Gouda news y'all - I heard you and I listened. I'm transitioning away from only holiday themed Trader Joe's boards and am focused on bringing you ingredients that you have access to all year round!
When I am concocting the shopping list for my TJ boards, I try to plan my weekly meals around the fresh produce/ingredients I buy because I rarely will go through 100% of the container and hate wasting food. This post will outline exactly what you will have left over so you can meal plan accordingly to get the most bang for your buck and keep your boujee cheese boards affordable!
This savory board cost me $66.95 total, but I did have a ton of product left over. If I calculate the exact amount that I had used, this board ran me $23.78. If you want to purchase the little 12inch acacia lazy susan I used, it is available at Target for only $11.99.
The Trader Joe's Shopping List
Here's exactly what you'll need:
1/3 lb of Dill Havarti - $6.99/lb, you'll likely end up with a .48 lb piece
1 block of Unexpected Cheddar - $3.99
1/3 lb of 1000 Day Gouda - $11.99/lb, you'll like end up with a .48 lb piece
Columbus Meats peppered salami - $6.99
Bouquet of spray roses - $3.99
Small container of strawberries - $3.99
Small container of blackberries - 3.99
Dried Turkish apricots - $3.99
Dried calimyrna figs - $4.49
Raw almonds - $6.99
Pistachios - $6.99
Rosemary marcona almonds - $5.99
Cornichons - $1.89
Dijon - $1.69
Fresh baguette - $1.99 (squeeze the baguette to make sure it is soft. If it isn't, opt for rosemary raisin crisps instead for $3.99)
Peanut butter pretzels - $2.49
How To Build The Board
Use the giphy above as a guideline to creating your own board. Here's the amount and order in which I placed these items:
1/3 of each of the cheeses (if you use a circular board, picture an invisible triangle on the board and put a cheese at each of the 3 edges)
1/2 jar of mustard in a 4 oz mason jar
1/2 pack of peppered salami
1/3 container of blackberries and 3 strawberries cut in half
8-10 cornichons (make sure to pat them dry with a paper towel before placing on the board - the juices can get on the cheese and make them funky)
Handful of dried apricots, 1/3 container of dried figs and 2 handfuls of peanut butter pretzels
~10 thin slices of baguette (cut the rest up and serve it on a bread plate on the side)
Handful of nuts
4-5 Spray roses
What To Do With The Leftovers
The good thing about this grocery list is that a ton of ingredients are non-perishable and last for 1-2 years. Specifically, you can keep the dried fruits, nuts and cornichons for a while before they go bad. The meat and cheeses can last up to 10 days in the fridge if stored in the cheese drawer.
White Cheddar & Gouda Mac N Cheese:
This recipe on Grilled Cheese Social is perfect if you cut the recipe in half. You'll use the other 1/2 block of Unexpected Cheddar and have some 1000 Day Gouda left. If you opt to make this recipe, buy a block of 1000 day gouda that is closer to the .78 lb weight.
Dill Havarti, Mustard & Turkey Sandwich:
You'll have a few ounces of Dill Havarti left which will be perfect for 1-2 sandwiches. Spread some of that TJ Dijon you bought onto some bread and add meat of choice (I recommend over roasted turkey breast) and voila - boujee lunch sandwich.
Vanilla protein powder, blackberries, almond milk, a few ice cubes
Chocolate protein powder, strawberries, almond butter, almond milk, a few cubes
Vanilla protein powder, strawberries, coconut flakes, almond milk, a few cubes
I won't lie - this one is harder to improvise off of. You can make another lil cheese board later on in the week OR try out this salami + pepper pasta recipe from Rachael Ray!