This video has been a long time coming... A verrrryyyy long time! I've been making platters for years now, and I'm always getting asked for tips on creating the perfect platter. So what I did, during our girly Easter day at my place, was film some behind the scenes footage of us creating our giant veggie platter! Mind you, this was all snapped on my iPhone, with lots of commotion and rosè involved, so please excuse the amateurish way in which it was shot!
Here's my top tips on plattering (Just in case I missed something in the video below, which I narrated in my pj's, whilst sipping my morning coffee!)
* Start with the dips and cheeses first. These are your building blocks and everything else can be built around them.
* Colour clumping. I'm big on this! Keep each food in a clump, so that people can easily get what they're after. It also looks a lot neater and cleaner. At the end though, I do usually scatter a few little grapes or berries around, just for pops of colour, but that's the only exception to the rule ;) (Plattering is very serious business, you know). ;)
* Please no orange wedges on your platter. This isn't half time at a children's soccer match! lol.
* Sometimes foods that aren't aesthetically pleasing are still delicious, so don't be afraid to bust out some kabana. It's always the first thing to disappear off a platter!
* Swiss cheese looks amazing on a platter, but nobody ever eats it. Sorry, they just don't. It doesn't stop me putting it on there though. It's just so lovely to look at!
* If you don't have any platter boards, just use a roll of kraft brown/white paper!
* Keep the crackers simple, and try not to get any with overpowering flavours.
* Ritz > Jatz any day of the week ;)
* Some dark chocolate squares are always a great addition.
* Light pink beetroot dip is my favourite colour to add to any platter.
* Mesclun lettuce and greenery is also a great filler if you don't have enough to fill the space on your platter.
* Try and prepare your platter at the last minute before guests arrive. Nobody wants a stale cracker!