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Antipasto Skewers

Antipasto Skewers

It’s not very often I get invited to adult only events, so when I do I want to be sure to bring adult food. Enter my antipasto skewers, a portable version of the always favorite antipasto platters. These platters are always such a hit and involve little to no actual cooking. They can also be made the night before to keep things even easier on yourself. For anyone not familiar, antipasto platters are a popular appetizer in Italian cuisines and consist of an assortment of Italian cured meats, cheeses and olives.

Ingredients:

1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup Italian dressing
1/3 lb pepperoni, sliced medium from the deli counter of your grocery store
1/3 lb salami, sliced medium from the deli counter of your grocery store
1 jar pitted black olives
1 jar green olives
1 jar roasted red peppers
1 bunch of fresh basil leaves

Additional supplies needed:
Small wooden skewers or plastic cocktail stirrers

Makes 30 skewers

Method:

Start by cutting your mozzarella ball into 1/2 inch chunks. To make things easier on yourself, count as you go to get the exact 30 mozzarella chunks you need. Next, place your mozzarella chunks into a small shallow glass dish, pour over your Italian dressing, stir to coat and then place into the refrigerator to marinate for 30 minutes. While the cheese marinates it’s time to prep all of your other skewer ingredients. Drain both cans/jars of olives and set aside. Wash and pat dry your fresh basil, cutting any large leaves in half, again needing 30 pieces. Open your jar of roasted red peppers, taking out a few peppers at a time, cut into 1/2” size chunks, similar to the size of the olives or mozzarella. Once you’ve got your 30 pieces, set aside. Now it’s time to cut the cured meats. Take 15 slices of pepperoni and 15 slices of salami, cut them all directly in half. They will end up looking like semi circles. By this time your mozzarella should be done marinating and it’s time to set up your assembly line to make the skewering process go by quicker. This was the pattern I followed: green olive-salami-pepper-mozzarella-basil-pepperoni-black olive. I recommend using the plastic cocktail skewers, they’re a little more expensive but make for a nicer presentation, and easier eating, not to mention they’re colorful! Now working in the pattern it’s time to assemble your skewers. When you add the salami and pepperoni you’ll want to fold the semi circle 3 times, it’ll look like a little ribbon once on the skewer. By doing this you make the meats fit in line with all the other ingredients but not shorting anyone on the portions. Once done cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.

 

These are a little tedious to make, however, with that being said, they require zero cooking. They were a total hit at the party I brought them to and I left with an empty dish. Not to mention these are low carb and Keto friendly! Feel free to get creative with these skewers, you can make them to adjust to your personal flavor preferences. Other possibilities to put on the skewers include; cherry tomatoes, artichokes, mushrooms, parmesan, asiago, prosciutto or capicola.

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