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!


  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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