Simple Patriotic Charcuterie Board. Looking for a super simple, healthy idea for your next patriotic holiday? I have awesome inspiration for you. It is so simple to personalize and the best party tray! Everyone will be excited to see you show up with a tray like this for your next get-together! Featured on South Your Mouth Weekend Roundup.
Where To Start
There are a few things to consider when you start planning your board:
- When considering what size board to use, you first need to know, what size crowd are you feeding? If it is going to be a good-sized crowd either go with a big board or 2 medium-sized boards. Smaller crowd, smaller board. I always prefer to overshoot if needed. Nothing worse than running out of food! Amazon has a lot of choices for platters. I also love shopping at TJ MAXX or Marshalls too. Target is another place with great platters.
- Is there anyone who is coming that has allergies or intolerances. It is important to be a good host and take those health concerns into consideration. I will sometimes even make a smaller platter if I know I have someone coming with allergies that shouldn't mix with my other food choices.
- Food. The board is important, but the food is so much more important. I love to have a good mix of textures and foods. Fruits and vegetables. Soft and crunchy. This not only adds beauty but also interest on the platter.
- Prep ahead anything that you can. You don't want to spend the 30 minutes before the party stressed and working. Do ahead what you can! Be mindful of your time!!
There are a lot of red foods to choose from! I used strawberries, cherries, tomatoes, salsa, and radishes. You could also use watermelon, beets, red candies, raspberries, grapes, pomegranates, dragon fruit, red bell peppers, red potatoes, etc. There are a lot of options in this category!
I think the white section is a great place to add in cheeses. I used sliced provolone, cut in quarters, and cheese sticks (my youngest loves them!). This is also where I added the ranch dip and fruit dip, both are white. I also used cauliflower, mushrooms, and bananas. Other options could include jicama, white potatoes, white dragon fruits, apples without skin, and coconut. I included my recipe for Lemon Mascarpone Dip below.
A large portion of my blue section was blue corn chips. I just love these and wanted to make sure they had plenty of space on the board. There are plenty of other great options too! I used blueberries, but you could also use concord grapes, blackberries, plums, dried plums, purple carrots, purple asparagus, and purple potatoes.
You will notice I also cut out small stars from the provolone. I have a nesting set with several sizes.
I will set this up with several small tongs, spoons for the dips and toothpicks.
Creamy Lemon Mascarpone Dip
- 8 ounces mascarpone cream cheese
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- Place all ingredients in a bowl. Blend until smooth and creamty.You don't want to overmix it as the heavy cream will curdle. Mine took about 2 minutes to be creamed and light and fluffy. Serve with your favorite fruits and cookies. It is a simple appetizer tray, or even a tray at your next brunch. You will love how simple it is to make!