“Antipasto (plural antipasti) means ‘before the meal’ and is the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal. ” — Wikipedia
I’m a big fan of this traditional first course of a formal Italian meal. Heck, I’m a fan of ALL courses of a formal Italian meal, but this one holds a special place in my heart because of how darn easy it is to put together a great antipasto recipe or three. And, really, antipasti just sounds so fancy!
My favorite antipasto recipe to make is barely even a recipe it is so darn simple. It is also incredibly delicious and looks great on a platter! The recipe for my caprese bites is below along with a round up of some awesome Antipasto recipes from around the web. Think of this your one stop antipasto shop. (Don’t forget to Pin for later reference because, believe me, you’ll want to come back here and make these for guests!)
Caprese bites are an easy way to wow your guest for antipasto course!
- 24 toothpicks
- 24 mozzarella balls packed in water
- 24 leaves of basil
- 12 cherry tomatoes
- 1/2 cup good quality olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon of dried Italian seasoning
- Balsamic Glaze or Balsamic Vinegar Reduction for drizzling
- Optional red pepper flakes
- Drain your mozzarella balls and put in a bowl with the balsamic vinegar, olive oil and Italian seasoning. Mix up so that all mozzarella balls are covered in the mixture.
- Cut your cherry tomatoes in half.
- Spear your basil, mozzarella and cherry tomato half with a toothpick. With the big leaves of basil I like to pierce the basil, put the mozzarella on the tooth pick, and then pierce the other end of the basil sort of sandwiching my mozzarella between the top and bottom of the leaf. I end with the cherry tomato half, cut side down, so it can stand on a platter.
- Drizzle with a balsamic glaze and serve!
- If you want to add a little spice then sprinkle some red pepper flakes across the finished dish!
You can purchase a balsamic glaze or you can make it yourself! To make your own balsamic vinegar reduction simply by taking a cup of balsamic vinegar, cooking until boiling over medium-high heat (stirring occasionally), and then turning down the heat to medium-low and cooking until the vinegar has reduced by half. Some people like to mix in honey in their balsamic reduction... me, just give me vinegar!
Amazing (and Easy) Antipasto Recipes:
Okay, I promised a one-stop antipasto shop and that is what I plan to give you. Some of the below dishes would make for the perfect antipasto course all by themselves, others are the perfect addition to a beautiful antipasto platter.
Antipasto Platter Makings:
- — Spicy Pickled Carrots via Rosemarried
- —Grilled marinated artichokes via Kate Laubernds Fork & Vine
- —Bourbon Pickled Peaches via Rosemarried
- —Parmesan & Garlic Stuffed Grilled Artichokes via A Well Crafted Party
- — Chianti Basil Bites via The Spicy Bee
- — Don’t forget generous portions of olives, cured meats and cheeses!
Stand on their own Antipasto Dishes:
- — Roasted Tomato and Fromage Blanc Crostini via Kate Laubernds Fork and Vine
- — Prosciutto Fig Toast via PDX Food Love
- — Antipasto Skewers via I’m Bored, Let’s Go
- — Bacon Wrapped Scallops via A Well Crafted Party
- — Tomato and Herb Goat Cheese Puff Pastry via Life the Fancy Life
- — Caprese Bites (see above recipe!)
- — Prosciutto Burrata Asparagus Salad via I’m Bored, Let’s Go
- — Cherry Tomato and Mozzarella Balls Caprese Salad via Thrifty Jinxy
- — Roasted Vegetable Tower via Kelly Stilwell’s Virtually Yours