Last month, we had friends over for dinner. I’d planned the main dish and they were bringing a salad. I’d been gone all day and as I was driving home, I realized I didn’t have anything to have out to snack on before dinner. While starters aren’t always a necessity if you’ve having a big dinner, we did need a little something that night. I racked my brain for what we had on hand, avoiding a trip to the market at all costs. Finally, I decided to slice up some of the great fruit I had (apples and persimmons) and serve it on an appetizer board with some crackers, honey, and a bit of herbed goat cheese leftover from a recipe I’d just made. I wasn’t proud of what I’d put out, but at least I had something and it was easy…
I set out the platter and wandered back into the kitchen to check on dinner. A few moments later, I came back out to see that almost half the fruit was already gone and I had to stick around to make sure I got a few slices of my beloved persimmons!
In my haste I rediscovered the wonderment of simple presentations and good food. What felt somewhat over the top (two apples and a persimmon sliced just seemed like too much fruit) was actually just right. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the spread but was still ready for dinner! For a simple spread for just four people, I recommend:
1-2 apples, thinly sliced*
1 persimmon or pear, thinly sliced
1 bunch grapes (Christmas Crunch Grapes pictured here)
*to easily slice the apple, I cut four-sides around the core and then thinly slice each side.
Stay tuned later this week, for a delicious spread for eight people that takes just a few more minutes!
Thank you to Melissa’s for the produce!