The plate is a type of block (and associated item) that can be found in a wide variety of structures, ranging from the Hobbit holes of the Shire, to the mead halls of Rohan, and the taverns of Dunland.
You can also make plates yourself with two clay balls or two logs in a row to craft clay plates and wooden plates respectively. Note that in the renewed version only, the wooden plate recipe yields two plates.
Now, fire those clay plates in a furnace or forge to get stoneware plates. Repeat with the stoneware plates to get fine plates.
Once the plate has been placed on a block you can right-click it with a food item to place that item on the plate. You can stack up to 64 food items of the same food type on a single plate. Cakes and soups cannot be stacked on plates.
Right-clicking a filled plate with something else or empty handed, will feed the player one piece. If you want to take a single piece, shift-right-click the plate. If you want to take all food and the plate, break the plate (left-click).
Plates, like pebbles, can be skimmed on water for fun. They rotate when thrown.
You can also wear plates on the head like a hat, and the plate will show food you are holding in your hand on your head, as shown to the left.
Plates can also be thrown, causing minor damage to any mob they hit, and breaking random glass or glowstone blocks that they fly through in a 5x5 corridor. Hobbits can also throw plates at you. You can auto-shoot plates by dispensers.
The achievement "Kitchen Brawler" is awarded for killing a Middle-earth NPC upon which damage has been inflicted only by thrown plates.
- Public Beta 2 added the first plate items, resembling the current fine and clay plates.
- Public Beta 3 made plates throwable.
- Public Beta 5 added Dispenser support for plates, allowing them to be thrown by machines as well as players.
- Public Beta 6 made plates spin when thrown.
- Public Beta 21 added the ability to stack multiple identical food items on a plate and the ability to shift-click a plate to make one items of the food pop out.
- Public Beta 27 allowed plates to be skimmed on water.
- Update 34 greatly reworked the manufacture of plates, adding wooden and stoneware variants and renaming the pre-existing plate item to a 'fine plate' which has to be 'cooked' from a stoneware plate. It also added the ability to wear plates upon the head.
- Renewed Snapshot 1.5 added models (configurable by resource pack) for some food types when placed on plates, and allowed foods in bowls to be placed on plates, as shown below.