Quite rarely, you can observe the phenomenon when a plate with beautiful meat and cheese cuts is missing on the festive table. This is not surprising, because it is these products that become an excellent appetizer, which usually warms up the guests' appetite before serving the main courses.
Therefore, you should not neglect the design of the meat and cheese plates, it is better to study the ways of laying out the products so that they resemble a dish from the most expensive restaurant, and then all guests will remember your feast for a long time.
Meat on a festive table with a photo
If there are several types of sausages or meat products of different shades, they can simply be laid out in an original assortment.
Thin slices can be arranged in a spiral or in a circle, alternating between dark and light shades, a rainbow layout will also look good, while the pieces are laid out in rows from lightest to darkest, or vice versa.
Since sausage is more pliable than meat, for example, it can be laid out in the shape of a flower. This is not difficult to do, one piece is twisted into a tube, after which it must be wrapped in other thin slices.
It is easier to roll a rose out of cut slices, securing it with a toothpick.
Another type of original cutting can be made using conventional dough molds, preferably metal. Thinly sliced sausage slices need to be shaped to your liking, and then carefully arrange the slices in rows or assemble in canapes.
A sausage of a rather large diameter can be thinly sliced and folded in half, then all other slices can be laid side by side in the same direction. You can put additional products in the pockets that have formed, for example, a tomato or a cucumber.
Also, the slices can be twisted into a cone resembling a calla flower or rolled into tubes.
To make a sausage cut in the form of a large flower, spread lettuce leaves on a plate, and then thin slices that will resemble petals; with this arrangement, it is advisable to lay out the middle with dark products, for example, olives. You can also place a saucer of sauce in the center of the slices.
Here are some examples of beautiful cold cuts:
Cheese platter on a festive table with a photo
Unlike sausages, it is not necessary to cut the cheese into thin slices, although if the cheeses are of different shades or with additional additives, then laying in a spiral with passing colors will look spectacular, the main thing is to lay them alternately from neutral to savory.
Also, this product can be rolled up into tubes and cones, if it is soft and does not break and crumble, you can add olive, olive or even a slice of tomato or bell pepper to the middle of each piece. This design will resemble a plate with blooming calla flowers.
You can also make roses from this cheese. Their composition is the same as in the case of sausage.
Soft and semi-soft types of cheese can be cut into large identical squares or triangles and then lay out any shape you like from them, alternating varieties with fruits, berries, nuts.
You can also create original canapes with cheese cubes. To do this, you need to string a piece of cheese on skewers and add a suitable product to it (olives, walnuts, strawberries, and so on).
Canape-sandwiches with the addition of bread, pickled vegetables, herbs, pickles and so on are also original.
In addition to skewers for decoration, you can use glass containers and multi-level trays.
Also, all kinds of figures will look beautiful from pieces cut into small cubes.
Suitable for decorating plates and all kinds of cookie cutters.
Here are examples of cheese plate layouts:
How beautiful to cut sausage and cheese on the table - photo
According to the rule of serving dishes, cheese and meat platter should be stacked so that meat products occupy ⅔ of the plate, and only ⅓ part is spent on cheese.
Given this rule, in the design of the layout, you can apply all the above techniques regarding cheese and meat products.
Here are examples of slicing meat and cheese with a photo:
There are many different tools with which you can create an original and beautiful cuts of sausage and cheese. To cut extra thin slices, use a special device called a slicer. Housewives also use slicers with different attachments.
A special knife is usually used for slicing "blue cheeses"; instead of a blade, it has a strong line. For especially soft varieties, a knife with teeth is better, and for hard varieties, a special spatula is used.
Housewives use curly knives for festive slicing of sausage and cheese. Especially inventive people use metal baking dishes to shape the slices into interesting shapes.
The main rule of successful slicing is a well-sharpened knife or any other device.
For a variety of cold cuts, you can take any meat products (balyk, brisket, boiled pork, and so on), the only remark is that the products are not too fatty, that is, it is better not to use fatty types in such a dish.
Any type of product from blue cheeses to regular processed cheese can be used for the cheese composition.
