Julie Hartigan of Cooking w/ Julie

April 16, 2019

How to Make the Best Mediterranean Snackboard

When it comes to hosting friends and family, a no-sweat, prep-ahead approach to your menu lets you relax and enjoy the party, too! And no better way to do that than with a fun, gorgeous and grazeable snackboard!

Our warm weather inspired Mediterranean version is the best possible blend of mezze, tapas, and your favorite cheese platter. Easy to pull off with a quick trip to the store and just a few minutes of prep (no cooking required!) This abundant spread is sure to impress your guests. Here’s how to put together the most beautiful snackboard:

♥ Pick a Color Theme
Pull out a colorful mix of small serving bowls to arrange around your largest platter. If you can, try styling your display with 1-2 colors (here we used cobalt blue) mixed with wood, white, and slate.

♥ Anchor your Board
Find a spot to group your board and serving bowls for the prettiest display, Placing everything together on a small tablecloth or group of placemats can help give cohesiveness.

♥ Cheeses to Choose
When it comes to the Mediterranean there are so many amazing cheeses to choose from! As with all cheeseboards it’s great to offer a selection of milk types, ages of cheese, and textures. Here we used a mix of imported grilled Halloumi, classic Greek Feta, an Italian gorgonzola, sliced Spanish Manchego, aged Parmigano Reggiano, and tangy sheep’s milk, Ricotta Salata. (Tip! If you haven’t tried Halloumi yet this is a great opportunity to – it’s amazing grilled or seared as in our Grilled Halloumi and Vegetable Skewers.)

♥ Spreads
It wouldn’t be the Mediterranean without a fun mix of spreads and dips to enjoy! Pick up an assortment of your favorites such as hummus, babaghanoush, roasted pepper spread, tzatziki, pesto, or tapenade. You can also add small bowls of sweet drizzles such as honey, fig jam, or orange marmalade. Serve with warm toasted pita bread.

♥ Nibbles
A colorful mix of small bites adds substance and variety to your snack board and is easy to pick up at your local grocer. Visit the deli section for things like olives, roasted peppers, marinated artichokes or mushrooms, stuffed grape leaves, and pepperoncini. Fresh produce adds a colorful juicy, Mediterranean farmer’s market vibe to your display. Think grapes, cherry tomatoes, small cucumber slices, fresh figs, pepper strips, or sliced fennel. Depending on the size of your group you can also add cured meats, dried fruit, or nuts such as elegant Marcona almonds from Spain.

♥ Up the Wow Factor
Arrange your cheeses, spreads, and nibbles around your display. Fill in any gaps with a mix of fresh herbs or triangles of toasted pita. Now it’s time to have some fun with gorgeous garnishes! Try some high quality olive oil over cheeses, olives, or other marinated nibbles. Sprinkle chopped fresh herbs or red pepper flakes on top to add color and a punch. Another favorite of mine is imported Spanish Manchego cheese drizzled with honey.   If you somehow have any leftover you can use it to make our Spanish Serrano and Manchego Bites.

Assemble your snackboard an hour before your party to bring the cheeses to room temperature so they taste their best, open some wine and your party prep work is done! Cheers!

For more reasons why we love this snackboard theme check out our post “A Taste of the Mediterranean”