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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Right before serving boil your egg and carefully remove it from the shelf. Cut in half and arrange on the platter.
- Serve with slices of fresh bread.
For more great entertaining ideas, check out the list of #SundaySupper tantalizing trays below.
- Antipasto Skewers by Simply Gourmet
- Bite-Sized Meatballs by MealDiva
- BLT Bites by The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- BLT Canapes by Peaceful Cooking
- BLT Crostini with Basil Mayonnaise by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Blueberry Jam and Goat Cheese Crostini by Casa de Crews
- Brie and Tomato Bruschetta by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Cajun Deviled Eggs by Peanut Better and Peppers
- Charcuterie Board by Family Foodie
- Cheese-Filled Apple Rounds by eatingininstead
- Coquilles St. Jacques by Nosh My Way
- Crudite Platter with Copycat Hidden Valley Ranch Dip by Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
- Crunchy Tuna Salad Boats by A Mama, Baby & Shar-pei in the Kitchen
- Cucumber Sandwiches by Momma’s Meals
- Feta Zucchini Bites by Curious Cuisiniere
- Gluten Free Thai Soup Shooters by Gluten Free Crumbley
- Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs by Eat, Drink and be Tracy
- Heirloom Caprese Salad by Shockingly Delicious
- Jalapeño Mac ‘n Cheese Bites by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- The Modern Relish Tray by An Appealing Plan
- Mostarda di Frutta by Rhubarb and Honey
- Pimento Cheese Stuffed Peppers by Magnolia Days
- Ploughman’s Platter for a Party by The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Puff Pastry Cheese Sticks by Basic N Delicious
- Rye Party Puffs by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Southwestern Turkey Sliders by The Texan New Yorker
- Spinach and Mushroom Pizza Bites by The Dinner-Mom
- Tomato Basil Soup Shooters by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Zucchini and Summer Squash Crostini by Hip Foodie Mom
- Alice in Wonderland Sugar Cookies by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Baked Lemon Glazed Mini Donuts by Killer Bunnies Inc.
- Chocolate Oreo Pocky Cupcakes, Cake, and Morello Cherry Buttercream by NinjaBaking
- French Silk Shooters by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- German Chocolate Brownie Bites by Wallflour Girl
- Mini Banana Nutella Cheesecake Parfaits (#glutenfree option) by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Raspberry Fools by The Foodie Army Wife
- Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Shooters by The Redhead Baker
- Vegan Caramel Truffles by What Smells So Good?
- White Chocolate Peanut Butter & Banana Bites by Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Witchy Chocolate Mousse with Culinary Fairy Dust by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
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