This visual cornucopia of a cookbook is THE guide to entertaining with effortless style. Celebrated author and food blogger Shelly Westerhausen shares the secrets to creating casually chic spreads anyone can make and everyone will enjoy (and envy). Organised by time of day, 40 contemporary arrangements are presented with gorgeous photography, easy–to–prepare recipes, suggested meat and drink pairings and notes on preparation and presentation.
Helpful advice includes tips on portioning, picking surfaces and vessels, pairing complementary textures and flavours, plus a handy chart featuring board suggestions for a variety of occasions (from holiday parties to baby showers). PLATTERS AND BOARDS is an inspiring housewarming or hostess gift and resource for throwing unforgettable get–togethers.
The following recipe is from Platters and Boards: Beautiful, Casual Spreads for Every Occasion by Shelly Westerhausen with Wyatt Worcel
Fondue (the French word for “melt”) was a popular party theme in the fifties, sixties, and seventies in the United States, and it’s still just as thrilling to have a fondue party today as it was back then! With little preparation required and a communal serving style, fondue is an interactive way to bring people together at the table.
STRATEGY: Dice and prepare as much of the food ahead of time as you can. Steam the vegetables and cook the fondue right before eating. Look for color-coded fondue spears
so that each guest can keep track of their own eating utensils (especially if guests are eating directly from the spears instead of transferring to their plates and using forks).
DRINK PAIRING: Serve with an aromatic white wine like a Riesling. If you want to serve something more unique, add a splash of Kirsch, a German cherry brandy, as it is traditionally added to many cheese fondue recipes.
WYATT’S MEATY SUGGESTION: Salami and cheese are already a delicious match, but when this salty meat is dipped in warm fondue, it reaches an entirely new level of mouth-watering.
- Triple Cheese Truffle Oil Fondue (recipe follows)
- 1 head broccoli, chopped into florets
- 6 medium carrots, peeled and diced
- 1 head cauliflower, chopped into florets
- 2 bell peppers, cut into strips
- 2 cups [170 g] snap peas
- 3 apples, chopped into bite-size pieces
- 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3 cups [480 g] seedless grapes
- 1 pumpernickel loaf, cut into bite-size pieces
- 1 French bread loaf, cut into bite-size pieces
1. Transfer the fondue to a fondue pot and place in the centre of your serving table.
2. Working in batches, lightly steam the broccoli, carrots, cauliflower and bell peppers. Transfer the veggies to a platter with the snap peas and set on the serving table. Lightly toss the apple slices in lemon juice, place on a plate with the grapes and put on the serving table.
3. Combine the two breads on the last plate and place on the serving table.
Triple Cheese Truffle Oil Fondue
MAKES 1 1/2 CUPS [400 G]
- 1 garlic clove, halved
- 1 tsp olive oil
- 2 tsp cornstarch
- 1 cup [240 ml] dry white wine
- 11/2 cups [110 g] shredded white
- Cheddar cheese
- 11/2 cups [110 g] shredded Gruyère or Swiss cheese
- 1 cup [80 g] shredded Emmental cheese
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 11/2 tsp white truffle oil
1. Rub the garlic all over the inside of a medium saucepan set over medium-low heat. Add the olive oil and cornstarch and whisk together. Slowly pour in the white wine while whisking. Turn the heat to medium and let cook until simmering. Once simmering, add small handfuls of the shredded cheeses to the mixture, constantly whisking and making sure the cheese has completely melted before adding another handful. Once all the cheese has been added and melted, remove from the heat and season with pepper.
2. Transfer the fondue to a fondue pot and drizzle with truffle oil. Serve right away.