Valentine’s Day Cheese Board
Share the love with this Valentine’s Day Cheese Board. This rich and decadent board puts all the Valentine’s Day favorites in one place. Chocolate, flowers, and cheese build this beautiful board that tastes as good as it looks.
Can You Pair Chocolate With Cheese?
If chocolate and cheese are two tastes that you would not normally put together, you might be surprised at how beautifully they can complement each other. I myself normally gravitate towards the savory, but sometimes you just have to have chocolate, and Valentine’s Day is definitely one of those times. As a rule of thumb, high quality, dark chocolates pair best with cheese. Use at least a chocolate that is 70% or higher.
Favorite Cheeses For This Cheese Board
- Triple Cream Cheeses – A favorite for pairing with dark chocolate, so decadent. The darker the chocolate the better.
- Fresh Goat Cheese – This fresh, creamy, and tangy cheese, goat cheese brings out the acidity of the chocolate.
- Blue Cheese – A rich, creamy, salty blue cheese would also work well with the sweet flavors and dark chocolate – again the darker the better.
Ingredients For A Valentine’s Day Cheese Board
I find with all cheese boards, and entertaining in general for that matter, that sticking with a theme really helps you hone your choices and perfect your presentation. The simpler the better. Being Valentine’s Day, I had red on my mind, and used that to steer my choices for flowers, fruit, and even chocolate. I also chose low carb options wherever possible.
- Cheese – For this cheese board I used a rich and creamy Triple Cream Brie and a fresh goat cheese. I found a beautiful heart-shaped Triple Cream Brie from Champlain Valley Creamery here in Vermont. The fresh goat cheese is from Vermont Creamery. I rolled the goat cheese log in dried rose petals and sliced it into rounds.
- Chocolate – The best chocolate pairings for these cheeses are a dark chocolate, ideally choose chocolate that has at least 70% cacao. Plain chocolate in chunks is great to taste the essence of chocolate and cheese together. I went a step further here and added dark chocolate raspberry truffles from Lake Champlain Chocolates. I also made my own Candied Blood Oranges Slices Dipped In Chocolate (recipe coming soon) to explore the chocolate, orange, triple cream magic. The darker the chocolate the lower the carbs, so chocolate is still enjoyable on a low carb, keto diet.
- Fruit – For the fruit I chose dark, red fruits and berries: raspberries, blackberries, and fresh dark cherries. In part for the color, but also the carbs. Berries are low in carbs, making them my go to fruits for a cheese board.
- Nuts – I chose Marcona almonds for this cheese board because they are my favorite, but any nuts will work if you prefer them
- Crackers – When choosing crackers I am always looking for three things: great taste, visual appeal, and low carbs. For this board I chose Carr’s Whole Wheat Crackers, these are a substantial and sweet, cookie-like cracker. I often add them to cheese boards because they pair well with so many cheeses and are a favorite. They are not however, low in carbs, so taste sparingly if you are cutting your carbs. I also chose Kii Naturals Date & Walnut Artisan Crisps. These are the beautiful dark crackers with flecks of nuts and dates. I chose them for their visual appeal but also their slightly smaller carb count.
- Flowers – I love incorporating flowers and fresh elements in my cheese boards, from fresh herbs, to leaves, to flowers. In keeping with the chocolatey reds in the food, I found some dark red mini spray carnations and burgundy brown leucadendron.
If you make this Valentine’s Day Cheese Board be sure to leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you. And if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram, I’d love to see!
How To Make: A Valentine’s Day Cheese Board
|1 Triple Cream Brie|
|1 Log Fresh Goat Cheese, Sliced Into Rounds Optional: Roll in dried rose petals before slicing.|
|Dark Chocolate Truffles I added Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles as well.|
|Candied Blood Oranges Dipped In Dark Chocolate Recipe coming soon!|
|Fresh Dark Cherries|
|Whole Wheat Crackers|
|Fruit & Nut Crackers Or Crisps|