Posts Tagged ‘antipasto’

Simple Antipasto Ideas

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Antipasto is one of the quintessential starter dishes that everyone loves. Not only are there typically an assortment of cured meats and cheeses, but also a variety of vegetable dishes to accompany them. Not only is antipasto delicious to eat, it can also be very appealing to the eye and allows your guests an opportunity to sample a variety of dishes while relaxing and mingling with each other.

There are many simple antipasto ideas that you can use when hosting a party or get together. The trick is to know, and serve, the antipasto staples. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can add a twist of your own to mix it up and infuse it with a few different flavours from around the world.

 

Cheese

Cheese is the mainstay of an antipasto and having a variety of dish options can add significantly to the meal. Italian cheeses such as mozzarella and provolone are popular staples, but some more exotic Italian cheeses such as ricotta salata and gorgonzola can also add flavour to the dish. Try experimenting and do not be afraid of inserting some rather sharp or aged cheeses. Your guests will have different tastes and select what they like to eat.

Meat

Cured meats often accompany antipasto meals and small cured salami pieces, prosciutto, ham, and many other meats add variety of flavours to the meal. Be sure to have manageable sized bites so that people can sample a variety of dishes without becoming too full.

Accompaniments

Vegetables will also add depth and flavour to an antipasto meal and additions such as marinated cauliflower, eggplant dips, stuffed hot Italian peppers, nuts, and olives will all accentuate the meal. You could also have small pieces of warm Italian bread cut up with olive oil to dip it in on the side which would add to the taste and flavour of the meal.

Global Infusions

With globalisation the tendency has been to move towards new global foods and to further diversify the global pallet. While antipasto is a essentially an Italian dish, adding in some flavours from around the world can only add to the variety of the dish, which is what antipasto is about.

Try adding flavours from around the world in the general theme of antipasto: cured meats such as jamon serrano and cheeses such as brie work well within the theme of antipasto. Chinese pickles and Thai hot peppers can also add to the meal.

 

Antipasto is easy to prepare and delicious to eat! Be sure to experiment with a variety of flavours to enjoy and share with your guests. We have a large range of food items, perfect for antipasto, so call in to our deli and have a look!

 

 

Antipasto Seafood Platter Ideas

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Antipasto Seafood Platter Ideas

If you’re looking to serve something other than cheeses and meats for your antipasto, serve up a antipasto seafood platter instead using gourmet marinated seafood. Antipasto platters are simple gourmet appetizers to kick-off any party. Read below for our platter ideas.

 

 

For your next event, why not put together an antipasto seafood platter with Segreti’s marinated king prawnsmussels and baby octopus, sundried tomatoes, anchovies,  pickled onions, roasted vegetables, Harris Smokehouse’s smoked salmon, cream cheese and a generous serve of crackers and baguette slices.

Don’t forget the condiments! Condiments are used to enhance the flavour of foods using sauces, butters and dressings. We have a range of perfect condiments for you antipasto seafood platter ranging from gourmet flavoured mayonnaise, creamy tangy dressings, basic tartare and cocktail sauces.

Need more seafood options? We have a whole freezer dedicated to the brilliantly tasty Noosa Seafood. They have a range of premade seafood meals such as Salmon Gyoza that would give a seafood platter that top-notch touch!

Need more party planning tips? Why not check out our Top 3 Party Platter Presentation Tips, here.

Spring Entertaining Ideas

Monday, August 20th, 2012

Here’s one of our favourite spring entertaining ideas to get you in the mood for spring: Simon’s (edible) Echidna!

We made two combinations of pinchos (pintxo) for the echidnas’ ‘spikes’:

The first: sundried tomato, half a feta olive and a cube of cheddar (pictured below)

The second: pepperbells stuffed with smoked salmon, a cube of cheddar and a silver of watermelon (pictured below) — the watermelon brings sweetness and moisture to the combination.

We  took about 15 – 20 minutes to put together the echidnas. The platter cost about $15 – $20. Get creative and entertain effortlessly this spring at an affordable cost.

p.s. Once your guests are done picking away, simply take the fruit stand (the pineapple halves) back to the kitchen, slice them up, and serve as a palette cleanser.

 

The Vintage Gold Cheddar is a 42-month-old cheddar with a very sharp taste and is locally produced by King Island Dairy. Cheddar is simple to present as it holds its shape when cut. The Vintage Gold Cheddar is great in sandwiches. With matured cheddar, our Delicatessen Manager advises to indulge and enjoy the cheddar by itself, having it with fruits or antipastos that complement its distinct flavour.

If you have any other spring entertaining ideas that you’d like to share, tell us on our Facebook page–we’d love to hear from you!

 

Party Essentials: How to Entertain with an Easy and Cost-effective Gourmet Cheese Platter

Friday, June 15th, 2012

There’s only one thing we love more than good food—good company. As much as we love creating in the kitchen, we love watching the expressions of our guests as they tuck into the food and, of course, compliments are thanked with more food!

 

In this blog post, we’ll show you how to entertain the gourmet, fuss-free, and cost-effective way with a cost-effective cheese platter…shining the spotlight on Pastore Sardo Pecorino—a cheese made from sheep’s milk. Pecore is Italian for sheep.

Pecorino sheep's cheese

The Pastore Sardo Pecorino comes from the Sardinian region in Italy, hence the name of the cheese. This particular cheese is a semi-hard cheese.

In general, a cheese platter should have three main cheeses:

  • a soft cheese—camembert or brie
  • a cheddar
  • a goat’s or sheep’s cheese for guests who have an intolerance for cow’s milk

In this cheese platter, we used a soft cheese, Simon’s Select vintage cheddar and the Pastore Sardo Pecorino. We added some muscatels, Hungarian salami, South Cape Water Wheels Crispbread, fresh strawberries and salad to bring colour to the plate and to complement the cheeses.

The total cost to make this cheese platter was about $25. The platter serves approximately five people. Prep time was less than 10 minutes. Our Deli Manager’s time saver tip: try to visualize the platter before platting up.

Here are a few combinations to try with the flavours and colours on the platter:

Crispbread/water cracker topped with a generous slice of strawberry and a cube of Simon’s Select vintage cheddar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crispbread topped with camembert and salad leaves

 

 

 

 

Open hot Hungarian salami with salad, camembert and muscatel

 

We call this a baby in a blanket–cute, no? Same ingredients as the open Hungarian salami with soft cheese, salad and muscatel–folded and held together with a toothpick. A great idea for a cocktail platter. 

 

Top tips:

  • Three basic cheeses–a soft cheese (brie or camembert), cheddar and goat’s or sheep’s cheese
  • Serve cheeses at room temperature to get their full flavour
  • Don’t be afraid to play with your food and experiment! You’ll be surprised how certain unusual combinations may sound ‘odd’ at first, but you’ll be glad you gave it a go!
  • Lastly, have fun and enjoy with good company–be it your friends, family, or your favourite bottle of wine.

 

We hope we’ve inspired you and added some gourmet to your day! Don’t forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter for more tips and inspiration. All the ingredients featured in this post can be found in our Chapel Hill gourmet food store in the deli and fruit & vegetable section.