Easy ideas for creating the ultimate entertaining platter & WIN!


If you’re like me, over winter you tend to go into a wee bit of hibernation mode, but as the weather warms up and summer draws near you become more inspired to have friends over and entertain.
While I love having people around, I also love to make it as fuss free as possible. After all, it’s about spending time with your friends, not fluffing around in the kitchen.

Today I thought I’d share with you how to create the ultimate entertaining platter and some quick easy nibble ideas, PLUS I’m giving away a $50 supermarket voucher and a 1 year Taste Magazine Subscription so you can be inspired and create your own delicious platter at home (details at bottom of the post).

Creating a delicious & good looking platter:

I like to put together a mixture of sweet and savoury items on my platter for a variety of tastes and textures.  I find a mixture of sweet, savoury, salty and crispy items as well as some delicious hummus provides a mixture that people love.

Hummus for dipping/spreading:  On my platter I’ve used Lisa’s Beetroot Hummus and Lisa’s Toppings Hummus with Dukkah & Roasted Pistachio.  Lisa’s have a wide range of hummus dips. I always used to just pick the same ones, but I’ve been trialling a few new flavours lately, so take a look through the whole range to find something that suits the type of platter you want to create. I chose Lisa’s Beetroot Hummus because I love its delicious flavour and it also adds colour, whilst the Lisa’s Toppings Hummus with Dukkah & Roasted Pistachio has all the great taste of original hummus but with a yummy crunchy topping. You can find out more about Lisa’s Hummus here and you can easily pick them up at your local supermarket.

Fruit:  I love grapes, strawberries and dried (or fresh) figs on a platter as these all go well with cheese. Figs can be cut up and added to crackers along with cheese – it’s such a delicious combination.  Fresh figs are also delicious when in season.

Chocolate: As far as I’m concerned, most things are better with a little chocolate and adding some squares of top quality chocolate adds a nice touch to a platter.

Cheese: It’s up to you if you have cheese on your platter or what cheeses you use, but I tend to use two to three including a blue and a strong cheddar, and for the third option I go for something creamy like a brie.

Other platter fillers: For the rest of the platter, nuts, olives, gherkins and cherry tomatoes add colour and interesting flavours and textures.  Then to finish off, simply add your favourite crackers and you’ve got a delicious platter that contains something to please everyone.

Decoration:  Adding a swirl of greenery or flowers through the middle of your platter looks pretty and if you use something like jasmine, it smells amazing too. Other ideas are fresh herbs like rosemary.

I also create mini wrap bites and bruschetta as no fuss entertaining snacks that look impressive but are easy to make.

Here’s a couple of my favourite recipes:




Simple Hummus Herb and Dukkah Bruschetta

This bruschetta is one of the easiest things to make. The hummus comes with a sachet of roasted pistachios mixed with Dukkah, you just sprinkle this on top which adds a delicious flavour boost and texture too. Plus it looks good too!


Sourdough bread stick, or French bread
Lisa’s Toppings Hummus with Dukkah & Roasted Pistachio
Fresh Rosemary (if you can get it in flower even better)

Cut the bread into slices. You can either brush with olive oil and lightly grill or leave fresh.

Spread with a generous amount of Lisa’s Hummus and sprinkle over the roasted pistachio and Dukkah. Top with some freshly washed rosemary leaves and flowers.


Chargrilled Capsicum and Feta Mini Wraps

6 tablespoons Lisa’s Chargrilled Capsicum Hummus
4 preserved roasted capsicum, split open and patted dry
100g feta cheese
2 large wrap breads

Spread wrap breads with the hummus. Slice the capsicums in half and cover the wraps with the roasted capsicum. Slice the feta into thin slices and place on top. Gently roll up the wraps, aiming to get a tight roll. Slice each wrap into rounds. Top with some fresh herbs.


Chargrilled Capsicum, Tomato and Avocado Bruschetta

Sourdough bread stick, or French bread
Lisa’s Chargrilled Capsicum Hummus
Cherry tomatoes
Fresh lemon
Fresh herbs

Cut the bread into slices. You can either brush with olive oil and lightly grill or leave fresh.

