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A Snack Board For Two with Olive Oil Whipped Ricotta Bites

Gluten-free, sweet and savory snack board for two.
A Snack Board for Two with Olive Oil Whipped Ricotta Bites | A snack board for two is how you share sweet and savory bites with someone you love. It's perfect for Valentine's Day, anniversaries or a date night in.

Long before I was married.

Way before I was old enough to date.

I have always loved Valentine’s Day.

Mostly because it is also my younger sister’s birthday. And my she was a premie baby. She came two months early. And her struggle as an infant was turbulent. So growing up, Valentine’s Day was a really big deal in our house. It was a day we celebrated love and triumph. And my sister. And those memories have carried with me into adulthood.

For Valentine’s Day or any special occasion, or even just date night in for that matter, Chris and I love to make snack boards. Snack boards for two you guys! They’re a meal in itself. They’re a combination of a charcuterie board and a dessert board. They’re literally rule-less and limitless. You can put whatever you want on them. And because of this, they’re easy to throw together. They also feel fancy and fun.

A snack board for two pairs perfectly with a glass of wine. Or a dark beer like a stout or porter. They’re meant to be eaten snuggling on the couch in your stretchy pants or on a picnic blanket outdoors with your bare feet in the grass. Basically anywhere but the dining table.

Crunchmaster gluten-free crackers asked me to put together my favorite snack board for two for Valentine’s Day. This one has both sweet and savory elements. The blood oranges aren’t too sweet, but act as a great palate cleanser. The olive oil whipped ricotta can be eaten alone on a cracker with an extra drizzle of olive oil or layered with beet berry sauce. Because that’s the stuff that dreams are made of.

Snack boards for two are also great for best friends. You know? xx

A Snack Board for Two with Olive Oil Whipped Ricotta Bites | A snack board for two is how you share sweet and savory bites with someone you love. It's perfect for Valentine's Day, anniversaries or a date night in.

A Snack Board for Two with Olive Oil Whipped Ricotta Bites | A snack board for two is how you share sweet and savory bites with someone you love. It's perfect for Valentine's Day, anniversaries or a date night in.

A Snack Board for Two with Olive Oil Whipped Ricotta Bites | A snack board for two is how you share sweet and savory bites with someone you love. It's perfect for Valentine's Day, anniversaries or a date night in.

A Snack Board for Two with Olive Oil Whipped Ricotta Bites | A snack board for two is how you share sweet and savory bites with someone you love. It's perfect for Valentine's Day, anniversaries or a date night in.

A Snack Board for Two with Olive Oil Whipped Ricotta Bites | A snack board for two is how you share sweet and savory bites with someone you love. It's perfect for Valentine's Day, anniversaries or a date night in.

A Snack Board For Two

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 6 mins
Serves 2     adjust servings

A good snack board is balanced with salty and savory and sweet. Some protein, some sugar, and a good glass of wine. I suggest the following, but feel free to use this an inspiration to create your ideal board. Olives and a hard cheese like grana padano or parmesan would be great additions.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Ensemble your ingredients on a board or in a tray like I have.
  2. Pour yourself and a loved one a glass of wine.
  3. Be in the moment. Sip, share and snack.
A Snack Board for Two with Olive Oil Whipped Ricotta Bites | A snack board for two is how you share sweet and savory bites with someone you love. It's perfect for Valentine's Day, anniversaries or a date night in.

Olive Oil Whipped Ricotta Bites

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Total Time 6 mins
Serves 30 bites     adjust servings

This olive oil whipped ricotta recipe will yield 1 cup. Store extras in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for garnish
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup beet berry sauce
  • crackers {I prefer Crunchmasters}

Instructions

  1. Whip the ricotta, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl using a hand-mixer until it is super smooth and creamy.
  2. Assemble each cracker with a teaspoon or so of whipped ricotta, layered with a teaspoon or so of beet berry sauce and an extra drizzle of olive oil.

The post is sponsored by Crunchmaster; all opinions are my own.

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13 Responses to "A Snack Board For Two with Olive Oil Whipped Ricotta Bites"

  1. Reply

    Andrea

    February 13, 2017 at 8:37 AM

    Love it! Yummy treats to share, or just for me listening to sweet music via my Alexa! Happy Valentine’s Day – all.

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      Sherrie

      February 13, 2017 at 10:25 AM

      Gram, you can eat it all by yourself because you deserve it. I love you, xx.

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    Karen @ Seasonal Cravings

    February 13, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    So beautiful, and full of creative ideas.

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    michelle @ hummingbird high

    February 14, 2017 at 8:46 AM

    I love how bright and colorful this is! Looks like there’s a good balance of flavors too. xo

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    Em

    February 14, 2017 at 4:36 PM

    I busted out some whipped ricotta for the first time this summer when I was making crostini, and it’s the dreamiest. Love this little board for the two of you — and your sweet anecdote about your sister. She’s lucky to have ya!

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    Sophie MacKenzie | Wholehearted Eats

    February 15, 2017 at 1:05 AM

    I love your little sister v-day story. It’s a beautiful connection which makes the day that much more special. We too are all about a good date night in with a snack board. I’ve never really added a sweet component to our cracker mix, but you’ve inspired me.

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    Claudia | The Brick Kitchen

    February 16, 2017 at 3:20 AM

    Oh wow I love that Valentine’s Day has so much special and important meaning to your and your family. And I’ve actually never made a cheeseboard, but you’ve inspired me to get my non-dining table snacking board going on! Such stunning photos.

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    Elizabeth

    February 16, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    You’ve brought so much creativity and vibrant flavor to this gorgeous snack board! And I love the romance of little bites and shared foods. Perfect.

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    Christiann Koepke

    February 17, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    What a fun post! I love creative ideas in the kitchen like this, and it all looks so good.

  9. Reply

    Sara @ Cake Over Steak

    February 17, 2017 at 12:29 PM

    A snack board with whipped ricotta is my favorite at parties. Or for a date night! Love it.

  10. Reply

    Abby @ Heart of a Baker

    February 17, 2017 at 1:39 PM

    We just now discovered how GOOD snack boards are, I’m getting into this! xo

  11. Reply

    thalia

    February 18, 2017 at 12:20 AM

    oh my gosh, why have i not made a snack board like this before?! totally something i need to make! and the chocolate bark too! so delicious Xx

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    Shelly @ Vegetarian 'Ventures

    February 20, 2017 at 9:11 AM

    Yessss – love the casual vibe of this board while having it still feel special! Any recipe that I can whip up based on what is in my cabinet is a win in my book.

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