Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion

Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion

Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion

Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion


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The must-have charcuterie board book! This bestselling book shares the secrets to easy, attractive, and delicious boards and spreads.

An inspiring resource for throwing unforgettable get-togethers: Platters and Boards is the guide to entertaining with effortless style. Includes a sumptuous range of platter ideas and recipes to graze on presented with gorgeous photography, easy recipes, and helpful tips.

Author Shelly Westerhausen shares the secrets to creating casually chic spreads anyone can make and everyone will enjoy (and envy). Organized by time of day, 40 contemporary arrangements are presented with full-color photographs, step-by-step instructions, suggested meat and drink pairings, and notes on preparation, presentation, and storage.

With a helpful list featuring board suggestions for every occasion (from baby showers to game nights), this book is all you need to create beautiful charcuterie, mixed spreads, and cheese boards to share with friends and family.

COOKBOOK FOR EVERY OCCASION: Recipes and presentation ideas for breakfast, brunch, appetizer, antipasto, charcuterie, and cheese are all included.

PRO TIPS FOR BEAUTIFUL BOARDS: Along with ingredient arrangements, helpful guidance includes tips on portioning, guides to picking surfaces and vessels, recommendations for pairing complementary textures and flavors, and a handy chart featuring board suggestions for a variety of occasions from holiday parties to baby showers.

CELEBRATED AUTHOR: Cookbook author and food blogger Shelly Westerhausen is founder of the blog Vegetarian Ventures. Her popular cookbooks include Tables & Spreads and Vegetarian Heartland.

Perfect for:
  • An inspiring bridal shower, housewarming, or hostess gift
  • Fans of books like Whiskey in a Teacup, Magnolia Table, Barefoot Contessa Parties!, 100 Cookies, and Cravings
  • Pair with a beautiful charcuterie board or accessories to create a unique gift set

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452164151
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 146,599
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Shelly Westerhausen is the author of Vegetarian Heartland and the founder of the blog Vegetarian Ventures. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana, with her boyfriend, Wyatt.

Wyatt Worcel is a musician and a contributor to Vegetarian Ventures.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

How to Create the Perfect Board or Platter 12

A Board for Every Occasion 25

Part 1 Morning

Lazy Sunday Brunch Board 30

Soft-Boiled Eggs with Savory Parmesan Soldiers 32

Caffeine Spread 33

Cardamom Coffee Cream Scones 35

Breakfast Sandwich Table Spread 38

Ricotta and Tomato Baked Eggs 40

Brunch for a Crowd Board 44

Roasted Figs with Tarragon 45

Parfait Board 48

Granola Two Ways: Sweet Cinnamon Cherry and Ginger Apricot 49

Wanderlust Board 52

Breakfast Rolls 53

Breakfast in Bed Board 54

Miniature Tomato, Garlic, and Goat Cheese Frittatas 56

Part 2 Afternoon

Beach Board 62

Quick-Pickled Vegetables 63

Fall Board 64

Fall Harvest Focaccia 66

Red, Blue, and Cinnamon Platter 67

Sweet Cinnamon Fruit Dip 69

Park Picnic Spread 70

Eggplant-Walnut Pâté 72

Dog Days of Summer Board 73

Tahini Coconut Dipping Sauce 75

Winter Solstice Platter 78

Carrot Curry Shooters 79

Teatime Spread 82

Rose and Pistachio Shortbread 83

Happy Hour Platter 86

Red Wine Caramelized Onion Dip 87

Build Your Own Crostini Spread 90

Pink Hummus 92

Part 3 Evening

Holiday Hosting Spread 98

Mini Cheeseballs 99

Date Night Spread 100

Dark Chocolate-Covered Strawberries with Pistachio and Raspberry Dust 102

Movie Night Board 103

Chicago-Style Caramel and Cheddar Popcorn 105

Grill Out Platter 108

Charred Romaine Wedges with Tarragon-Buttermilk Dressing 109

Lazy Dinner Smorgasbord 112

Tomato-Thyme Jam 113

Dinner Party Spread 114

Tiered Cheese "Cake" 116

Hot Chocolate Tray 117

White Chocolate Hot Cocoa with Amaretto Whipped Cream 119

Holiday Sweet Treat Spread 122

Soft Chocolate Ginger Cookies 123

S'mores Smorgasbord 126

Spiced Chai Graham Crackers 127

Halloween Board 130

Mulled Cider 131

Black-Tie Spread 134

Whipped Feta with Black Seasame Seeds 135

Part 4 Anytime

Sugar High Platter 140

Salted Cashew Brittle 141

Flower Power Platter 144

Quick Rose-Pickled Grapes 146

Mediterranean Platter 150

The Simplest Red Wine Sangria 151

California Dreaming Board 154

Miniature Cali Skewers 155

Southern-Style Board 158

Pimiento Dip 159

Sundae Spread 162

Hazelnut Hot Fudge 164

Deviled Egg Platter 168

Basic Deviled Eggs, Crème Fraîche Deviled Eggs 169

Beet-Pickled Deviled Eggs 170

Caprese Platter 174

Garlic Confit 175

Veg Out! Platter 178

Lemon-Dill White Bean Dip 179

Fondue Spread 182

Triple Cheese Truffle Oil Fondue 183

Pickle Platter 186

Bread and Butter Pickled Vegetabels 187

Mainly Meat Charcuterie Board by Wyatt 190

Hot Honey 191

Clean Out Your Pantry Smorgasbord 194

White Wine-Warmed Olives with Orange and Rosemary 195

Part 5 Essentials

Quick Crostini 198

Smoky Sweet Mixed Nuts 201

Smoked Gouda Cheese Straws 202

Homemade Seedy White Cheddar Crackers 205

Marinated Feta with Sun-Dried Tomato, Thyme, and Garlic 206

Whole-Grain Lager Mustard 209

Pistachio Herb Pesto 210

Baked Camembert with Candied Cherries and Toasted Pecans 213

Candied Pistachios 214

Compound Butter Three Ways: Blueberry Thyme Compound Butter, Vanilla Cinnamon Compound Butter 217

Chili Garlic Lime Compound Butter 218

Acknowledgments 219

Index 220

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