Spread each slice with a generous amount of hummus. Top with a slice of avocado which has been coated in a little lemon juice. This stops it from going brown. Add a cherry tomato half to each one and top with some fresh herb leaves.

I hope this helps you in creating the ultimate entertaining platter and nibbles over summer. Happy entertaining guys and good luck with the competition!



Thanks to Lisa’s Hummus, I’ve got a $50 supermarket voucher and a 1 year subscription to Taste Magazine to give away so you can be inspired and create your own delicious platter at home.

To be in the draw to win,  just comment below with what flavour of Lisa’s Hummus you’d use on your platter and head over and follow them either on Facebook or Instagram. I couldn’t get hold of my last winner so I have extended the competition!!  Competition will be drawn on 15th December 16th November 2016 and is open to NZ residents only.

CONGRATULATIONS to Karen Mabey. Check your emails 🙂

This post was made possible thanks to Lisa’s Hummus.























136 Responses to Easy ideas for creating the ultimate entertaining platter & WIN!

  1. Bianca Harris October 19, 2016 at 9:02 am #

    I love the hummus with dukkah on top!! So delicious xx

  2. Tracy October 19, 2016 at 9:13 am #

    I can’t make a platter without Lisa’s Preserved Lemon Hummus with Sesame, Pistachio & Avocado Oil. I just love that hummus! So good on crackers, corn chips, bagels, toast, veggie sticks, finger dipped in the pottle…

  3. Karen walker October 19, 2016 at 9:14 am #

    I’m a fan of dukkah so Lisa’s hummus with dukkah would definitely hit the spot

  4. Tabitha newton October 19, 2016 at 9:18 am #

    I love the garlic hummus – served with deli meats and toasted pita bread with lovely fresh olives and artichoke hearts

  5. Isabelle October 19, 2016 at 9:21 am #

    Definitely the Hummus with Dukkah and Roasted Pistachio as I absolutely love dukkah :).

  6. Isabelle Cohen October 19, 2016 at 9:35 am #

    Most likely the kumara with pumpkin seeds one – I just love the flavour, the crunch and the colour!

  7. Nicole October 19, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    I like the carrot one and the chargrilled capsicum mmmmmm

  8. Nicole October 19, 2016 at 9:44 am #

    Kumera and pumpkin one pretty amazing too

  9. Kate October 19, 2016 at 9:44 am #

    I love the beetroot one!

  10. Suzy October 19, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    I LOVE Lisa’s Chargrilled Capsicum Hummus and Kumera and Pumpkin… since its a large platter I think I’d need more than one hummus 🙂

  11. Emily Taylor October 19, 2016 at 10:03 am #

    I d love to to use the chargrilled capsicum hummus

  12. Karen October 19, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    Kumara, Coconut & Turmeric Hummus. Yum!!! 🙂

  13. Amy October 19, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    We love the garlic hummus – its such a great flavour base!!

  14. Emma van Niekerk October 19, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    Ooh I’d definitely choose the Caramalised Onion, Gloriously Garlic, Chargrilled Capsicum and the Sundried Tomato Lisa’s dips! They’re all so good I wouldn’t be able to narrow them down.

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  15. Katherine October 19, 2016 at 10:34 am #

    Sun-dried Tomato all the way!!

  16. Tamryn October 19, 2016 at 10:39 am #

    I am currently eating beetroot and garlic ! It’s delicious!

  17. Katie Beswick October 19, 2016 at 11:35 am #

    I absolutely love the jalapeno and lime hummus it is amaZING!!!

  18. Emily Evers October 19, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    I’d be keen to try the Almond Dukkah with Sesame & Chilli on Hummus with my next platter.

  19. Chris Beswick October 19, 2016 at 11:55 am #

    The chargrilled capsicum has to feature as well as the Jalapeno & lime hummus. The beetroot and garlic on toast was my wedding day breakfast – wasn’t the initial plan but it was really good!

  20. Kyla Billings October 19, 2016 at 11:59 am #

    Lisa’s Hummus with Kumara, Coconut & Turmeric! Soooo good!!!

