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! Appetizers are a big deal before our meals. We love all kinds of vegetables, meats and foods to pick on. There really can be more than one plate of appetizers on our tables and yes we usually are so full we end up eating hardly any dinner. Hope you find something you can love to build a great appetizer plate with my suggestions below. Enjoy!
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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