The holidays just aren’t the same without a beautifully arranged antipasto wreath filled with salty and savory bite sized meats and cheeses. Although the wreaths may look time consuming, they are anything but. We’ll show you how to make them.
What Are Antipasto Skewers?
Traditionally, Antipasto is the first course of an Italian meal. It’s a combination of olives, cheese, cured meats, artichokes, marinated vegetables and or/tomatoes. Antipasto Skewers is the method of taking a combination of these ingredients and putting them on a small skewer.
The individual skewers is what allows your guests to pick up their own individual serving in one hand while holding their Holiday Drink in the other.
How to Turn Antipasto Skewers into a Holiday Wreath:
- First, select the ingredients you’d like to use for your antipasto (we chose cherry tomatoes, olives, small mozzarella balls, salami, pepperoni and fresh basil).
- Wash and lay the ingredients out in front of you.
- On a skewer, alternate the antipasto ingredients so there is at least one of each item on the skewer.
- Cover and place in the refrigerator for up to one day or serve immediately
TIPS FOR MAKING A GREAT ANTIPASTO WREATH:
- The key to making this wreath look great is abundance! Make sure to stack your skewers at least 3 high so you achieve a full, vibrant wreath!
- This recipe can be made with almost any cheese— to add terrific flavor, try using mozzarella balls and/or olives that have been soaked in pesto or oil. Small squares of provolone or cheddar work well also. Just try to avoid cheeses that crumble as they’ll fall off the skewer.
- If you aren’t a fan of tomatoes or olives, either one can be substituted for grapes, marinated artichoke hearts, or pepperoncinis.
- This recipe can be made with any cured or deli meat— prosciutto, capicola, and serrano ham are also delicious.
- If you don’t have fresh basil, you could substitute fresh parsley– just make sure you’re using fresh, not dried herbs!
- Make sure to use pitted olives — no one wants to watch another partygoer spit out an olive pit. Not to mention, a toothpick won’t go through the center.
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- 8 ounces Small Mozzarella Balls (Pearl Sized)
- 8 ounces Cherry Tomatoes
- 8 ounces Genoa Salami, thinly sliced
- 8 ounces Pepperoni, thinly sliced
- 8 ounces Marinated or Jarred Olives
- 2 ounces Fresh Basil Leaves (about ½ cup)
- Fresh Rosemary, for garnish
- Crackers or Baguette for serving, optional
- These instructions are just a guide– your antipasto wreath will look great regardless of how you assemble the skewers so don’t stress!
- To assemble the skewers, carefully pierce a small leaf of basil, an olive (or mozzarella ball) a piece of salami (or pepperoni) and a cherry tomato with a toothpic. Mix up the skewers, they don’t have to be identical.
- Lay the skewers in a circle around a platter, making sure to leave a hole in the center.
- Once you’ve finished assembling all of the skewers, garnish the wreath with any remaining basil. Add some sprigs of rosemary to really enhance the “wreath” look.
- Add a large bow to the platter if desired.
- Serving Size: 6-8 as an appetizer
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