Ready to ring in the New Year? No matter what your activities may be, joining others to party the night away or staying home catching up on Netflix movies, antipasti is a good choice.
This version of antipasti is an easy appetizer that requires more skill in decorating a plate than cooking. Whether you lay out meats and cheese in precise order, slice upon slice, or spread on a cutting board randomly, it’s all good. The hardest part of putting an antipasti plate together is deciding which meats and cheeses to purchase.
For the meat and cheese platters I used three types of salami (hard, peppered and Genoa), plus soppressatta, capocollo, prosciutto, New York white sharp cheddar, asiago cheese, and parmigiano reggiano. The olive platter was a combination of 7-8 types of olives marinated with pepperoni and feta, plus giardiniera (Italian pickled veggies) and peppers stuffed with cheese and prosciutto.
I toasted small pieces of bread and rubbed garlic on them while still warm – creating a mild garlic flavor to the toasts, a great accompaniment to this simple antipasti. I also made a sweet tart mustard for dipping or layering on the garlic bread before adding meats and cheeses – so the guests could create a mini open face sandwich or a version of bruschetta.
Providing bowls of grapes, crackers, and nuts nicely rounds out this pre-dinner course or party appetizers.
For more appetizer ideas, check out these posts on nuts, beans (for spiced chickpeas), hummus, pizza appetizers, and cheese balls. And don’t forget the drinks! Not my speciality, but a few I shared on previous posts may interest you this evening – holiday cocktails and limoncello drinks.
- 1/4 cup whole-grain Dijon mustard (I've also used deli mustard if I don't have Dijon)
- 1 tablespoon apricot jam (I've used peach jam adding more like 2-3 tablespoons)
- 2 teaspoons smooth Dijon mustard
- Pinch of Coleman's dry mustard
- Pinch of dried parsley or other dried green herb
- Mix all ingredients together. Serve immediately or store covered in the fridge for up to five days.
- Try different combinations such as substituting raspberry jam or fig jam for the apricot jam. Variations of herbt could be red pepper flakes, tarragon, or mint.