For everyday meals and for entertaining friends, we always gravitate towards quick, simple and wholesome creations that are thrown together without any formalities.
Invest in a nice, big wooden chopping board or platter and serve it up. Don’t even worry about messy crumbs, oil drizzles and smudges. They add to the rustic charm.
Here is a cheese/tapas platter combination that we use often – both for when guests pop over and also as impromptu dinners on those busy nights where there is no time for a full meal prep.
Dip the whole round of cheese in some milk and coat with breadcrumbs (we prefer camembert or brie but you could use most cheeses). Spray lightly with some olive oil and bake for 15 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius (turning over once half way). Then for the dipping sauce, simply add caramelised onions to a small tin of cranberry sauce. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the camembert as the sweetness cuts through the saltiness of the cheese.
Note: after crumbing, if you leave the cheese to set in the fridge overnight then it will hold it’s shape much better when baking… but hey, in keeping to the theme here, it really doesn’t matter if it holds its shape or the cheese oozes through the crumbs.
In an over proof dish add sliced sausages (chorizo is best), a handful of whole kalamata olives, a sprinkle of paprika and drizzle on some extra virgin olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes at 180 degrees (or until the sausage is cooked and starting to crisp up).
Serve on a large chopping board or platter and slice up some crusty bread to serve.
We love using simple, mismatched bowls to add some pops of white against the wooden board. And this platter is perfectly accompanied with some white sangria or an easy mix of red wine sangria (1 part red wine to 1/4 vodka & 2 parts fruit punch).
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If you like the more rustic things in life, then you may want to check out our post on French Country Decorating and Weathered Wood Pieces and Decorating with Rusted Pieces. We also have some more nice and simple food ideas in our post on Entertaining Equations.