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Creating Mini Grazing Tables: Big Flavors in a Bite-Sized Package

Mini grazing tables are more than just a trend; they're a testament to the art of presentation and the celebration of diverse flavors.

Grazing tables have taken the culinary world by storm in recent years, offering a delightful way to bring people together over an abundance of delicious treats. While the grandeur of a full-sized grazing table is undeniably impressive, there's something truly charming about mini grazing tables that capture the essence of indulgence in a smaller package. At Platter Girl, it's all about creating memorable culinary experiences, and we're here to show you how to craft the perfect mini grazing table that's big on flavor and style.


The Art of Mini Grazing Tables:

Mini grazing tables are more than just a trend; they're a testament to the art of presentation and the celebration of diverse flavors. These petite platters offer an ideal solution for intimate gatherings, date nights, or even as a unique appetizer display at weddings and events. The key to a successful mini grazing table is to curate a thoughtfully balanced selection of ingredients that excite the senses.

 

Accompaniments to Enhance the Experience:

A well-curated mini grazing table isn't just about charcuterie; it's also about the accompaniments that enhance the overall experience. Here are some complementary ingredients to consider:

  • Artisanal Cheeses: Offer a variety of cheeses, such as brie, camembert, aged cheddar, and gouda, to provide diverse textures and flavors.

  • Fresh Fruits: Add a burst of freshness with grapes, figs, apple slices, and berries. They provide a delightful contrast to the richness of the meats and cheeses.

  • Nuts: Almonds, pistachios, walnuts, or pecans add a satisfying crunch

  • Variety of Olives & Pickles: A selection of marinated olives brings a savory and briny note to the table.

  • Crackers and Bread: Include an assortment of artisanal crackers and freshly baked bread to serve as the perfect vehicles for your charcuterie.

Charcuterie Ingredients to Elevate Your Mini Grazing Table:

  1. Prosciutto: This paper-thin, salt-cured Italian ham is a classic charcuterie staple. Its delicate texture and salty-savory flavor make it a crowd-pleaser.

  2. Salami: Choose a variety of salamis, such as Genoa, soppressata, or chorizo, to add depth and spice to your mini grazing table.

  3. Coppa: A marbled and richly flavored cured meat, coppa adds a touch of elegance and a hint of spice.

  4. Capicola: Made from dry-cured pork shoulder, capicola offers a slightly sweet and smoky taste that pairs beautifully with cheese.

  5. Pâté: Elevate your mini grazing table with a decadent spread of pâté, whether it's chicken liver, duck, or vegetarian options.

Mini grazing tables are a testament to the art of presentation and the joy of savoring diverse flavors. With carefully chosen charcuterie ingredients and thoughtful accompaniments, you can create a visually stunning and delectable spread that's perfect for any occasion. So, gather your favorite ingredients and start crafting your own mini grazing table masterpiece today!


Here are the ingredients for this gorgeous Mini Graze I made for a celebration of life below. It was one of the very first grazing tables I had ever made. I wanted the 4 foot x 2 foot table to be COMPLETELY covered in ingredients using the flat lay technique for styling my charcuterie, and following my Eat Beautifully method for what order to style my ingredients. I absolutely love how it turned out and the internets agreed with me! This picture has circulated Pinterest and been viewed over 12 Million times! Crazy town.

Signature Platter Girl Mini Flat Lay Grazing Table

(4' x 2') - feeds 30+


Cheese & Dishes

Cave aged blue

Triple Cream Brie

Boursin Garlic & Fine Herb

Dill Havarti

Smoked Cheddar

Spanish Manchego

Bellavitano Merlot soaked cheese

Creamy Havarti

Garlic Hummus

Plain Hummus

Chipotle Bitchin Sauce

Sweet Pickle slices

Cornichons

Honey

Apricot Fruit Spread

Fig Jam

Cranberry Mustard (drool)


Meats

Prosciutto

Pepperoni

Italian Dry Salami

Genoa Salami

Mortadella slices


Fruit & Veggies

Pomegranate

Clementine oranges

Purple grapes

Strawberries

Arugula (around the perimeter)

Baby carrots

Blueberries

Blackberries

Raspberries

Whole Apple

Pear

Cucumbers


Yummy Goodness

Chocolate chip cookies

Pistachios

Smoked Almonds

Rosemary Croccantini Crackers

Dried cranberries

Dried apricots

Chocolate covered pretzels

French macarons

French sourdough baguette


Garnish & Take a pic

Fresh basil

Fresh sage

Fresh thyme

Arugula (used as garnish around the edges)

Fresh flowers



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