Since we had our best friends coming over on a very late Friday evening, my task was to make something to snack on that would not be much time consuming and easy to make. Grazing plate was the best choice.
I found the idea of grazing tables/plates that, looks like, are easy to put together, looks impressive, do not need to spent much of the time in the kitchen preparing the food and, most of important, something that brings people together.
You would be surprised, that I have never made them before, and as it looks so easy, however, a challenging task to me doing this for the first time. Thus, I believe, that those, who are also the beginners in this field, could find this post beneficial, cause it is presented in very simple and understandable way – no fancy and schmancy :).
To start with, these are the main ingredients that might be/are typically included in a grazing plate:
- 2-3 kinds of cheese (e.g. soft such as Brie, slightly harder as Parmesan). Might also includes fruity pasta to go with the cheese.
- Breads and crackers
- Dips (combination of different colors dips that goes well with other food on the plate)
- Dried fruits
- Fresh fruits
- Raw veggies
- Meat (salami, ham, turkey etc.)
- Dried nuts (pistachios, walnuts)
- Dried tomatoes, olives etc.
Putting it all together
First thing that I have done was putting the meats, cheese, crackers and all of the ingredients that takes most of the place on the plate. Than I have tried to spread the fruits and other smaller ingredients over the plate so it looks colorful and, in some way, more organized. To the end, I added all the small dried fruits, nuts and etc. to fill in the spaces.
And VOILA! 😀