  21. Georgina Pattullo October 19, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

    Lisa’s Beetroot and cashew hummus is my fave!

  22. Tanya October 19, 2016 at 12:30 pm #

    I love the beetroot hummus! The pink makes platters look lovely 🙂

  23. Anissa pyke October 19, 2016 at 1:14 pm #

    I love the Kumara and Pumpkin it’s soooo yummy.

  24. Breanna Quinn October 19, 2016 at 1:24 pm #


  25. Kelly Harrison October 19, 2016 at 2:36 pm #

    The garlic is hummus is delicous!

  26. Amanda Foulkes October 19, 2016 at 3:14 pm #

    Beetroot, always beetroot!! 😉

  27. Sam October 19, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

    I loveeee the chargrilled capsicum flavour ????

  28. debbie October 19, 2016 at 4:29 pm #

    the beetroot hummus its always such a wonderful tasting thing to have and enjoy with your food 🙂

  29. Nikky Winchester October 19, 2016 at 5:19 pm #

    I’d like to try the beetroot with roasted cashews – what a great colour!

  30. Tracey October 19, 2016 at 5:58 pm #

    I LOVE beetroot so it would definitely be the beetroot hummus

  31. Eddy Gies October 19, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

    Lisa’s chargrilled capsicum hummus would be on my platter.

  32. AARON WELLS October 19, 2016 at 6:46 pm #

    beetroot humus is my fav I would use that on my platter
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  33. Suzannah Newton October 19, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

    The kumara with pumpkin seeds is so delicious!

  34. Becky October 19, 2016 at 7:27 pm #

    Hummus with dukkah and pistachios

  35. Maria Boyd October 19, 2016 at 8:06 pm #

    Hummus with Basil Pesto

  36. Prue simpson October 19, 2016 at 8:41 pm #

    I love the garlic Humus. It’s great with anything yummo & it’s so versatile

  37. Lesley Burns October 19, 2016 at 9:19 pm #

    I love Hummus with dukkah sprinkled on it on toast or crackers

  38. Sandra Grant October 19, 2016 at 9:59 pm #

    Jalapeno and lime

  39. Janine October 19, 2016 at 10:01 pm #

    Oh the beetroot hummus tastes great but also looks amazing -that’s what I’d use – delicious with carrot sticks – yummo !

  40. Claudia October 19, 2016 at 10:03 pm #

    Betroot hummus! 🙂

  41. Alyssa McGregor October 19, 2016 at 10:17 pm #

    I love the Original with garlic & lemon! Perfect for dipping vege sticks in or on rice crackers!

  42. Natalie Atkins October 19, 2016 at 11:25 pm #

    Beetroot all the way, so good for you.

  43. Alesha October 20, 2016 at 6:48 am #

    Definitely Lisa’s Beetroot Hummus is my Favorite

  44. Georgina October 20, 2016 at 8:31 am #

    Lisa’s beetroot hummus

  45. Wendy October 20, 2016 at 9:03 am #

    Lisa’s beetroot hummus

  46. Jacqui Hansen October 20, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    I LOVE the original Hummus. I have been known to say that if Hummus was a person I’d marry it!

  47. Heather P October 20, 2016 at 11:18 am #

    I love the Kumara and pumpkin seeds one!!! sooo good 🙂

  48. Helen Richardson October 20, 2016 at 12:20 pm #

    I love the garlic hummus, wonderful with a platter with carrot sticks, celery, olives (kalamata, green, stuffed), rice crackers and wheat based crackers.

  49. Christine October 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm #

    Lisa’s beetroot hummus. Looks as beautiful on a platter as it tastes!

  50. Tracey Barron October 20, 2016 at 2:23 pm #

    Kumara and Pumpkin – its my go to!

  51. Sylvia October 20, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

    I’m a big fan of the basil pesto hummus, mixes two platter essentials into one! Nom!

  52. Charmaine Willis-Croft October 20, 2016 at 6:08 pm #

    I love the garlic hummus!

  53. Pauline Baas October 20, 2016 at 6:28 pm #

    I love the beetroot hummus, it’s amazing!!!

