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Cheese and Charcuterie Heart Box by The BakerMama

Cheese and Charcuterie Heart Box

  • Author: The BakerMama

Description

Don’t throw away that cute box your Valentine’s Day chocolates came in! Use it to make an extra special Cheese and Charcuterie Heart Box to snack on with your love.


Ingredients

Charcuterie (Meat) Options:

  • prosciutto
  • salami
  • mortadella

Cheese Options:

  • mini Brie bites cheese rounds
  • sharp cheddar cheeses
  • cheese cubes
  • aged white cheddar
  • crumbled blue cheese

Crackers:

  • heart-shaped crackers
  • beet crackers
  • Fig and Olive crisps

Fresh Fruits:

  • strawberries
  • raspberries
  • blueberries
  • apple slices
  • red grapes
  • green grapes
  • cherries with the stem
  • fresh figs

Dried Fruits:

  • dried figs
  • dried apricots
  • dried apricots, cut into heart-shapes
  • dried cherries 

Nuts:

  • Marcona almonds
  • candied pecans
  • sesame cashews

Pickled Items:

  • black olives
  • pimento stuffed green olives
  • cornichons

Spreads:

  • honey with honeycomb
  • mustard with mustard seeds
  • strawberry jam
  • pepper jelly
  • fig preserves

Valentine’s-Inspired Additions:

  • M&M’s Valentine’s Cupid’s Mix Chocolate Candies
  • Reese’s Valentine’s Pink Peanut Butter Hearts 
  • Sour Pucker Lip Candies
  • Cherry Hearts
  • Twizzler Nibs
  • Jelly Belly Hearts
  • Chocolates, of course!

Instructions

  1. Wash fresh fruits and set aside to dry.
  2. Drain olives and cornichons. 
  3. Cut apricots into heart shapes using a mini-heart-shaped cookie cutter.
  4. Cut a heart out of the middle of the mini Brie bites with a mini heart-shaped cookie cutter, *you can use both parts of the round in the box. 
  5. Cut strawberries into heart-shapes.
  6. Roll slices of prosciutto and other cut meats into heart or rose shapes. 
  7. Fill each compartment with charcuterie, cheese, accompaniments and other festive Valentine-inspired goodies. 
  8. Serve and enjoy!
  9. After enjoying it, remove the plastic tray from the box and clean the tray with soap and water to save and use again next year!

Notes

  • Check out the “orphan” cheese box at Whole Foods or Central Market for small portions of cheese.
  • Order your meats from the meat counter where you can order as many slices of each meat as you wish.
  • Check your pantry & fridge for nuts, dried fruits, fresh fruits, olives, crackers, etc.
  • Check the refrigerated snack section of your store for snack-sized containers of meat, cheese & crackers. Usually near the lunchables or grab & go prepared section of the store.
  • To keep the apples from browning, slice them and add them to the box last and expose as little of the white portion as possible.