Recipe for a healthy cheese board – The delicious life

Recipe for a healthy cheese board – The delicious life

When you think of healthy appetizers, snacks, and food for entertainment, the first thing that comes to mind is probably something along the lines of a pile of raw vegetables. The truth is that when you think of party food in general, “healthy” probably does not come to mind at all, and certainly not an epic, crowded cheese board. But guess what, you can definitely make a healthy cheese board for a party, including a Super Bowl Party.

Guiding principle for healthy cheese board

When building a healthy cheese board, there is one main thing to keep in mind. Fill the board as much as you can with the season’s fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts!

In the summer, this guiding principle is a no-brainer. In the colder months, fresh fruits and vegetables may not seem so accessible, but that’s just not true. California has a climate that varies enough across the state for it to grow bright, colorful products year-round, including fall and winter.

Of course we have broccoli and cauliflower, both of which are good as ingredients on a cheese board. But California also grows all different kinds and colors of beets, carrots, lettuce and green leaves, and one of my favorite vegetables, radishes.

And you know all California citrus is at its peak in the winter, but did you know that strawberries are actually in season all year round in California? Now you do it!

(Wine is also in season all year round, should you hear that too.)

You can see what’s in season, in this post on the California Grown website.

Professional tips for building an Epic Healthy California Super Bowl Cheese Board

A healthy cheese board is not just a matter of peeling all the fruits and vegetables and throwing them on a table along with some cheese (not that you could not do that either). You need to make your guests want to fully indulge in the fruits and vegetables. Here are some pro tips to make your healthy cheese board look as good as it tastes and vice versa:

  • Choose bright colors and cut different shapes to increase the variety. If you have many of the same kind of products, choose different colors and cut and cut them in different directions for visual variation. For example, if you are buying carrots, look for different colors – carrots come in a pretty wide range of colors from red to pink to purple – and serve them whole, if they are baby carrots, cut them into sticks and cut them into thin slices as “chips” if they are particularly large.
  • Go for fresh when seasonal, get dried year round. If your favorite fruit or vegetable is not in season, look for a dried version of it! While the taste and sweetness of fresh fruit are unique, they become more concentrated in dried fruits, making them an even better pairing with some of the stronger, more aged cheeses. Example? Stone fruits like apricots and cherries are in season in California in the summer, but the dried versions are available year-round and are great accompaniments to aged gouda-style cheeses.
  • Leave the stems and vegetables on the vegetables! Whenever possible, buy fruits and vegetables with the stems on like carrots and radishes. Let a small piece of the stalk sit when serving so people can use it as a handle! Just be sure to provide napkins or an obvious way to discard the stems when they are done eating.
  • Refrigerate the cheeses until serving. Usually I recommend, like most other cheese board professionals, to let the cheeses “loosen” on the counter at room temperature for about 30 minutes to an hour before serving. In the case of Big Game Day, however, there will be plenty of time for the cheeses to loosen on the board because it will be a long marathon of a day while people still mingle during foreplay, especially if you serve the cheeses sliced ​​or sliced.

Pro tips for pairing wine with a cheese board with fruits and vegetables:

  • White wine is your best bet for a grazing board filled with fresh fruits and vegetables. Specifically, a California sauvignon blanc that leans more toward grass and herbs, as opposed to crisp and mineral-driven, would be a perfect pairing.
  • Try gruner veltliner for something else, t, a white wine grape originating in Austria but grown in small quantities in California!
  • If you just can not drink anything other than red wine, then go with a very light red wine like gamay or pinot noir. These wines also work well with cheeses.

