A trend you might have seen on TikTok recently is the bring a board night. But what is it, and how can you plan the perfect one at your student accommodation? Simply, it is where you plan a night in and everyone is assigned a ‘board’ to bring – a grazing board, that is. They come from the classic charcuterie board…
According to Darcy’s Meats, charcuterie (shar-KOO-ta-REE) is a specific term with origins reaching as far back as 15th century France; literally translated, it means the products of a fancy pork butcher. Modern charcuterie does often include pork, but the definition has widened to reflect a dish served throughout many cultures.
So a typical charcuterie board generally contains cold cuts of meat alongside crackers, grapes and so on. But you can make a board of whatever you fancy – a dessert board, a pastry board, a pick ‘n’ mix board… The options are endless, and we’ve put together some ideas for you below so you can plan the perfect bring a board night at your student accommodation!
On an original charcuterie board, you’ll often find the following:
- Cheese chunks
- Apple slices
This is a great starting point for your student accommodation bring a board night!
The dessert board
You don’t want desserts that are going to be messy and sloppy on your board (which can just be a chopping board, by the way…) – opt for things of solid substance. These might be:
- Chocolate covered anything: pretzels, strawberries, nuts
- Biscuits, especially brightly coloured ones
- Individual cheesecakes (in pots)
The fruit board
A fruit board is a fun and refreshing option! Pick a wide variety – most fruits work for a bring a board night, but some of the best include:
- Kiwi slices
- Pineapple chunks
- Watermelon slices
The picky bits board
Remember those ‘picky bits’ dinners your mum would make when it was too hot to cook and a proper meal? Turn that into your board! Some great options are:
- Sausage rolls
- Cocktail sausages
- Cherry tomatoes
- Chicken nuggets/goujons
- Potato waffles/smileys/wedges
- Onion rings
- Pork pies
Serve this one with a pot of baked beans and/or spaghetti hoops for that real nostalgic feeling…
Pick ‘n’ mix board
Who doesn’t love pick ‘n’ mix? This one doesn’t even need a list – just get down to the supermarket and grab a load of bags of sweets, then arrange them artfully on your board. Then you’re good to go. Sugar rush: pending!
Okay, so the classic charcuterie board has cheese on it. But what about a board of *just* cheese?! This one might be a little beyond a student budget, but if you agree to share your board with someone else it could work. The best cheeses for a bring a board night are:
- Red Leicester
Some of these obviously need preparing and cooking but really, it’s so worth it.
There are endless ideas when it comes to creating the perfect grazing board for a night in with your flatmates. Theme them around the holidays, make a totally vegan board, pick a country to theme your board around… whatever you do, enjoy hanging out in your communal area and eating good food!