Today, we’re sharing a fun cheeseboard for Valentine’s Day. This Sweet and Spicy Cheeseboard is a fun and easy idea for your Valentine’s Day celebrations, whether you’re spending it with friends, with the kids, or just one-on-one with your boo.
Valentine’s Day Cheeseboard
Cheeseboards are becoming a monthly occurrence around here, and I can’t say that I mind!
I love finding little ways to celebrate and spoil my loved ones, and today’s cheeseboard does just that. It’s fun and super simple to throw together, and the mix of savoury and sweet options ensures that there’s a little something for everyone.
Our Valentine’s Day cheeseboard skips the acidic, pickled items found on traditional cheeseboards and focuses on flavors that invoke romance and indulgence.
The inspiration for this Valentine’s Day cheeseboard was a bag of cinnamon heart candies and a mouth-watering bar of Green and Black’s chocolate.
I had already made a chocolate-themed cheeseboard, so I wanted to do something different: a cheese-focused board with a mix of traditional cheeseboard items and sweet treats.
This cheeseboard would be great at a Galentine’s Day party, as a fun movie night dessert, or it can be made smaller for a romantic appetizer for two.
There are a few tricks to putting together a successful cheeseboard:
- A couple contrasting options for each category (cheese, crackers, fresh options, etc). You don’t need to offer six different cheeses like I did – 2 is fine, and 3 is perfect.
- Have a “filler” – something that can be used to fill in empty space on the board – for this board I used cinnamon heart candies, coconut chips, and candied pecans
- Think about things that will pair well with the cheeses but also include “palette cleansers” to enjoy in between bites of cheese (on my board, the cinnamon heart candies and chocolate serve this purpose)
Also, getting the right sized cheeseboard is key! A tiny cheeseboard works for 2 or 3, or if you’re serving it alongside another dessert option, but if you’re putting it out as a party platter or an appetizer for a crowd, don’t be shy – grab a big serving platter or even a cutting board!
For today’s cheeseboard, I wanted a red and chocolate-colored theme with plenty of cheese options, so I combed over every aisle of my grocery store looking for options.
To make your life a bit easier, I provided Amazon links to many of the products below so you can avoid that tedious “hunting” step.
These are all just suggestions – feel free to be creative and swap them out based on what you’d like to snack on! (I also give some alternative suggestions below.)
Most importantly – have fun! It’s Valentine’s Day – enjoy the experience of indulging in a yummy platter of food with your loved ones and don’t worry too much about getting it perfect.
What’s on this Cheeseboard:
- (Red Hot Chili Pepper) Monterey Jack, 170g
- Applewood Cheddar, 250g
- Brie, 200g
- Blue Cheese, 125g
- Goat cheese, 125g
Can also swap in Camembert for the Brie, a red-wine infused wine for the Monterey Jack, etc.
- Prosciutto, 200g
- Mortadella, 200g
- Caviar, 50g
Can also swap in roast duck, sliced turkey, pepperettes, etc. I used red lumpfish caviar, mostly for the color, but you can use whichever you prefer, or leave off, if desired.
- Breton gluten-free crackers
- Blue Diamond Grower’s Pecan Nut Thins
Can also swap in Brownie Brittle, baguette slices, cream crackers, etc.
- Pomegranate seeds
Any of the fruits can be served natural or chocolate-covered.
- Hungry Buddha Coconut Chips, Classic
- Green and Black’s Chocolate Bars
- Candied Pecans
- Cinnamon Heart Candies
Can swap in macadamia nuts, chocolate-covered pretzels, Prana Organic Chocolaty Bark, dried fruits, etc.
How to Assemble a Valentine Cheeseboard
First, place the cheeses on the board. Evenly space them out and try to place similar shapes on opposite ends of the board. (IE, put rectangular blocks or triangular blocks together rather than alongside similar shapes.)
Place the container of caviar near the center of the board.
Fan out your meats and place alongside the cheeses. You may want to place each meat in two different spots.
Add the crackers – don’t worry about adding enough for the whole board, you can have a separate, small plate of extra crackers on hand.
Place the chocolate alongside one of the cheeses. (It pairs best with the Brie, Monterey Jack, and Goat cheese, so alongside one of them is preferable.)
Fill up remaining empty spaces on the board with the “fillers”: cinnamon hearts, candied pecans, and coconut chips.
Grab your free printable for how to assemble a cheese board like ours:
For the Cheeses:
For the Meats:
For the Crackers:
For the Fruit and Vegetables:
Who would you share this Valentine’s Day Cheeseboard with?