Drop-dead gorgeous platter ideas

Drop-dead gorgeous platter ideas

We all enjoy a good party, but let's face it, the preparation can be less than enjoyable. From cooking multiple dishes to mixing drinks and cleaning before and after, being a host is a challenging task. However, there are several shortcuts you can take that will impress your guests and make your life easier. Our favorite hack is the party platter. Despite its simplicity, it will make your guests feel like they're indulging in something special. Here are 10 of our top picks: 

  1. Classic Cheese Board: Arrange a variety of cheeses like cheddar, brie, and gouda with crackers, bread, and cured meats like salami and prosciutto.

  2. Mediterranean Mezze: Pair creamy feta and salty olives with hummus, tabbouleh, and marinated artichokes and serve with pita bread or crackers.

  3. Charcuterie Platter: Showcase an assortment of cured meats like pepperoni, soppressata, and mortadella, along with cheese and pickles.

  4. French-Inspired Platter: Offer a selection of cheeses like camembert, roquefort, and comté with a baguette, grapes, and saucisson sec.

  5. Vegetarian Platter: Create a spread of sliced and roasted veggies like bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and zucchini, along with fresh bread and hummus.

  6. Seasonal Platter: Highlight seasonal fruits like figs, grapes, and berries, along with cheese and charcuterie that complements the flavors of the season.

  7. Italian Antipasti: Serve a range of Italian small goods like prosciutto, salami, and mortadella, along with cheese, marinated artichokes, and sun-dried tomatoes.

  8. Rustic Platter: Offer an assortment of hard and soft cheeses with sliced baguette, rustic crackers, and jam or honey for a touch of sweetness.

  9. Southern-Style Platter: Pair pimento cheese and smoked gouda with country ham, pickles, and biscuits for a delicious southern-inspired spread.

  10. Gourmet Platter: Combine high-end cheeses like truffle brie, aged gouda, and manchego with specialty cured meats like coppa and speck, and top it off with fresh grapes and fig spread.

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