3 ideas to up your platter game

If we’re honest, there are two things that are great about having a catch up with your friends; getting to see each other and a decked out platter.

If you’re a little tired of your standard cheese and cracker platter options, try adding in some fresh fruit, veggies and dips to take your platter to the next level.

Vegan platter

vegan platter

What to serve:

  • Water or rice crackers, toasted bread
  • Olives and sundried tomatoes
  • Fresh vegetables such as beans, carrots, celery and cucumber sticks
  • Roasted vegetables such as kumara and potato sticks
  • Dips: vegan pesto or hummus
  • Baked vegan cauliflower dip

Light summer platter

summer platter

What to serve:

  • Your favourite cheese
  • Water or rice crackers, toasted bread
  • Fruit chutney
  • Caramelised onion chutney
  • Olives and sundried tomatoes
  • Fresh fruit such as strawberries, grapes or watermelon

Winter platter

winter platter

What to serve:

  • Your favourite cheese
  • Water or rice crackers, toasted bread
  • Sliced apples, grapes/cherries, olives and sundried tomatoes
  • Sliced chorizo or other cold meat (prosciutto or honey ham)
  • Dips: hummus, cracked pepper pate or pesto

What’s your go-to platter combo? I’m down for any platter with too much cheese and a lot of sundried tomato hummus.

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her world billieWritten by Billie Turei

An environmental goddess who loves to spend her weekends drinking wine and perfecting her Master Chef skills, this little foodie can callback any 90’s hip-hop jam and obscure pop-culture references. You’ll usually find Billie eating Thai food and heading off for impromptu road-trips with her squad.

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  1. Sarah Blair December 31, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Yum!! These look fantastic, I am often getting invited to ‘bring a plate’ occasions, I would love to wow everyone by turning up with a lovely platter like this!!

  2. Gabriella Monaghan December 30, 2017 at 11:01 am

    I love the idea of platters and I think they look amazing, but the idea of grazing platters, goes against my OCD tendencies hahaha. It doesn’t look nearly as nice but I have to have everything seperate and in its own space, I just have to haha.

  3. felicity beets December 18, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    these platters look delicious and with platters always less dishes at the end – which is always a bonus. the strawberries would be great for christmas.

  4. Amanda Carr December 11, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    I love platters and there are some great ideas in this to add to the ones I do especially over December and January to add more variety.

  5. Kym Moore December 9, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Thank you for this! I’ve been thinking about platters as we come into summer and especially for over Christmas. Just to have nibbles on hand for guests and visitors and pre BBQ as well. The vegan one sounds delicious because it’s suitable for any guest that arrives.

  6. Shontelle Fahey December 7, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Yummm these sound delicious and a great snack for everyone Christmas day while meals are being prepared. I love my cheeses and crackers and carrot stick and dip are pretty amazing also

  7. Vikki Sainsbury December 7, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Oh scrumptious! They almost look too good to eat haha. I love the variety of platters, awesome for a pot luck and a great time of year to do them for Christmas BBQs etc 🙂 love heaps of different cheeses, crackers and yummy meats, I’m getting hungry!!

  8. Hollie Laird December 6, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    I must say that the winter platter would be my traditional go to as I love the variety but I really like the look of the light summer platter as it also has variety but has a few of my favourites such as fresh fruit. Yum!

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