Want to impress at your next dinner party or drinks party?
An Antipasto platter is so easy to put together yet it looks tempting and exotic to serve at your next dinner or drinks party.
I’m married to an Italian who has lived most of his life in Australia, however, we both enjoy visiting his cousins in Italy and also the Italian cuisine. Food is such an important part of the Italian culture and there are not many people world wide who do not enjoy a comforting plate of pasta.
This week we entertained friends at home with a dinner party and served this platter as an entree to rave reviews.
What is antipasto?
Antipasto sounds like it should be a type of pasta, however it literally means ‘before the meal’. Traditionally, in Italy it is the first course and usually includes cured meats such as prosciutto, ham, salami, olives, sundried tomatoes, roasted peppers, roasted artichokes, mushrooms, various cheeses and even sardines.
What you need
Everything you need to make up a platter can be found at your local delicatessan or supermarkets. Use your imagination and try different combinations.
- Proscioutto slices
- Ham slices
- Olives – green (stuffed) and black
- Sundried Tomatoes
- Roasted Peppers in olive oil
- Artichokes in olive oil
- Mushrooms marinated in olive oil
- Crusty bread, bread sticks or bread toasts
- Large serving platter
How to assemble
The success of the platter to me is to have lots of colour which makes it look so impressive and tasty, Green and black olives combined with rich red sundried tomatoes and red or yellow peppers add the pop of colour. Whilst the cured meats such as proscioutto and ham, sardines and cheeses such as mozarella add to the richness of flavour.
I sometimes use feta cheese, which although not Italian has a smooth creamy texture.
Arrange the ingredients on a white platter if possible as I think this provides a clean, bright backdrop to the glorious food.
Next time you are having friends over for drinks or a dinner party why not wow them with this easy to assemble platter. Serve some chilled Lambrusco wine and you will be transported to Italy!