MasterChef star Adam Liaw reveals how you can ‘bring-a-plate’ like a pro chef this festive season – and his ‘golden rule’ for preparing a dish
- Celebrity chef Adam Liaw has shared how to prepare a plate this festive season
- He highly recommends checking with the host and bringing a specific dish
- Adam also suggests to avoid providing a plate for the entire party
- Popular sharing platters include antipasto, cob loaf and cheeseburger meatballs
The celebrity chef shared his go-to tips to ensure your sharing platter is a hit at the party and is enjoyed by other guests.
Adam highly recommends checking with the host first, then being specific with the desired dish you want to bring.
‘Sharing the load at Christmas is always a good idea, and one of the best ways to do that is to bring a plate,’ he told Good Food.
MasterChef Australia star Adam Liaw (pictured) has shared his go-to tips to ensure your sharing platter is a hit at the party and is enjoyed by other guests
Check with the host first
Before choosing a desired dish, Adam first recommends checking in with the host to note any specific dietary requirements.
While you won’t be able to please everyone at the party, it’s important to be wary of anyone who may be allergic to particular ingredients – such as nuts or dairy.
Choose a specific dish
After chatting to the host, consider your options and think about an exciting plate of food to bring.
According to Taste, popular sharing platters include antipasto, cob loaf with spinach and caramelised onion, cheeseburger meatballs and oven-baked chicken paella.
‘If you happen to be hosting, there’s nothing wrong with specifying to your guests what you think will work,’ Adam said.
His go-to meals include pasta, burger patties, chicken wings and lamb ribs because they can be made in large batches – and easy to serve at gatherings.
Before choosing a desired dish, Adam first recommends checking in with the host to note any specific dietary requirements
Don’t cater for the whole party
When preparing the plate Adam said a good general rule is to ‘make the volume of your dish represent one and a half servings’ for the group.
‘If you’ve been asked to bring a salad to a party with 20 guests and you’re a family of four, bring enough to feed six – you certainly don’t need to feed 20,’ he said.
For a quick and easy dish, Adam suggests making a fresh light salad like bruschetta.
‘If it’s individual or bite-sized portions then perhaps one per person isn’t a bad idea, but generally leave those kinds of specifics to the host and opt for dishes that are more easily shared instead,’ he said.
When preparing the plate Adam said a good general rule is to ‘make the volume of your dish represent one and a half servings’ for the group
Keep the plate chilled or warm once prepared
Adam also suggests avoiding over preparing the platter and store it in the correct temperature prior to being served.
For salad, he recommends storing the dressing separately as the salad leaves quickly go soggy if wet for too long.
Whereas dessert should be kept in the fridge until ready to be eaten.