Patriotic Cheese and Meat Board
Make a delicious charcuterie board featuring red, white and blue fruits, vegetables, cheeses, crackers and meats for the best 4th of July appetizer!
Prep time30 min
ServingsMakes 16 servings.
- Thinly sliced prosciutto, salami and soppressata
- Ciliegine fresh mozzarella balls in water
- Nut-covered white cheddar cheese log
- Cranberry-covered goat cheese log
- Jarlsberg, Brie, Parmesan and blue cheeses
- Prepared garlic and herb dip or spread
- Seedless red and purple grapes
- Drained marinated mixed olives
- Mixed nuts
- Fresh berries, such as strawberries, blueberries and blackberries
- RITZ Crackers, TRISCUIT Crackers and WHEAT THINS Big Snacks
- Fresh herbs, such as rosemary, basil and thyme
- Arrange meats and cheeses on large board or platter. Fill in spaces with small bunches of grapes, berries, and bowls of dip, olives and nuts. Add crackers. Serve additional crackers in bowls or baskets next to the board.
- Meat and cheese boards can be prepared for any number of servings, depending on the size of the gathering. Use a guideline of 1 oz. cheese, 2 Tbsp. dip, 1/2 oz. meat and 1 oz. (or labeled serving size) of crackers* per person. For a well-balanced board, fill in empty spaces on board with fruit. For the 16 servings shown here, figure on purchasing 1 lb. of cheese, 2 cups dip and 1/2 lb. of thinly sliced meat. Have plenty of RITZ Crackers, TRISCUIT Crackers and WHEAT THINS Snacks available for guests to choose from, along with the fruit. *Serving size of RITZ Crackers is 1/2 oz.
- Make it Special
Mozzarella balls can be skewered onto wooden or bamboo picks along with cherry or grape tomatoes and fresh basil leaves. Or try mozzarella with berries and mint for a sweet taste. Top brie wheel with raspberry jam and herb dip with chopped herbs for a burst of color. Cut a few stars from thinly sliced Jarlsberg cheese and place around board.
- Vary the Cheeses and Meats
For a more interesting board, serve 3 or 4 varieties of cheeses with a variety of textures, shapes and flavors. Soft, semi-soft and firm cheese; cubes, slices, logs and wedges all add more interest. For best flavor, let the cheeses sit for about 15 min. at room temperature before serving. 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. Meats can be rolled or just laid out flat. Salami is commonly available in mild, spicy or pepper-encrusted slices.
- Make it Simple
Thinly sliced meats, such as these shown in the photo, can often be purchased in an assortment package found in the deli or cheese departments of your supermarket. Check out the store's olive bar for different types of marinated olives, such as those flavored with crushed red pepper or herbs.