What you need for a healthy cheese board, California

You will need:

  • Fresh fruit in season
  • Fresh vegetables in season
  • Dried fruit accessories
  • Roasted and salted, raw and candied nuts
  • Sweet fruit jam and honey
  • Tasty spreads like mustard
  • Briny pickled things
  • Decorate
  • 3-5 California cheeses of different styles

Ingredient notes and purchasing resources

  • Apples. The best way to serve apples on a board is to cut them in half lengthwise, remove the core casing and then cut each half into very thin slices. Apple slices work great as a “crack” with a slice of cheese.
  • Citrus. California grows so many different varieties of citrus: navel oranges, blood oranges, cara cara (pink), mandarins, pink grapefruit, white grapefruit (oro blanco) and pomelo
  • Kiwi. Who knew kiwi grew in California ?!
  • Beets. Raw beets can be very “earthy”, so it’s great to roast orange or yellow beets, cut them into cubes and serve them with small cocktail forks. Baby candy stripe beets are wonderfully raw.
  • Radishes. Round red radishes are everywhere, but if you can find Easter egg radishes (the multicolored pastel), French breakfast (oblong red and white), purple ninja and watermelon radish, pick them up!
  • Candied dried citrus. You can buy candied dried citrus in some grocery stores, but when there is so much citrus available, you can also make it yourself at home. It’s super easy. Use this recipe.
  • Pinot prune jam. Pinot Prune Jam is my new … jam (ugh). Make it with this recipe.
  • Pickled red onions. Pickled onions are not something I have ever found in a grocery store (except the whole little onions for cocktails). Make pickled red onions with this recipe, which also works for pretty much any other vegetable (carrots, radishes)
  • Dehydrated Citrus Crisps. These are dehydrated, not candied, so they are quite bitter and work best as a garnish. You can make them yourself using this recipe.
  • Whipped feta. Serve whipped feta or other soft, dipable spreadable cheese as one of the five cheeses. A dipped cheese is for the fresh vegetables. You can make whipped feta using this recipe.

Print recipe

Recipe for healthy cheese board

Route: Starter, snacks

Kitchen: American

Searchword: california grown, cheese board, wine and cheese

Servings: 4 -6 people

ingredients

3-5 cheeses, choose from these

  • Whipped feta or other dipping / buttery cheese for the vegetables
  • flowering crust cheese like a Brie style
  • semi-soft cheese like a cheddar or jack
  • semi-solid cheese like a aged gouda
  • mild blue cheese

California-grown fresh fruit

  • strawberry
  • apples cored and sliced
  • citrus as oranges, blood oranges, cara cara (pink), tangerines, pink grapefruit, white grapefruit (oro blanco) and pomelo cut in half sunshine
  • kiwier

Fresh vegetables grown in California

  • beets like red, golden and candy stripe
  • carrots
  • celery
  • radishes like round red, multicolored pastel easter eggs, french breakfast, purple ninja and watermelon radish

Dried fruit

  • dried sour cherries
  • dried apricots
  • candied dried oranges
  • dried persimmons
  • jumbo rosins in different colors
  • dried figs
  • dates
  • prunes

Nuts and seeds

  • California almonds
  • California walnuts
  • pistachios
  • nuggets

Sweet fruit jams, honey and tasty spreads

  • raspberry jam
  • mango habanero marmalade
  • rosé red onion jam
  • fig jam
  • Pinot prune jam
  • the seed mustard
  • honey with gingerbread

Briny pickled things

  • California ripe green olives
  • California ripe black olives
  • pickled red onions

Decorate

  • dehydrated citrus chips
  • fresh herbs such as rosemary and thyme
  • edible flowers

Instructions

  • Cut cheeses into slices and place them on board closest to edges and corners.

  • Place a small bowl of sweet jam, honey and salty spreads next to cheeses that are the most natural pairing.

  • Place small bowls with salted pickled items on board.

  • Arrange fresh fruit, vegetables and dried fruit on board.

  • Fill the holes on board with nuts and seeds.

  • Garnish with dehydrated citrus chips, sprigs of fresh herbs and edible flowers.

Recipe developed in collaboration with California Grown! Check out their website for more health information and recipes, and follow @CAGrownOfficial on instagram to stay updated!

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