Grazing platters are great for sharing.
So whether it’s for the family at home or you’re just preparing for when you can have guests over again, look below for guides and inspiration.
Courtesy of BBC GoodFood.
Here’s an example image.
You can use all of the things listed below or none of them – these are just common arrangements and ingredients people use.
- baked cheese, such as brie or camembert, topped with herbs and olive oil
- figs, grapes, prepared pomegranates or dried fruits
- thinly sliced cured meats, such as sausage or chorizo
- savoury crackers, crusty bread or breadsticks
- nuts and olives
- dips, such as hummus, chutney or taramasalata
- honey, or olive oil, for drizzling
- a variety of cheeses, such as soft-rind goat’s cheese, a hard cheese (like cheddar, gruyère or manchego) and stilton
All of the above is to go on one platter, so don’t worry if some of the combos sound a bit weird.
- A grazing board combines the best of a cheeseboard and charcuterie platter into one indulgent selection of food. There isn’t really a wrong way to make a grazing platter. You just need to include your favourite snacks.
BBC Goodfood advises:
- You do a mixture of meats and cheese, or go entirely vegetarian or vegan. The key things to remember when creating your platter, to make it look (and taste) as impressive as possible, are:
- Make sure you assemble the board just before serving so everything is fresh
- Always include crackers, breadsticks or bread to use as a vessel for cheeses or dips
- Use small bowls or ramekins to hold small items and dips, like olives, nuts and chutneys
- Use a good variety of ingredients. For example, aim for one hard and one soft cheese, two or three different cured meats, and a few varieties of fruits and nuts
- If you use larger fruits, like figs or clementines, chop and tear them into different shapes, so that the fruit is easier to pick up and looks more appealing on the platter
- Swirl any dips into ramekins, and top with olive oil, seeds or chopped herbs
- Fill in any gaps on your platter with bay leaves or rosemary sprigs to decorate
- Bundle any cured meats into nests, or roll or fold to create a variety of textures