  54. Kqrla Byrnes October 20, 2016 at 8:01 pm #

    Kumara with Pumpkin seeds

  55. Anya October 20, 2016 at 8:17 pm #

    Hands down Hummus with Dukkah and Roasted Pistachio – every time. I’ve tried others from the range, which I’ve liked too … this has to be my favourite though. With cumin flatbreads it’s perfect!

  56. Kim October 20, 2016 at 8:18 pm #

    I love the Roasted Capsicum. It is a-may-zinggggg!!!

  57. Kim October 20, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

    Actually it’s the Aubergine and Cashew with Coriander and Lime that is my fave. Although the Capsicum is very yummy too.

  58. Trista October 20, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

    Moroccan carrot is so delicious ???? Huge hummus fans in our house!

  59. Soph October 20, 2016 at 9:35 pm #

    I would love to try Lisa’s Toppings Hummus with Dukkah & Roasted Pistachios on a platter!! Sounds delicious!

  60. Kathryn Flannery October 20, 2016 at 10:17 pm #

    Lisa’s beetroot hummus

  61. Suzanne George October 20, 2016 at 10:19 pm #

    I’d use either Caramelised onion or their basil pesto hummus! The caramelised onion is a real flavour sensation.

  62. Alessandra October 20, 2016 at 11:00 pm #

    The roasted capsicum is my fav and absolutely love that it’s still nice and healthy ????

  63. Olivia October 21, 2016 at 7:52 am #

    The hummus with dukkah and roasted pistachios definitely!!

  64. Deborah Gunther October 21, 2016 at 7:53 am #

    I find it hard to choose because they are all so good. I just love Lisa’s hummus. No sorry can’t decide ????

  65. Tammy October 21, 2016 at 7:07 pm #

    Aubergine and cashew with coriander and lime is my current addiction!

  66. Stephanie smith October 21, 2016 at 8:23 pm #

    Lisa Beetroot hummus

  67. Janet October 21, 2016 at 8:28 pm #

    I love most of the flavours, but either Beetroot or the Basil Pesto would be top of the list.

  68. Joyanne linn October 21, 2016 at 8:37 pm #

    Lisa’s Hummus defiantly an old time favourite and more recent Lisa’s Beetroot Hummus??

  69. Kendra Borrie October 21, 2016 at 9:13 pm #

    Have always enjoyed Lisa’s hummus but Haven’t tried the toppings hummus with dukkah and pistachio – would love to try this.

  70. Yvonne October 21, 2016 at 10:24 pm #

    The beetroot humus is my favourite, with sour dough bread lightly toasted, yum!

  71. Brian Morton October 22, 2016 at 7:10 am #

    I’d go the original so the food could do most of the talking & the original could chime in every now & then

  72. Cath October 22, 2016 at 7:22 am #

    I love the beetroot with some tasty cheese which is unusual as normally I wouldn’t eat a beetroot if paid! But this dip is that good ????

  73. Leisha October 22, 2016 at 7:34 am #

    It’s definitely Lisa’s Beetroot Hummus for me. It’s my go-to fav, for colour and taste. Love it.

  74. Young-Jhee Kim October 22, 2016 at 8:19 am #

    My favourite is Beetroot with Cashew nuts! Great combination x

  75. Barbara Byrne October 22, 2016 at 9:50 am #

    Original an spinach And feta.Love your product.

  76. Courtenay October 22, 2016 at 10:47 am #

    Always Lisa”s Garlic Hummus!

  77. Sarah Jenkin October 22, 2016 at 2:52 pm #

    Caramelised onion with lemon and rosemary sounds delicious, and I reckon it would go well with everything else I would want on a platter!

  78. Latifah October 22, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

    Chargrilled capsicum, yum!

  79. Jane Thompson October 22, 2016 at 5:56 pm #

    I live the beetroot hummus

  80. M'cushla October 22, 2016 at 8:24 pm #

    OMG BEETROOT, so so yummy!

