The words “antipasto” translates to “before the meal”. It is a traditional Italian first course that includes a variety of different cured meats, cheeses, giardiniera, olives, and pepperoncini. Since an antipasto can be prepared ahead of time, it is perfect for family gatherings because it allows the host to have some extra time to socialize. This dish is great for almost any occasion, from small gatherings to large parties! It is sure to keep your guests coming back for more!
- Step One: Choose your serving platter
Choose a platter that is large enough to fit all the different foods you wish to place on it. Many individuals prefer to use a large cutting board if they are serving cheese that has not been cut yet.
- Step Two: Choose a variety of different cheeses
Choose several different cheeses that each posses a different texture to add to the variety of the plate. You may either precut them for your guests or leave a cheese knife and allow them to cut as much as they would like. Include about 1/2 lb of parmigiano reggiano chunks. Other cheeses you can include are gorgonzola, pecorino, and fresh mozzarella.
- Step Three: Choose cured meats
Choose around one lb of thinly sliced assorted deli meats. Loosely arrange the meats in rows on the platter. If you prefer a less rustic look, you may roll the meat slices instead. These generally include prosciutto, mortadella, soppressata, bresaola, capocollo, and genoa salami.
Step Four: Choose vegetables and marinate
Adding vegetables to an antipasto is a great way include flavor and color. You may also include different fruits that go well with your cheeses such as pears and grapes. Other vegetables include sundried tomatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, mushrooms, and mixed olives. Be sure to marinate the olives and refrigerate them for several hours before serving. To marinate use the following ingredients:
Step Five: Slice bread
Thinly slice a loaf of fresh Italian bread such as focaccia bread.
Step Six: Arrange and Mangia!