Tips for an Easy-to-Make Passover Cheese Board
Kick off Passover festivities with this quick-and-easy cheese board featuring edible flowers.
Passover lasts for a whole week, which means there's plenty of time to get creative with your matzo-laden offerings. This cheese board is easy to put together and makes for an eye-catching addition to any table. Playing off of some of the holiday's themes and ritual ingredients, this spread is just as meaningful as it is delicious.
- kosher cheeses
- matzo sheets
- apple slices
- dark chocolate
- prepared horseradish
- pomegranate seeds
- edible flowers
No matter the occasion, a sparse-looking cheese board is a sad sight. Keep things plentiful by making sure there's enough food to keep all guests happy. Start with a large, flat platter, cutting board or cheese board. Since cheese is the main ingredient, choose an assortment of kosher varieties. We chose a sheep's milk cheese, brie and a goat cheese log. Use small bowls to house olives, horseradish and pomegranate seeds. For visual interest, break matzo pieces into a variety of shapes such as long, wide and square and arrange them throughout the board. Fill in with apple slices, dark chocolate pieces and walnuts.
Incorporate Ritual Ingredients
Ensure the meaning of Passover isn't lost by including ingredients that tie back to the holiday. Add walnuts and apple slices as a nod to the classic Passover dish, charoset. Serve prepared horseradish as a condiment and use parsley as a garnish to both represent the maror, or bitter herbs, included on the Seder plate.
Since Passover takes place in the spring, add a colorful and seasonal touch with the addition of edible flowers throughout the board. Find them online, at local farmers markets, in some larger supermarkets and even in your own backyard — as long as they're safely identified first. Pretty and practical, these blooms can help fill in any holes in the arrangement, garnish the top of a cheese log or cover up unsightly cracks or crevices in the cheeses. There's no right or wrong way to create a cheese board, so just have fun and let your creativity flow.
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