Wondering how to create a focal point on your table? Need the ease and heft of a serving platter to make service easy and attractive? With great platters, you can make your table - and your food - look amazing. You can work with different matters to match and contrast for a truly dynamic table spread.
What material is best for a platter?
Because its concept is overarching - a platter could be a flat disk of a plate, or it could be as complicated as a filigreed tureen - a platter can be made of almost any material. You'll see this evidenced in online shops with options for purchasing a platter of virtually any substance, including tin, marble, and bone china.
However, the most popular platter materials over the years have been:
- China: For the ultimate traditionalist, china is the material out of which the finest platters were made in years of yore. Use it now and appreciate its thin, delicate layers and eggshell-like qualities.
What styles of platters are there?
Although you might be most familiar with the type of platter which has French countryside patterning around the rim, fashion is catching up to platters and helping produce an entire new wave of interestingly patterned platters.
If you're wishing to emulate a traditional feel in your home kitchen, opting for oval or circular platters in china or crystal, with perhaps a floral or pastoral edge, will serve you best.
However, there are legions of novelty and modern platters which may suit your home better: Ultramodern black melamine trays with square edges, and even platters shaped like lovable movie characters. These will be harder to clean but will undeniably add some fun to your dinner times!
You won't be disappointed if you are a boho style enthusiast or a shabby-chic lover, as there are many different decorative patterns and bold colors available in platters.
Ultimately, if you're looking for a more classic feel,white or blue china will never steer you wrong. For something which feels a bit more specific to you, using your tastes to find a statement platter or one that will act as a focal point in your kitchen will provide a talking point for years to come.
There are several things you can learn about a platter which will tell you which type of food it was made to carry. For example, the depth of the dish can provide specific information about the viscosity of the intended food; if a dish is quite steeply sloped, the intended food is likely a soup of of a thin consistency.
The size of platter can give a good idea of what it's intended for, as well. The smallest platters are less than 6" wide and are likely good for little more than an appetizer. Larger platters, up to 18" wide, can almost be used as TV trays - depending on how much depth there is to their basins.
Remember, too, that there is a specific type of platter reserved for dipping sauces which has multiple wells. These can come in handy for having several condiments open at a bar or having a place to put shells for nuts or seafood handily nearby at a dinner table.