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Easy Holiday Grazing Board

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4.5 from 2 reviews

A holiday grazing board is the easiest way to elevate your snack table if you have family or friends coming over. When you're entertaining, the last thing you want to worry about is tedious appetizers - so instead, assemble a simple grazing board ahead of time and enjoy a glass of wine with your guests when they arrive!

Ingredients

Savory

Sweet

  • homemade Christmas cookies
  • fresh or dried fruit
  • dark chocolate
  • chocolate covered pretzels
  • toffee
  • animal crackers
  • mini candy canes
  • red hots
  • mini candy bars

Meat

  • salami
  • prosciutto
  • pepperoni
  • sliced deli ham

Cheese

  • Fontina
  • Gorgonzola
  • smoked Gouda
  • Parmesan or Asiago
  • brie
  • goat cheese
  • aged cheddar

Carbs

  • crispy crackers - try a few different varieties
  • sliced baguette
  • homemade crostini
  • pretzels
  • pita chips
  • tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Start with your anchor items. This includes anything in a small bowl or ramekin. These will act as the starting point where you'll arrange everything around. I find that this really helps with the presentation. Try to use odd numbers if possible as those are most visually pleasing.
  2. Then add any large wedges or slices of cheese. Fan some of the slices of cheese out around your anchors and place some independently on the board in rows.
  3. Then add your sliced meats. To add some variety, try arranging the meats in different ways. Fanning some out around the anchors, and rolling some up to create a textural variety.
  4. Next, add your cubes of cheese and in this case, your Brie Christmas trees! Also, add any smaller sweet treats. This is a great way to fill in the smaller areas of the grazing board.
  5. Finally, add your favorite crackers or bread along with a few festive sprigs of fresh rosemary. Serve and enjoy!

Equipment

Notes

  • Remember that you can make your grazing board as large or small as you want! You can make a small, simple grazing board for two or make a large one for a group of 40 or more! A good rule of thumb is to plan for about 3-5 ounces of meat/cheese per person. You could get away with less if you'll be adding lots of other snacky items like nuts, chocolate covered pretzels, or cookies! This amount will also vary depending on whether you're serving this as the main food at an event or as a quick snack before a big dinner.
  • Don't stress about making it look perfect. Symmetrical, perfectly curated grazing boards are not visually pleasing. The eye enjoys seeing a variety of textures, shapes, colors, and sizes so keep it random and whimsical and build the grazing board organically. You can always make adjustments to the arrangement on the board if you need to tweak anything.