Perfecting the art of the platter
Alice Lines from homestyle magazine shares a few tips on building the ultimate summer platter.
• As we all know, platters are one of the easiest ways to please a crowd when entertaining at home. With a few simple tricks, you can elevate yours to Insta-worthy status. Step one? Remember those manners and don’t keep your hungry guests waiting while you photograph the spread.
• More is more when you’re hoping to make a statement with a platter. Start with three good cheeses: a soft cheese, a hard cheese, then splash out on something unexpected for the third.
• Serve whole baby vegetables as crudités, and cherry tomatoes roasted with herbs. At this time of year, summer produce, including sliced stone fruit and fresh berries, is a natural pairing with cheese. And don’t forget flavour pairing for each cheese too, aiming to create variety in your textures and flavours: crunchy with soft, salty with sweet.
• If you ask us, you can never serve too many platters, and our favourite way to do so is to layer them all on a coffee table to create a veritable feast that you and your guests can lazily graze on while sipping your sangria.
Words & Styling Alice Lines & Imogen Tunnicliffe
Photography Simon Wilson