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Create a board for any occasion

By Rachel Dirksen

Charcuterie boards have become extremely popular in recent years, mostly due to their aesthetic look and ability to be customized to fit your preferences. They are usually made up of various cheeses, meats, nuts, dried fruits, olives, etc., and are arranged in attractive forms. Not only do they look appealing to the eye, but they are also an easy and delicious option for entertaining your friends.

Spending more on fancy European cheeses and meats is not required for an adequate charcuterie board; in fact, Trader Joe’s has incredible options for all of the items you may possibly want on your board.

Here are some of our favorite college-budget-friendly options in the city that are located in the Trader Joe’s on Boylston Street, near Boston University’s campus.

The steps to creating a great charcuterie board must begin with a cracker to pair with the meats and cheeses. We recommend Trader Joe’s fig and olive crisps. Not only are these crackers delicious, but they are also only $3.99.

A charcuterie board would not be complete without some form of cheese—Saint Andre Triple Creme Brie is an excellent choice. Brie is a deliciously creamy cheese that pairs well with the crackers mentioned above. Adding some raspberry preserves on top creates the perfect sweet and savory pairing.

Trader Joe’s also offers a delicious salami for under $6.00. We recommend adding some flair to the board by folding the salami.

Nuts are a perfect way to add some crunch to the board. Trader Joe’s has a wide variety, and are fairly priced. Using small glass bowls to hold the nuts helps add some dimension to the board.

Charcuterie boards are easily adaptable to various allergies or preferences. For those who are lactose intolerant, adding goat cheese is a great alternative— this particular option has honey to complement the tanginess of the goat cheese, and is only $2.99.

If cheese and meat is not your preference, adding dips can be another way to add substance to your board. This vegan caramelized onion dip is only $3.99, and perfect for those who are vegan, or just prefer dairy free alternatives.

We encourage you to give these options a try (and browse for more) next time you visit the Boylston Street Trader Joe’s. You can even bring your friends and all pitch in to create a customized charcuterie board. You may find that creating the board is even more enjoyable than eating it!


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