Snack boards, dessert boards, salad boards—if you haven’t been bombarded with things presented on a slab of wood yet, just give it a minute...
That being said, delicately arranging a random assortment of hearty dinner-esque foods for my family on a Tuesday night is not going to happen.
But since we are talking about having friends over and watching some basketball, I felt like an appetizer board might be the perfect thing to tackle.
There is not much I love more than a good cheese board, but I have to admit that mine have always been lacking a bit of pizzazz.
So I decided to look closely at a number of cheese boards on Pinterest in an attempt to figure out why theirs always just look so inviting.
What I discovered is you need a lot of different items, you need to push them all up against each other, and you need to include some bowls and some bigger items (like a block of cheese).
Now the only problem with this is that if I buy 20 different foods and half of each doesn’t get eaten, that’s a whole lot of random stuff that might end up going bad in my fridge.
So I took to the bulk olive aisle and got a little bit of this and a little bit of that...
I found some bulk dried fruits and nuts and was also able to get just a quarter to a half cup of each.
I did buy some blocks of cheese and some fruit, but the rest of what I used were really things I already had in my fridge.
I pulled out some jam and some leftover pesto, found a couple of baby carrots, and was able to use up the last little bit of hummus from a jar.
In the end it wasn’t expensive and by simply smooshing it all together, it came out looking Pinterest-worthy.
I mean...Go Team!
March Madness Cheese Board
- Choose 15 to 20 items below, selecting two to three from each category. Feel free to add your own ideas, as well—just be sure to fill the board with a variety of shapes, colors and sizes! Enjoy!
- Pita chips
- Bagel chips
- Mini breadsticks
- Tortilla chips
- Dried fruits
- Apple slices
- Orange wedges
- Any other nuts!
- Carrot sticks
- Celery sticks
- Cucumber slices
- Bell pepper slices
- Sugar snap peas
- Vegetable chips
- Blocks (pre-cut)
- Soft cheese wedge
- Fruit jelly/jam
- Chip dip
- Sundried tomatoes
- Anything you want!