The EASIEST way to Delight Your Guests
This is how I have hosted all summer long and it has been the EASIEST and most fulfilling method. If you, like me, have littles underfoot and a more-than-discriminate aversion to hotdogs, this is a perfect “after bedtime” way to make your tribes-people feel especially loved without causing yourself all the undue stress and preparation of a regular summer get-together. Let this serve as appetizer, dinner AND dessert.
Less prep-time equals more face-time!
All you need is a bistro set, a cool night breeze and some creativity. If you don’t feel like you have the latter, let me show you a few tricks. It’s cheaper and easier than you think. YOU are a culinary artist and your trusty old cutting board can be your canvas.
You will need:
- 1 hard cheese (like the smoked gouda pictured above)
- 1 soft cheese (like Boursin pictured above, brie or goats cheese)
- At least 1 bite-sized cheese (like the bocconcini balls or cubed feta pictured above)
- 1 sliced meat (like the proscuitto and/or smoked salmon pictured above)
- 1 hard meat (like the Italian sausage pictured above)
- Pickles, olives, capers or peppers.
- 2 or 3 types a fruit. (Melon and grapes are ideal.)
- Crackers, bread or nachos
- More wine.
Step 1: I used my solid cheeses as my focal points. I spaced them out across my platter.
Step 2: I lined one side of each cheese with meat.
Step 3: I had my guests fill in all the gaps with whatever contribution they brought. (Not joking.)
Step 4: I did the finishing touches. (… I corked the wine)
Optional: You can line your platter with colourful lettuce leaves like swiss chard or raddichio. I topped it off with a sprig of fresh Rosemary. Or you could tuck fresh leaves of basil in any remaining crevices. Give your guests a pile of tooth picks for easiest self-service. Encourage them to try different concoctions.
YOU can do this! And quite likely on very short notice since most of these are pantry items. Try it out – tonight! And leave me a message in the comments below with some of the different selections you tried!
*Special thanks to my
food good friends over at thecuriousconnoisseur.com for the photography.
This platter (and it’s affiliates) served 8… for about 5 hours.