Today I’m giving you a non recipe. This is just a platter of somewhat artistically arranged stuff. But for the same plate you can get charged about between $10 and $20 in any restaurant. And that is for a plate serving a maximum of 2 people. So why not take the cue from those restaurants and make our own charcuterie plates to serve as an appetizer to guests?
Here is a pic of the plate I served on a dinner recently. It was nothing more than sliced cured meats, bread, olives and spreads from a jar, but it looked great. My guests loved it and thought I had gone to great length to get that dish together, while it took me no more than 10 minutes to arrange the whole thing.
My only suggestion is to choose good ingredients. Pick your olives at an olive bar, bake your own bread or use some good artisan breads and if at all possible slice the meats at the last minute using a meat slicer. Talking of which, I bought a meat slicer last year and I don’t think there is a more useful tool in my kitchen. I use it to slice anything, but it comes in particularly handy for slicing veggies thinly and evenly and to slice meat, both cured and fresh. When used for meats it can also help you save quite a bit as you can buy the meats in cheaper large cuts and break them down at home easily and evenly. If you are on the fence about it, I’d say go ahead and buy it!