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Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » March 15th, 2019, 7:42 am

Hi all,

I’ve got approx 15 people at mine for lunch on Monday, inc children. I was thinking ploughman’s lunch but with some hot additions...either a soup (I haven’t decided what type) or a couple of hot quiches. I’d thought about making some rillettes too if I have time over the weekend.

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Ham
Cheddar
Stilton
Shop bought pork pie(s)
French bread
Green salad
Tomato and red onion salad
Pickles
Chutney
Coleslaw
Crisps
Olives

I know some of that’s not traditional in a ploughman’s! Am I missing anything? Can you think of anything else to go with it? Or another hot addition in case it’s a cold day and we need more warm food? I probably need a dessert idea too actually if anyone has a suggestion please.

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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby Busybee » March 15th, 2019, 8:57 am

I’m not sure that it needs anything else to be honest, but if you want something hot why not go for a hot dessert? A big fruit crumble can be prepped earlier and then left to cook whilst you are eating. Served with ice cream, cream or custard I think it’s quite an easy but crowd pleasing pudding.

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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » March 15th, 2019, 10:07 am

I'd maybe add one more cheese, maybe a Brie to it. I love apples with a ploughmans too . I think a pudding is a good idea and crumble is pretty universally liked plus low effort
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby Herbidacious » March 15th, 2019, 10:09 am

I assume none of them are vegetarian...!
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby Herbidacious » March 15th, 2019, 10:09 am

I assume none of them are vegetarian...! If not, might be nice to have a veggie pie/thing.
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby suffolk » March 15th, 2019, 10:21 am

A smoked mackerel pate?
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby Ratatouille » March 15th, 2019, 10:32 am

Mini Scotch eggs - made with quails eggs or halved normal sized ones. You could make veggie ones if necessary. I would go with crusty country style bread rather than French bread. How about some fresh radishes with a bit of stalk to hold them with and a pot of sea salt on the dish to dip them in.
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby earthmaiden » March 15th, 2019, 11:52 am

I presume you're trying to make it easy. Your ideas look great - I think soup would be a bit of a faff (extra bowls or cups, spoons, difficult to drink standing up etc). I really don't think you need anything else for the main event although some of the suggestions are nice.
A hot (crumble/pie) with ice cream available for the children and some fresh fruit and a little treat (chocolates, petits four sort of thing) to go with coffee would be very nice. It depends a bit if you are serving anything interesting to drink before or with the food. If you have beer with a Ploughmans you don't always want much else. It'll be lovely just as you've planned - you have wonderful meals!
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby StokeySue » March 15th, 2019, 12:14 pm

I think the thing to remember is that the essence of a Ploughman’s is that it’s simple, rustic, and usually chunky.

So if you are really going for the style you want a few big things, not a load of bits

If having ham and pork pie I don’t think I’d bother with rillettes, pate or scotch eggs as well, but if you are having a good cheddar and Stilton would the children like a milder cheese?

Sounds as if you aren’t planning on dessert but a bowl of nice apples and pears would go, in pubs you often get apple with the cheese
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » March 15th, 2019, 12:18 pm

Thanks everyone :)

I’ll definitely add the brie and radishes as both are nice and easy. I’ll go with the crumble too :tu: My sister has offered to make something to bring so I’ve given her the crumble to make :D

Herbidacious wrote:I assume none of them are vegetarian...! If not, might be nice to have a veggie pie/thing.


Good point! None are vegetarian but the soup will probably be leek and potato and the quiche will be cheese and onion so there’s hopefully enough non-meat options along with the cheese, bread, salads etc.

Oh EM I haven’t even thought about drinks yet!! Thanks for reminding me. A lot of people will be driving home but I’ll make sure we’ve got beer and wine/fizz as well as the usual soft drinks.

It’s probably overkill but I think we’re going to make the soup and quiches as they’ll also provide lunches for a day or two after. Assuming there’s any left!
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby earthmaiden » March 15th, 2019, 12:27 pm

Are we invited? :chops:
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 15th, 2019, 1:09 pm

Grapes!

Quorn do some veggie picnic style items for veggies. I had their Scotch eggs the other day which were quite tasty. Hummus?

You've settled on crumble but I was going to suggest trifle.
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby suffolk » March 15th, 2019, 1:17 pm

Celery sticks?
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby Catherine » March 15th, 2019, 2:59 pm

I agree with Stokey - a Ploughmans is my nature a simple meal. I'd simply serve sliced baked ham, a good cheddar, an apple, celery sticks, radishes and chutney and some good freshly made bread with proper butter. A pork pie might be nice too if you feel it needs it, but it doesn't really. I'd be very happy to receive that
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby karadekoolaid » March 16th, 2019, 1:57 am

I´d cut out the olives and add pickled onions.
And a whole bucketful of bread chunks, fried in lard, or bacon fat. Or both!!
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby TeresaFoodie » March 17th, 2019, 1:34 am

I'm also thinking pickled onions now Clive has mentioned those beauties, plus can you do your own bread straight out of the oven with a knife In the butter at the ready? :chops:
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby StokeySue » March 17th, 2019, 10:49 am

Pickles and chutney are both in OMCO’s original list
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby earthmaiden » March 17th, 2019, 11:12 am

I don't think that fried bread chunks are much of a tradition here. Is it a South American thing or a novel idea? Sounds like a faff when you are trying to serve something easy for a crowd :rolleyes: (and everyone loves crusty bread and cheese!).

We used to enjoy fried cheese or Marmite sandwiches for breakfast at school - I can see the attraction.
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby karadekoolaid » March 17th, 2019, 11:49 am

No, EM - not South American . We used to go down the pub on Sunday lunchtimes, and they´d put chunks of bread fried in lard on the bar..
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby earthmaiden » March 17th, 2019, 12:11 pm

Really? Nice!
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby StokeySue » March 17th, 2019, 1:32 pm

Pub near here used to put out chunks of potato rolled in dry Paxo (not too much) and roasted. Really nice nibble.
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby Prettykiwicrazy » March 17th, 2019, 4:36 pm

That sounds lovely Sue
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » March 17th, 2019, 8:35 pm

Apples, celery sticks and grapes all bought :tu: Cornichons and pickled onions also included. Bread cooked in bacon fat sounds wonderful! One for another day, definitely.

TeresaFoodie wrote:I'm also thinking pickled onions now Clive has mentioned those beauties, plus can you do your own bread straight out of the oven with a knife In the butter at the ready? :chops:
I have an hour from getting back from DD’s swimming lesson to when people start to arrive so I don’t think I’ll have the time - unfortunately :D

earthmaiden wrote:Are we invited? :chops:
Of course :D

I’m actually not feeling 100% today...shivery and sore throat etc so I’m hoping they won’t all stay ages and ages :oops: :lol:
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby Ratatouille » March 18th, 2019, 9:52 am

Hope it all went and that your lurgy didn't spoil it for you OMCO
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Re: Ploughman’s lunch for a crowd

Postby OneMoreCheekyOne » March 21st, 2019, 7:58 am

It was lovely thanks! I felt fine the next day luckily.

Thanks for all of the suggestions :hug:
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