Cook Better: Serving Platters for Big Roasts and Family Dinners

This is a platter matter.

byCarrie Saum|
Cook Better: Serving Platters for Big Roasts and Family Dinners
Serve up something delicious and easy for the entire table to enjoy. Jonathan Farber

Family dinners are a great way to reconnect with loved ones over a yummy rib roast or juicy turkey dinner. But what about serving up that wholesome feast? Serving platters aren’t just a functional way to share food; they also provide an opportunity for a lovely presentation that reflects the style and heart of your home. So how do you decide what matters in a lovely service platter? We have you covered.

Artisanal tiles add a rustic touch.

If you’re looking for a serving platter, it’s important to know what kind of style you prefer. Many platters come in matching sets for a classic look—or you can mix and match. Just make sure it works for your needs and suits your personal style.

Traditional European style and design that holds a generous amount of food.

Consider the amount of food you’ll be making before you purchase a platter. Will your platter be used for small, intimate gatherings or grander occasions? Does it need to be dishwasher or microwave safe, and if so, will that platter fit in those appliances? No matter what platter you choose, be sure it functions exactly as you need it to.

Side handles make for easy, safe carrying. This option is oven safe up to 500 degrees.

Some platters can also work for cooking, as long as they’re oven-safe. Sturdy handles and durable ceramic or stoneware ensure it will last for years to come.