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Grazing Platter

by Adrianne

Grazing Platter that will have you sorted for easy entertaining! To make it convenient for you, I have included a grazing platter shopping list! 

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This grazing platter is easy, delicious and impressive. A little thought and consideration needs to go into the planning of your ingredients and from there we are hitting a home run!

Entertaining platters can be the life of the party! From cured meats to cheeses with bite!

What is a Grazing Platter?

A Grazing Platter is one of the best things since sliced bread.

Regularly seen at parties and events. They contain a spread of ingredients that people can pick at.

Known for their popularity and crowd pleasing ability, they are an easy way to feed a crowd and don’t have to be expensive!

Party platters can be small, for a romantic night for 2. They can be larger to feed a family or a full table to please a crowd.

Grazing platters work as they are versatile and unique, catered towards diet restrictions and presented in a manner that screams ‘eat me!’. 

The trick is to offer variety through texture, colour and taste! 

You definitely need a shopping list when you are making a grazing platter as there is so many little bits and pieces that you don’t want to forget anything.

To make it easy for you, I have one at the end of the post, that you can print.

What do you put on a Grazing Platter?

Grazing platters often have meats, cheeses, crackers, fruit, olives and dips.

There is no set ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ so much with these bad boys, more so ‘best tips and tricks’ to make your grazing platter the bomb diggity.

To get you brainstorming and show you how it is done, I have taken a photo of all of the ingredients I used to make this platter so it is broken down for you.

Ingredients that you see in the photos for my grazing board are:

  • blue cheese
  • wasabi cheese
  • chilli cheese
  • water crackers
  • crackers (different version to above, thicker) 
  • salami (hot) 
  • ham (mild, contrasts with the above) 
  • chutney
  • olives (chilli)
  • artichokes
  • basil pesto dip
  • cucumber
  • carrot
  • celery
  • cherry tomatoes
  • dried apricots
  • grapes

What to put on a grazing platter with text overlay

Think contrasting flavours and textures. For example the salami is HOT, so I use MILD ham.

What do you put on a grazing platter for nibbles?

The thing about grazing platters is that people want to nibble away at it. It is not a sit down, knife and fork kindof dish. People want to stand beside it, devour it with their eyes initially and then start by picking a piece off the plate. No one will dive in straight away, it is always about the 1st few bites that get people hooked.

For this reason, it is good to have some little bits and pieces that can be picked at easily.

Nuts, dried chickpeas, wasabi peas, rice crackers are all good ideas. I have gone for olives, apricots and artichokes. These ‘toothpick’ type nibbles are the best ones to place in small bowls.

Grazing Platter with olives, cheese, carrots and grapes

People will start by picking at the platter before they want to do the hard work like cutting the cheese or layering a cracker with chutney and cheese. 

Keep this in mind in your planning as you need to think ‘small food’ and ‘big food’ to create a successful grazing platter.

The recipe can be broken down into 16 easy steps. They are shown in the photo below so you can follow easily.

How do you make a good cheese platter (follow these steps!): 

  1. Plate bowls 1st, start with the biggest, ie artichokes (shown in photo 1)
  2. Olives (shown in photo 2) 
  3. Dip (shown in photo 3)
  4. Chutney (shown in photo 4)
  5. Start placing your cheeses close to the edge for easy access (shown in photo 5) 
  6. Place them at opposite ends of the platter, chilli cheese (shown in photo 6) 
  7. Add celery sticks (shown in photo 7) 
  8. As well as carrot sticks (shown in photo 8) 
  9. Place grapes onto the platter (shown in photo 9)
  10. Add thin crackers (shown in photo 10)
  11. As well as cherry tomatoes (shown in photo 11)
  12. Add the 3rd and final cheese (bite sizes) (shown in photo 11)
  13. Fold salami and plate around edge of platter (shown in photo 13)
  14. Add thick crackers (shown in photo 14)
  15. Fold and place ham (shown in photo 15)
  16. Add dried apricots (shown in photo 16)

*Note try to minimize big open spaces on your platter. It looks better to have ‘more’ rather than ‘less’. But you can always use a smaller platter or spread things out, you don’t have to break the bank for this recipe!

Grazing platter instructions with text overlay

This entertaining platter is SO FUN to make!! Not to mention its impressive appearance.

