THE PERFECT MEAT & CHEESE BOARD....Brunch Bonanza Continues


Let's talk meat and cheese! Just the thought of those two things makes me want to pour a glass of wine and indulge in the yumminess! When my husband and I were in Rome a few years ago, we feasted on yummy meats and cheeses for every breakfast/brunch our hotel served! After having delightful meat and cheese boards in restaurants, and seeing them all over Pinterest, I was bound and determined to create a great one for our recent brunch!

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First off, the way I see it, if you must have the perfect board, not too big but definitely not too small. So many of them I have seen are tiny and only hold like three cheeses and a handful of crackers. I searched Amazon and of course looked at the ratings and prices and this is the best one I found and boy I sure was happy with it! I see me pulling this out a lot and filling it with all kinds of delectables.

Here is the one I got in case you're interested. 
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Next up, the base of the goodness, the meat and cheese! I didn't really want to have to buy all the cheeses and meats individually which I could've done, but I found these amazing packages at Sam's Club and they were delicious. I added Beef snack bites, which are always a hit. Loving cheese, I knew I wanted a soft cheese as well and the Boursin Garlic and Herb fit the bill perfectly. 

My mom had gotten us a summer sausage and cheese gift set for Christmas so I sliced up the summer sausage and jalapeƱo jack cheese that was in it and added it as well.



You've got to have a nice cracker assortment, and tennis are my favorite. However, I love Pepperidge farm products for their quality so I was excited to see this cracker Trio. The butterfly crackers were just adorable! And the Bruschettini snack sized toasts, well I LOVE those things!!


And, seeing as I love fresh mozzarella and I am especially crazy about the blank blank mozzarella balls, I drained those and added them in a sweet little dish. I needed something else so I opened a couple packages of the Sargento balanced breaks with the cashews, golden raisins and white cheddar chunks and they were the perfect little addition to fill the space.




Last but not least, the garnish which for me was parsley although I wanted some evergreens sprigs, of course grapes, and some strawberry old-fashioned candies.


There you have it, the perfect meat and cheese tray. Replenish as needed and pour me another glass of moscato!


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39 comments:

  1. This looks so yummy and beautiful! I am going to have to try this next time I entertain, and that board is fantastic! The only problem is I am now craving wine and cheese. And it's 6:49 AM!

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  2. Oh wow! Cheese, meats and wine is the hubby and I's treat meal, we love it and yours looks so delicious! x #TastyTuesday

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  3. Mmmmmm! We could live off that tray! What a delicious combination of things. I could make this instead of a cake for my husband's birthday and he would be in heaven!

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  4. This is one of my favorite things to put together when we entertain. This looks so delicious!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  5. I could live off meat and cheese! We had a tray for Christmas and I'm pretty sure it was all gone in about 5 minutes! All that cheese looks amazing :)

    Brittany :)
    www.kingdomofsequins.com

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  6. This is a lovely board, indeed! What a great idea for a brunch or any other party occasion!

    Debbie@debbiethisandthat.com

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  7. I could eat meat and cheese ALL DAY! This post has me starving at 7am :)

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  8. This looks so good! I love a good cheese platter. I could just imagine your get-togethers being so tasty and fun! Beautifully Candid

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  9. This truly is the perfect meat and cheese board! Yum!

    Mary
    www.marymurnane.com

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  10. This looks amazing! I just ate a balanced break while reading this too, how funny! I laughed so hard at your Elf quote! Have a great day!

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  11. I looooove charcuterie boards! SO YUMMY!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  12. Yum, what a great cheese board that you found! This looks perfect! I'm coming to your house for all of these yummy things you create!

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  13. YUM!!! I am hard pressed to find anything I love more than a cheese board.

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  14. This is such a great setup, Andrea! I'm not a huge fan of meat boards, but my husband is obsessed with them. He basically tries to get me to make one every weekend haha! I'll have to remember this for when he asks for one on Saturday -- I love the layout you created!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  15. Looks so good! Fresh mozzarella is one of my favorites.

