Friday, August 7, 2009

Ploughman's Platter

As the story goes, an English field worker's lunch typically consisted of buttered crusty bread and a wedge of cheese. On lucky days he would have a piece of sausage or maybe a boiled egg. Once this lunch started appearing on pub menus, variations came along with it. Pub menus often include on the Ploughman's Platter, pickles, chutneys, onions, and tomatoes, maybe a little pot of mustard.

Whatever you include, it makes a satisfying meal for a hot and busy summer day. Sometimes I use smoked fish rather than sausage and I vary the cheeses. Brie and mango chutney are delicious, and blue cheese is a favorite of ours.

Here is one I recently made for Pritchard Parker's supper, when he worked very late on a project.

Ploughman's Platter
Egg Salad
Provolone cheese
Grilled sausage
Pickled Okra

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