To make the sausage-cheese slices look bright and beautiful, it is recommended to use other additional products as decorations. For example the following:
- olives and olives;
- a tomato;
- pomegranate seeds;
- bell pepper;
- boiled eggs;
- various sauces;
- berry jams;
- boiled and raw vegetables;
- pickled vegetables;
As a rule, the New Year's table of a Russian family is traditionally decorated with herring under a fur coat, homemade dumplings, olivier (or as we like to call it - “winter salad”) and, of course, sausage and cheese cuts. No matter how many dishes the hostess of the house prepares, between the first portion, the second, the third and so on, the household will want to “have a bite of sausage”. Just like that, with bread, traditionally cut along ("corner"), or under a pile. We offer to put the cutting in the most conspicuous place - because now it will definitely be beautiful!
What types of meat products are suitable for cutting
Of course, you can surprise guests and pamper your spouse and children with exotic types of meat products, such as shartan (a baked stomach stuffed with lamb, beef, poultry and liver - a Chuvash national dish), meat rolls and carpaccio. But let's be realistic - 2020 turned out to be not very generous with pleasant surprises, and one of two things can happen (most likely, both):
- The family budget allocated for celebrating the New Year will not pull spending on ready-made cooking in luxury supermarkets.
- There will be no delicacies on the shop windows, since sellers also really look at things and the financial condition of buyers.
Therefore, we will focus on the equally tasty and appetizing looking ones:
What if we made a meat and cheese platter together?
Advice! If you and your family are big connoisseurs of cheeses, and you really enjoy them (you like to eat cheese with wine, grapes, baguette, pear ...), do not sin to put expensive cheeses on the same plate with sausages, even if we are talking about a dry-cured cognac stick for 1500 rubles or about jamon.
If you do not intend to put a large amount of salami and delicacies on the “meat plate”, or you don’t want to take up space on the table with such banal things as sausage, you can combine meat and cheese cuts. This is especially convenient if she will stand in the center of the table - guests will not have to pass sausages and cheeses to each other - everything will be at the same distance from each family member.
If you are tired of banal "round guys" you can thinly cut meat and sausages into slices, and then wrap them in a tube ... In turn, the tubes can be laid out in a circle, in a square, in a cascade, in the form of a flower.
As for the cheese, small triangles will look great (after all, it is better to “pick up” a small neat piece several times than to bite into a large chunk and put the leftovers on a plate) and cubes.
Life hack for the budget conscious! Make 2 sliced plates. On the first - expensive sorts of meat, dry-cured sausage and elite cheese ("Maasdam", "Gouda", "Dor Blue", "Tilsiter", "Edam"). And for the second one, send “cheese sausage”, processed cheese curds, “Russian”, “King Arthur”, “Gollandsky”, and from the sausages choose semi-smoked and boiled. This way you will impress the guests at the beginning of the dinner and will not fall face down in the mud when the drunk guests will have something to eat.
How to decorate cold cuts
Everyone must have watched (at least an excerpt) Turkish serials once. Remember how Turks usually start their dinner? From small deep bowls filled with snacks - olives, olives and other "little things to warm up the appetite".
By the same principle, you can decorate a meat plate. Here are just a few "popular" snacks during a feast (especially if alcohol is present):
Advice: Do not mix fresh and pickled vegetables on the same plate!
Advice: Do not put “wet” pickled, fresh juicy and oily fried vegetables in sausages and even more so in cheese. This will ruin the appearance of the slices, wet the cheese, and make the pieces stick together.
How to put slices on a plate
The main rule here is that chunks of sausage and cheese should not hang from the plate. If it is not possible to use a large dish, or you did not calculate and cut too much, just leave it in the refrigerator, it may add pieces during dinner. Snacks run out quickly, and you will still be delighted with the stock of rounds and triangles in the fridge!
And the most advantageous are the slices laid out:
- From the center to the edges. Start from the center of the dish and move to the edges, placing the pieces in sectors on top of each other.
- Round. It is best to put slices of different types of sausages and cheeses one after the other - in layers. You should not mix all the slices and force the guests to “look for that one” - even if you can see from afar that there is salami on the right and cervelat on the left.
You can put “dividers” from lettuce leaves or hard cheese product between layers of different types of sausages. It is better not to take tomatoes and cucumbers - the juice will stand out, and the slicing will no longer look appetizing after 20 minutes.
On which dishes to put the sausage cuts
In this matter, one should be guided exclusively by the preferences of the hostess and the general style of the table. A completely transparent glass plate is a safe bet. A wooden board is perfect - but only new, neat, not cut with a knife. Also an excellent solution would be a multi-tiered dish - on the lower “floor” you can put sausages, above - cheese, and on the top - olives, gherkins, or maybe sauces.
What if you want something more original?
