Do you want a variety of snacks? But all of the fast-food options are not healthy? Well, it looks like your dilemma is the same as the problem of a friendship group way back in 2008. But hey, don’t fret anymore because those seven friends brilliantly came up with a solution! Let me introduce you to the wonderful Graze Box!
You may have heard of that term already, but do you know what it actually is? For most people, a graze box is a premium assortment of healthy snacks, such as cold cuts, cheeses, nuts, fresh and dried fruits, breadsticks, and crackers. Although it is not only limited to those! You can create your own version of a Graze box.
Of course, it wouldn’t be called a graze box without the box itself! For it will serve as the container of your delicious snacks. First impressions last, so make sure the box you will be picking is indeed appealing and charming! In fact, let me list down some inspirations for you.
The usual box is a brown box, so why not stand out with a black one? Perhaps a white box? Or even better, a glass box! Once you’ve picked your box, let us move forward.
For the main event, the snacks! Just thinking of the delicious food we can put here makes me so hungry!
First off, we have the pertinent favorite, the Genoa Salami! Originating from the country of Italy, the uncooked salami made from pork is seasoned with garlic, peppercorns, and white or red wine. This type of salami is softer and greasier than soppressata, which has additional fat after the meat is ground.
Another cold cut from Italy is the Coppa, also known as Capicola. Made from the muscle running from the neck to the rib of the pig, the dry-cured meat is spiced with cloves, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Coppa is sliced very thin upon serving. Also, did you know that Capicola can be called “gagabool” as well? It is a slang term used by some Italian-Americans.
A great addition to the cold cuts is the Spanish Chorizo! The fully-cured and cooked meat is made of chopped pork; it often contains pimento, a special type of paprika. Giving off a firm texture, the Spanish chorizo is either sweet or spicy.
Indeed, save the best for the last, finally, we have the jamón Ibérico de Bellota, or popularly known as Iberian Ham. Made from the rear leg of the rare black Iberian pig, this type of meat is expensive. A Jamon 75% Iberico de Bellota Premium Pedroches Sliced 80g pack costs 1,145 Pesos.
The prized Iberian ham is indeed creamy and fatty, making it one of the tastiest cold cut options.
If you want a savory, salty, and butter flavor, the Old Ford is the cheese for you. Originating from England, the cheese is made from the milk of the goat. In fact, you need to be very hands-on to make the Old Ford because it can only be made by aging, and pressing the cheese using your hands.
Coming all the way from the country of China, we have the Extra Old Bitto. The cheese is aged for 10 years before it hits the market, making it one of the most expensive cheeses in the world. Upon taking a bite of the Old Bitto, you’ll taste sweet cheese, but after a while, it becomes spicy!
White Stilton is a luxurious cheese that is actually the cousin of Britain’s famous blue cheese but is much creamier and has a tangerine taste.
White stilton cheese can be infused with fruits, such as blueberries. Just look at mouth-watering cheese!
The 3 Seed Gourmet crackers are inspired by a Jewish Passover cracker (matzo) which is easy to make. The recipe for the crackers includes freshly ground, organic, hard winter wheat flour, vital gluten, and sesame seeds.
Super soft and tender, the twisted bread adds to the charm of your graze box. To make these twists, you’ll need dry yeast, milk, sugar, and all-purpose flour.
When it comes to the pretzels, the classic should be the one we include! Shaped similar to a heart, the soft pretzel would definitely be loved by everyone. Also, fun fact, it is no sweat to make this classic. But hey, these pretzels may be easy to make, but undoubtedly hard to forget!
Caption: Looking golden brown, the soft and chewy pastry can be served with your favorite dips.
For the dips, why don’t we have 3 different types?
For the first dip, we have the Smoky Sun-Dried Tomato and Walnut. Inspired by the Romesco recipe, the dip is oozing with a smoky flavor and texture. For the ingredients, there’s walnuts, red pepper, sun-dried tomatoes, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, lemon juice, smoked paprika, and olive oil. To fully enjoy the crunch of the walnuts, make sure to make the dip kind of chunky!
Next up we have the Blackberry-Dijon Whipped Ricotta, a creamy and sharp dip. Upon blending dijon mustard, seedless blackberry jam, red wine vinegar, ricotta, lemon juice, and pink peppercorns, you’ll surely get that purple-tinged offering!
For the last dip, let us do the Seven-Layer Greek dip. With seventeen ingredients, this dip is surely bursting with flavor. To do this recipe, we will need a Turkish bread loaf, chickpeas, lemon juice, tahini, pine nuts, roasted capsicum strips, pitted kalamata olives, and small cherry tomatoes. It may seem like a lot of work, but actually, it is easy to assemble!
Fruits, Vegetables, and Nuts
Moving on to the fruits, let us put some red grapes, grapefruit, pomegranates, pears, and figs.
Let us not forget the berries as well! Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries will definitely
To make it more healthy, the vegetables need to be placed in our graze box. Shall we put vegetables including broccoli, cherry tomatoes, carrots, and celery?
For the nuts, we have pistachios, almonds, and cashews.
Desserts make everything better, so how about adding some luxury chocolate brands?
Founded in Sapporo in 1953, Royce chocolate continues to use excellent techniques to give us the best flavors of chocolate. The creamy Nama Chocolate (Au Lait) milk chocolate has a velvety smooth texture that melts in your mouth. Using fresh Hokkaido cream, Royce also offers the Nama Chocolate in white.
Did you know they also have Potatochip chocolate? The potato chips come in different flavors such as the original chocolate, caramel, cheese-flavored white chocolate, and mildly bitter.
To complete our graze box, it is a must for a luxury graze box to have a luxurious wine. The Domaine Ramonet Montrachet Grand Cru gives us a taste of the finest chardonnay grapes. The bottle is oozing with a citrus palate and rich lemon notes.
The white wine of Chardonnay is one of the most popular drinks in the world.
How to assemble your Luxurious Graze Box
Now that we have all our ingredients for the box, let us assemble it!
1. Get your box and place wax paper on top of it.
2. Visualize how you want the inside of your box, you may also use small bowls to separate some of the snacks. We recommend putting the deli items such as the vegetables and fruits in bowls.
3. Place all the bowls and wine in the box first, move them around until you are satisfied.
4. To prevent the meat and cheese from getting hard, cover them with saran-type wrap. Keep in mind that if you are not going to consume it right away, place the meat and cheese inside of a cooler to avoid being spoiled. Take them outside once the grazing box is served.
5. Fill the holes inside the box with the pastry and sweets.
Graze boxes are always a buzz for every celebration; let it be a holiday such as Christmas and New Year, or an occasion, such as birthdays and weddings. We got the snacks now, but where are we going to celebrate? Well, why not in one of the most beautiful houses in the Philippines?
Celebrate different holidays in one of the most luxurious homes in the Philippines. The Pietro is a stunning 2-story Italian home that has 264 square meters (floor area) luxury house mode, providing a grand space for not only activities and games, but also living and quality time for the family.
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If the occasion has a large number of guests that would not fit in your home, say no more because there is a grand function hall and grand ballroom in Alabang Vista! There is also a grand clubhouse with an exciting events hall.
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