From the steps above there are 4 that I want to bring your attention to.

This Charcuterie platter has 4 essential steps

In the photo of recipe steps above, I have highlighted 4 steps that I want to talk about in a bit more detail.

They have red font in the photo above and are shown here. 

Grazing Platter essential steps

The points that I want to make here and why I am drawing your attention to them is to do with the contrast in taste and texture. We have light, thin water crackers, they contrast with the thicker jatz type crackers.

We have HOT SALAMI to contrast with the mild ham. This will mean you are catering to different tastes and textures, therefore providing variety to all!

Food Platter Ideas:

For some more ideas about taste and texture, have a look at my Pinterest board for Grazing Platters.

Other ingredient options are:

  • cream cheese
  • zucchini
  • beetroot dip
  • feta cheese
  • kalamata olives
  • black olives
  • nuts
  • bread sticks
  • figs
  • anything you can think of! 

Grazing Platter quick info:

About the recipe:

  • there is both hot and mild tastes in the ingredients
  • choose dips that have contrasting textures ie creamy, smooth or chunky 
  • there is a variety of fruit, meats and cheese on the platter
  • choose cheeses that are different from each other

FAQs about Grazing Platter

  1. You don’t have to have these exact ingredients
  2. Cutting the veggies is the ‘hardest’ part of the recipe 
  3. You can prepare this in advance, keep the crackers till last so they don’t go stale
  4. The cheese needs to plated so that it can be cut easily

Your quick questions answered:

  1. The platter will take approx 15 mins to bring together
  2. It is best served COLD
  3. My platter is 33 cm
  4. This is a SUPER EASY recipe

Expert tips:

This is what I have learnt:

  • buy package ham (deli ham might be too messy/shredded)
  • put any oily type nibbles in bowls (eg olives, artichokes)
  • have some ‘spare’ ingredients in case your platter is too big and has gaps
  • place a little spoon in the chutney, it more scoopable than spreadable 

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  3. Baked Chicken Meatballs (with homemade satay sauce)
  4. Mini Quiches (12 different ways)
  5. Baked Brie with garlic

Grazing Platter with small bowl of toothpicks in front

It will be hard to be a favourite nibble from the platter! There are so many yummy ingredients that just want to jump off the plate and into your mouth!! 

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Grazing Platter with salami, cheese and olives

Grazing Platter with small white bowl of tooth picks

Grazing Platter

Grazing Platter that will have you sorted for easy entertaining! To make it easy for you, I have included a grazing platter shopping list! 
5 from 31 votes
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Course: Entertaining
Cuisine: Australian, International
Keyword: antipasto, platter
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 167kcal
Author: Adrianne


  • Platter


Grazing Platter

  • 100 grams Hungarian Salami Hot
  • 100 grams Shaved Leg Ham Note 1
  • 100 grams chilli cheddar cheese Note 2
  • 200 grams blue cheese Note 3
  • 130 grams chilli olives Note 4
  • 100 grams peach, mango, apricot chutney Note 5
  • 280 grams artichokes Note 6
  • 100 grams water crackers Note 7
  • 100 grams round butter crackers Note 8


Grazing Platter

  • Start by adding your most pick-able ingredients to small bowls Note 10
  • Plate the ingredients 1 by 1 in flat layers around the bowls.
  • Follow this by your cheeses and meats.
  • Add your fruit and vegetables, crackers. Extra cheese, salami and apricots
  • Serve with toothpicks, cheese knives and small forks.



  • Note 1 It does make a difference which area of the store you get your ham from. It is usually available both in the deli section and the fridge section. I recommend getting it from the fridge section. The reason for this is that it is cut very well and looks presentable on the platter. Deli ham can be a bit hit and miss. It is fine for many purposes and can be cheaper as you can get smaller portion sizes, however, you might get home and discovered it is shredded and not in nice slices like the package ham. It is definitely something to be aware of for this recipe. 
  • Note 2 Your cheese doesn't have to be exactly the same one as mine. Choose a round one at this point as your blue cheese is most likely to be a wedge shape. 
  • Note 3 This relates to the point above. Try and get this in a wedge shape so that your different cheese have different shapes to them for visual contrast on the platter.
  • Note 4 If you are not a fan of chilli, go for plain or stuffed green olives. I like the chilli ones and admit I once even ate one of the floor that I dropped at my friends place!! (They are that good). 
  • Note 5 The Importance here is not so much the flavour of the chutney, but the colour. Go for a red or orange colour as we want diverse pops of colour across our platter. Orange is a good one to use at this point. 
  • Note 6 go for thin crackers here as they contrast with the thicker other type of cracker we are using.
  • Note 7 We want a different type of cracker to our water style one. So for this one choose a thicker, more yellow cracker. I like to use either of these types topz or jatz.
  • Note 8 I assume you won't have the exact same bowls or platter dimensions as me. The way to think about it, use the bowls you have to hold some of the most 'toothpick' type ingredients. I chose my olives and artichokes to begin with. The dips obviously need to go in bowls, fill them up for the dipping!  Plate the bigger bowls 1st, then the smaller ones. 


Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 547mg | Potassium: 134mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 152IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 1mg
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I have put my heart and soul on the plate to share this recipe with you! It is my intention that you can follow and create your own amazing grazing platter to be loved by your guests, be they family, friends or all of the above.

It will be super tempting to wait until everything is on the plate for the eating to begin. My favourite aspect of the platter has to be the chilli olives. I admit (without too much embarrassment) that once whilst eating some at a friends place, I dropped one on the deck floor (oh no!) But they are so good, I applied the 5 second rule, picked it up and kept eating!!

Grazing Platters are fun and so entertaining.

I wanted to do the hard work for you which is why I included a free printable shopping list, so you can have everything you need and make this platter easily (its below)! 

I am here, you know that, I am sure. You are in your kitchen, I am in mine, we are almost in the same place at the same time!

Be sure to sing out to me if you have questions or aren’t sure about something, I’ve got you and you’ve got this platter!

Adrianne xx

Grazing Platter Shopping List (printable)

P.S As promised here is a handy grazing platter shopping list, so you can print it and take it to the shops with you!

Grazing Platter Shopping List



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Mimi October 6, 2019 - 11:34 am

This is my favorite way to eat most all of my favorite things, like cheese and charcuterie. I grew up eating hors d’oeuvres, and my family now could eat this way always. Your platter is pretty. Grazing is a perfect word!

Adrianne October 6, 2019 - 12:17 pm

Thanks Mimi! Appreciate your input. How good is cheese! X

Kiki Johnson October 6, 2019 - 12:47 pm

5 stars
This is amazing! I always have zero plans when I go grocery shopping for ingredients for a charcuterie board and end up with too many things that have the same or a similar color and don’t look very pretty next to each other! And may I just say -wasabi cheese – woah! I need some right now!

Adrianne October 6, 2019 - 5:49 pm

Thanks Kiki! I know right, it is so easy to end up with extra stuff. That wasabi cheese is good, packed with flavour and very creamy!

Deanne October 6, 2019 - 1:33 pm

5 stars
Amazing! I am making this for our upcoming holidays. There’s something for everyone to love!

Adrianne October 6, 2019 - 5:50 pm

Thanks Deanna! Hope you love it and everyone gets their bit, cheers. Happy Holidays also.

Danielle October 6, 2019 - 1:33 pm

5 stars
Oh wow – this platter looks amazing! I love how detailed your steps are – makes it easy to plate everything just the way you did it. And by the way, great tip on buying package ham – so true!

Adrianne October 6, 2019 - 5:51 pm

Thanks Danielle! Appreciate your input and taking the time to comment. I’ve been caught a couple of times with overly shredded ham!!

Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry October 6, 2019 - 1:42 pm

5 stars
What a tasty looking grazing platter! My family love grazing like this.

Adrianne October 6, 2019 - 5:53 pm

Great to hear Bintu. Thanks for your positive feedback!

Sue October 6, 2019 - 3:00 pm

Yikes this is epic! I love to eat this way, and we’ve got a crowd coming over next weekend, so this is definitely going to be the star of the day!

Adrianne October 6, 2019 - 5:52 pm

Cheers Sue, lover your feedback!! It’s a good recipe to have on hand for crowds, appreciate your input! Enjoy the weekend entertaining.

Raia Todd October 6, 2019 - 10:26 pm

5 stars
This is what my kids like to call “snacky lunch.” Haha. I love it!

Adrianne October 6, 2019 - 10:34 pm

Haha, kids are great aren’t they! Thanks for your feedback Raia!

