The advantage of a grazing board is convenience: You can set it up in advance and then set it out when it’s time to eat, replenishing as necessary. To keep things simple and to allow everyone to snack at their own pace, we recommend featuring foods that can be safely served at room temperature.
The basics of creating a grazing board are simple:
- Start with a large tray, a wooden board, or a platter with a wide, flat base.
Choose your goodies. Aim for 6–10 items, and make sure there is variety, including some fresh ingredients. Don’t forget dips, pickles, and condiments.
Keep each item separate on the board so that it looks appealing.
If you’re putting the board together a few hours before you will be serving it, cover it with plastic wrap or foil and refrigerate. Don’t include anything that could go stale, such as chips, bread or crackers. Add them right before serving and then top off as needed.
- To keep your platter cool while it’s sitting out during warm weather, place it on a large tray or rimmed sheet pan filled halfway with ice.
Ready to get started? Here are a couple of grazing boards that show just how versatile this way of eating can be.
KIDS ALL-DAY GRAZING BOARD
Protein: Hummus, mini cheeses or string cheese, hard-boiled eggs, almond butter, sliced salami
Fruit: Strawberries, melon, orange wedges, dried apricots, raisins, blueberries, red and green grapes
Veggies: Celery sticks, baby carrots, sugar snap peas, mini sweet peppers, zucchini and summer squash sticks
Crunchy snacks: Pita chips, cheese crackers, pretzel chips, popcorn, tortilla chips
DELI SNACKING BOARD
This is probably the easiest way to feed your family or a group of friends. Most of this no-cook board comes right from the deli. Here are a few ideas of what you can add:
Prepared deli chicken salad
Prepared deli potato salad
Sliced Cheddar or Colby Jack cheese
Deli-sliced maple smoked ham
Deli-sliced roast beef
Sliced peppered salami
Pickled pepperoncini, drained
Whole romaine heart leaves
Crackers or sliced French or Italian bread