By Naomi Crisanteon 09th Oct 2014 10:07
Nothing looks quite as impressive as a gorgeous antipasto platter on the table, and it really is one of the easiest things to put together. Start with an extra large platter and then you can build a beautiful cornucopia of produce for your guests to graze on.
There are four main types of ingredients that usually take centrestage on an antipasto platter – charcuterie, antipasti vegetables, cheese and bread or crackers.
- Charcuterie covers all cold cured meats such as ham, prosciutto and jamon. Make sure they are finely sliced and arrange them in gentle folds onto the platter.
- Antipasti vegetables such as olives, char-grilled capsicum, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes or gherkins all add colour, piquancy and texture to the platter. Even a little pesto served with a spoon makes for a tasty dollop.
- Cheeses such as bocconcini, fior di latte, provolone or even a great hunk of parmesan go well with antipasto style ingredients.
- Add some Italian-style ciabatta, sourdough or seeded breads, or maybe some grissini sticks or crackers for some welcome crunch and your platter is complete!