Updated: Aug 31, 2019
Enjoy an eye-pleasing, hands-on appetizer directly from your cutting board. With a few cleverly arranged ingredients, transform that cutting board into a grazing board. Combine your favorite cheeses, fruit, nuts and more to create a savory, sweet (and oh so fun) starter to your meal. Give it a try, it's a great conversation starter - and added bonus, depending on the size of your cutting board, one trip to the store to buy ingredients can easily create two boards.
By: Melinda Keckler, Crinkled Cookbook
Wash your wooden cutting board and pat dry. As an option, if your cutting board isn't wooden, just cover any dish or tray with a piece of parchment paper cut to the same size. The paper will help give it the rustic look that makes a grazing board so much fun.
1 can whole baby corn
1 pear, washed and sliced thin
1 cup of raw walnuts (or almonds, cashews, etc.)
2 tbsp Chili Fig Spread (or any spicy jam)
1 cup kalamata olives
6 ounces sliced genoa salame
6 ounces smoked salmon, in chunks
1 wedge Danish havarti cheese, sliced
1 wedge Manchego cheese, sliced
1 cup arugula lettuce
Arrange everything in sections on your board add your choice of two dressings, hummus or sauce for dipping and crackers or small slices of breads (I slice a fresh bagel into small rounds and slice a croissant. into bite-sized pieces.) Easy!
A grazing board is a novelty because it invites us to mix and match flavors and textures that we might not normally try. No need for forks, just use your fingers to grab what looks good.