Festive Feasting Antipasto Board
Festive Feasting Antipasto Board
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MargheritaItalianMeats #CollectiveBiasThere's nothing like knowing that every guest you serve will find something to enjoy at a holiday gathering. I've created a festive feasting antipasto board that's sure to delight every palette.
I'm serving my favorite sliced sausage from Margherita® that I pick up at my local SAFEWAY deli along with savory cheeses, fresh fruits and veggies and crunchy nuts and crackers.
And along with all the great tasting treats to celebrate the season, my antipasto board is easy to pull together and looks great too!
To assemble my festive feasting antipasto board I start with a base of some kind. Here I'm using an elongated teak platter that has been in my family for two generations. I love the mid-century design.
You can use whatever feels festive to you. A cutting board, round bread board, even a cookie tray with a festive cloth napkin or dishtowel work well.
Next, I add a holiday-inspired centerpiece to my board. Here I'm using a little pot filled with herbed cheese and topped with rosemary sprigs to create a tree.
Next, I'll add my meats and cheese, which are the foundation of any antipasto platter or board. I love the pre-sliced Margherita® Hard Salami and Margherita® Genoa Salami that I pick up in the deli section of my local grocery store.
I rely on other Margherita® deli products to satisfy the whole family when I'm making homemade pizza. Their Margherita® Thick Sliced Pepperoni and Margherita® Italian Dry Salami are the perfect addition to my family's favorite Meat Lovers pizza. I can also find lots of other family-friendly recipes here.
When my salami is perfectly laid out, I'll set my cheese in a few places on the board. I give my soft cheese its own zone and then layer in my diced Parmesan cheese and pepper jack cheese stars.
To make these fun little stars, I used a 2" star-shaped cookie cutter that I had on hand. I cut a thin 1/8" to 1/4" thick slice of pepper jack cheese and press the star cookie cutter into the cheese.
I end up with left over cheese from the star cut-out that I use to make ooey gooey salami and pepper jack grilled cheese sandwiches! I love the way the pepper jack cheese compliments the taste and color of the salami.
Once my salami slices and cheeses are set on my board, I add my fruit and vegetables. Grape trios, sliced cucumbers, olives, candied citrus, Parmesan stuffed peppers, pecans and cashews make a varied and colorful assortment.
I like to add handcrafted flavors to my antipasto board. Candied citrus is a unique holiday flavor that tastes like the season! To make these candied citrus rings, simply boil 1 cup sugar with 1 cup water along with a few cut up small oranges. Simmer for 20 minutes then let citrus rings cool and dry on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
The simple syrup sugar mixture and the simmering mellows the rind flavor and add a sweet zest.
Margherita cracker cut salami is the perfect addition to any antipasto platter as they're designed to enjoy out of the bag and on a crispy cracker. Pair these with other savory flavors and everyone's happy at your next gathering!
Invite your guests to pair these with a cracker and create little appetizer plate of tastes.
And for the spice lovers at your gathering, try my favorite cheese stuffed peppadew peppers that are sweet and slightly spicy.
With a large scale antipasto board like this it's easy to let guests help themselves as they like. Do monitor the board through the holiday gathering to see about replenishing the Margherita salami, diced cheese, veggies and fruit.
Have a few containers of each item stocked for easy additions that you or a helping hand can add as needed.
And when the party draws to a close, thank guests for coming, then make a little plate for yourself. Have a seat, put your feet up and enjoy the feeling that comes from sharing your hospitality around great food with friends!
Then have fun planning the next gathering with the help of Margherita!