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Ploughman’s Platter

Originating in the United Kingdom, a “ploughman’s lunch” is a plate of bread, butter, cheese, and pickles served in pubs at midday. This assortment, with homemade pickles and sliced apples, makes a nice hors d’oeuvre platter for any party. You also can include a green salad and sliced hard-boiled eggs.

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Originating in the United Kingdom, a “ploughman’s lunch” is a plate of bread, butter, cheese, and pickles served in pubs at midday. This assortment, with homemade pickles and sliced apples, makes a nice hors d’oeuvre platter for any party. You also can include a green salad and sliced hard-boiled eggs.

Servings
16

Ingredients

Pickles

  • 2 lb. cucumbers, sliced
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced (1 cup)
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbs. salt
  • 1 tsp. whole yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 star anise
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

Platter

  • 1 loaf sliced Irish brown bread, soda bread, or country bread
  • 2 tart apples, sliced
  • 1/2 lb. Irish Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 lb. Stilton or Cashel blue cheese
  • 1/4 lb. Irish butter
  • Colman's English Mustard

Preparation

1. To make Pickles: Pack cucumbers and onions in 1-qt. jar. Bring vinegar, sugar, salt, mustard seeds, star anise, cloves, turmeric, and red pepper flakes to a simmer in saucepan over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes. Pour liquid over cucumbers and onions; cover, and refrigerate at least 24 hours.

2. Arrange bread, apples, cheeses, butter, mustard, and Pickles on large platter.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories 273
  • Carbohydrate Content 22 g
  • Cholesterol Content 50 mg
  • Fat Content 17 g
  • Fiber Content 2 g
  • Protein Content 10 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 10 g
  • Sodium Content 571 mg
  • Sugar Content 4 g