When it comes to creating a Salty & Sweet Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board I have a secret tip for you 👉🏻👉🏻👉🏻USE WHAT YOU HAVE! This little love nugget of information will help you create the least expensive Valentine’s Day treat with the most WOW factor! Your loved ones won’t believe you made it 😆.
What Do You Need for a Cute Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board
👉🏻👉🏻👉🏻 SEARCH YOUR REFRIGERATOR, CABINETS, DRAWERS, AND PANTRY & USE WHAT YOU HAVE. Using what you have on hand is the absolute best saving money advice I can give to you when it comes to making these big plates/trays full of food. I promise that you will be surprised to find many treasures in your stock that you may have forgotten about, just like I did.
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Am I coming across a little sweet & salty? I hope so 😆. All kidding aside, I noticed I had many leftovers from the holidays in my pantry that were getting close to their expiration date. I had too many 1/2 bags of nuts, crackers, Christmas candy, and even a few Halloween mini candy bars. What better way to use them all up than displaying them all organized and pretty on my husband’s pizza board.
How to Assemble a Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board
You might be able to tell by the photos below that I began to assemble our Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board the night before I took the final photos. I wanted to take my time with the “fancy areas”, and my most creative juices flow best at night. I ended up wrapping everything up with plastic wrap just like you see it below, and stored it in our refrigerator until I was ready to finish it off the next day with fruit, ham, and cheese.
For the first fancy plate, I located anything heart shaped I could find, and that ended up being a very old votive candle holder. I scrubbed it clean, and added pomegranate perils from 1 pomegranate. Next, I took a big risk and sprayed a very old heart shaped cookie cutter with cooking spray and cut out a heart of cream cheese. I couldn’t believe it, but the cheese heart came out so easily. Lastly, I folded salami slices in half, layered them on one another while not over lapping too much, and rolled it up to form a salami rose. I couldn’t wait to try this all on a cracker with the chopped walnuts leftover from Christmas.
You may have noticed I used my Mom’s very old “Avon ruby red plates” to put my curvy food displays on (think thrift store for this, but always be sure your plates are food safe). Then to add the crackers in, I added a larger plate underneath the red one, so I could tuck the crackers in. Layering plates, etc., is so helpful in creating a textured/cohesive look to your board.
For the second fancy red plate I used whatever chocolate I could find (chocolate chips almost made it in!).
I mentioned earlier that the next day I added the strawberries, cherries, raspberries, grapes, ham and cheese. It might seem like a lot of groceries, however the four of us are eating mostly from home these days, so I buy my fruit and meats in bulk from Costco to save money. I find that if I store grapes, strawberries, and cherries in a large covered container with a few paper towels they last the longest (here are more money saving tips for produce).
I hope my money saving tips help and maybe they inspired you to make a Valentine’s Day charcuterie board for your favorite peeps. If the big one sounds like too much, maybe just try it on 1 plate for fun ❤️Posted by