August 15, 2017
Hosting a party can be a lot of work. Well, we are here to help! Our guide to building the ultimate antipasto spread will impress your guest but the best part is how quick and easy it is to put together!
There are no set rules to build the your antipasto spread, however as a general guideline, it should replicate a mini deli that your guests can graze on. It’s always nice to include a few special items, so ask your local delicatessen for suggestions!
Here is our list on what you will need to build the ultimate spread. Cheese (at least 3 to 5 different kinds). Mix different textures or flavors for all different tastes that will compliment the other items in your spread. We included a brie, semi-firm cheddar, blue and aged cheese for ours.
Cheese is best served at room temperature so make sure to take it out of the fridge an hour before serving. Like with wine, people have different tastes! They also want to know what they are ingesting, so it’s a good idea to label what is what.
Cured Meat: We prefer a paper-thin prosciutto, aged smoked ham and chorizo. These offer different savory experiences for your palate.
Pickled Vegetables: The list here is endless! Just make sure to cut it down to bite size or it will be the only thing remaining on the board at the end of the evening. Marinated eggplant, bell peppers and artichoke hearts are the perfect accompaniment.
Fruit & Nuts: Olives, figs, grapes, pear just to name a few. If they aren’t in season replace with dried fruit. Walnuts, pecans and almonds are a perfect addition to cheese. If guests are attending with food allergies, or you are not sure, we suggest you prepare a smaller board without nuts for them to enjoy. They’ll appreciate the thought.
Jams: You can nearly source any fruit as a jam, so suggest serving an out of season fruit for your Jam. For a punch of flavor include pâté — and don’t forget the artisan bread and crackers
If you want to add a wow factor, this baked brie will be the crown above your spread! Just make sure to display it separately to not ruin the cold meats and cheese.
Here is what you’ll need:
– Wheel of Brie – 3 Figs – 3/4 Cup Honey
Top the wheel of cheese with cut figs and place in the oven on 350F for 8-10 minutes. Heat honey on stove and drizzle over top prior to serving.
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