Antipasto Platter

Antipasto is a traditional first course of an Italian meal. This varied antipasto platter does not disappoint!

The platter is filled with a variety of filly and tasty meats and cheeses. It is easy to assemble and really looks amazing! It is a eye catching feast for the eyes and the belly. For more perfect appetizer spreads try Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms, Easy Antipasto Kebobs, and Fresh Bruschetta

Antipasto platter with meats, cheeses, olives, and artichokes

What is Antipasto?

Antipasto is an Italian appetizer typically consisting of olives, anchovies, cheeses, and meats. Literally, the word “antipasto” is derived from the Latin root “anti” meaning “before” and “pastus,” which means “meal.” Thus, the antipasto course simply refers to the dish that precedes all others.

Antipasto can be served in salad form, as a bite sized appetizer, or as a tray or kind of cheese board. The ingredients included can vary, but does typically stick to the meats, cheeses and olives. 

It is a great spread to nibble on and is quite satisfying. Your guests will love to graze on all of this tastiness!! Best part is it can be made ahead, and literally takes minutes to assemble.

Putting bowl items on antipasto platter

How to Make an Antipasto Platter

It’s really so easy! Just gather your ingredients and get started…

ARRANGE. To assemble the platter, arrange serving bowls on the platter for the messy/oily ingredients.

FILL. Arrange the cured meats and cheese, then fill in the spaces with vegetables, bread, and garnish.

SERVE & STORE. Serve immediately, or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Layering meats and cheeses on antipasto platter

Variations

Any type of cured meats, cheeses, and bread slices you like will work just fine! 

  • If you want more spice try going for more peppers, pepper jack cheese, and a hot salami.
  • If you want a sweeter board try using sweet peppers, honey roasted ham, and Swiss cheese.

And, as always, be sure to add any other favorite ingredients!

Antipasto Platter Recipe with meats, chesses, and bread slices

Serving and Storing

When SERVING, keep this at room temperature for a max of 2 hours. You don’t want to leave anything at room temperature for longer because you risk stuff spoiling. If there are

Prior to serving, keep the meats, cheeses, and vegetables STORED in the fridge in airtight containers. Keep the bread in an airtight bag/container at room temperature. After serving, if there are any leftovers, you may want to discard anything that’s been left at room temperature for too  long, or dried out.

Overhead shot of antipasto platter

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Antipasto Platter Recipe

Antipasto is a traditional first course of an Italian meal. This varied antipasto platter does not disappoint!
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 15 mins
Author: Alicia Skousen
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Ingredients

  • Cured meats - pepperoni, salami, prosciutto, etc.
  • Cheeses - fresh mozzarella, parmesan, manchego, sharp cheddar, etc.
  • Pickled vegetables - artichokes, mushrooms, olives, roasted red peppers, etc.
  • Bread - crostini, crackers, breadsticks, etc.
  • Fresh parsley and/or basil - for garnish

Instructions

  • To assemble the platter, arrange serving bowls on the platter for the messy/oily ingredients. Arrange the cured meats and cheese, then fill in the spaces with vegetables, bread, and garnish. Serve immediately, or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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