I have a confession to make.
I would happily dine out on an antipasto platter for dinner every night.
The perfect antipasto platter is like a mini buffet of awesomeness that works SO WELL with a glass of Champagne, Prosecco or your choice of wine.
And it being Friday and all, I thought I’d share with you my tips on how to create a perfect antipasto platter.
How to create the perfect antipasto platter
1. Don’t get too hung up on perfection. I know, I know, this post is supposedly about the perfect antipasto platter but seriously any platter that you put together and share with friends is perfect, isn’t it?
2. Aim for a variety of things on your platter. Take into account any dietary requirements but aim to include a selection of deli meats, at least two cheeses, olives and grilled vegetables, nuts, fruit and crackers.
3. The art is all in the assembling of your platter. Anchor the platter with the cheeses, then create sections that allow the eye (and tastebuds) to move around the board. For example, have a fruit section and keep the meats separate from this. I like filling the platter to take up all the space on a board. Using rocket or baby spinach as a base helps to achieve that.
4. The board counts. I’ve had the pictured Colin Munro board for two years now and it gets trotted out A LOT. I love its shape for placing on a table and allowing easy access by all antipasto-dining parties. Round boards are also very much on trend. As are grazing tables if you’re taking your platter to the outdoors!
5. Add small dishes and cheese and condiment knives. There are some things that can’t just be placed straight on a board. Small ceramic dishes work a treat for olives, dips and tapenades. Look for interesting cheese and condiment knives in homeware and lifestyle/gift stores. I’m a sucker for pineapple ones.
6. If you’re taking your platter to a friend’s place or for a picnic, deconstruct it. I like to create and fill the platter first – photograph it on your phone – and then use plastic storage containers to store each of the sections for transport. When you arrive at your friend’s home, re-create it according to your photo.
7. Offer a mix of crackers and/or bread with your platter. I’m gluten free so I always make sure there is a gluten-free cracker option alongside a more traditional cracker or bread offering. Gluten-free or not, opt for a quality cracker.
Happy weekend to you … tell me, what are your essentials to add to a platter?
PS. If you’re taking your weekend platter to a picnic, then check out my friend (and SY team member) Rachael’s new business. She couldn’t find a plastic, stemless champagne flute for such an occasion (and one that could go in the dishwasher), so she designed and sourced them herself. Buy your Sip Bubbles and Sip Vino HERE.