This past week, Chicago pulled its usual mood swing on us. From cold and rainy and unseasonably icky to over 90 degrees and humid. I have a very hard time adjusting the 30 degree temperature rise. Redheaded freckle faces are not built for such intense heat. Just the thought of turning on the stove makes me swoon and we currently have no grill.

The answer? Summer snack plate. The recipe is very simple. Open your cupboards and refrigerator and pull out whatever you have. Put is on board or serving platter. Crack some beers and dine outside. Voila. The real 10-minute meal solution.

I usually include cheeses, nuts, bread or crackers, fruit and leftovers. This time, we had some egg strata from a brunch I had hosted that I cut into squares and served cold along with the rest of the spread. All this meal needed was some blueberry crisp or cobbler for dessert. But of course, that would have meant turning on the oven. Maybe next time.

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12 Responses to “Summer Snack Plate”

  1. Whitney Says:

    I love the 312 in the background. Nothing better on a hot day.

  2. The Purple Foodie Says:

    What a fun platter!

  3. Kaitlyn Says:

    Snack plates are one of my favorite dinners. My boyfriend and I did the same thing this weekend and put together a few types of cheeses, nutty bread, crackers, dried apricots and lots of fresh fruit. With a glass of wine, what’s not to love about this meal?

  4. EB Says:

    Sounds snacky and delicious and refreshing and perfectly summer-ific.

  5. Cherie Says:

    My summer snack plate tends to consist of apples, goat cheese, heirloom tomatoes and roasted asparagus with a little chunk of flat bread to pull it all up into. Its always lovely to eat light in the heat of the day…to hell with the kitchen when its so sunny out.


  6. Tina Says:

    Exactly how I love to eat in the summertime!

  7. Moltomom Says:

    Love this kind of dining!! A great reminder to restock my pantry.

  8. molly Says:

    The summer snack plate is one of my favorites! I eat it all year round.

  9. Jen Says:

    Casual noshing on a smattering of cheese, bread, olives and cured meats is my favorite way to eat. Thanks also for reminding me of your egg strata!

  10. Sues Says:

    Mmm! Summer snack plates are one of my favorite things ever. I could eat them every day (and all day!).

  11. LoveFeast Table Says:

    We set this exact snack up on what we call the “lamb plate” (large enough for a lamb). We set it out for kid’s lunch and my five kids graze throughout a hot summer’s day!

  12. Dining Table Guide Says:

    That looks really delicious. Gotta dine on a fine table!

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