Naturally gluten-free, an Italian Antipasto is a show-stopping Italian appetizer spread with something for everyone! And it doesn't require a lot of cooking, just plating.
Holiday Antipasto Spread
Savory, delicious and a crowd-pleaser!
Hope everyone had a nice holiday!
This Antipasto spread is a glimpse into ours….
Ever since I was a child, Christmas dinner has always been an Italian affair including an antipasto course followed by a lasagna course.
There are hours of sitting around a big table with platters of fresh food and plenty of conversation.
And I’m going to let you on a secret… a big antipasto spread is actually one of the easiest ways to feed a crowd!
It looks super impressive but doesn’t involve a lot of cooking, just planning and plating.
And it’s naturally gluten-free with something for everyone!
And antipasto course can included so many different things so feel free to customize to taste but this is what ours generally includes…. Roasted veggies, Caprese Salad, a Centerpiece Platter of Italian tuna, caponata & more, cured meats, and a recent add— Italian stuffed artichoke hearts!
I roast the veggies the day before (except for the tomatoes) and bring them to room temperature before serving.
I like to roast the tomatoes the day I serve them because they stay warm and super tasty! Plus they take only 10 minutes to roast so it’s not a lot of effort.
And you can plate them any way you like. I often use a round plate but this year I used an oval just to switch it up!
Plus if you have any fresh basil, remember to top the veggies with some!
The Antipasto course always includes a Centerpiece Platter which is our family includes Italian tuna, Eggplant Caponata, Marinated Artichokes (jarred), Roasted Peppers (fresh or jarred), several types of Olives, sometimes sundried tomatoes and sometimes anchovies (my husband is the only who loves them!).
With the exception of the peppers which we roasted but you could use jarred, everything is ready-made so it’s just plating.
Our antipasto spread also includes Caprese salad, which is just fresh mozzarella, fresh tomatoes and fresh basil. I usually drizzle it with extra virgin olive oil too.
And my family loves a platter of Cured meats ( prosciutto, salami & provolone).
Hi! My name is Karen, and I’m the mom in our Healthy Gluten-Free Family. My posts and pictures here and on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter are labors of love that allow me to share a very personal journey with you, one our family has taken together — learning, experimenting and sharing how to raise a healthy happy gluten-free family. Read more ...