What do you put on a nibbles platter?

Answered by Robert Dupre

When it comes to creating a delicious nibbles platter, there are a few key items that can really elevate the overall experience. I’ve had the pleasure of experimenting with various platters over the years, and I’ve found that cured meats, marinated vegetables, olives, nuts, dried fruit, and pastes are all fantastic additions to consider.

Cured meats are a staple on any platter, as they provide a rich and savory element. Some popular options include prosciutto, salami, and chorizo. These meats are often thinly sliced and have a wonderful depth of flavor that pairs well with other ingredients. I personally love the way the saltiness of the cured meats complements the other items on the platter.

Marinated vegetables can add a burst of freshness and tang to the platter. Options like roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, and sun-dried tomatoes are great choices. The marination process infuses them with flavor and enhances their texture, making them a delightful addition to the overall bite.

Olives are another must-have for a nibbles platter. They come in a wide variety of types and flavors, such as green, black, Kalamata, and stuffed. I find that olives add a briny and slightly bitter note to the platter, which helps balance out the richness of the cured meats and other ingredients.

Nuts are a great addition for some crunch and texture. Options like almonds, cashews, and walnuts provide a satisfying bite and can be enjoyed on their own or paired with other items. I particularly enjoy the contrast between the creamy, salty nuts and the more intense flavors on the platter.

Dried fruit adds a touch of sweetness and a different texture to the platter. Figs, apricots, and cranberries are all popular choices. They provide a nice contrast to the savory elements and can also help cleanse the palate between bites. I find that the combination of salty cured meats, tangy marinated vegetables, and sweet dried fruit creates a delightful harmony of flavors.

Lastly, pastes such as hummus, tapenade, or baba ganoush can be a great addition to the platter. These spreads offer a creamy and flavorful element that can be enjoyed alongside the other ingredients. They also provide a vegan-friendly option for those who may have dietary restrictions.

When assembling a nibbles platter, it’s important to consider a variety of flavors and textures. Cured meats, marinated vegetables, olives, nuts, dried fruit, and pastes all bring their own unique characteristics to the table. By combining these elements, you can create a platter that is not only visually appealing but also a delight for the taste buds.