Cheese, charcuterie, and crudité are no longer reserved for pre-meal noshes, because the “snack board” is becoming a modern way to eat dinner. With busy families and varying tastes and dietary restrictions, this no-fuss way of eating is not only efficient, but also fun. And it’s an ideal way to incorporate pears into your evening meal. Here’s how it works…
Start with a simple pear preparation—crunchy Pickled Bosc Pears, crisp Pear Chips, or creamy Pear Butter are all great options for snack boards. Continue building out the selection by arranging a mix of seasonal vegetables, both raw and roasted, around the board. Choose a protein to make it a complete meal, and add breads, crackers, pita chips, or your favorite gluten-free alternatives. Round out the assortment with tasty accompaniments that bring it all together, like olives, sauces, nuts, and herbs.
Here are ideas for three different boards, each based on a theme, from a family-friendly feast, to a European smorgasbord perfect for hosting a wine party, to a vibrant vegetarian meal to serve any night of the week. Consider these a jumping off point and incorporate other ingredients you love, or just happen to have on hand. After all, the snack board is inherently not really a recipe at all, but an opportunity to be creative in the kitchen.
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