How to make a simple ploughman’s lunch platter – super easy summer dinner idea
I love a proper Ploughman’s Lunch, it’s ridiculously easy to throw together, but when done with care, and making sure you choose the nicest ingredients it’s a total treat.
I think everyone has their own little variation on what should be included, but for me, it has to be British food, pick out the little regional goodies, choose proper ham, good bread and the cheese has to be vintage Cheddar or a crumbly Lancashire. There’s no room for continental cheese or meat, go for robust chunky British varieties.
Ploughman’s Lunch Recipe
Traditional and easy summer lunch
- 4 50g wedges of freshly cut cheese - choose Cheddar or Crumbly Lancashire.
- 4 small pork pies
- 4 slices of thick roast ham
- Cos lettuce
- Vine tomatoes - quartered
- Half a cucumber - sliced
- Half a small red onion - thinly sliced
- Pickled onions
- Ploughman's pickle chutney
- 2 apples - cored and sliced
- 8 slices of nice bread
- 1 large bag of thick cut crisps
- Put together a little salad with the lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber and sliced onions.
- Then just divide all the ingredients between the plates and serve.
More Ploughman’s Lunch Ideas to Try
- Switch the ham for slices of roast beef.
- Switch the pork pie for sausage roll – you might like our posh sausage roll recipe here – delicious (and easy) homemade sausage rolls with cheese and chutney rolled up with the sausage meat inside puff pastry.
- Add any extras you like such as coleslaw, piccalilli, more salad like radish or celery
How to serve Ploughman’s Platter
- Delicious as a laid back weekend lunch.
- Take for picnics or just lunch in the garden
- Make a mini-version for in packed lunches.
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.