Spiedini Antipasti: Pairing Tips & Ideas
Fun to eat, colorful and bursting with flavor, skewered antipasti is a wonderful way to combine everything you love about Mediterranean cuisine in just a few steps—from tart, briny olives and savory cheeses to fresh herbs and citrus fruit.
A Colorful Way to Entertain with Antipasti
Some of the most elaborate, eye-catching appetizers just might be the simplest to prepare. With a basic knowledge of complementary flavors, some tasty Italian ingredients and a few skewers, you can bring everyone to the table. Not only are these beautiful antipasti creations a great way to bring together sweet and savory Italian flavors, but also, they are easy to enjoy—from finger foods to elegant appetizers in minutes.
First, decide how many combinations of skewered antipasti you want to make. If you’re entertaining, be sure to choose a few varieties to accommodate a crowd. When selecting ingredients:
- Try to choose fresh herbs like basil and mint over dried ones. Not only do they enhance flavor, but as far as visuals, bright green leaves lend to a more vibrant presentation.
- Some like it hot, but some don’t, so make sure to offer a variety of savory goodies for the nibbling gang. Also, many piquant items are best paired with mild, creamy cheeses and savory flavors as to cushion some of that heat.
- Hit up that olive and antipasti bar! The crisp and fresh-tasting items on the bar are perfect for skewering. Some of these already-prepared combinations include different ingredients, such as Garlic and Pepper Antipasto, giving you more ways to flavor your skewers.
- Though most foods can be threaded, keep in mind that some ingredients just won’t stay on a stick! Super crumbly cheeses and fragile, cracker-like starches should be avoided. But do serve them on the side, if they will enhance your presentation
- For added flavor and texture, brush your antipasti with extra virgin olive oil, and then drizzle or sprinkle some additional ingredients. Try a sprinkle of crushed nuts, black pepper or grated cheeses like Parmigiano-Reggiano or Romano: the finer, the better. Also, both balsamic glaze and pesto sauce enhance taste and appearance with just a light drizzle.
- Just because you serve a bunch of tasty Italian favorites on sticks, doesn’t mean you can’t offer a side of dip, too! It’s a known fact that people love to dip