Charcuterie and cheese platters are sooooooo 2008.
I propose that foodies everywhere go with a more purist approach and just straight up serve offals at their next dinner/cocktail party. How abso-fucking-lutely cute would pig intestinal sections and chicken gizzards look with the little fringey cocktail toothpicks sticking out of them?
Or how about one of my favorites--pig ears, preferably Chinese style. These gelatinous sheets of goodness have a chewy and crunchy texture akin to head cheese; having been boiled in dark soy sauce and seasoned with chile oil makes them that much better. Lay them out on your best servingware in bresaola or carpaccio fashion for maximum presentation effect. I've never done a wine pairing with these, but am open to suggestions if anyone has one; my drink of choice when noshing on pig ears is an ice cold beer--something about the slightly bitter and carbonated chill just pairs so well with the salty/sweet/spicy snap of pig-skin-and-cartilage jello.
For entertaining on the fly, you can conveniently pick up some grab-and-go pig ears at your local 99 Ranch Market. Delicious pig ears can also be found at Chung King Restaurant in Monterey Park. Check out friend and fellow food blogger Eddie Lin's excellent pig ear adventure at Chung King here.
I think I'm on to something here, don't you think?
99 Ranch Market
Various locations throughout the West Coast
Chung King Restaurant
206 South Garfield Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91754