Snack Platters. Party Food. Entertainment Spreads. Fruit and Cheese Boards. Crudité Plates.
Call them what you will. My heart belongs to snack platters.
Well that and the Hubby, but for today we’ll ditch my dirty little mind and stick with the food, not that edibles and mad monkey loving can’t be combined.
I don’t judge, well unless a party platter is part of your soiree and then I’ve got some distinct ideas on what should be involved, with or without the kink factor.
The point is snack platters are my jam. I love to dress them up and take them out. I love to pair them with a bottle of bubbly and pass them among friends. I also rather enjoy eating them solo for dinner. I am a woman of many talents.
Skills aside, snack platters are super simple to make, with the end result being a stunning array of colors, textures and tastes. They titillate the taste buds and arouse our senses with their endless possibilities. They offer something sweet, something salty, something creamy, something crunchy, something we can savor on our tongues and toss about our teeth. Snack platters have something for everyone.
Did I mention how easy they are to make? For real, anyone could do it, even Oscar provided he gets some opposable thumbs.
Phalanges aside, all you need is Six Simple Components and you’re good to go.
How To Create The Perfect Party Platter: Simple Yet Stunning
1. Cheese, Glorious Cheese
In my not so humble opinion, no snack platter is complete without the cheese.
The only perquisite is you ditch the prepackaged cubes and opt to showcase a couple wedges of your favorite flavors. I love to invite the soft cheeses to the party (Blue, Brie, Feta, Goat) because they melt in your mouth. The hard ones should absolutely make an appearance too. After all, options is the name of the game.
In order to offset all that creamy, delicious and salty cheese, our palates along with our eyes, need some hydration in the form of fruit. I adore berries, but the options are endless. Toss in some dates, figs, tangelos, pear slices, apple wedges, whatever you’ve got really. It’s all welcome.
3. Olives and Nuts
Some would suggest this category is optional, and I would argue olives provide a strong and tangy contrast to the sweet succulent fruit. Pair your favorite fat, juicy ones alongside some sweet or savory nuts for a bite of texture. I swoon for Kalamatas or buttery Castelvetranos.
4. Hooray Veggies
A pop of color, a burst of freshness and a bite of crunch, veggies pack a powerful punch and are an integral part of any balanced spread. The more, the merrier. Bring one, invite their compadres.
5. The Dip
All good veggies need a friend and something to swan dive into. Might I suggest pesto, hummus or a creamy veggie dip. You can go store bought or get crazy and make your own. The sky’s the limit.
6. The Vehicle
Last but certainly not least, whether you’re scooping up dips or morsels of cheese, you need a vehicle to help get those edible from plate to mouth, preferably without any spillage. Crisps, crackers, pita, and bread are all fantastic options.
There you have it. The simple, satisfying, and visually pleasing Art of the Snack Platter.
What’s a must have component on your Party Platters?
Disclaimer: this post was not sponsored by any of the companies shown. I did receive 34 Degrees Crisps from 34 Degrees, but I was not asked to post a review nor was I compensated for my time. I genuinely love their product and eat them all the time, which is why I’m sharing them with you.