Andrea Metlika October 7, 2019 - 2:16 am

5 stars
This is going on my Happy Hour table for before and after Thanksgiving dinner. It looks fabulous and I need to find the wasabi and chilli cheeses.

Adrianne October 7, 2019 - 2:22 am

That is great to hear Andrea! I got both of those from Aldi. There were in the fridge section and are regular products I think! Cheers

Veena Azmanov October 7, 2019 - 2:51 am

I just want to grab this awesome platter. Everything so delightful that makes me happy too.

Adrianne October 7, 2019 - 4:11 am

Thanks Veena! Got to love a good food platter, appreciate your feedback. Thanks!

Genevieve Jerome October 7, 2019 - 2:57 am

5 stars
This platter looks amazing! You did a beautiful job!

Adrianne October 7, 2019 - 4:17 am

Thank-you Genevieve! I love to hear that, cheers.

Irina October 7, 2019 - 4:03 am

5 stars
What a wonderful platter and detailed explanation of how to make it! Thanks for your tips!

Adrianne October 7, 2019 - 4:18 am

No worries Irina, thank-you, I find that helps when you try to recreate, cheers!

Sylvie December 14, 2019 - 10:56 pm

5 stars
Such a fun recipe, it makes me wanna invite all of my friends over, crack a bottle of wine open and get eating! You have combined so many great tips here, Adrianne – what a great article!

Adrianne December 15, 2019 - 12:23 am

Thanks Sylvie, appreciate that! Always love to hear your feedback, cheers x

Justine Howell December 14, 2019 - 11:22 pm

Celebrating a bday this weekend and this is going to be perfect, love the idea.

Adrianne December 21, 2019 - 11:45 pm

That is great to hear, thanks Justine!

Helen of Fuss Free Flavours December 14, 2019 - 11:22 pm

5 stars
A grazing platter is always so tempting for guests, and ideal for laying out at a party. Something to nibble on in between drinks. A good range of tasty foods is always a good idea, and yours looks very tempting.

Adrianne December 20, 2019 - 11:22 am

Thanks Helen! I appreciate your feedback.

Anita December 14, 2019 - 11:45 pm

5 stars
What a lovely spread. I’m familiar with everything in the platter, so there should be no problem replicating this at home. The one thing I’ve never heard of is wasabi cheese, now I really want to find this thing and have a try. 🙂

Adrianne December 21, 2019 - 11:46 pm

Cheers Anita! Yes, it is tasty but still a little bit subtle which is nice, you don’t want it to be too hot! Cheers

Tara December 15, 2019 - 12:10 am

5 stars
I love this! I think I definitely need to do a grazing platter for Christmas Eve. Such a great collection of ideas too.

Adrianne December 20, 2019 - 11:22 am

Hey Tara, yes! So perfect for New Years or the festive party season. Stay safe and enjoy the holidays.

Irina December 15, 2019 - 12:33 am

5 stars
I love to experiment with different kind of platters. Yours is created with great details. LOVE IT! Bookmarking for later.

Adrianne December 20, 2019 - 11:23 am

That is great feedback, cheers Irina!

Julia December 15, 2019 - 3:11 pm

5 stars
I absolutely agree with you. Platters are easy to make and crowds love them!

Adrianne December 15, 2019 - 8:24 pm

Thanks Julia! It is great to have your feedback!

Traci December 15, 2019 - 3:11 pm

5 stars
Gorgeous platter and a winner every time! You cannot go wrong with this combination of cheese, produce, and pickled things…YUM! Thanks for sharing!

Adrianne December 20, 2019 - 11:23 am

No worries Traci! I am super happy to hear your feedback, thanks.

Dannii December 15, 2019 - 3:35 pm

I love a picky plate like this. So good for serving up on Christmas Eve.

Adrianne December 20, 2019 - 11:24 am

Spot on Dannii!! Yes with some wine!

Chris Collins December 15, 2019 - 5:31 pm

5 stars
All of my favourite things in one recipe! A grazing platter to end all platters and one I’ll definitely be making this festive season!

Adrianne December 17, 2019 - 2:38 am

That is great Chris, hope you enjoy it!

