Entertaining: On designing an Hors d’oeuvre Plank

I have written before about my Planks and the various entertaining venues I have used them.  The more I use them the more I challenge my creativity in designing a beautiful offering of foods on my planks.  For this plank I used a 3 foot plank and went for pops of color, a variety of textures and flavors, and items of interest like freshly roasted golden beets and Devil on Horseback- plump dried apricots wrapped in smokey bacon.  Planking has been my style of entertaining and serving appetizers for a few months now and I love the way it lends a free-style quality to my creativity.  I find using a red oak, naked plank of wood very rustic and appealing in the way it blends with the offerings, never subtracting from their  beauty.

For this plank I went with the golden colors of Autumn. From the top: golden vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh Oregano, Golden roasted beets,  Devil on Horseback, Fresh Parsley, thinly sliced raw radishes, olives, fresh Mint, wedges of Comté cheese, more Devil on Horseback, Roasted eggs on a bed of fresh chives. I roasted the raw in-shell eggs with the beets for 20 minutes at 375 degrees and immediately placed them in an iced water bath to cool. Once cool, I peeled and quartered them.  The beets continued to roast for another 35 minutes.

I also designed a Charcuterie Plank of Soppressata salami, Italian hard salami, and Pâté with my favorite little pickles, Cornichons.  Below is the entire set up on a low table in my living room.  I served these Planks with a basket of whole grain and French baguette slices and flat bread crackers.  On the far end of the table you can see my collection of salts I had posted about earlier in the week. The beverages of the evening were red and white wines, Pellegrino, and my Spiced Pumpkin Creme with Brandy.

Happy Planking!

5 Comments

  1. Posted October 29, 2012 at 7:36 AM | Permalink

    Very nice Robin Sue. We have some planks we need to remember to use.

  2. Posted October 29, 2012 at 6:05 PM | Permalink

    Quel panache! Very inspiring. I’m pinning to remember and show others.

  3. Posted October 29, 2012 at 8:56 PM | Permalink

    Great idea!

  4. Posted November 2, 2012 at 12:13 PM | Permalink

    I could have that for dinner and be a very happy girl! I am going to try your roasted eggs – so cool! Hope you are having fun reconnecting with your family this week!

  5. Posted November 4, 2012 at 9:56 AM | Permalink

    Love the idea of the wood planks for entertaining. They would fit in nicely in my New England 1730’s kitchen.

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