Pick-and-mix platters are perfect for picnics and relaxed alfresco lunches – and the options are endless.
Grilled vegetables with green goddess sauce
Vegetables cooked over an open flame are a simple delight, but you don’t really need a barbecue for this recipe – you can achieve the same effect by using a smoking-hot cast-iron griddle pan. The key is to not flip the vegetables too often. They’ll take on beautiful char marks and even taste a little smoky. Use any vegetables you like; you’ll need about 450g in total.
Le grand aïoli
This traditional French platter is all about the aïoli, which is definitely worth making at home frequently because it is so delicious spread on sandwiches, served as a dip for oven fries and mixed into salad (see the chicken salad crostini recipe on the following page). Once you’ve made the aïoli, the rest of the dish comes together easily.
Pita chips and crispy chickpeas
Manouri is a mild semi-soft Greek cheese. It doesn’t melt when heated, which makes it ideal for scooping up with a crisp baked pita chip. This board also has a flame-coloured sauce that cloaks the chips and hidden pockets of black olives. Use a baking dish that can go straight from oven to table, then dig in!
Chicken salad crostini
This chicken salad is held together with just enough creamy aïoli and brightened up with the addition of preserved lemon, a salty and flavourful ingredient that you can find in the condiments section of most supermarkets.
Korean bulgogi beef lettuce cups
Bulgogi beef has a touch of sweetness thanks to puréed pear in the marinade (and the fruit also tenderises the meat). Freezing the whole steak for about 1 hour helps to firm it up before slicing as thinly as possible. The meat also needs to marinate for at least 30 minutes, so make sure to plan ahead.
Caper berries come from the same plant as capers but are about the size of grapes and have a distinct flavour that is reminiscent of mustard. For this Scandinavian-inspired board, they’re chopped and mixed into cream cheese, which pairs perfectly with smoked salmon and tangy pickled spring onions.
Spicy herb kofta
These lamb skewers are boldly flavored with cumin, sumac and harissa. The accompanying dipping sauce is both spicy and cooling – fresh green chilli brings the heat and creamy yogurt balances it. You’ll have some sauce leftover, but it’s delicious served with all kinds of grilled meat or cooked vegetables.
High tea with lemon-hibscus scones
These lemony scones are glazed with vivid fuchsia icing. The beautiful natural colour comes from dried hibiscus flowers, which you can buy online (alternatively, you can use a hibiscus tea bag). Choose any fresh fruit you love for this board. A combination of a few different fruits will look the most visually striking.
Chosen by YOU interiors expert Charlotte Page
ART AND KISSES £44, anthropologie.com
WOODEN £26, iamfy.co
WHALE £42, yvonneellen.com
ORANGE SPECKLES £70, hotpottery.co.uk
CARVED WOOD £34.95, nkuku.com
BLUE WATERCOLOUR £35, johnlewis.com
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Our recipes are from Boards, Platters, Plates by Maria Zizka, published by Artisan Books, price £15.99. To order a copy for £13.59 until 16 May call 020 3308 9193 or go to mailshop.co.uk/books. Free p&p on orders over £20.
Photographs: Erin Scott. © Maria Zizka 2021