Let’s be real, sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking dinner. I definitely have those days and sometimes even plan for them in our week. A great example of this is what I like to call “snack dinner”, essentially a glorified cheese board. We’ll put it all on a large cutting board and small plates and nibble. If we happen to have a white wine on hand, we’ll pop that open too. This dinner is meant to be no-fuss and tasty. Another great thing about snack dinner is that it uses up the little nubs of random leftover cheeses that end up sitting in the fridge.
I thought you’d be interested to know what components make up a good snack dinner if you want an easy no cook, no order dinner:
- crackers and/or bread slices or crostini
- 2-4 cheeses- at least one cheddar or hard cheese and several other varieties
- a dip or spread- spinach or artichoke dip or hummus are great options
- nuts- sometimes we’ll get Marcona almonds from the cheese section at our grocery store. They are buttery and super crunchy.
- Something fruity and sweet- a fig jam, dried fruit or some apple slices just to break up the richness of the other components
- pickled vegetables like cornichons
You certainly do not have to include all of these elements, but all of them together create a nice harmony.
if you’d like to have a wine with this, I recommend a white wine that is light and crisp. Good candidates would be a dry Reisling, a Vinho Verde or a light Pinot grigio.
Get out the biggest cutting board you have, assemble all of the elements on it and get ready to eat!
So what’s your snack dinner equivalent?