How To Create a DIY Platter
DIY platters are great way to incorporate an array of delicious treats all in one glorious place, while inspiring those inner foodie styling skills.
Ideal for Summer to showcase all those lush seasonal fruits, combined with all your favorite foods; the options are endless, so we thought we’d start you off with a few!
A gluten free diet should not be an inconvenient factor when it comes to a sharing platter. If you are thinking on how you can still enjoy the variety of that shared spread while on a gluten free diet, here are some tips and alternatives. Start with adding a source of protein like Flannerys nitrate free deli meats, then place some aged cheeses, there’s a great selection in our fridge section. Scatter nuts such as almonds, macadamias, and hazelnuts around, then include some fruit and vegetables. Go for chopped celery stalks, carrot, cherry tomatoes, grapes, figs and pears. Finally, you can’t forget the savoury and crunchy side of your platter. Add some nut and seed crackers and rice crackers, or opt for gluten free bread, such as buckwheat or Venerdi’s Paleo Seeded Bread. Make sure you add some sauerkraut for some extra probiotics and your favourite gluten free dip! We love Roza’s Gourmet range.
Did someone mention plant-based platter? There are so many varieties and great food
choices to replace the usual salami and cheese, which are vegan-friendly, nutritious and delicious. If you want a hard cheese alternative you can opt for an almond mozzarella type such as Greengrove Foods Notzarella, or a coconut based cheddar cheese. For a soft cheese alternative there are a variety of cashew based cheeses available that can be plain, or choose a flavoured style with dill, Italian herbs or even a basil pesto. We love Kehoes’s Pesto ‘Cream Cheese’, it’s super flavoursome and full of probiotics. To replace the meaty flavour, go for Nobel Jerky (we love the teriyaki flavour), falafels or some plant-based patties. For freshness, extra nutritional content, and more colour, play with your fruits and vegetables. Add apples, dried apricots or figs, capsicum, tomatoes, carrot and fennel…select pieces that you can cut up and place decoratively on your festive platter.
And the most waited platter, dessert. There is no complete culinary experience without something sweet, and a dessert platter is the best way to alternate treats. Start off with creating your own organic vegan cake which is super simple with The Gluten Free Food Co mixes. If you want to add something decadent and rich, opt for some squares of dark chocolate, our bulk bins have plenty of variety. Fruits are always a “go to” for a dessert platter. Add seasonal organic mangoes, cherries, grapes, raspberries, and why not include a chocolate dipping sauce (Vego Spread is amazing). Finally, top off with some crushed nuts. To decorate, add a few dried figs, apricots, plums, nuts and try Tom and Luke Protein Balls. The Pana Chocolate Coconut & Goji Chocolate and Loving Earth Chocolate Cranberries are some other great options to sprinkle in-between the fruits and add some extra yumminess to your festive platter.
Pair your platter (or platters) with the deliciously refreshing and gut-healthy Hemp OZ Kombucha! Platters are great for Summer entertaining at home, or to take with you to that perfect beach, or picnic location. Visit us at your closest Flannerys store and check out all our amazing products to add to your DIY platter!
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