The Perfect 4th of July Meat + Cheese + Fruit Board

 

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Create the perfect 4th of July Meat + Cheese + Fruit Board with 5 easy steps

You can find everything you need to recreate this festive and delicious board at Whole Foods

 

 

  1. Start with a bruschetta. I choose to make a tomato basil and whipped feta bruschetta (whipped feta and the baguette this was served on are not pictured), but see below for the complete recipe

 

  1. Add a few of your favorite cheeses. I choose a mild blue cheese, a Brie and a goat cheese (Cabra Blanca made locally up here in CO by Avalanche Cheese). I made the cheese stars using a block of Monterrey Jack cheese and a star cookie cutter

 

  1. Add some sliced meats. I sliced up some Olli organic salami and used the prosciutto and capacollo from the Colameco’s Natural Italian Deli Meat Selection

 

  1. Add some colorful fruit.  I incorporated red grapes, green grapes, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Fruit is a wonderful way to add some vibrant color to your board

 

  1. Finish with some crackers and bread. I love the 365 Entertaining Cracker sets from Whole Foods, as they provide multiple types of crackers in one box. I also used some bread sticks and Nita Crisp crackers for this board. I served the bruschetta on a French baguette

 

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Whipped Feta Tomato + Basil Bruschetta
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Whipped Feta Spread
  1. 6 ounces feta cheese
  2. 4 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  3. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  4. Juice of 1 fresh lemon
Tomato Basil Topping
  1. 2 pounds of tomatoes, seeded and diced
  2. ½ white onion, finely chopped
  3. ¼ cup basil, chopped
  4. 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  5. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  6. Salt and pepper
For the Crostini
  1. 1 - 2 baguettes, sliced about 1 inch thick
  2. Olive oil to brush baguette slices with
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Brush the baguette slices with olive oil and then place on a foil lined tray. Bake for about 5 minutes. Just long enough to slightly toast the bread so that it is warm when serving
  3. Combine the feta, cream cheese and lemon juice in a food processor. While processing add the olive oil 1 tablespoon at a time and continue to process until smooth
  4. In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, basil, onion, olive oil and vinegar. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste
  5. To serve, smear the whipped feta on each toasted baguette slice and top with a spoonful of the tomato basil topping
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