Looking for a fun way to celebrate your college football team? Create a grazing board in your team colors! I made this orange and blue Gator Grazing Board for the largest outdoor cocktail party, the Florida Georgia game.
Here's a list of everything I used:
Here’s your shopping list & helpful tips to create the perfect picnic grazing boxes.
I’ve had several people ask me how to put a board together, so I created a demo. This one isn’t perfect or fancy, but it gives you a basic idea of how I put one together. Here are the things I typically include in my boards, and usually have them on hand so I can easily throw one together if someone drops by.
This is probably my favorite cheese y’all, and if you serve it right, you can taste the little salt crystals inside. DO NOT slice this cheese. I will come over there and smack your hand if you try to make slices out of this. Take the point of a knife, insert it into the cheese near and edge and twist off a hunk of cheese. Let the cheese break apart naturally. (see demo)
Cause, duh, it’s delicious, and a little stinky. Any kind will do. I like to leave it in a big wedge and let a few crumbles cascade down a corner. If you don’t like the bite of blue cheese, try drizzling honey over it. If you don’t like that, leave it off. It’s your board baby! Do you!
Mild and creamy. I like to stack them to create some height on the board. And do you see how cute that little one is? The cutest.
You can use any cured meat, but this is a simple easy to eat option, and most people like it.
Another crowd pleaser. I like to use the large thin cut pepperoni that you would find on an Italian sub. You can fold them into little pepperoni flowers (also shown on demo) which gives the board a fun texture and pop of color.
Crunchy, salty, and a mild rosemary flavor.
Fig Raincoast Crisps
These crackers also come in cranberry and orange, but this one is my favorite. It’s delicious with the blue cheese.
For this demo I used grapes, strawberries, and blueberries, but I also like to use figs, raspberries, pears, apples, and citrus.
Dried cherries are my go to, but I also use dried apricots, apple chips, and coconut chips. You can also use dried cranberries and raisins.
You can use any nut you like, but I like to use shelled pistachios and seasoned almonds.
Honey or honeycomb are a nice addition to any board. I also like to include some kind of jam or spread like fig or strawberry.
Garnishing your board with fresh herbs gives it a finished look to fill in any empty spaces, and they smell lovely.
Food Network recently showed us a grilled edible cheese board. Whaaaat? That's right. The entire board is edible. Beautiful AND delicious? Sign me up.
I had to try this out for myself, but I decided to put my own unique spin on it. The Food Network chefs created theirs with pizza dough, and I opted for a buttery, flaky puff pastry. After creating a board of my own, I think the Food Network chefs had it right. Pizza dough is the way to go here. The puff pastry I used was delicious, but not sturdy enough to support the cheese when eating. I also decided to bake it instead of grilling, and that worked fine for me.
Who's going to try this edible cheese board trend with me?
I had the honor of surprising friends with a picnic to celebrate the groundbreaking of their new home, built by Providence Homes. I wanted to make it extra special for them, and not just throw out a picnic basket and blanket. So here's how I planned their perfect picnic.
I searched around the house and pulled out blankets, pillows, boxes, a small table, greenery, candles, lanterns, etc. I found 2 gray blankets, and 4 teal pillows. So I decided on a jewel tone color scheme.
Then, I set up the picnic in my living room to see how everything looked together. This took about an hour of arranging, then rearranging, taking pictures, over and over again until I had a layout that I was happy with.
When my mock up picnic set up was finished, I took a photo and saved it on my phone. This way, when it was time to set up the actual picnic, I didn't have to think about the design. I could just refer to the photo and focus on the set up.
For me, the star of the show was the purple alstroemeria flowers. They were gorgeous on the grazing board! I actually had more to use around the picnic, but I forgot them in my rush to get to the picnic site. I've found that with every event I do SOMETHING always goes wrong. The napkins aren't the right color, missing an ingredient, forgot to light the candles... it's always something. I've realized, though, no one knows but me. And nobody cares! So there's no need to stress out over every detail being absolutely perfect. Try your best, have fun, and be proud of what you created.
Grazing Board Shopping List
*I purchased everything at Costco & Publix*
I've already started planning my next picnic, and ways to make it even more special. I can't wait!
Making a grazing table can be intimidating, so I put together a few easy tips and a list of everything we used to create this beautiful spring grazing table.
*I purchased everything at Costco & Publix*
Here’s my Valentine’s Day grazing board! If you want a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s day, but don’t want to cook, put together a grazing board! It’s beautiful, delicious, and you don’t have to turn on the oven. For this board, I tried to incorporate flavors that go well together and a festive color scheme of reds and pinks.
To create the brie and pomegranate heart, just use a heart shaped cookie cutter. Make sure your brie is very cold, so it’s easier to cut. Otherwise you’ll have a gooey mess. As soon as you take it out of the refrigerator, unwrap it and use the cookie cutter to gently press out your heart shape. Once the heart shape is removed, drain your pomegranate arils and carefully spoon them in the space.
Here’s a list of everything I used to create this board as well as links to where I purchased them.