Fall is my favorite season, because the weather gets a little colder and there are so many fun things to celebrate! Because of this, I decided to go all out with fun seasonal things to make this board shine. And SURPRISE... this board is vegetarian!
For this cheese and fruit board I will be breaking it down a little differently because the elements do not all fit into specific categories, so let's just go fo it! First for the cheeeeeese. I threw all kinds of cheese on this board so you will be sure to please a variety of people if you do the same.
We have some brie with lemon and black berries, manchego for a nutty flavor, gouda, and a local Utah cheddar. This combo has everything you need for a balanced board. But now for the real star of the show... the baked brie!!!
YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS! I was always intimidated to try making a baked brie, but trust me, it is easier than you think! All you need is some pre-made dough from the store (I got honey butter crescent roles). Then you just wrap it around the circle of brie and cook it for 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees. If you have extra dough you can even make a fall design on top like I did, I went with a pumpkin!
For the fruit I went with apples, pears, grapes, raspberries, AND blackberries. Yes you read that right. I did go a little crazy, but it was definitely worth it. It was a nice mix of fall seasonal fruit and transitional summer fruit! Highly recommend.
The only place where I kept things simple on this board was with the bread and crackers. I cut up a baguette, used my favorite sea salt pita crackers, and some crisps. Because these were all so neutral, they really took on the flavors of the rest of the board.
The place where I really had a lot of fun with this board was in the extras!!! I went pretty sweet, but it definitely worked for the fall vibes I was going for. I started by including caramel dip for the apple slices. It was amazing and made it feel like our board took a trip to the state fair. Next I added some apple butter spread. This really elevated the neutral cheeses and crackers! Finally I added mini pumpkin chocolate chip cookies which added the much needed pumpkin spice flavor to the board.
I hope you got some ideas for your fall charcuterie or if you go vegetarian like me, cheese and fruit board. Look out for a few Halloween Snack Board blog posts coming soon!