A table topped with platters of delicious and beautiful food isn’t only an easy option for feeding a crowd, it’s also a nice way to bring people together. Thoughtful platters of assorted meats and cheeses served alongside foods like fruit, nuts, and of course, premium dips, set a casual and inviting tone for people to help themselves and mingle with others. A perfect charcuterie board or platter is a vibrant and visually appealing display, full of complementary flavors that offer a little bit of something for everyone.
If you need inspiration to get you started, here are some ideas for creating a fun and flavorful platter, perfect for any occasion.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS:
- Start with a large, flat board or platter. Any cutting board or oversized serving plate will do.
- Place your dips and empty bowls on your platter first, and arrange your meats, cheeses and crackers around them.
- Combine colors and textures to create an interesting and vibrant display.
- The arrangement of your platter is up to you! Leave space between elements, or pile on additional pairings for a care-free, indulgent effect.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Meat: About 3-4 slices of thinly sliced meat per person.
Cheese: 1 or 2 oz per person. Tip: cut and bag hard cheese ahead of time and put out in “waves” if you are entertaining, to keep it fresh.
Dips: We think our dips are truly the life of the platter. Try 1-2 to create some flavor punch and include a small spoon in each for scooping.
Bread and Crackers: Use a variety of crackers with different textures and tastes, pretzels, or thinly sliced baguettes.
Fruit / Veggies: Dried fruit and fresh berries or grapes add color. Cut vegetables like sugar snap peas, radishes, and carrots add color and crunch, and are great for dipping.
Pickles, Olives, Nuts: Try salty additions served in small bowls throughout the board to add dimension.