Anyone can throw a few crackers, cabanossi and dip together and claim
it’s a grazing board but if you want that wow factor a few tips can take your grazing boards from so so to fabulous.
A Grazing Board is designed to be a delight for the senses, a stunning array of colors and textures making it a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds.
Firstly consider how you will be presenting your feast. A wooden board, trays with ornate handles, wooden chopping boards. If you’re going for volume baking paper underneath makes for an easier clean up.
Grazing Boards can feature a variety of cured meats, including prosciutto, salami, and pepperoni, all expertly sliced and arranged to provide the perfect balance of flavors. These meats are sure to satisfy savory cravings and add a touch of sophistication.
Try using different colours and a range to suit all tastes, from creamy brie to tangy cheddar, nutty gouda, or pungent blue cheese. Each cheese can be paired with complementary flavors and textures, such as nuts, dried fruits, and honey, to enhance its unique character and make it a true standout on the board.
Crackers are the perfect complement to meats and cheeses so we choose both water crackers to bulk out the quantity but artisanal crackers of different shapes, sizes, and flavors, from classic wheat and sea salt to rosemary and garlic, black pepper, and more. Con
No grazing board is complete without a selection of dips so try ensuring each one is different in colour and taste. Creamy hummus (which can be gluten free), tangy tzatziki, spicy salsa or chunky beetroot dip, each dip adds a burst of flavor and texture to the snacking experience.
Freshly baked bread is a must-have on any grazing board. From crusty baguettes to soft focaccia, bread is the perfect vehicle to ensure no one goes hungry. We love to add warmed homemade bread as a welcome addition to the sight and taste of the boards.
Finally, a grazing board should be rounded out with a colorful selection of seasonal fresh fruits, try for juicy, crisp, sweet and tangy tastes. Fruit should be a refreshing contrast to the savoury crackers, salty meats and creamy cheeses on your board.
Finally, take great care in selecting ingredients to ensure that your Grand Graze is fresh and adorned with splashes of color from fresh herbs, edible flowers, and other garnishes, which not only add to the visual appeal of the board but also enhance the flavors of the foods they accompany. Try experimenting with colours and flavours, go for contrast and the compliments will flow.