Sunday, December 22, 2013

Antipasto for Christmas Eve Recipe Italiano

An Italian Antipasto is always the best appetizer and starter before a big Holiday meal. Check out the many variations you can add to this platter. Underneath are fancy greens but you can use any kind of lettuce you prefer although out favorite is romaine and arugula mixed. Top the lettuce with the best grade of meats and cheeses. The only thing that would be missing here would be
 an Italian appetite!

Lettuce line your antipasto tray with any kind of lettuce you like. Suggestions would be fancy greens, ,romaine,  mixed greens, iceberg.
Artichokes baby hearts drained
Green, black cured or calamata olives
Tuna packed in olive oil
Gorgonzola cheese
Extra sharp provolone chunks
Fresh Mozzarella chunks
Sliced plum tomatoes
Celery sticks
Bean salad
Garbanzo beans
Hearts of Palm chunks
Mortadella
Genoa Salami
Pepperoni
Cherry Peppers stuffed
Roasted Peppers
Sopressata Capicola
Prosciutto
Stuffed deviled eggs
Shrimp
Stuffed Mushrooms

Line the plate with your greens and in rows layer any of the above suggestions. I drizzle the whole platter when filled with a homemade olive oil and vinegar dressing. Just a basic.

1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoon vinegar or balsamic
1/4 teaspoon oregano, minced garlic, red pepper flakes, dried basil, dried parsley, rosemary
salt, pepper to taste

Mix in a small bowl drizzle over the top.

Serve with hot crusty Italian bread.  Click here for a great recipe...  Ciabatta bread.
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