Make Ahead

Mixed Platter

October  4, 2022
4 Ratings
  • Serves how ever many you need to serve
Author Notes

When I am going to throw a party I am going to throw a party. I pull out the 3 foot by 4 foot plexiglass piece I had cut just for this. I put it in the middle of my table and then I go to the store to buy veggies and seafood that looks really fresh. I top the whole thing with splashes of wine vinegar and olive oil, salt and pepper it and then serve a lemon mayonnaise with it. —thirschfeld

What You'll Need
  • 2 to 3 Jonah crab claws per person
  • 2 to 4 mussels per person, steamed in your favorite way, then chilled
  • 3 to 5 asparagus spears per person, blanched in heavily salted water, chilled immediately in an ice bath
  • 2 to 3 fingerling potatoes per person, cooked until tender halved, chilled
  • 3 to 4 leaves of Belgian endive per person
  • 1/2 hard boiled egg per person
  • 3 to 4 mixed olives per person
  • 2 to 3 cucumber slices per person
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • white wine vinegar
  • olive oil
  • sea salt and fresh ground pepper
  • ..
  • other options: shrimp, oysters, radishes, shaved raw sunchokes, baby zuchinni, scallions, pretty much you are looking for the freshest of fresh
  1. Combine the mayonnaise, lemon zest and juice. Whisk to combine.
  2. Arrange the seafood and the vegetables attractively on a platter. If you aren't serving it immediately refrigerate it, covered with plastic wrap and do not dress it.
  3. Just before serving drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Serve the lemon mayonnaise on the side.
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40 Reviews

SKK January 23, 2012
A good friend is having a gallery opening for her art this coming Thursday and afterwards we are gathering at another friend's home close to the gallery and this is what we are having. Been looking for an excuse to serve this since you first posted it! Finally, an idea whose time has come!
Sagegreen January 23, 2012
That reception sounds fabulous! Great idea.
SKK February 14, 2012
Sagegreen, this was a huge hit and we are going to do it again. Highly recommend! We also added shrimp.
lapadia December 1, 2010
For me this for sure DOES have that New Year's Eve favorite celebration, btw!
healthierkitchen December 1, 2010
I'm thinking New Year's eve!
TheWimpyVegetarian December 1, 2010
GREAT idea!!! We're having a small house party in the mountains for New Years and I'm thinking this party platter just as it is and TasteFood's gravlax!
thirschfeld December 2, 2010
definitely a great New Year's Eve platter
gingerroot December 1, 2010
WOW! Notwithstanding my fear of sharks, I would be willing to swim part of the way to get to a party with this and all of you!
thirschfeld December 2, 2010
we would love to have you at the party
Kelly C. December 1, 2010
You have outdone YOURSELF!
thirschfeld December 1, 2010
Thank you Kelly
Lizthechef November 30, 2010
OK, aargersi, so who is going to warn chef Tom's wife that we women all plan to arrive and be fed? Does she even know about his cult followers ;)
thirschfeld November 30, 2010
She is pretty secure in that if there is food on the table or recipes to talk about I am of a one track mind. Lol. You have to figure out how to get pierino and Oui Chef here
MrsWheelbarrow November 30, 2010
Delectable! What a great idea.
thirschfeld December 1, 2010
Thanks MrsW
Lizthechef November 30, 2010
How did I miss this - thumbs up and save me a spot!
thirschfeld November 30, 2010
only if you bring the spinach gratin. Love that dish have made it several times. Going to make the chicken with artichokes soon
Midge November 30, 2010
Wow! Looks like my kind of party platter.
thirschfeld November 30, 2010
thanks midge
luvcookbooks November 30, 2010
The photo could have been posted by itself. You have invented the wordless recipe!
thirschfeld November 30, 2010
Thanks luvcookbooks
dymnyno November 30, 2010
What a fabulous idea!!!! All the ingredients are great party foods and your method of display is wonderful . Perfect for it's closeup... Of course!
thirschfeld November 30, 2010
Thanks dymnyno
Sadassa_Ulna November 29, 2010
I keep returning to this photo, I want to pluck the foods right off my screen. I love everything about this, the simplicity, the presentation, so elegant, lemon! Thank you for sharing this, it is stunning.
thirschfeld November 30, 2010
Thank you Sadassa_Ulna and you are welcome
TheWimpyVegetarian November 29, 2010
I'm on my way! Seriously, this looks beautiful!
thirschfeld November 29, 2010
thanks ChezSuzanne, see you in a little bit. LOL
Lizthechef November 30, 2010
Save me some crab - YUM!
mrslarkin November 29, 2010
Man, u sure can throw a par-tay thirschfeld.
thirschfeld November 29, 2010
I have plenty of rum mrslarkin
mrslarkin November 29, 2010
Good. My supply is running low.
lapadia November 29, 2010
Hats off to You!!
thirschfeld November 29, 2010
thanks lapadia
TiggyBee November 29, 2010
I'll be there shortly.
Sagegreen November 29, 2010
We should all meet up!
thirschfeld November 29, 2010
I am pretty much the crossroads of America. Old friends and new stop in all the time.
aargersi November 29, 2010
invite us. K?
drbabs November 29, 2010
:) I was going to say the same thing!
thirschfeld November 29, 2010
well of course you invited.
fiveandspice November 29, 2010
I'm thirding the motion, please!