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23 February 2018 | Raidis Estate, Raidis Recipes | Raidis Estate

Five hot tips for creating the ultimate entertaining platter.

Five hot tips for creating the ultimate entertaining platter.

 

Platters are one of the best ways to start a dinner party, have an easy meal with friends, or just as an excuse to overindulge and enjoy some decadence on a Friday night. The beauty of having a platter is it’s a casual way to dine, and you get to try a bit of everything.

 

There is an art to creating a great platter, and matching that platter with a cracking wine will be sure to set you up for an awesome evening.

 

Platters should be mouth-watering, colourful and full of delicious produce (hopefully as local as possible).

 

Here are our top-five hot tips for putting together a cracking platter for any occasion.

 

Theme

 

Have a theme to your platter. Is it a grazing platter, antipasto, dessert platter or a decadent cheese platter? Always choose a theme to suit your occasion and stick with it. If you are doing up a grazing platter, you might have a mixture of hard and soft cheeses, savoury items, fruit and even veggies. Whereas a dessert platter will be a bit more decadent with dark chocolate, fruits, rich cheeses and fresh figs.

 

Colour and texture are a must

 

Platters should be fun, pretty and visually pleasing, so think about pops of colour when planning out your platter. If you are doing a cheese platter, throw on some strawberries or blueberries to add a pop of colour. And think about different textures. If you have soft cheeses, maybe use harder crackers, and vice versa.  

 

Servingware

 

Choose the right kind of plate, wooden board or platter dish that will make the colours of your food pop. Sometimes using a platter board a little smaller than what you think you need will work better, as it will appear fuller and more luscious. Always start with the largest items like cheeses, etc. and then fill in spaces.

 

Itty bitty dishes are your friend

 

Using some little dishes on the platter board is a great way to hold dips, olives and other smaller items. Recently we stayed at a beach house with very few dip containers, but heaps of old china. Using beautiful old teacups with funky patterns can add a wow factor to your platter.

 

Flavours

 

Mix and match flavours that are different so that you don’t end up with an overly sweet, or excessively savoury platter. Salty vs sweet. Sweet blueberries and salty caper berries next to each other can go well and don’t be afraid to add a bit of spice on there with spicy goat cheese or something similar.

 

And of course, another flavour you will be dying to add will be a delicious bottle of wine.

 

Happy plattering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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