Entertaining is great fun, but Christmas is a busy time of the year and being a domestic goddess can be time consuming. When I got asked if I’d like to create some ideas for platters using products from the Alison’s Pantry range I was happy to give it a go. I wanted to create platters that were delicious, contained nutrient rich ingredients and not too expensive. And the mission was accomplished. The best bit is it’s so easy too.
The bulk bins are one of my favourite parts of the supermarket – so many yummy nut mixtures, seeds, and fruits and you can pick just the amount you need too. I work close to New World, so when I’m hungry and out of snacks I’ll often go grab a bag of nuts to much on. Alison’s Pantry have recently put out some new ranges – so I put a couple of new items to the test in my platters which I’ve shared below.
Here’s my platter ideas:
Alison’s Pantry have two date varieties and I chose the gourmet dates. They’re sort of an in betweener variety between your standard dried date and the medjool date. They less fibrous than the standard Alison’s pantry every day date and quite delicious. Dates a yummy healthy sweet treat and they provide a source of magnesium and vitamin B6.
Figs are naturally sweet and are also quite nutritious. They provide a little calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, iron, vitamin C and vitamin A.
Chocolate is always nice on a platter and the new chia chocolate almonds make a nice twist on the usual chocolate almonds. They taste just like chia tea, only chocolatey and crunchy. The plain chocolate almonds are always a favourite too, and didn’t last long.
For a savoury platter, my favourite new item from Alison’s Pantry is the savoury sprinkle. In this yummy mix there is roasted chickpeas flavoured with garlic, karengo (NZ seaweed), pumpkin and sunflower seeds, almonds coupled with goji berries. The slightly sweet goji berries go really nice with the savoury flavours of the other ingredients.
I also added figs, pistachios and the deluxe raw nut mix. This contains raw Brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts and pecans.
Then I simply grabbed a packet of blue cheese and some crackers and voilà a yummy savoury platter that contains nutrient rich ingredients.
If you’re keen for more platter ideas, I’ve shared some yummy recipes and combinations for platters here
What are your favourite things to add to platters?