A Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board for Two is fun and festive for a romantic date night at home. It’s easy to put together, requires no cooking, and is customizable.
Charcuterie (pronounced “shahr-ku-tuh-ree”) is a French term for prepared meats. As you know, over the past several years charcuterie boards have become all the rage. If you know me, you know they are MY FAVORITE! They are so fun to put together and no matter the size, they always look like an amazing work of art.
Tom and I always have fun arranging boards together for date nights on the patio. I think it’s mostly me having fun telling him he’s doing it all wrong. LOL!
Ingredients For Creating A Valentine’s Charcuterie Board For Two
I kept this board super simple and included our favorites. There’s a little healthy and a little fun! I’ve learned over the years not to go too crazy when creating a board just for the two of us. Don’t be afraid to make it your own and add or substitute any of these ingredients.
- Cured Meat – I used prosciutto and salami. I don’t eat processed meats very often. When I do, I look for high-quality meats without nitrates.
- Cheese – I usually recommend a hard, soft, and strong cheese. For this board, I skipped the strong and used brie, fresh mozzarella, and aged cheddar. I take my cheese out of the fridge about an hour before I serve it.
- An Assortment of Olives – Different colors, shapes, and sizes all add to the visual interest of your board. We both love olives, so I like to include plenty.
- Crackers – Mary’s Gone Super Seed Crackers are my favorite. They are organic and only contain whole grains, seeds, herbs, salt, and pepper, and seaweed. I also added some parmesan breadsticks.
- Nuts – Pick your favorites! We like raw cashews.
- Spreads – Mustard, honey, jams, and preserves are all excellent choices. I chose Trader Joe’s Hot and Sweet Pepper Jelly.
- Fruit – I kept with the Valentine’s Day theme and used grapes and strawberries. Raspberries would also be good. At the last minute, I added a small bowl of melted dark chocolate mixed with a little coconut oil for dipping the strawberries.
- Fresh Herbs – Rosemary, basil, and sage are some of my favorite herbs to use as a garnish on my boards. I picked some fresh rosemary from my patio for this one.
Serving Pieces For A Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board
- Cheeseboard – The possibilities for cheeseboards are endless. I used a slate cheeseboard that I received as a gift. It’s the perfect size for two. I recently purchased this board from Amazon for my daughter. I like it because you can adjust the size, and it comes with bowls, cheese knives, and slate labels. Everything you need to create an amazing board for date night or your next party with friends.
- Bowls and Knives – You will need an assortment of small bowls, cheese knives, and spreaders for serving. I used 3 small bowls for this board. One for the nuts, olives, and the last-minute melted chocolate not pictured.
- Cookie Cutters – I used two sizes of heart-shaped cookie cutters to cut my cheese. This is totally optional but adds a festive touch.
How To Assemble A Valentine’s Day Charcuterie Board
- Gather all of your ingredients, cookie cutters, and serving pieces.
- If you are using cookie cutters, cut a heart shape in the center of your brie and fill it with your jelly. You can also use your cookie cutters to cut some of your cheese. I save the excess cheese for homemade pizzas.
- Add your brie and bowls to the board first. I like to put the brie in the middle and then spread my bowls out on the board. For this board, I put the bowls in the corners.
- Next, add your fruit.
- Fill in your board with your remaining ingredients, making sure not to put too many of the same colors next to each other.
There you have it! Super simple and so pretty. Enjoy! I’ll have to have Tom read this tutorial, so I won’t have to tell him he is doing it all wrong anymore. 😉
If you make this charcuterie board, please let me know. You can leave a comment and/or a rating below, and be sure to tag me on Instagram. I love hearing from you!