Gavin December 16, 2019 - 10:27 pm

5 stars
EPIC advice/suggestions on how to make the perfect grazing platter. A few of these will defo be made over the next few weeks

Adrianne December 17, 2019 - 2:38 am

Sounds good Gavin! Enjoy the festive season with your family.

Emily August 12, 2020 - 11:37 pm

5 stars
I love everything about this grazing platter… So many textures, flavors and colors happening. I’ve never added marinated artichokes to a cheese board before but I think I’m going to always include some going forward.

Adrianne August 13, 2020 - 2:04 am

Thanks Emily for your feedback!! Oh yes the grilled artichokes are the best, they melt like butter in your mouth. Cheers, appreciate your thoughts.

Irina August 12, 2020 - 11:53 pm

5 stars
WOW! I love this platter. It looks appetizing and sounds delicious! Could you please, tell me where I could find a shopping list to print out? I could not find it in the post. 🙁 Thanks

Adrianne August 13, 2020 - 2:06 am

Thanks Irina, I am glad you like my recipe. The printable shopping list is at the end. It is a picture with labels that you can tick as you put them into your shopping basket. I think it helps to be able to ‘see’ what you need. Many thanks!

Whitney August 13, 2020 - 12:15 am

5 stars
I am a total grazer so this is perfect for me to have for my next party or even alone, lol.

Adrianne August 13, 2020 - 2:06 am

Haha, alone yes or with a glass of wine!! Why not I say. Perfect for parties, thanks for your thoughts.

Chef Mireille August 13, 2020 - 12:36 am

5 stars
Not only is this great for parties, but doing a mini version for summer dinner is how I have been utilizing this great guide. I love all the different options you demonstrated

Adrianne August 13, 2020 - 2:07 am

Cheers Mireille, appreciate your input. A mini version sounds perfect, I love the idea of it! Thanks

Alexandra August 13, 2020 - 12:46 am

5 stars
Entertaining is made easy with a grazing platter like this! My favourite way to eat, also!

Adrianne August 13, 2020 - 1:48 am

Thanks Alex! Yes, so easy. Grazing is my favourite snacky weekend type food also, cheers!

Pris August 27, 2020 - 9:11 am

This platter looks GORGEOUS! Fit for Roman nobility: I just pictured myself, side laying on a couch eating grapes 😀

Adrianne September 2, 2020 - 9:20 am

Haha Pris, wouldn’t that be great!! Eating grapes on the couch is the best. Thanks!

Shashi August 27, 2020 - 9:22 am

5 stars
My birthday is next week and I so NEED this! This is my kinda platter! Thanks for sharing it!

Adrianne September 2, 2020 - 9:21 am

Happy Birthday for next week Shashi! Hope you have a great day, make the platter and enjoy!

Dannii August 27, 2020 - 10:03 am

5 stars
I love these kind of platters, and so many ways to adapt too. Perfect for entertaining.

Adrianne September 2, 2020 - 9:28 am

Thanks Dannii!! Yes so true, they are so good for entertaining. Cheers, I appreciate your feedback!

Lata Lala August 27, 2020 - 10:47 am

5 stars
It looks amazing! I am making this for our upcoming movie night at home. There’s something for everyone to love!

Adrianne September 2, 2020 - 9:55 am

What a great idea Lata! Movie nights and a grazing platter is a perfect combo!! Thanks

Janet Robertson-Peverley August 27, 2020 - 11:46 am

5 stars
A grazing platter is an ideal way to provide nibbles for all, this looks like a great choice of foods and very complimentary. Ideal for guests at a party, and would be super for a family movie night too.

Anjali September 2, 2020 - 7:50 am

5 stars
Omg this grazing platter looks so amazingly delicious!! I love the variety of ingredient ideas you added to it — gives me a lot more to work with than the standard cheese/crackers/olives plate I typically set out at dinner parties. Can’t wait to make this soon!

Jovita September 2, 2020 - 9:22 am

5 stars
OMG, this platter looks fantastic. I am drooling! Bookmarking to prepare it for the next game night. Thank you!

Dannii September 2, 2020 - 9:22 am

5 stars
We always make something like this when we have guests round and this looks perfect.

Katherine September 2, 2020 - 10:20 am

5 stars
This is such an inspiring grazing platter. I can’t wait to host a party now!

Julia September 3, 2020 - 7:10 am

5 stars
A must have platter for family gatherings 🙂 love all the ideas you shared!


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