I decided to dip into my Italian roots and enjoy some awesome antipasto. If you know anything about Italians, you know that they love food. And for Italians, the simpler the ingredients, the better.
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One of my favourite ways to enjoy lunch is by making my own plate of antipasto. It's a dish that hits the spot, fills me up, and feels very gourmet. It's like a special treat, even though it's so easy to put together. So the other day, when I was feeling particularly “Italian,” I knew this was the way to go.
Other possible things to include in an antipasto dish are:
- Fresh grilled vegetables
- Marinated jarred vegetables
- Other cured meats such as salami, mortadella, capicola, (all forms of cured pork)
- Homemade garlic bread
- Focaccia, or bruschetta
- Grilled or breaded and fried calamari or shrimp
Things to remember:
- Keep it simple. Antipasto is the appetizer to the main meal and is meant to be light.
- Let natural flavours shine through. Drizzling a little bit of olive oil and fresh herbs (especially over bocconcini cheese) is all that is ever necessary.
- Think about adding lots of colour so that the plate is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the mouth.
- A nice glass of red wine usually compliments the dish very well, although it is not necessary.