Antipasto Platter - What really is it?

What really is an antipasto platter? The freedictionary.com refers to antipasto as, " An appetizer usually consisting of an assortment of foods, such as smoked meats, cheese, fish, and vegetables. [Italian : anti, before (from Latin ante; see ante+ pasto, food (from Latin pāstus, past participle of pāscere, to feed; see pā- in Indo-European roots).]"

So really, it's very simple. Antipasto platters are really just trays of various meats, cheeses, and vegetables. They are easy and fun to put together and make a great appetizer for a party, wine tasting, or casual get-together. Visit a local cheese shop to determine what types of cheeses would pair well with various wines and meats. Or keep it simple and stick to the basics like parmesan, pepperoni, salami, fresh mozzarella, Greek olives, crusty bread, and crackers. Add some pickled carrots for fun to spice things up. Really it's up to your imagination and your desired tastes. Try making your own cheese board to really impress your guests!

Cheers!

By Tannins and Tatas
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