Every year you cut, and the household already knows what to expect? Surprise! There are several options for serving the same food, but not in the traditional slicing:
- Roll the filled rolls. Cut ham and other delicacies into thin, wide slices, prepare the filling to your taste (this can be, for example, grated cheese with mayonnaise and garlic, grated cheese with walnuts and prunes, crab sticks with mayonnaise), tie with thin onions or a "lint" of smoked cheese-pigtails.
- Use canapé molds. Make figurines from cheese and sausage, “collect” a snack on a toothpick or skewer. The set can be anything, for example, a slice of toast bread, sausage, cheese, olive.
- Assemble a Christmas tree from slices! Yes, it is very beautiful, saves space and allows guests to easily remove slices, moving from top to "hemp".
Sausage slicing. A selection of photos, ideas
It doesn't matter what the reason for the festive feast is, but the slicing is present in any case. Sausage and cheese are a classic combination for slicing. Vegetables will help dilute the ensemble and add color. Cold meats are usually purchased in a wide range. Various structures of meat or cheese products make it possible to realize your imagination to the fullest. The beautiful appearance of the slices depends on the taste of the hostess.
Slicing will be incredibly interesting if you choose the right products. Pay attention to the following parameters:
- not very watery structure;
- smooth surface and edges, without strong defects, elastic shell;
- no unpleasant odor, with a characteristic color;
- with a small amount of additives in the composition.
You can use the slicing services in the supermarket. If you don't have a sharp enough knife at home, or you simply can't make the layers of meat and cheese thin on your own, then professional cutting will be a real salvation. It may not work so subtly and neatly on its own. Use step-by-step instructions to create a real masterpiece.
Beautiful slicing of sausage and cheese: photo, step by step instructions
The final result of slicing depends on many factors - on the composition of the food, on the number of components, on the size of the dish and even on the subject of the reception. For example, on Valentine's Day, you might want to make a heart-shaped cut with an emphasis on cheese for wine rather than meat.
Simple layering does not require any special skills. Thus, you can combine cheeses and meats. It is important that each new layer does not cover the previous one. The guest at the table should see what assortment is offered to him. You can play with the color of the products, as well as give an interesting shape, for example, a round plate or a square, etc.
Also a simple, but more interesting option is to lay out the products formed in a tube in layers. These rolls can decorate the beautiful edges of the plate. In the middle, you can place olives, vegetable slices, various sauces, etc. A step-by-step recommendation for such a layout is not required, imagination will help.
If there is a large assortment of meat and cheese, then the division into sectors looks neat. Alternate the triangles of cheese and sausage, and use one variety on a plate once.
Arrange the slices in rows, use a straight line, or roll the food into rolls. The festive table will look laconic.
If the dish has a slightly elongated oval shape, then you can use the entire space in the shape of the letter S. Thus, one semicircle can be laid out from meat, and the other from cheese. The layout is relevant only from meat or cheese.
See also: How to make a beautiful and tasty Christmas tree from cheese
If imagination does not make it possible to choose the best option, then just choose a dish of an interesting shape and follow its parameters. To add volume and appetizing, be sure to alternate between bright colors and dull shades.
Add vegetables to the meat cuts. The bright pepper and cucumber will help dilute the color palette and add interest and flavor. Sauces will also be relevant, some types of cuts require serving with additions. The sauces are suitable for taste, but be sure to pay attention to the compatibility, as well as to the formality of the meeting, since, for example, a strong garlic sauce may not be right at the moment. And don't forget the greens. A composition without sprigs of dill and parsley and other herbs will be unfinished. Too thin pieces of meat quickly wind up, and the sausage can "melt" in the heat, so it is necessary to create a composition at the end of serving.
As for sliced cheese only, the principles of stacking work the same way as when making sliced meats. The cheese winds up faster, so keep the prepared slices in the refrigerator. Please note that cheese is usually eaten at room temperature, so be sure to take out the plate ready to serve in advance.
Cheese platter goes well with honey, fruits and nuts. In order to make it convenient to dip the product in honey, it is cut into large squares and served on skewers.
Thin slices of cheese can be overlaid with fruits or berries. The bright alternation of different types of cheese and colorful fruits creates an incredibly attractive composition. Figs, strawberries, apples, pears and of course grapes create an excellent flavor combination with cheese.
Serving with cookies is the best option for a hearty cheese snack. The confectionery product should have a minimum amount of fillers, including creams and jams. In the absence of fruit, dried fruits will come to their aid. After creating the slices, finish off the composition with a scattering of nuts and place a small bowl of honey in the middle of the dish.
