When it comes to hosting a dinner party, I’m pretty sure there is nothing better than starting the evening off with a giant antipasto platter to kick the night off! I mean what is more welcoming than providing an abundant platter of delicious bites for your friends and family to gather around and enjoy while waiting for dinner? It immediately creates an intimate and relaxed atmosphere plus it buys you a few extra minutes to finish preparing the rest of the meal or beverages!
I absolutely love filling my antipasto platter with only the freshest of Mediterranean style ingredients that are just as beautiful as they are delicious! And the best part of this course is that it is simple and quick to throw together! Most of the ingredients can be store-bought, so all you need to do is arrange it on the platter, cover and refrigerate, and then bring it out when your first guest arrives! Easy peasy!
So we know this is super easy to throw together, but let’s talk about what we should actually include on the platter!
Keep it simple and colorful and offer a large variety of sliced meats, cheeses, and marinated vegetables. Some of my favorite additions to a Mediterranean style platter are:
- Marinated artichokes
- Roasted red bell peppers
- Sun-dried tomatoes
- Marinated feta cheese
- Marinated olives
- Sweet Pickles
- Roasted almonds
- Dried fruit
- Fresh Mozzarella
- Roasted vegetables
- Assorted deli meats (salami, turkey, prosciutto)
Oh and don’t forget the most important part! A large selection of pita breads, breadsticks, and crackers for dipping! YUM!
Antipasto platters are the perfect way to get people mingling and the conversation rolling. Incorporate one into your next dinner party or gathering and I promise you will not be disappointed!