You have a dinner party but no idea what to serve as a dessert. What about some fruits? It may sound simple, but you can still make them an interesting final dish.
Here are some basic tips on serving fruits.
Serving fruits at a dinner party comes with a few basic rules.
- Keep fruits that need to be peeled at bay (apples, pears, peaches) and for your family, and spare your guests from the chore.
- Bring out cut fruits, in salads, or served with a spoon. You can also pick smaller fruits (plums, cherries, apricots, strawberries, etc.) and ones with fewer seeds (or none).
- Most fruits will be eaten and peeled by hand. If you’re offering a basket of fruit as your dessert, don’t forget to bring some towels as eating some of them can be messy.
- Unpeeled fruits are always served washed and ready to eat.
- Strawberries should be brought in a bowl or dish with a serving spoon, accompanied by some powdered sugar and whipped cream on the side. You can do the same with other berries, generally mixed.
- With grapes, cut out the clusters with your kitchen scissors.
- For nuts, make them available as a table centerpiece with enough nutcrackers as needed. You can bring out some fresh slices of bread as well.
- For larger fruits, like melons, you can serve them either diced in bowls or in slices. Be careful not to ruin the pulp.
Sometimes, a fruit plate may not be enough of a dessert.
You can accompany your fruits with other treats, but make sure to match them adequately. Here are a few ideas:
Fruits high in water content are usually considered “lighter”. Examples of sides include:
- Ice cream
Fruits with the most fiber and pulp will be “heavier”. You can accompany them with some of the following:
- Whipped cream