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Cheese, Meat and Fruit Tray Appetizers

When we have the family over we like to start with Cheese, Meat and Fruit Tray Appetizer. Paired off with a good bottle of your favorite wine.





It's not an Italian household without meatballs for breakfast so those are frying getting ready for a plate! 

                                         

Maybe you remember my Antipasto tray?

I'm always looking for healthier appetizing looking trays around the Holiday. We tend to eat a lot of food appetizers before the big meal and end up with no room for dinner. Here is a pretty extensive list in my appetizer tray ideas that can keep down the calories, delicious appetizers using fruits, nuts, cheeses, meats and vegetables. My family loves the assortment and they always have room for the big meal ahead. Happy entertaining!




These are many suggestions for building your wood serving boards:

Cheeses: mozzarella balls, extra sharp provolone, brie, extra sharp cheddar, Parmesan coated with black pepper or espresso coated parmesan (in the photo), Swiss, Gouda or any kinds that are easily cut into slices and cubes for your boards.

Olives: black, crinkled black Italian olives, green pitted, Kalamata, pimento stuffed, garlic stuffed, cream cheese stuffed, almond stuffed

Fruits and Jams: Rainier or Bing cherries, grapes, sliced melon cubes, cubed pineapple, sliced kiwi, figs, dates, orange sections, mango cubed, papaya, apple slices,pears, pomegranate, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, any flavored jams to spread

Vegetables: sliced or stuffed celery, carrots sticks, cauliflower or broccoli florets, pickled artichoke hearts, hearts of palm, grilled eggplant cubes, grape tomatoes, asparagus, string beans, sliced plum tomatoes, pepperoncini, long hots, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts stuffed,  lettuce leaves to line the board with

Meats: dried oil sausage sliced, soppressata, salami, mortadella, pepperoni, prosciutto, hot capicola, miniature fried Italian meatballs

 Beans and Nuts: chickpeas, lupine beans, black beans, cannellini beans or any kind you like, pistachios, hazelnuts, roasted almonds, pecans

Breads and crackers: any kind of crackers, garlic bread rounds, rustic Italian bread, bread sticks, garlic knots, bruschetta, arancini rice balls, 3 bean salad

Seafood: clams casino, shrimp and fried scallops, crab legs, lobster meat, calamari fried, oysters, escargot, tuna in olive oil, fried haddock bites, and other shell fish

Note Misc Specialty suggestions:  stuffed mushrooms or pickled vegetables, deviled eggs, clams casino, stuffed long hots, loaded potato skins Italian style, fried mozzarella, fried zucchini blossoms or sticks, fried cauliflower, fried meatballs, mini calzones, mini pizza slices, caponata, mini quiche baked




Make your trays based on what your family loves! Hope you got some great ideas!

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2 comments:

  1. I can just eat those appetizers as the dinner! They look mouthwatering, Claudia.

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  2. What a perfect way to start a special meal! I think I'll do this for our next dinner club!

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