The appetizer sampler platter. A must have on any menu. Unfortunately, somehow the mixing of three or more culinary creations leaves a less than visually appealing tabletop presentation. Below are 10 ways to not only highlight your offerings, but delight your guests at the same time. A win-win for everyone!
An urban look that is very popular, try adding paper to a small baking pan and you have a new take on a old favorite.
|18″ x 13″ Rectangular Tray||4 oz. Condiment Cup||Food Safe Liner|
Metal trays combined with metal 1lb boats will not only make a visual impact, but take care of the problem of the different items touching. Once again, paper liners are used to keep the look fresh and the clean up a snap.
|16.25″ x 8.25″ Rectangular Tray||4 oz. Ramekin||9.5″ x 6″ Boat Tray|
Save time and energy washing plates with this durable stainless steel rectangular grid basket. Perfect for creating sharable dishes while maintaining a space saving, easy to stack, and portable tray.
|9″ x 7″ Rectangular Grid Basket||4 oz. Condiment Cup||Food Safe Liner|
When your sampler is more for a happy hour and/or smaller portions, using a circle plate can still create a large impact. Try this look for your bar offerings.
|6.5″ Round Plate||4 oz. Ramekin|
Traditionally, three or more appetizers are combined together on one platter. A simple way to offer this delightful treat to your guests is to place your samples around your sauces.
|7.25″ Round Plate||4 oz. Ramekin|
A slight variation that can have a visual impact is using a square platter and adding carrots and celery. Not only do the extra veggies add color, it has the added benefit of keeping some of the food from touching.
|8.75″ Square Plate||4 oz. Ramekin|
Platter baskets have many uses on todays tabletop. Not only does the paper lining make for easy clean-up, but it is sized right for three or more appetizer samplers as well as the necessary sauce accompaniments.
|Round Basket||4 oz. Ramekin||Food Safe Liner|
Don’t be afraid to try different shapes. This triangle shaped plate combined with triangle ramekins creates a visual impact and look that is different from what everyone else is serving.
|12″ Triangle Plate||2 oz. Triangle Ramekin|
While round has been the traditional approach, don’t forget about rectangle platters. Not only do they offer a canvas to beautifully layout your appetizer samples, but they save on table real estate.
|13″ x 7.8″ Rectangular Platter||4 oz. Ramekin|
The elongated platter allows everyone at the table easy access to their favorites, while adding an elegance to this menu staple.
|15″ x 7.5″ Tray||4 oz. Ramekin|