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Tips for Creating an Impressive Antipasto Platter

FEATURED ITEM: Tips for Creating an Impressive Antipasto Platter

Impress everyone at your next party with a beautiful antipasto platter to greet them upon arrival.

Arrange your choice of the following for your own signature platter:

Cured Meats: Choose a few cured meats from the deli. Italian style prosciutto, sweet or hot capicola, genoa salami and sliced pepperoni are all great choices. Find local options, including meats from Carando Classic Italian in Springfield and Daniele in Rhode Island.

Cheeses: Add a selection of cheeses with different flavors, including Provolone, Parmigiano Reggiano, and Fontina. Spice it up with cubes of Pepperjack or bocconcini – small balls of fresh mozzarella cheese – marinated in olive oil with fresh basil and crushed red pepper flakes.

Marinated or Stuffed Vegetables: Toss chopped tomatoes in oil, vinegar and herbs and add them to your platter. Purchase marinated olives and artichokes to include as well. Pair the marinated veggies with peppers stuffed with soft, herbed goat cheese, or roasted peppadew peppers.

Nuts and Fruit: Add crunch with a mix of roasted nuts, including pecans, walnuts and cashews. Sweeten up your mix with dried fruit or halved fresh figs.

Crackers and Breads: Cut foccacia or another crusty bread into chucks, or make toast triangles as crostini.