How to Make Platters

Catering for a celelbration or even having friends round for dinner can be a daunting task! Save yourself dramas in the kitchen by preparing platters of food for your guests to graze form and create a casual and intimate dining atmosphere that will get people talking. Platters allows guests to help themselves to a variety of foods without you going to the effort of making fiddly individual dishes. They can be tailored to suit all tastes and dietary requirements.

Here are my top tips for how to make a nibble platter
  • Source some large white, flat platters, as long as they are all white you can vary the shapes and sizes for an eclectic look
  • Avoid any dishes which have a high rim on them as they are difficult to fill
  • Wash the dishes before use and dry well, place in the fridge to chill before use (or in a 50 degree oven or warming drawer for a hot platter)
  • Cut the food to bite size pieces or for cheeses have one small knife per item that needs cutting on the plate
  • Put sauces or semi-liquid foods into white soy sauce dishes
  • Stack the foods around the platter, mix up the colours as much as possible (ie don't put all green foods together)
  • Use smaller foods like nuts and olives to fill in your gaps and create a full-looking plate of food
  • Stack up some tea plates next to the platter with a pile of napkins

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