Big Game Cheese, Meat and Dip Board
Follow our simple directions for a perfect game day appetizer charcuterie board with classic game day snacks and a football shaped meat centerpiece.
Prep time45 min
ServingsMakes 32 servings.
- Hot cooked frozen Buffalo sauce-glazed breaded boneless chicken chunks
- Hot cooked frozen fully cooked bite-size turkey meatballs
- Thinly sliced pepperoni
- Thinly sliced salami
- Colby Jack cheese, cheddar cheese, pepper Jack cheese and nut-covered cheddar cheese ball
- Prepared onion dip, prepared spinach dip and prepared blue cheese dip
- Smoked almonds, sunflower seeds and peanuts
- Bread 'n butter pickle chips
- Seedless green and red grapes, mini sweet peppers, celery stalks and lettuce leaves
- RITZ Crackers, TRISCUIT Crackers and WHEAT THINS Big Snacks
- Arrange meats, cheeses and dips on large board or platter.
- Fill in spaces with remaining ingredients.
- Serve with additional crackers in bowls or baskets next to the board.
- Cheese and meat boards can be prepared for any number of servings, depending on the size of the gathering. Use a guideline of 1 oz. cheese, 1/2 oz. meat, 1 Tbsp. dip and 1 oz. (or labeled serving size) of crackers* per person. For a well-balanced board, fill in any empty spaces on board with vegetables and fruit. For the 32 servings shown here, figure on purchasing a total of 2 lb. cheese; 1 lb. sliced meats, chicken pieces and meatballs; and 2 cups dips. Have plenty of RITZ Crackers, TRISCUIT Crackers and WHEAT THINS Big Snacks available for guests to choose from, along with the fruit and vegetables.
*Serving size of RITZ Crackers is 1/2 oz.
- Make it Simple
Pre-sliced and cubed cheeses and meats; and prepared dips and spreads can be purchased from your supermarket. For a small gathering, check out the in-store salad bar where you can purchase small amounts of each item instead of buying an entire package of each. For added convenience, look for pre-cut vegetables in the produce section of your supermarket.
- Vary the Cheeses, Fruit & Vegetables
For a more interesting board, serve 3 or 4 varieties of cheeses featuring a variety of textures, shapes and flavors. Soft, semi-soft and firm cheese; cubes, slices, logs and wedges all add more interest. Shape the cheese ball into a football shape and add some green onion strips for laces. Choose fruits that are in season and have complementary flavors and shapes, such as clusters of grapes, sliced crisp apples and pears, and soft berries. An assortment of vegetables adds both interest and crunch.
- Cheese Tips
For best flavor, let the cheeses sit for about 15 min. at room temperature before serving. Soft, semi-soft and firm cheese; cubes, slices, logs and wedges all add more interest. Meats can be rolled or just laid out flat. Salami is commonly available in mild, spicy or pepper-encrusted slices. If serving a wedge or full piece of cheese, be sure to place a knife on the board for each variety of cheese you are serving.