Big Game Cheese, Meat and Dip Board
Prep time45 min
ServingsPhoto shows 32 servings.
- Hot cooked frozen breaded boneless bite-size chicken pieces, tossed with Buffalo wing sauce
- Hot cooked frozen fully cooked bite-size meatballs
- Thinly sliced pepperoni
- Thinly sliced salami
- Colby Jack cheese, cheddar cheese and pepper Jack cheese
- Nut-covered cheddar cheese ball
- Onion dip, spinach dip and blue cheese dip
- Smoked almonds, sunflower seeds and peanuts
- Bread 'n butter pickle chips
- Seedless green and red grapes, mini sweet peppers, celery stalks and lettuce leaves
- Ritz Crackers, Triscuit Original Crackers, Wheat Thins Crackers
- Arrange meats, cheeses and dips on large board or platter.
- Fill in spaces with remaining ingredients.
- Serve with additional crackers in bowls or baskets next to the board.
- Cheese and meat boards can be prepared for any number of servings, depending on the size of the gathering. Use a guideline of 30 g cheese, 15 g meat, 1 Tbsp. dip and 30 g crackers per person. For a well-balanced board, fill in any empty spaces on board with vegetables and fruit. For the 32 servings shown here, purchase a total of 2 lb. (900 g) cheese; 1 lb. (450 g) sliced meats, chicken pieces and meatballs; and 2 cups dips. Have plenty of Ritz Crackers, Triscuit Original Crackers and Wheat Thins Crackers available for guests to choose from, along with the fruit and vegetables.
- Make it Simple
Pre-sliced and cubed cheeses and meats; and prepared dips and spreads can be purchased from your supermarket. For a small gathering, check out the in-store salad bar where you can purchase small amounts of each item instead of buying an entire package of each. For added convenience, look for pre-cut vegetables in the produce section of your supermarket.
- Vary the Cheeses, Fruit & Vegetables
For a more interesting board, serve 3 or 4 varieties of cheeses featuring a variety of textures, shapes and flavours. Soft, semi-soft and firm cheese in cubes, slices, logs and wedges add more interest. Shape the cheese ball into a football shape, then add some green onion strips for laces. Choose fruits that are in season and have complementary flavours and shapes, such as clusters of grapes, sliced crisp apples and pears, and soft berries. An assortment of vegetables adds both interest and crunch.
- Cheese Board Tips
For best flavour, let the cheeses sit for about 15 min. at room temperature before serving. Meats can be rolled or just laid out flat. Salami is commonly available in mild, spicy or pepper-encrusted slices. If serving a wedge or full piece of cheese, be sure to place a knife on the board for each variety of cheese you are serving.