This Summer is surely not what we all expected, many outdoor activities and major events were canceled. We all are stuck at home for the better, therefore, to avoid the crowds we decided to welcome our Summer #stayathome. Usually, this period of time we always head out for a picnic or beach activities during the weekends. To replace that, we decided to make use of our garden, since it’s huge enough to serve the purpose and why not!
We love grazing platter, whether you’re hosting a small or large gathering, a grazing platter is a fun and beautiful way to present finger foods and snacks to family or guests. Are you ready to handcraft your very own grazing platter box? It is super easy and we love to share with you how to make it without a hassle like those you purchase from the hotel’s catering. Oh, not to forget to chill your champagne and sparkling water ahead to embrace the hot summer!
“Give me a good sharp knife and
a slice of good sharp cheese and I’m happy.”
What to include in the grazing platter?
There are no hard and fast rules for creating a grazing platter box. It’s really up to your creative imagination. The key is to include a variety of bite-size foods on the platter. You might want to include some of these items:
- Charcuterie (e.g., prosciutto, salami, chorizo)
- Fruits (e.g., berries, oranges, grapes)
- Crackers (choose different shape crackers for more interest; include gluten-free crackers for guests on special diets)
- Crunchies (e.g., baked chickpeas, popcorn, pretzels, cheese sticks)
- Vegetables (e.g., carrots, celery, radishes, cherry tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, endive leaves)
- Olives (e.g., Kalamata, green, or marinated mixed olives)
- Marinated roasted red peppers
- Pickles (e.g., cornichon)
- Dried fruit (e.g., apricots, cranberries, cherries)
- Nuts (e.g., almonds, cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts)
- Dips (e.g., hummus or creamy dip)
- Chocolate covered dried fruit or nuts
- Pretty garnishes (e.g., kiwis, pomegranate, fresh figs, passion fruit, dragon fruit, starfruit, fresh herbs, edible flowers)
- Condiments (e.g., speciality mustards, honey, honeycomb, jams/preserves)
Let’s start with the Cheese!
After you are done with the planning and get your shopping done it is time to do the assemble of the grazing box!
- For cheese – We like to go with 50g/2oz per person as a rule of thumb (as an appetizer). You may need to increase this if you know your crowd are cheese fiends! (for this box we have a 200g brie and 50g goat cheese)
- We like to do a selection of three varieties, maybe more if we are catering for more guests.
- If you think you may have over-catered, put out half of the cheese to begin, you can always replenish later if you need to.
Fruits, Meats and more
Relishes, fruit paste, fresh fruit or vegetable pieces, dried fruit, cured deli meats, olives etc. The possibilities are endless!
A few things to keep in mind though…
- Best to stick to things that are seedless (grapes, olives etc) that way no-one gets a nasty surprise.
- Bite-size is good, things like berries work well.
- Things like sliced apple and pear tend to go brown, a dip in some water and fresh lemon juice will keep them fresh.
- Keep grapes on the vine, cherries on the stem, cherry tomatoes on the vine – you get the picture. Keeps things looking natural like mother nature made them!
*Pro tip – the more bright and colorful the better, people eat with their eyes!
Fill in the gap!
Once you have your grazing board assembled with the large items, you will have some blank spots. These fillers are a great way to make your board look really full and inviting!
- Crackers; keep in mind the job the crackers are going to be doing – if you have a dip on the grazing board that’s fairly thick, you will need at least some robust crackers. Nothing worse than you cracker breaking off mid-dip!
- Fresh herb sprigs
- Fresh rocket (arugula)
Don’t worry if you can’t fit enough on the platter initially, you can always replenish as you go, or place the excess in bowls to serve alongside your platter masterpiece.
Now you have everything you need in the box, tie them up nicely, write a little message and you can give them as a gift. It is always fun to have a box of grazing box customised to our own preferences, this means we will love every element in the box and enjoy all of them. Make your grazing box now and share it with us.