Ploughman’s Platter for a Party #SundaySupper

Next time you start planning for a party, put everything on one tantalizing tray.  A Ploughman’s Platter for a Party will take care of all your needs with cheese, meat, nuts, pickles and a loaf of crusty bread. 

Ploughman's Platter for a Party from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Holiday weekends, tailgating, unexpected guests, game nights, fall fetes, Halloween parties the list could go on but it seems once Labor Day weekend hits the endless entertaining until the near year begins.   What’s a better way to make your life easier and to bring a smile to all your guests than putting together some simple and tantalizing trays of food?   #SundaySupper knows the allure of tray of deviled eggs or crostini and has an amazing lineup today to get you all set for your entertaining needs.

For me, a meat and cheese tray is a must at any party I plan but I wanted to take it up a step and decide to take the traditional ploughman’s lunch and show how it’s perfect for a party.

Ploughman's Platter for a Party from The Girl In The Little Red KItchen

If you aren’t familiar with it, the ploughman’s lunch is an English cold meal that generally consists of beer, bread, cheese, ham, chutney and some sort of pickled element.  An egg is sometimes tossed in as well as pate or pork pie.  Walk into any pub and you’ll find it on the menu, a staple for the working class and served in a tin box to take into the fields for lunch. It’s evolved over the years and can be classed up quite a bit now.

Now what I really love about this tray is that it’s a recipe without a recipe.  It’s more a suggested guideline of how to put the platter together.  You can totally customize it depending on the amount of people you are having, to the cheeses and meats you want and even if you want to keep it vegetarian!

I also realize it’s a bit blasphemous here that I’m putting some prosciutto and salame on the platter, but hey it’s what I like and it’s my ploughman’s lunch.  Feel free to add some pate to keep it traditional or keep what I have here.  Whatever you do, don’t forget the beer!

Lastly for determining how much to purchase per person, I generally go about 2 ounces of meat per person, or 2 or 3 slices and then about 1/4 pound of cheese for every two people.  You’re still likely to have leftovers but it’s a good starting point on how much to purchase.

Ploughman's Platter for a Party from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen

Ploughman's Platter for a Party
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  • Semi-soft English Cheddar such as Cotswold
  • Hard cheese such a manchego or an English bleu
  • Good quality baked ham
  • Prosciutto di Parma
  • sliced salame
  • optional: pate
  • pickled gherkins and mushrooms
  • nuts such as pistachios or marcona almonds
  • medium boiled eggs
  • slices of apple or pear
  • crusty loaf of bread such as sourdough


  1. Arrange the cheeses, slices of meats and fruit on a platter. Place the pickles in a small bowl and the nuts scattered around on the platter.
  2. Right before serving boil your egg and carefully remove it from the shelf. Cut in half and arrange on the platter.
  3. Serve with slices of fresh bread.
Recipe Type: Appetizer

Ploughman's Platter for a Party from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen


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32 thoughts on “Ploughman’s Platter for a Party #SundaySupper

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  2. Renee

    I’d be hovering over this tray all night until the last bite was gone. Actually, I could have this as a meal. Now, I’d wine with it though.

  3. Liz

    Oh, boy, I’m making this Ploughman’s platter for a gathering I’m having in early October! Such a great tray of deliciousness…something for everyone!!!

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  6. Hezzi-D

    I’ve never heard of Ploughman’s Platter but since I’m always the girl hanging out by the meat and cheese tray, I love the additional elements found on your platter!

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  16. Alice

    All the British pubs offer ploughman’s for lunch and as a take-away option which was perfect for walks through the countryside and even though we live in Cali – this is our first choice in “picnic” lunches! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  17. Ala

    That rustic-looking loaded tray of yours looks like such wonderful entertaining material. I’m so glad you could share it with us this week–have an awesome one!

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