Varying types of snack boards have become increasingly popular. While cheese and charcuterie platters have long been staples for cocktail parties, it’s the use of the board-style presentation that is garnering popularity. One appeal of boards includes flexibility regarding number of guests and taste preference. In addition, there is typically minimum prep required. Cheese and meat boards, for example, have typically been a buy and arrange type of preparation. From movie night to brunch, here’s how to assemble the ideal snack board.
The first step is to choose a theme. Some interesting ideas include “sweet and salty,” “family movie night,” and “rainbow” themes. Of course, any holiday or celebration would be a great theme to build around. Next, choose a platter as your base and accompanying dishes for any loose items. The larger the board, the more product you will use. Typically, estimate two to three of the proteins and fats per person (e.g. meat and cheese slices) and then double the carbohydrates (e.g., crackers). Fill in the rest of the board with your accompaniments (e.g., nuts, dried fruit, spreads). Some general tips include having items in snack bite sizes and avoiding highly messy items.
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Cheyenne is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist located in the Charleston, SC area.