Your weekend spread sorted
The weekend is upon us, and what better way to spend it than creating glorious spreads fit for your favourite people to feast upon. Nothing says 'weekend' quite like 'snacking', so whether you’re staying indoors or braving a picnic outside, we’ve rounded up the best spreads we could think of to make your weekend prep a breeze.
You can never go wrong with a tasty cheese platter (paired with a glass of wine, naturally.)
Start by choosing from a selection of cheeses from Deli Extra – we recommend two at minimum. To up the ante, bake a brie, halloumi or camembert cheese in the oven for 10 minutes, then drizzle it with honey and basil. Served with hot bread, it's a standout. For a more traditional cheese platter, you can’t go wrong with a soft and hard cheese, plus a blue if you're keen to live dangerously.
Next comes the cold meats including prosciutto and salami from Deli Extra or Sam's Country Growers and the sides to pull it all together - fruit, nuts, olives, breads and crackers. Fill ramekins with various dips and nibbles and you're good to go - Coles and Woolworths will have you covered.
If you’re entertaining at home, whip up a hearty winter meal with fresh produce from your local butcher and fruit and veg stores. Roast a chicken, lamb or whole salmon in the oven, or cook up a soul-warming slow-cooked soup for your guests. Be sure to keep some in-season fresh herbs and spices on hand for easy prepping, too – a lot can be achieved with ginger, oregano and rosemary.
How does roast lamb, butternut pumpkin and watermelon salad on the side sound?
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Pastries; those flaky, mouth-watering parcels of goodness. Sweet or savoury is always the question – and we say, why not both? Whether it's a main meal or a grazing platter you're after, pastry is always a crowd pleaser.
Create the ultimate party spread with crowd favourites from L'Oven. Now onto the sweet stuff. From apple and blueberry Danish pastries to almond or chocolate croissants, head to Baked and Co. to add a European flavour to your soiree. We recommend a tray of fresh fruit on the side for balance, so tick off your grapes and fresh melons at Sam's Country Growers.
The up and coming trend making a feature on an Instagram feed near you is the sweet spread; from pikelet platters to deconstructed mini pavlovas and fresh fruit (with a choice of delectable dipping sauces), your sweet tooth will be beyond satisfied. Visit Donut King and Baked and Co. for all your needs.