MasterChef star Adam Liaw reveals how you can bring a plate with you like a professional chef during this festive season – and his “golden rule” for preparing a dish
- Celebrity chef Adam Liaw explained how to prepare a plate this festive season
- He strongly recommends checking with the host and bringing a specific dish with you
- Adam also suggests avoiding providing a plate for the entire group
- Popular plates to share include antipasto, cob loaf, and cheeseburger meatballs
With Christmas only weeks away, MasterChef Australia star Adam Liaw has shown how to bring a plate like a pro during this festive season.
The celebrity chef shared his tips to ensure that your shared platter is a hit at the party and enjoyed by other guests.
Adam strongly recommends checking with the host first and then choosing the exact dish you want to bring with you.
“Sharing the load for 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) shared his tips to ensure that your record together is a hit at the party and enjoyed by other guests
Ask the host first
Before choosing a dish you want, Adam recommends checking with the host first to determine specific nutritional needs.
While you won’t be able to please everyone at the party, it is important to be careful if you are allergic to certain ingredients, such as nuts or dairy products.
Choose a specific dish
After talking to the host, consider your options and come up with an exciting plate of food.
According to Taste, popular items include antipasti, cob loaf with spinach and caramelized onions, cheeseburger meatballs, and oven-baked chicken paella.
“If you happen to be a host, there’s nothing wrong with letting your guests know what you think will work,” Adam said.
His meals include pasta, burger patties, chicken wings, and lamb ribs because they can be made in large quantities – and are easy to serve at gatherings.
Before choosing a dish you want, Adam recommends checking with the host first to determine specific nutritional needs
Don’t worry about the whole party
When preparing the plate, Adam said a good general rule is that the volume of your dish is one and a half servings for the group.
“If you’ve been asked to bring a salad to a party of 20 people and you’re a family of four, bring enough to feed six – you sure don’t have to feed 20,” he said.
For a quick and easy dish, Adam suggests making a fresh, light salad like bruschetta.
“If they’re single or bite-sized portions, none per person might be a bad idea, but generally leave those kinds of specifics to the host and instead opt for dishes that are easier to share,” he said.
When preparing the plate, Adam said a good general rule is that the volume of your dish is one and a half servings for the group
Keep the plate cool or warm after preparation
Adam also suggests not over-prepping the platter and storing it at the correct temperature before serving.
For lettuce, he recommends storing the dressing separately, as the lettuce leaves quickly become moist if they are wet for too long.
The dessert should be kept in the refrigerator until eaten.