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Relish Tray-Holiday Appetizer Platter

Updated on November 11, 2014

The Relish Tray Is Easy

Given the choice I prefer to be a guest with gifts in hand for the Holiday Fest. For seasoned veterans of the holiday tableau~dinner may be a breeze, but for us mere mortals the stress involved can be moderate to extreme. That's why being the guest is ideal. You simply show up...perhaps with your relish tray and a hostess gift. It is considered polite to offer a helping hand to the harried hostess (or not.) Many a cook prefer you steer clear of the kitchen. I shall leave it up to you to properly gauge the situation.

Preparing your relish tray is easy! I like easy. It is simply a matter of a graceful arrangement. Together we will explore some lovely dishware that you can artfully arrange your edibles. Some yummy dips and tasty treats to add and finally a clever hostess gift.

Add Old World Elegance To Your Table - Relish Tray Set Includes Three Ceramic Dishes and a Beautiful Metal Tray

Relish Tray

The GG Collection Metal Relish Tray w/Ceramic Inserts
The GG Collection Metal Relish Tray w/Ceramic Inserts

Add old world elegance to your table with this ceramic and metal relish tray from the GG Collection. The set, includes three ceramic dishes and a beautiful metal tray.

 

~Veggies~

For Your Relish Tray

-caulifower-cucumbers-carrots-bell peppers-radishes-broccoli-celery-green-onions-sugar snap peas-asparagus-cherry tomatoes-

Create Your Relish Tray

Thoughtful & Graceful Arrangement Is Key

Use any assortment of your favorite vegetables, deli meats and cheeses! The key to a fabulous relish tray is in the thoughtful and graceful arrangement. Making up a relish tray is about as simple as can be. Wash and peel your chosen vegetables. You will want to cut your veggies into convenient lengths-approx. 4 inches or less and quarter them (or slice into julienne, if that's your taste). Cut the radishes as for radish roses, if you like, and put all the vegetables into ice water for at least 10 minutes to crisp them before serving. I advise putting your pickles, pepper rings, & olives on one serving plate, and then all the fresh veggies on a seperate platter with dip in the center.

~Other Edibles~

For Your Platters

-pickles dill - bread & butter-

-olives green & black-

-cheese-several kinds-

-crackers-several types-

-deviled eggs-

Create A Sylish Tablesetting - When the topic of conversation is your gorgeous relish tray!

Certified International is a leading manufacturer of ceramic tablewares. All items are attractive, functional and value priced allowing you to create a stylish tablesetting with coordinating kitchen accessories. All dinnerware items are microwave and dishwasher safe.

Leaf Server

Beautiful whitewares are versatile. They go with any decor and they spotlight your culinary creations.

Dancing Dots

This tray is one-of-a-kind designed by artists in Pittsburgh

Handmade Raffaellesco Relish Tray From Italy

This beautiful tray features the classic Raffaellesco pattern, which dates back to the 14th century. Great for serving condiments at a meal.

Certified International Toscana 19-inch X 8-1/2-inch Relish Tray

Old World charm for your home in warm Tuscan colors. Hand painted ceramic dinnerware. Dishwasher & microware safe.

Duncan Miller Amber Sandwich Glass Relish Tray

Duncan Miller Amber Sandwich Glass Relish Tray
Duncan Miller Amber Sandwich Glass Relish Tray

Vintage Duncan Miller amber 12" Sandwich Relish tray will look really lovely gracing any holiday table

 

Vintage Amber Indiana Fruit Relish Tray

Vintage Amber Indiana Fruit Relish Tray
Vintage Amber Indiana Fruit Relish Tray

This lovely relish tray has a winsome fruit design. With 5 compartments to hold your delectables and handles for easy carrying. Made by the Indiana Glass Company "10.75" x 8.5".

 

You Can Add~

Beyond the relish tray

The exact makeup of the relish tray is a matter of family tradition, like everything else at the Holiday meal. It is always nice to add a couple of bowls of nuts and some fresh fruit as well. Homemade candy (or store bought) is a nice addition.

Dips

These Dips Looked So Good- I had to share...

Shrimp Dip

1/2 lb. cooked minced shrimp

8 oz. softened cream cheese

1/2 cup cocktail sauce (or mix ketchup and horseradish to taste)

optional -- dashes of worcestershire, hot sauce, Old Bay Seasoning

Simply blend together

All you have to do is blend. Couldn't be easier and it is ALWAYS the hit of the party.

Hot Crab Spread

1 lb. good crab meat, picked over for shells

8 oz. very soft cream cheese

3 Tbsp. mayonaise

1 Tbsp. lemon juice

3/4 cup shredded cheddar

sprinkling of cayenne or Old Bay Seasoning

Gently mix all this together, place into a wide casserole dish. Top with an additional cup of shredded

cheddar cheese. Bake at 350F for about 25 minutes or until bubbly.

This is So Good!

Contributed by Terrie H. at Chowhound

Excellent Selection of Cheeses - Sure To Be A Hit With Family & Friends

igourmet's Favorites - 8 Cheese Sampler (56 ounce)
igourmet's Favorites - 8 Cheese Sampler (56 ounce)

-An assortment of eight of our favorite cheeses

 

Cheese Crate - Wisconsin Cheeseman

Cheese Crate - Wisconsin Cheeseman
Cheese Crate - Wisconsin Cheeseman

A hearty assortment of favorite cheeses, shipped to your door in a charming, reusable wooden crate. We've chosen something to please every natural cheese lover.

 

Herb Garlic Spread

Herb Garlic Cheese Spread 14oz - Wisconsin Cheeseman
Herb Garlic Cheese Spread 14oz - Wisconsin Cheeseman

Giftable, Spreadable and Incredibly Edible! Our Cold Pack cheese spreads are made from natural cheese, blended without the aid of heat, to preserve their farm fresh flavor. Your friends, family or business associates will rave about the tasty Herb Garlic flavor.

 

~Hard To Imagine Now~

Celery was once so upscale that special dishes were designed for

serving it.

People actually splurged on this luxury food.

The Holiday Box Of Questions - Everyone Will Enjoy

Thanksgiving Box of Questions Holiday
Thanksgiving Box of Questions Holiday

A Thanksgiving holiday game, guaranteed to inspire fun and meaningful conversations at your Thanksgiving dinner. A truly unique ice breaker that makes a great hostess gift! A great way to help foster family togethernes

 


...May Your Holidays Be Filled With Warm Treasured Memories...

Your Comments Are Always Welcome!

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    • bechand profile image

      bechand 6 years ago

      I love this kind of food - and the presentation is what is all about ! looks great !

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      Michey LM 7 years ago

      Love it, well done I'll feature on my lens french-cuisine-appetizers.

      Thanks a lot

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Gosh you know that the relish tray is often the center of attention even though it can be quite humble! ;)

    • ElizabethJeanAl profile image

      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      Great collection of cheese and nuts. Really pretty.

    • WindyWintersHubs profile image

      WindyWintersHubs 8 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great Hostess Gifts! I like your selection of dips and cheeses. :)

    • HorseAndPony LM profile image

      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      These are great. I love relish-trays.

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      bdkz 8 years ago

      Really nice lens!

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very nicely done. 5* and blessed by a SquidAngel