Relish trays like the ones at olden days supper clubs and steakhouses?
We're grilling steaks for Christmas Eve (in upper midwest this is a bit of a feat because it'll be at most 20F..) Been thinking of relish trays at fancy restaurants we used to go to when we were little. Usually there were pickles (black) olives, carrot sticks, celery sticks and rye krisp crackers and breadsticks in little packages.
The good ones had those things plus things like radishes, scallions, pickled herring, pickled peppers, cheese, salami.
what else? e.g I read that there's a place in Vermont that serves the above with a dip made from cottage cheese and horseradish.
You have pretty much covered all the bases already. What I remember back in the 60's...it was common to see the following as well on tables.....part of a bread basket, relish tray or separately:
Wine Cheese Balls with Ritz Crackers
Cottage Cheese and Corn Relish
fourunder, you might be part of my family! We also had chopped herring. No popovers, tho.
At restaurants in RI in the 60s, the relish trays commonly had melba toast, breadsticks, cottage cheese, corn relish (or pepper relish), and Wispride-type cheese spread. And they usually could be spun around.
That sounds so perfect. Wine cheese balls. Funny my husband is making chopped liver (chicken liver pate) right now. It's a tradition. I was born in 1965 so relish trays are a fond but distant memory. I just remembered there was a place with deviled ham.