valentine’s Day, this idea will also fill his heart. For the men who make this gesture, it will add that surprise factor into your Valentine’s Day plan, by letting your sweetie know that she deserves something unique. Believe me, guys, she will absolutely appreciate this effort, and it will not go unnoticed!
Creating a charcuterie board with all of your sweetheart’s favorites shows them that this is a gesture of love, and is one that will undoubtedly delight and warm their heart!
Making dinner or going out to a restaurant are nice ideas, but in my opinion, doing something special is what makes Valentine’s Day so special.
There are literally endless types of charcuterie boards, with an endless amount of different foods and treats to adorn them. On Valentine’s Day, choose from sweets or finger foods, or maybe one of each, then sit back and feed each other until your hearts are full!
Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Boards
A Valentine’s Day charcuterie board with chocolate fruit dip is a fun recipe to make, and one that you & your sweetheart will definitely enjoy nibbling on as you nibble on each other…!
Chocolate Fruit Dip:
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 9 oz Cocowhip thawed overnight in the fridge
- For the charcuterie board:
- 8 oz pre-sliced salami (makes 3 roses)
- crackers of choice or pretzels
- jam of choice
- 16 oz strawberries sliced
- 6 oz raspberries
- 3 fresh mandarin oranges peeled and separated
- ½ fresh pineapple chopped
- 4 oz cheddar cheese cut into cubes
- 4 oz parmesan cheese sliced
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and maple syrup until a chocolate syrup forms.
- Fold in the thawed Cocowhip and stir until well combined.
- Set on your charcuterie board.
- Make the salami roses.
- Using a champagne flute, fold salami over the edge of the glass and press firmly.
- Work your way around 5-6 times, pressing one piece at a time.
- Place the salami roses around your charcuterie board.
- Next add a small bowl of jam, pretzels, and crackers.
- Add your fruit in various places on your charcuterie board.
- Finally, add cubes and slices of cheese to go with the salami and crackers.
This charcuterie board will definitely sweeten your Valentine’s Day plans…
*Use a large cutting board or large serving platter to display these treats…
- 1 cup Valentine’s Day M & M’s
- 1 cup Hershey’s heart chocolates
- 8 pieces Valentine’s Day Reese’s Peanut Butter Hearts
- 8 pieces Valentine’s Day raspberry coated mini KitKat bars
- 6 Valentine’s Day Madeleine Cookies
- 6 Heart-shaped shortbread cookies
- 6 chocolate tea cakes
- 2 cups white chocolate covered popcorn
- 1 cup white chocolate covered pretzels
- Start by placing any dips and sauces you want to include on the board. It’s best to place these in small bowls near the edges of the board, so it’s easy for people to spoon onto their plate.
- Then place any small candies that need help being contained into small bowls. This would include M & Ms, jellybeans, popcorn, small chocolates, and sweetheart conversation candies.
- Next, start laying out the larger items like tea cakes and cookies on the board. Then place the remaining items like chocolate covered pretzels and crackers.
- Finally, fill in any blank spots with extra candy.
Making special homemade treats for your Valentine’s Day charcuterie board…
Making a sweet, romantic treat doesn’t need to be complicated! You can make gorgeous Valentine desserts using five (or fewer!) ingredients. Here’s where you can WOW your crush, and add this delightful dessert as one of the Valentine’s Day treats.
This is just one example of a yummy, simple treat that is a token of love for your charcuterie board.
- 3 dozen large fresh strawberries
- 11 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- Grated chocolate, optional
- Remove stems from strawberries; cut a deep “X” in the tip of each berry. Gently spread berries open.
- In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioner sugar, and extract until light and fluffy.
- Pipe or spoon about 2 teaspoons into each berry.
- Sprinkle with chocolate to bring them up even another notch.
- Chill until serving.
Hollowing out the strawberries: Cutting the strawberries like we call for in the recipe means that they will stand up nicely for presentation on your party spread. However, if you want a simpler and shorter way of preparing the berries, try using a paring knife to remove the stems. You can also use a drinking straw by pushing the straw up through the bottom of the berry and through the top.
These cheesecake-stuffed strawberries are best eaten the day they are made. If you have a few minutes to assemble them right before serving, you can prepare the strawberries and the filling ahead of time, stored separately in the fridge. Then, pipe the filling into the berries when you’re ready to serve it. If you need to have your cheesecake-filled strawberries fully assembled and complete before the gathering, you can store them in the fridge, lightly covered, for up to a day.
Go to https://www.tasteofhome.com/collection/5-ingredient-valentine-desserts/ for more ideas of simple recipes to make a special Valentine’s Day charcuterie board, as your gesture of love!