  81. Trish October 22, 2016 at 8:25 pm #

    I love the kumera dip

  82. Anetta October 23, 2016 at 7:47 am #

    Kumara with coconut and turmeric so good! Any of lisa’s hummus are good

  83. Dallas flight October 23, 2016 at 8:25 am #

    Def the beetroot hummus, tried it for first time at our work pink day. Yum

  84. Julia G October 23, 2016 at 1:51 pm #

    These sound delicious! My first pick would be Morrocan Carrot!

  85. Tina October 23, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    I love them all but yesterday I had Moroccan carrot on my platter deeeeeeeeeelish!

  86. Emily October 23, 2016 at 8:06 pm #

    I would love to try Lisa’s Beetroot Hummus, it’s such a gorgeous colour

  87. Edith October 24, 2016 at 8:43 am #

    My favourite is the kumara with coconut and tumeric. Delilcimo! 🙂

  88. Julie Bell October 24, 2016 at 9:06 am #

    Im loving the beetroot humus at the moment – its sooooo good, so thats what I would be adding to my platters.

  89. Samantha Meiklejohn October 24, 2016 at 9:11 am #

    I like using Lisa’s Sun Dried Tomato with fresh basil hummus as I fing it pairs well with cheeses and cured meats on platters!

  90. Holly Jamieson October 24, 2016 at 3:49 pm #

    I absolutely love Lisa’s Pumpkin & Kumara Hummus with Roast Cashews, so it is a must-have item on my platter 🙂 My whole family would benefit from a supermarket voucher and from me cooking recipes in Taste magazine. Thank you!

  91. Elvina October 24, 2016 at 7:39 pm #

    Definitely the dukkah and roasted pistachio, it’s my all-time favourite hummus. The platter looks amazing but thought I’d just mention that some types of Jasmine are poisonous, so I’d be careful which type you put on your platter 🙂

  92. Tania October 24, 2016 at 11:27 pm #

    Lisa’s Pumpkin with Chunky Pesto would be mine..absolutely morish and addictive and the perfect accompaniment to any platter.

  93. Tracey Aydon October 25, 2016 at 10:51 am #

    My girls and I all like the Moroccan Carrot hummus with carrot sticks and rice crackers so it would be perfect on our platter!

  94. felicity smith October 25, 2016 at 11:42 am #

    the beetroot hummus is amazing!

  95. Alicia October 25, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

    Kumara with roasted pumpkin seeds. Yummo

  96. Deborah October 25, 2016 at 3:05 pm #

    Kumara, Coconut & Turmeric Hummus. It really packs a punch !

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  97. Tui Amohanga October 26, 2016 at 10:10 am #

    Lisa’s Sun Dried Tomato with fresh basil hummus is my go to for any platter I make up for entertaining

  98. Claudia Silva October 26, 2016 at 7:04 pm #

    Lisa’s original! You can never go wrong. But Lisa’s beetroot always spices up the hummus life.

  99. Julie October 26, 2016 at 9:08 pm #

    Beetroot hummus. Yum! Always have it in the fridge.

  100. Tracy Thackeray October 27, 2016 at 9:26 am #

    I love the beetroot one! However they are all so good!

  101. Sarah October 29, 2016 at 2:17 pm #

    I haven’t tried the pistachio one but top of my list after reading that!

  102. Deborah Pearse October 31, 2016 at 10:24 am #

    Dukkah & Roasted Pistachio is to die for. Its our family favorite.

  103. Jan Sumner November 1, 2016 at 6:14 am #

    Roasted Capsicum is a favourite. They are all so yummy it’s hard to pick a favourite. Great food and such scrummy looking platters.

  104. Holly Campbell November 7, 2016 at 10:23 am #

    I would use Lisa’s Kumara, Coconut & Turmeric Hummus on a summer inspired platter with lots of fresh fruits and delicious cheeses!

  105. Sarah Gleeson November 11, 2016 at 7:42 pm #

    Love to try dukkah and roasted pistachio!

  106. Dahna Jeffares-Bozinovitch November 12, 2016 at 11:46 am #

    I am currently plaanning a platter and snacks for a greek lunch and this has given me the perfect ideas! I’m going to use both the beetroot and the roasted capsicum flavoured hummus’ for these – thanks!