If you study the instructions step by step and according to the photo, you will be able to easily build a composition using flowers from cold cuts. In the first step, take a fresh sausage and cut it as thin as possible. Thin pieces will fold easily into a roll. Cut large round pieces in half. If the sausage has a small diameter, then you do not need to make cuts, thus forming petals.
Then, just right, it goes directly to the assembly of the sausage rosette. Fold the edges gradually and roll up the roll. By adding new pieces of cold cuts, you form a flower. Density and color depend on personal preference.
The second version of an unopened rose will turn out if you do not cut into two halves, but form a whole circle. Fold the top edge in half and fold the thin side inward to form a leg.
Fix the finished product at the bottom edge with a toothpick or skewer. Alternate cuts of different colors to create a “bouquet” of different colors. The legs can be decorated with greens, and the heart of the flower can be decorated with bell pepper. Scatter olives in bowls and sprigs of green onions to complete the composition.
Thus, on the Internet, you can really find many step-by-step lessons with photos and videos on creating unusual dishes from meat and cheese cuts. It can be not only laid out dishes, but also whole bouquets, baskets, houses, butterflies, cakes and other compositions. An original snack table will be a decoration of a buffet table, and individual dishes are good at a feast.
There are many options for beautiful festive slicing of sausage and cheese. One of the most popular slicing options are "Rolls". In this version, the sausage and the rest of the meat are cut into standard slices. We roll each slice into a roll. Cut the cheese into small triangles. We beautifully lay everything on the dish, decorating the sides with greens.
In this version, the cheese is cut into rectangular slices, which are rolled into rolls. We cut the sausage and meat as usual. We carefully put everything on a wide dish, decorating the sides with olives and pepper. Enjoy your meal!
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Good afternoon, dear readers. On the eve of the holidays, the topic of serving snacks on the festive table is very relevant. Beautifully decorated meat delicacies can become a real decoration of a feast and will quite cope even with the role of the main dish, if small friendly gatherings with a glass of wine or just a family Sunday breakfast are supposed to be. I propose to find out what the sausage cut is made of and how it is decorated. Photos of finished dishes will serve you as a good hint. So, here we go ...
What is included in cold cuts
The very name of the snack already determines its composition. Several varieties of sausages are served together (boiled, dry-cured, semi-smoked), as well as ham, carbonade, brisket, meat balyk, boiled pork. You can also add more rare meat delicacies to the plate, such as: beef carpacho, meat or poultry rolls. Looks great when sliced shartans.
This is a national Chuvash dish made from a stomach stuffed with meat, cereals and spices. Baked shartan today is made from liver, beef, poultry, lamb. At home, this dish is given ritual significance. It is customary to serve it at the festive table on birthdays or at weddings.
Our hostesses often spread cheeses and meat products on one dish. Of course, this is not accepted by the rules, but I think that guests will be happy with such a variety of flavors. In addition, the slices, diluted with pieces of cheese, look very elegant. Semi-solid sorts of fermented milk product are best suited for such a snack: "Rossiyskiy", "Edam", "Gouda", "Tilsiter", "Suluguni".
Processed sandwich cheese for making sandwiches keeps its shape well. Therefore, it is convenient to use it for a beautiful cutting design. A simple sausage cheese will also fit well into the general "landscape", moreover, it has the same shape as boiled sausage.
How to decorate cold cuts
You can complement the taste of sausages with a variety of leafy herbs (lettuce, arugula), parsley, dill, onions or vegetables. Cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes, sweet peppers, cranberries are excellent for this purpose.
You don't have to use fresh vegetables. Pickled olives, olives, cherry tomatoes, gherkins, garlic, wild garlic, green peas are also fine. Above all, do not mix fresh and salty foods on the same plate.
How to arrange slices on a plate
According to the serving etiquette, the laid slices should not go beyond the edges of the dish, so select the dishes of a suitable size in advance. Before serving, we must prepare deli meats by dividing them into slices. The appearance depends on the initial shape of the product. Pre-peeled sausage is cut straight or obliquely.
In the first case, smooth rings are obtained, in the second, slightly elongated, oval. Meat rolls, chartans or nuts can be cut in a semicircle to reveal their texture. The brisket is served in small slices, or in the form of wide strips, without cutting off the skin.
It is not always possible at home to cut sausage or cheese into thin even slices. You can use the help of supermarket sellers. The only negative is that no one will remove the casing from sausages. Your guests will have to do this on their own. If you decide to cut the sausage at home, remove the casing from the whole "stick" at once.
