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Perfect Ploughman’s Lunch

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How to throw together a perfect Ploughman’s Lunch – a rustic yet impressive grazing platter that’s perfect for parties or picnics.

I do love a proper Ploughman’s lunch, it’s a quintessentially English, traditional pub lunch.

It reminds me of lazy afternoons sat in the countryside in a beer garden by the river, lovely picnics and even lazy summer days in the garden.

A proper Ploughman’s Lunch (or ploughmans for short) is a total treat to eat.

It’s just a matter of choosing great ingredients and spending just a little time arranging them so they look beautiful.

ploughman's lunch platter with bread, cheese, pork pies, chutney, fruit and salad

What’s In A Ploughman’s Lunch?

I think everyone has their own little way of making a ploughman’s lunch and has their own preferences about what should be included.

It’s a delicious selection of good British food – ham, cheese and bread.

I like to add in a pork pie or a scotch egg, sometimes even a sausage roll.

There should be fruit – like apples or pears. Tomatoes, celery sprinkled with salt and a selection of pickles and chutney.

And… always a pot of crips. Proper crisps, like Fiddlers crisps – made right here in Lancashire!

I think on the whole for me a ploughman’s platter needs to be mainly British food – little regional goodies, roast ham, good bread and regional cheese like a vintage Cheddar or crumbly Lancashire.

There’s no room for continental cheese or meats in a traditional ploughman’s lunch – choose robust, chunky British food.

Ploughman’s lunch Ingredients

ploughman's lunch platter with bread, cheese, pork pies, chutney, fruit and salad

To serve four people

  • 4 bread rolls – choose any bread you like, soft floury barmcakes, crusty cobs or granary rolls.
  • 4 slices roast ham – you can add more if you like.
  • 150g British cheese – I like vintage Cheddar or Crumbly Lancashire – you could do a mix of both if you like
  • 4 pork pies – just choose your favourite pork pie – you can choose artisan pies, pork pies with black pudding, pork and chutney pies – just pick your favourite.
  • 3 sticks celery – cut into batons
  • 6 vine tomatoes – sliced into quarters
  • 1/2 a cucumber – sliced
  • 8 radishes – sliced
  • 2 red apples – sliced
  • 8 pickled onions – big crispy ones or little silver skinned pickles – or both
  • 2 tbs chutney – I tend to use Branston pickle but you can just choose your favourite or switch it or Piccalilli or both.
  • 150g crisps – I use Fiddlers – Lancashire Cheese & Onion or Lancashire Sauce flavour.

Optional ingredients To Include In Your Ploughman’s Platter

Any of the following make a tasty addition to your traditional ploughman’s lunch.

  • Scotch eggs – add in some artisan scotch eggs, they work super well with a Ploughman’s – grab our Gluten free scotch egg – just the BEST homemade gluten free scotch egg recipe, easy, flavoursome and oh so perfect for picnics.
  • Sausage rolls – homemade sausage rolls are a total treat to eat and go so well with this British food platter. Get our homemade sausage roll recipe here.
  • Roast beef – add in some slices of roast beef alongside the traditional ham.
ploughman's lunch platter with bread, cheese, pork pies, chutney, fruit and salad

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Equipment Needed To Make The Recipe

  • Chopping board
  • Colander – Salad spinner
  • Sharp vegetable knife
  • Bread board
  • Bread knife
  • Serving platter
  • Small serving bowls
  • Serving spoons

How To Make A Ploughman’s Lunch

You can either make a sharing platter or grab some plates and make up individual ploughman plates.

  • Prepare all the ingredients – wash and slice the salad and fruit, sliced the bread rolls, cut the cheeses and meat.
  • Arrange the platter – just start on one corner of the platter and build up all the food in a nice arrangement as you go across the platter – filling in any gaps with sliced radish, cucumber or freshly chopped herbs so it looks lovely.

Ploughman’s Sandwich Recipe

You could always switch up your Ploughman’s lunch and serve it as a sandwich instead.

Take two slices of thick cut granary bread and load it up with – sliced cheese, ham, lettuce leaves, Ploughman’s pickle and sliced tomatoes.

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ploughman's lunch platter with bread, cheese, pork pies, chutney, fruit and salad

What To Drink With Ploughman’s Lunch?

You really can’t beat a nice cold beer alongside a ploughman’s lunch, it’s traditional!

Go for British brewed ales like…

  • Bowland Brewery – Buster – brewed right here in Lancashire a lovely IPA, fruity finish and oh so perfect with ham and pork! Slide one next to your ploughman’s lunch.
ploughman's lunch platter with bread, cheese, pork pies, chutney, fruit and salad

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Yield: Serves 4

Ploughman's Lunch

ploughman's lunch platter with bread, cheese, pork pies, chutney, fruit and salad

How to make the BEST Ploughman's Lunch - delicius, easy all British recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 bread rolls
  • 4 slices roast ham 
  • 150g Cheddar cheese 
  • 400g pork pies (four pies) 
  • 3 celery sticks - cut into batons 
  • 6 vine tomatoes - quartered 
  • 1/2 cucumber - sliced 
  • 8 radishes  - sliced 
  • 2 red apples - sliced 
  • 8 pickled onions
  • 2 tbs chutney
  • 150g crisps 

Instructions

  1. Prepare all the ingredients – wash and slice the salad and fruit, sliced the bread rolls, cut the cheeses and meat.
  2. Arrange the platter – just start on one corner of the platter and build up all the food in a nice arrangement as you go across the platter – filling in any gaps with sliced radish, cucumber or freshly chopped herbs so it looks lovely.

Notes

Optional ingredients - sliced roast beef, scotch eggs, sausage rolls

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1142Total Fat: 68gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 37gCholesterol: 209mgSodium: 1393mgCarbohydrates: 75gFiber: 8gSugar: 17gProtein: 60g

Nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients you use and how careful you are with measuring - this nutritional information is given as a general guide only and may not be accurate - you should always calculate your own nutritional information especially if you have specific dietary requirements.

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