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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  16. I LOVE YOU FOR POSTING THIS! One of my goals for myself this year is to learn how to make a rocking cheese board, and now I don't even have to do any work because you already did it for me! B and I LOVE wine and we would love to start making a cheese board to go along with it every now and then. And we are already Sam's members, so I'll definitely be looking for these items there. Now all I need is to get the board! Heading over to check out the one that you recommended! And I'm pinning this, too!

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  17. I love a great cheese platter and this one looks amazing! You really pulled out all the stops!

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  18. I seriously love a meat and cheese board! It's one of my favorite things to order at a restaurant but I've never made one myself.

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  19. That tray is for me, what is everyone else going to have? ;)

    Thanks for the great tips and partying with us on #TastyTuesdays

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  20. Andrea! I tell ya, you are a girl after my own heart! I just finished eating the balanced break pictured in this post right before popping by your blog! lol :) Your meat & cheese board looks like perfection (I pinned immediately! ;)) and I love that you ended it with Buddy's quote! You make my heart happy, sweet friend! Thanks for another fabulous post! xo - Brenda // ChattingOverChocolate.com

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  21. I'm an appetizer girl!! I would be happy eating something like this for dinner every night!! So good...and pretty, too!

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  22. I learned something when I went home for a vacation. Did you know this is called a (hold up while I google to spell this)....Charcuterie? It was at a party and one of our friends said "I'm bringing a Charcuterie board" and of course us unrefined folk said. "Uh". Anyway...I LOVE me some meat & cheese boards or Charcuteries..I wrote it 3x...I believe that word is mine now right? Haha

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  23. Cheese is my weakness and your spread looks amazing! My cheese board would only fit 1/3 of those goodies but I think this looks perfect for a ladies wine and cheese night...

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  24. Aaaaand now I'm hungry, thank you Mrs. Nine! Lol...cheese is my favorite actually. I don't let myself buy it unless I'm having company or need it for a recipe. Otherwise, there is NO "stop eating this cheese" mechanism in my brain:)

    Laura
    www.blackcoffeebeautiful.com

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  25. Yes! I cannot resist cheese :)

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  26. This is an incredible cheese/meat platter. My husband would love it...that's his favorite kind of dinner. I also love the wood cutting board!

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  27. yum! Charcuterie boards are my favourite snack

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  28. Not only is your platter/board beautiful to look at, but you shared how to put it all together! Thank you!! They always look too complicated. I'm courageous enough to try to do one on my own now! Thanks again! It really is lovely!

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  29. Definite party goals here! Also, how cute are those butterfly crackers?!

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  30. I seriously could sit down and eat meat and cheese until I'm sick...with a glass of wine of course! This looks amazing. I always like to throw a few grapes on mine for some unknown reason haha. Totally would be right over at your house for happy hour if I lived nearby!

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  31. WOW! That is one loaded meat and cheese tray. I love appetizers like this! I could munch on them for so long.

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  32. Ahhhhhh meat and cheese had always been my favorite snack or appetizer! It's funny to me that they are all the rage now when my family has been doing these for years and years. Yours looks amazing and I basically want to face plant right into it!

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  33. This looks awesome!! I love meat & cheese trays like this at parties!

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  34. This looks sooo yummy!!!! I've always wanted to make one of these but never really knew how to go about it. I'm pinning for later :). Thanks for sharing, beautiful!!!! xo

    Sarah
    Trendy & Tidy

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  35. Great tip to buy packages and then re-platter. Buying all the cheeses and meats gets expensive FAST. Totally agree, too, that cheese platters always seem to be ridiculously small. I've seen people use 12" marble tiles from the hardware store as a fun DIY option, too. Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

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  36. Oh my gosh, heaven all on one board right there for sure!I love meat and cheese and crackers. Yum! That board is fantastic!

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  37. I'm salivating as I type! All looks lovely and one of my favourite picky meals.. Yum yum x Jacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

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  38. Great job! My mother was the queen of beautiful trays of all sorts, but I struggle to make them look just the way I want. Yours looks gorgeous, with such a nice assortment of tastes and textures.

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  39. A perfect Boardbrunch for a crowd! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Miz Helen

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