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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Antipasto Platter #Foodie Friday

Antipasto Platter


My father would have loved this appetizer. You see my dad was a meat-a-tarian. He only had 5 total fruits and vegetables that he liked. 

antipasto platter

Fortunately my mom refused to have her kids eat such a limited diet and feed us everything. I am so glad I'm not a picky eater... but picking is what this meat eater's delight is about... a little piece of salami, a prosciutto with melon and maybe an olive or two, so mom thinks your eating healthy... a great starter to your Father's Day Picnic.


antipasto platter


Antipasto Platter

by Diane Balch
simplelivingeating.com

preparation time: 20 minutes                         serves: 8 - 10

Ingredients:

1/2 pound of Fresh Bocconcini or Mozzarella Balls
1/2 pound Provolone Stuffed Green Olives or other olive
4 ounces thinly sliced Prosciutto
1/2 pound cubed Canteloupe
2 ounces Hard Salami sliced
2 ounces Pepperoni rolled with Provolone Cheese 
1/4 cup shelled roasted & salted Pistachios
8 - 10 fresh whole dates
good quality extra-virgin olive oil
Fleur de sel or other course salt


serve with options:

Italian Bread Sticks, Crispy Flatbread Crackers like Croccantini, Fresh Italian Bread

Note: Arrangement was made on a 20 x 15 inch oval platter

Directions:

1) Slice Prosciutto into long strips and wrapped them around the pieces of Canteloupe.

2) Start your arrangement from the center and work your way out towards the ends.

3) The Bocconcini should be drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt




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56 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting Diane. I just love an antipasto platter. Great combination of flavors on yours.

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    1. Thanks so much Christie....so glad you made it to the party.

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  2. That antipasto looks amazing & it's one of my true faves!! We always had one for "special" meals. Thanks for hosting & have a great week!!

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    1. So do we love antipasto... sometimes it could be a meal in itself.

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  3. WOW! You have no idea how good that looks to me. We often eat antipasto as a meal.

    Dan @ Zenpresence.com

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    1. So do I, especially in the summer when I don't want to cook.

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  4. Diane,
    Your antipasto looks terrific. I love antipasto. Thanks for hosting the this great party.
    Annamaria

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    1. You are so welcome takes for coming to the party.

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  5. Thanks so much for featuring my old fashioned cherry cobbler! Your antipasto platter made my mouth water! Looks delicious!

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    1. you are so welcome... it is a classic.

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  6. Love your antipasto platter! Thanks for the party!

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    1. Thanks Paula always good to see you here.

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  7. Hi Diane,
    What a beautiful Antipasto, I can't stop looking at it. Hope your weather is great for the weekend and you have a good one. Thanks for a fantastic party and all your awesome food!
    Miz Helen

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    1. You are so welcome Miz Helen... we finally got the rain we needed but it looks like it may clear for Father's Day.

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  8. What a fabulous antipasto plate! I would definitely make a meal from that!

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    1. I have made a meal of it many times... It does have a little fruit and olives are a vegetable.

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  9. Only 5 fruits and vegetables - that would make menu planning challenging! Your antipasto platter looks beautiful. I always enjoy a good antipasto platter. This week I've shared a bit of family history and a recipe I've been making for over 30 years. Thank you for hosting :)

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    1. Thanks goodness my mother just ignored my dad's limited tastes, made some meat for him and we ate a good square meal. Love reading family history so glad you stopped by April.

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  10. Great looking platter. I'm glad I'm not a picker either, but my sister is and we grew up in the same house. My mother pampered her food requests and that's probably why she still won't try things today.

    Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend.
    Sam

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    1. Isn't funny how you can have a picky eater and a foodie come from the same family.

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  11. What a great platter, Diane! Thank you so much for hosting and for promoting the giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

    Julie @ This Gal Cooks

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    1. No problem... I am so impressed with your promotional skills. Thank you again for the opportunity.

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  12. You know, I've never made one of these...and I don't know why. I love everything on them! Thanks for hosting. :-)

    ~Stacy @ Stacy Makes Cents

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    1. Oh you have to make one Stacy... it's really easy to do and guests love it.

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  13. Love the platter! Have a great weekend and thanks for hosting!

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    1. Good to see you Deb... have a great weekend too.

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  14. I'm probably one of those weird people that don't like antipasto. However, I do LOVE cheese and dates ;). There's something for everyone on that platter! Thanks for hosting, Diane! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Well I'm strange, I'm not big on grilling... but thanks yes there is something for everyone, don't forget the pistachios.

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  15. Hi, Diane! Thanks so much for inviting me back over! You antipasto platter looks scrumptious ... can you send one over, please? :-)
    Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground

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    1. Yes, I have been asked if I take orders... LOL. So glad to see you back, love your recipes.

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  16. Great party Diane...Thanks so much for hosting!

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    1. Thanks Nancy, it wouldn't be great with out you, glad your here.

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  17. Thanks for the party! Have a great week...

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    1. You too, glad to see you... our weather is clearing up, hope your weekend is nice too.

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  18. Thanks for hosting :) I love antipasto, yum!

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    1. You are welcome Ann, glad to have you here.

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  19. Your platter looks so yummy Diane. It would be just the thing to have at a picnic or bbq!

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    1. Yes, it went over very well at the party I brought it too.

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  20. I know this is supposed to be a starter, but I could easily eat this as a meal. Thank you for the party, Diane.

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    1. That's the problem with most Italian courses any one of them could be a meal in itself.

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  21. That is a gorgeous platter! I admit it, I am a picky eater because my mother is a picky eater! Thankfully, my children are not :) Thanks so much for the party. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. See it is a learned habit. My father was a picky eater because his mother indulged him with meat, meat, and more meat. He never had to eat his vegetables.

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  22. Such a beautiful antipasto platter, Diane...and your photos are lovely!!!

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    1. Thanks to you my photos have improved, but I still can't always get a good absolute white.

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  23. You're singing my song Diane. I love an antipasto platter and could live off them for breakfast lunch or dinner! I'd say olives would be one of my most favourite foods. LOL

    Anne xx

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    1. Well, when you come to NY Anne, I'll make a big platter for you!

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  24. Your antipasto platter looks FABULOUS!!!!!!!! Love all the meats and olives you used, and the prosciutto wrapped cantaloupe looks delicious!!!!!

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    1. Thanks Maria, the prosciutto melon is my favorite.

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  25. That tray of food looks marvelous. I bet it was a big hit.

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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    1. Thank you Heidi, it was gone in minutes.

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  26. Whenever we have get togethers at home we always have a platter like this to serve! Looks great!!

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    1. How cool you lived in Italy. I hope you will share your recipes regularly with us on Foodie Friday.

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  27. Wow! I could throw a heck of a party with this platter. It is so beautiful and a wonderful mix of flavors. The best part is the meat-a-tarians in my life would love it.

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    1. Glad to hear it. I can assure you this platter always goes over well, especially with meat-a-tarians. I hope you get to make it soon.

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  28. Diane - we are truly impressed with this antipasto platter - awesome!

    So glad you linked up with us at the BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop.

    We'd love it if you would link back to BeBetsy! http://bebetsy.com

    Have a great weekend~xo
    Sharon and Denise!

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  29. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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