  107. Arna lawson November 12, 2016 at 3:09 pm #

    Beetroot is sooo yum

  108. charlotte cotter November 15, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

    beetroot hummus for sure ????

  109. tiana smith November 16, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

    beetroot hummus sounds so yummy!

  110. Karen Mabey December 8, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

    I would use Kumara, Coconut & Turmeric Hummus on my platter. Yum!!! 🙂

  111. Aynsley December 8, 2016 at 3:13 pm #

    Definitely Dukkah & Roasted Pistachio, it’s so good!

  112. Jacqui Hansen December 8, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

    I’m a bit fan of the “plain” original hummus!!

  113. Marie-Louise Nordberg December 8, 2016 at 3:50 pm #

    Love the garlic hummus. But also the dukkah one.

  114. Di Bailey December 8, 2016 at 8:33 pm #

    Love this article Nicola and the platter looks sensational. My ‘go to’ hummus is garlic and my 4yo granddaughter will eat the whole container if I let her

  115. Karla Byrnes December 9, 2016 at 11:14 am #

    I love chargrilled capsicum

  116. Annabel December 9, 2016 at 4:26 pm #

    Kumara, turmeric and coconut

  117. Melissa harkess December 9, 2016 at 4:49 pm #

    Beetroot every time ????

  118. Kimberly Simpson December 9, 2016 at 5:14 pm #

    I would totally use Lisa’s Chargrilled Capsicum Hummus on my next platter!!! LOVE hummus!!!

  119. Justine Aston December 9, 2016 at 7:01 pm #

    This looks amazing. Any table would welcome a platter like this. I would choose tried and true chargrilled capsicum and keen to try the beetroot one too.

  120. Esther Fou December 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm #

    Kumara w coconut and tumeric – sounds like an amazing combo!

  121. Catherine December 9, 2016 at 8:13 pm #

    I like the original with lemon & garlic

  122. Becky December 9, 2016 at 8:16 pm #

    Love the pumpkin and kumara

  123. Liana December 9, 2016 at 9:16 pm #

    Sun dried tomato with fresh basil!

  124. Samantha Meiklejohn December 9, 2016 at 10:24 pm #

    Jalapeno & Lime with Coriander works really well on a seafood platter or in spicy fish tacos!!!

  125. Suzannah Newton December 9, 2016 at 11:33 pm #

    We love the beetroot but I’m excited to try the dukkah and roasted pistachio flavour!

  126. Ralee December 10, 2016 at 7:55 am #

    Def dukkah and roasted pistachio

  127. Jac McGowan December 10, 2016 at 11:38 am #

    Original with a dash of lemon. Also, aubergine and cashew because I can’t get enough of that stuff!

  128. Petra December 10, 2016 at 12:06 pm #

    We ALWAYS have the Moroccan carrot in our fridge, all 4 of us adore that one. Hubby and I are partial to the garlic one also.

  129. Kate Morton December 10, 2016 at 4:12 pm #

    Just good old standard hummus ks always a winner in my books!

  130. Tracee McCallum December 11, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

    i haven’t tried Lisa’s Chargrilled Capsicum Hummus yet and i would like to but normally the sun-dried tomato or the plain hummus make their way into my shopping trolley and i forget there are other flavours

  131. Anita Bethune December 12, 2016 at 11:41 am #

    Love Pumpkin with Chunky Basil Pesto <3

  132. Deborah Wood December 12, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

    Decisions decisions ! I’d go with two beautifully contrasting colours, and flavours, on my Antipasto – Kumara, Coconut & Turmeric Hummus, and Beetroot with Roasted Cashews.

  133. Jess B December 12, 2016 at 7:57 pm #

    Delicious Beetroot hummus!!

  134. Sandi McDonald December 12, 2016 at 10:43 pm #

    Beetroot hummus would be delish on a platter!

  135. Michelle December 13, 2016 at 12:17 am #

    Beetroot hummus, delish!

  136. Rosie December 13, 2016 at 7:13 am #

    It would have to be beetroot hummus its my absoloite favourite. But lets be honest why limit yourself to one hummus to a platter? 😉 the more the merrier i say! Especialy when your feeding lots of peple at christmas like we are

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