In order for our ready-made cuts to look beautiful, you need to correctly arrange the prepared pieces on a platter. This can be done in two ways: in a circle, or from the center to the edges. In the first case, the slices are arranged in several layers, each of which consists of meat products of the same type. In the second, the slices are laid out on top of each other in sectors, following from the center of the dish to its edges. By the way, you can leave gaps between them, which are then filled with vegetables and herbs.
A simple idea of how to stack the slices
I offer you an easy option for a beautiful cutting design, which is quite suitable for a festive table. Prepare:
- ham from meat and poultry;
- "Suluguni", which can be cut into circles;
- processed Hochland cheese in plates;
- smoked sausage;
- Cherry tomatoes;
- leaf salad;
- canapé skewers.
First, along the edge of the plate, lay out the slices of ham folded in half, placing them so that each subsequent piece covers the previous one by a third. Place sausage circles on the "Suluguni" slices, place the "sandwich" on top of the ham rings.
Cut off the top of the salad by about a third, lay out the greens in the third and fourth layers. We roll cones from sausage and sandwich cheese, securing them with toothpicks. Lay out over the leaves. Between them we place the layers of ham rolled up in a tube. The decoration of our dish will be cherry tomatoes, strung in pairs on skewers.
What utensils should I use to serve the slices?
The question of how to serve the sausage cuts usually does not arise. The choice of tableware determines the general style of table decoration. If traditional ceramic dishes are used, the sausage and cheese plate can be made of clear glass in a suitable color. Do you prefer the rustic style with its simple shapes? Then place your slices on a round wooden board for serving cheeses.
If you think that regular slicing is boring, keep a life hack on how to make the dish even more appetizing. Make ham rolls by stuffing the meat tubes with mayonnaise, egg, cheese and garlic paste. To keep the structure better, secure the seams with toothpicks, skewers or green onions.
Cheese balls sprinkled with herbs, chopped nuts or seasonings look great complete with cold cuts. Placed in the center of the plate, they will liven up the look of your snack. Plus, it's also delicious.
You can also make small canapes, but without bread, from only one ham, boiled sausage, cheese, olives, cherry.
To set a chic table at home, it is not at all necessary to spend a day at the stove. As you can see, sausage slicing may well become a decoration of the table. Photos of the table setting, I hope, have convinced you of this.
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The beautiful serving of dishes and snacks improves the appetite and mood of the guests, at the sight of a smartly set table, all guests are moved, there is excitement, delight, you want to taste everything. The restaurant decoration of the dishes will be remembered for a long time by the guests; they will happily remember a couple of ways as a note for themselves.
Let's see how beautifully you can set the table, put food in luxurious edible compositions, if your hands grow from that place and you have patience)))
I have prepared a selection of assorted sausage, fish and cheese products, as well as vegetables and fruits. And I suggest you evaluate whether the cuts and snacks look stylish, have you made yourself a similar buffet table?
Beautiful sausage, cheese and vegetable cuts, photos of originally designed dishes
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Immediately I will give you some useful advice that I often use when slicing cheese. To make perfect, uniform thin slices, simply use a vegetable peeler. It is important that it is well sharpened, significantly reduces the time and the result is gorgeous.
If there are a lot of people, then this method is for you. We take two types of cheese, white and yellow, cut them thinly and put them in a checkerboard pattern, the sausage is the same, but on the other part of the plate. For contrast, we decorate with dark grapes, it ideally complements the composition of both colors and tastes.
Geometry in everything, everything is insanely easy here, the main thing is to carefully displace the sliced slices at the same distance from each other, and you can put sauce in the middle (I tried it with tkemali and I advise you).
Here's an option with nuts and flowers from cheese rolls with red pepper. For such a cheese plate, a restaurant will ask for at least 500 rubles!
It has already become a classic, the sausage rose always looks great and adorns any festive cut. You can read how to do it in my previous articles.
It looks complicated, but it is done simply - this is the beauty, it is decorated with small pickled cucumbers and cherry tomatoes.
It is also not difficult enough to do it, for the first tier you need to twist pieces of ham into a tube, then comes the cheese folded in half and rolled with salts. They hold due to the fact that they fit tightly to each other.
Agree, when there is symmetry in the plate, it looks 10 times better than just separately chopped cheese and sausage. I hope you liked the selection, like and subscribe to the channel, there are always many interesting recipes and ideas for you!