What is Antipasto?

You’ve probably never heard of it and might even think its someone who doesn’t like pasta, but as the name suggests – Antipasto – originates from Italy and is a form of first course meal.

Antipasto means “before the meal” in Italian and it is a light course and a traditional antipasto includes cured meats, olives, various cheeses and some vegetables is oil or vinegar.

Antipasto is a traditional Italian dish, but you can make it by following the using the following ingredients.

How to make Antipasto

You will need the following ingredients for antipasto:

  • A variety of cured meats such as prosciutto, salami, or pepperoni
  • A variety of cheeses such as mozzarella, parmesan, or gouda
  • Marinated vegetables such as artichokes, roasted red peppers, or mushrooms
  • Olives, either black or green
  • Pickled items such as giardiniera or pickled onions
  • Crackers, bread, or crostini for serving
  • Optional ingredients: balsamic glaze, basil leaves, or a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Here are some instructions on what to do with your antipasto ingredients:

  1. Start by arranging the meats, cheeses, and marinated vegetables on a large platter or board.
  2. Place the olives and pickled items in small bowls and place them around the platter.
  3. Drizzle balsamic glaze over the platter, if desired.
  4. Scatter basil leaves over the platter, if desired.
  5. Serve with crackers, bread, or crostini on the side.

That’s it you can now go and enjoy your delicious Antipasto platter!

You can also get creative and add your own favourite ingredients or switch up the ratios to suit your taste preferences if you prefer to give your own personal touch to your antipasto.

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