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Italian Antipasto Platter Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Tom Unwin

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What do these three things all have in common: pasta, ice cream and good table manners? They’re all just part of the list of enduring Italian culinary contributions, all as varied and delicious as the history of Italy itself.

Antipasto, which literally means "before the meal," is one of those contributions and similar to French hors d'oeuvres or Spanish tapas, it’s a beloved combination of small bites of tasty food, usually accompanied by wine and meant to stimulate the appetite before digging into the main meal.

When it’s done right, an antipasto plate will bring a relaxed spirit and friendly, casual conversation to your meal. No matter the occasion, serving antipasto is the perfect way to slow things down and savor great food at a dinner, picnic, cocktail party—you name it.

Directions:
Directions:
Jarred marinated artichoke hearts served with water crackers and Camembert cheese







Sliced tomatoes marinated in Italian dressing, served with slices of havarti cheese and garlic-stuffed green olives

Thinly sliced Genoa salami and Cacio de Roma cheese served with crusty bread

Shaved prosciutto with chunks of fresh cantaloupe and a bowl of mixed roasted nuts

Jarred roasted red and yellow peppers, garlic hummus and pita bread

Toasted focaccia bread with sardines and sweet onions

Olives, capers, sweet pickles and natural pepperoni or smoked peppered turkey breast

Roasted almonds, walnuts and pine nuts served with dried and fresh figs in season

Homemade garlic bread served with tomato relish and cold shrimp

Grilled deli vegetables with marinated fresh mozzarella

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
4-6
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
1 Hour
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Antipasto plates are simply colorful offerings of marinated vegetables—think artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers or pickled garlic—salty olives, rustic artisan breads, natural deli meats, small bites of seafood delicacies and rich cheeses.

With antipasto, it’s always best to keep things simple. Narrow your choices down to two or three items, then incorporate a few fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables and you’re set. Try these simple ideas on for size:

 

 

 

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