What is a good way to celebrate your mom at home this Sunday? A platter of good food. It doesn’t have to be extravagant to impress, it just has to have the essentials.
We asked foodie friend and expert grazing board creator Ana Dapieve to share her top tips for assembling the perfect platter, turning you into the ultimate host this Mother's Day!
Your best tool is choosing foods that are seasonal! Seasonal foods are the best for platter making due to availability and freshness - and seasonal usually means cheaper. Most stores have an imperfect section which always brings a rustic quirk to platters instead of perfectionist shape or colour.
ADD COLOUR & TEXTURE
Platters, of course, need to be tasty, but more importantly, they have to look the part too. Think outside of the box, rather than standard white bread look for darker loaves, seeds, nuts, different shapes, and sizes. Crackers or biscuits have such a wide availability from beetroot to charcoal.
Adding texture is the best part, adding walnuts to cheeses or sesame seeds to the surface of dips. The texture is often a finishing touch which strings a platter together.
KEEP IT BITE-SIZED
Where you can’t use a knife to hack away at a piece of cheese, or a cracker to dip into some hummus – think of a chic picnic vibe! Keep it bite-sized; cut up veggie sticks and fruit, add little toothpicks with cheese and cherry tomatoes, slice pieces of baguette scattered across board.
MORE IS ALWAYS BETTER, AND LESS IS LESS.
Don’t you dare think about applying the ‘less is more’ mentality to your platter. More is more, and mom is definitely worth it! Have a variety of cheeses, a variety of flavours of dips.
Find a board, a platter, a plate or table of choice for this special occasion. Dig through the drawers and try to find some funky cheese knives and spoons for dips and cheeses, these will be visible on your display.
Although this isn’t the be-all or end-all of your platter, it helps! Get a pattern established, this will also help you make use of space ensuring there are no gaps.
Think ahead, will placing one type of food next to another spoil food? Use small bowls or servers to break up elements like antipasto items next to fresh produce like veggies and bread.
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