Party Dish – Antipasti Platter

It’s Saturday, do you have guests coming over for dinner or drinks or do you need to bring a dish to a party? Let me help…

One of my favorite appetizer dishes is the antipasti platter, mainly because of its simplicity and flexibility. Creating an antipasto platter is similar to creating a salad, there really are no wrong combinations, and you can change the platter based on your guests or dinner. Typically you want to have some form of meat and cheese displayed on the tray and the rest is up to your creativity. Personally I prefer to change of the types of cheeses and meats and usually always include a mixed pairing of olives.

The image below shows a small version of an antipasti platter using only two kinds of cheese (Havarti and Gouda) and two kinds of meat (Salami and Pepperoni). This was used for a casual drink with friends. To make your own platter follow the recipe below and be creative, change the ingredients if you prefer.

ANTIPASTI PLATTER

 

  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 cup roasted red peppers, drained
  • 8 fresh figs, halved lengthwise
  • 1 pound pecorino cheese, cubed
  • 1 pound provolone cheese, cubed
  • 3/4 pound refrigerator-dried sopressata, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups mixed olives, drained
  • 3/4 pounds salami, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 pounds prosciutto, very thinly sliced
  • Breadsticks, for serving
    1. Cube all cheeses.
    2. Arrange dish by sectioning out the cheeses, figs, meat, and olives. Then lightly sprinkle the entire platter with salt, pepper and oregano. Then lightly drizzle the olive oil on top.
    3. Enjoy

     

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