While antipasto means "before the meal," this Italian appetizer can easily take itself from being a small sampling of foods designed to whet the appetite to becoming the complete meal in itself. Traditionally an antipasto platter is made up of small bites of meats, cheeses and other tempting foods laid out on plates or trays to munch on before the main course of a meal. This method of eating is very conducive to slowing down the busy pace of life while partaking in good conversation and a relaxing atmosphere, which makes it an ideal choice for entertaining. It can be a delicious easy appetizer or a perfectly satisfying meal to enjoy with a good glass of wine and great friends. Here are creative suggestions to help you prepare your antipasto platter.
A smaller antipasto platter with only 4–8 ingredients is a great starting point to a full meal. It's also the perfect size for a nice relaxing lunch on the patio or to take along to your next picnic. Include some of these tasty foods:
A larger platter will include not only more of every ingredient, but also more ingredients altogether. Plan on at least 8–12 different foods. This will make a wonderful platter to serve at a large party or as a relaxing summer meal to enjoy on the patio.
Include a wide assortment from the simple plate section, but consider adding some of these extras to pump it up a bit:
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