Olympic Size Snack Platter

I've been counting down the days to the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.  Honestly, I've been counting down the days to snack platters that double as dinner.   It's too hot to even think about turning on the oven or cooktop in this Louisiana heat.  So, let the snack platter games begin!!! 

For tonight's opening ceremony, I've built my platter around a tasty hummus with an artichoke and lemon twist.  I've surrounded it with refrigerator and pantry items for a family size platter that is sure to win a gold medal.  It's really quite easy to create.  There's a few things that require a little assembly, and the rest of the ingredients are scattered around the platter.   A lot of this platter action is going to happen during the next two weeks in my house, and I can hardly stand it!!!  If you make a snack platter for your family, be sure to show me on Instagram and tag me @y_delicacies.  Go team USA!!!!!!

Olympic Size Snack Platter

Servings: 10-12

Assembled Items

Artichoke and Lemon Hummus

Servings:  2 cups

2 cloves garlic

1-1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas (rinsed and drained if using a 15 oz. can)

1 cup artichoke hearts, (squeezed and well drained if using a 14 oz. can)

3 Tablespoons lemon juice

½ teaspoon ground cumin

 ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

zest from one lemon

 1/2 cup olive oil, extra for serving

1. In a food processor, pulse the garlic and salt until the garlic is finely chopped. 

2. Add the chickpeas, artichoke hearts, lemon juice, cumin, red pepper flakes, lemon zest and pulse until coarsely chopped.  

3. Pour the olive oil into the bowl and process until the mixture is smooth and whipped, 2-4 minutes.  

4. Transfer to a bowl and drizzle with olive oil.  Place bowl on serving platter.

Do Ahead: Artichoke Lemon hummus can be made 3 days ahead and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Ricotta Toast

Toast whole grain bread.  Spread whole milk Ricotta on each slice and drizzle with honey.  Top with sliced strawberries and garnish with mint sprigs.

Garlic Scented Toast and Tomato Skewers

Toast thick slices of whole grain bread.  As soon as the bread is toasted, rub both sides of each slice with a fresh garlic clove.  Cut toast into large cubes. Skewer onto bamboo picks alternating with cherry tomatoes. Arrange on platter.

Refrigerator Staples

Fresh Peaches, sliced

Prosciutto, thinly sliced

Parmesan, chunks

Mimolette, sliced

Mixed olives

Sweety Drop Miniature Peppers

Pantry Staples

Pistachios

Marcona almonds

Crostini