Easy Entertaining: Making an Antipasto Tray

Making an antipasto tray is a perfect option when you have a large family like we do, and there are many opportunities to entertain. Sometimes we simply like having everyone over to enjoy good food, good drinks and great conversation.  Entertaining can be a lot of work but it doesn’t have to be exhausting nor does it have to break the bank.

Making an Antipasto Tray

An antipasto tray can take so of the pressure off when entertaining. It offers a variety of treats for your guests to nibble on over a cocktail and looks beautiful on the table. Read more for some tips ideas on this creative culinary dish.

Typically when we have people over we offer appetizers, the main course and dessert. One easy dish that pleases a range of tastes is an antipasto tray. This is fun to make because you can get creative with color, texture, height and the result is a beautiful offering to greet your guests before dinner.

Typical items may include:

  • cheeses – wedges or cut up in bite sized pieces
  • meats – thin slices of salami, prosciutto or capicola
  • olives
  • artichoke hearts
  • nuts
  • crackers
  • breadsticks
  • grapes or sliced fruit
  • marinated peppers
  • cherry tomatoes

Find a nice large platter. Grab a couple of small bowls and little cups to hold some of the items like the nuts, breadsticks and marinated items. This give the overall spread a more appealing look with varying heights and helps keep the liquid contained.

An antipasto tray can take so of the pressure off when entertaining. It offers a variety of treats for your guests to nibble on over a cocktail and looks beautiful on the table. Read more for some tips ideas on this creative culinary dish.

For a smaller crowd you can simply make one on a nice round tray with a bowl of something in the middle like the marinated fresh mozzarella balls seen here.

An antipasto tray can take so of the pressure off when entertaining. It offers a variety of treats for your guests to nibble on over a cocktail and looks beautiful on the table. Read more for some tips ideas on this creative culinary dish.

An antipasto plate is pleasing to the palate and the eye and simple to make. Because when you are entertaining you already have so many other tasks to complete, and let’s be honest sometimes the simplest things are the best.

 

 

An antipasto tray can take so of the pressure off when entertaining. It offers a variety of treats for your guests to nibble on over a cocktail and looks beautiful on the table. Read more for some tips ideas on this creative culinary dish.

 

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Garden Matter, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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