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In my opinion, there’s little better than seeing a grazing platter at a holiday party. As soon as I spot the cheeses, veggies, nuts and fruits laid out in a rainbow of colors and textures, I make a beeline (and I’ll stay nearby all night!). Grazing platters and charcuterie boards are just irresistible – they’re beautiful to look at and even more enjoyable to eat. There’s a little something for everyone and, if you love variety, it’s the perfect opportunity to try something new or create tasty combinations and bites. Plus, with so many different snacks and treats, they’re a great way to satisfy every dietary preference and taste.
But creating a visually stunning, deliciously appealing grazing platter of your very own can be a little intimidating. I mean, have you seen those whole-counter spreads on social media? They’re mind-blowing!
Don’t sweat it, though, because we’ll walk you through it. We have guides and recipes that’ll help you build charcuterie boards and spreads for your holiday celebrations with ease. No matter what kinds of foods you put on your platter, with our tips and tricks, you’ll create an array that’s worthy of a spot on your Insta grid. And these platters are so effortless, you can even whip one up the day of your party or get-together.
If you live somewhere that’s traditionally sunny and warm during the winter holidays, you can also create a gorgeous grilled platter. Fresh fruits, in-season veggies, cheeses and different proteins can all be tossed on the grill and served alongside cheese, dips and crackers of your choosing. We’ve got a guide that’ll walk you through building a grilled spread that’s worthy of any holiday celebration, indoors or outdoors. And even if you’re in a cold climate, you can always whip up a grilled platter too – with a grill pan, you can get those Instagram-worthy char marks without stepping into the snow.
Platters create stunning desserts too
While charcuterie is classically served as an appetizer or a grazing spread you can munch on all night long, you can turn absolutely any meal – or course – into an aesthetically- and appetite-pleasing platter. And if you’re looking for a creative way to serve up an array of different treats, a platter is the perfect pick. You can mix and match everything from your fave winter fruits to chocolate-y sweets to baked goods to dessert dips and sauces. The possibilities are endless!