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It’s fair to say that the humble snack platter has definitely evolved, but we can’t turn away from the gorgeous grazing platters they have turned into.

Filled with colour, choice and so much delicious food, the modern grazing platter is a thing of beauty – and what a way to bring your loved ones together…

 

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First of all, have a think about what size board or platter you are wanting to fill, and let that guide you on what ingredients you choose.

Get your shopping list in order so you don’t miss a thing when doing the grocery run.

Since Summer brings heat and humidity, it’s best to cut down on cheeses and meats that will sweat and dry out.

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Focus on colourful and seasonal fruits, and vegetables, and chop them all up the morning of your event, storing them in plastic containers with a few drops of water to keep everything fresh in the fridge.

Dips are the trusted backbone of any good summer platter, and choosing a delicious variety is easy with Chris’ Heritage Dips. They come in a real terracotta pot, so you don’t need to fret about having the perfect crockery at home. With some fancy flavours like Blue Cheese, Fig & Pistachio, or Vintage Cheddar & Caramelised Onion, your guests will be absolutely spoilt!

If you are choosing some cheeses for your board, take them out from the fridge at least an hour before serving, but keep them fresh with a damp tea towel over them.

Provide at least three different types of crackers, crispbread or breadsticks to accompany your platter, and they’ll provide you with some great textures and shapes as well.

When it comes time to assemble your summer platter, start with your larger items, such as your dips, cheeses and let your creative juices flow!

 

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Experiment with cutting cheeses, fruit and veg into differently sized wedges, and roll or twist your cold cuts of meat.

Use different angles to add even more visual appeal to your platter.

Once you’re done, take a step back to take in all of the beauty and glory of your epic summer platter.