A fruit platter can be the quickest type of platter to assemble for your guests.
Some simple cuts, pile'em high and add some whole berries and grapes and TA-DA!
Here are a few pointers to switching up your fruit platter to have your guests oohing and aahing...
1. The Fruit We all know the standard mix - melons, pineapple, berries and grapes. There are so many other fruit that are fresh, in season and are ripe for the picking (pun intended).
- sliced apples or pears
- ...and all the other tropical fruit on display!
2. The Tools Pull out all of your garnishing tools and paring knifes and get creative!
- Carve slits, wedges or divots creatively into the fruit.
- Use a wavy scissors or slicers cut the fruit into wavy sticks or wedges.
- Use melon-ballers of various sizes to create balls of fruit
3. Add final garnishes This is the final touch the platter to delight the senses.
- Tuck in fresh basil or mint leaves to amp up the aroma of the produce.
- Everyone loves chocolate-covered strawberries! Add a few to the top of the platter.
- Sugar some! Rinse berries or grapes in cool water and sprinkle coarse sugar over the top so they look frosty.
4. And finally - the dip(s) Offer one dip at a minimum, two is lovely. My quick go-to for fruit? Stir in 1 tsp of vanilla bean paste (or the insides of 1 fresh vanilla bean) into each cup of sweetened whipped cream. Vanilla Bean Dip - DONE!
Just as I suggest for other platters...if you can start with a base big enough to hold everything (including dips), you can easily move it from counter to table or patio with ease.
Re-think the container/service-style. Instead of large flat platter, pile the fruit into an array of individual glass or clear plastic containers of varying heights. Add ice on the bottom to keep them fresh.
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