I spent a brief 2 years of my life in Wisconsin, the land of beer, cheese, and small town bars – that happen to serve some of the best bloody mary’s you’ll ever have, made with housemade mixes and a “snit” of beer alongside it. Yes, it’s standard here Minnesota and Wisconsin to receive a three ounce pour of the local beer with your tomato juice.
But truth be told, sometimes I order a bloody mary solely for the skewer loaded with all sorts of veggies, cheese, cured meats, you name it – that often make a meal by themselves.
With that in mind, I gathered some of my favorite accompaniments into an appetizer board, so you can skip the bloody mary if it’s not your own thing and nosh on the goodness of the extras instead.
Just like building a bloody mary bar, this board can be as personalized as you want. Most important is having a balance of textures and flavors. I built my board around the pepperjack and cheddar cheese and let the sides fill in with all sorts of crunchy, roasted, raw, smoky, briny, eats.
Roasted red and yellow peppers
Lorissa’s Kitchen grass fed beef sticks
Cornichons (tiny pickles)
It’s a no recipe, snacking idea that works all year round and is so simple to put together. I often serve it with this Roasted Carrot Hummus too, which is a great compliment. So you’re getting vegetables + protein + whole grains!