Olives & Antipasti: Skewered Appetizers


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.

Expert Skewering Tips

  • Go Fresh with Herbs: Not only do fresh herbs like basil, parsley and oregano enhance flavor, but they also give your presentation some vibrant color.
  • Spice Things Up… or Not: Some like it hot, but some don’t. Offer a range of savory flavors and heat to accommodate any crew. Remember piquant items are best paired with mild, creamy cheeses to cushion some of that heat.
  • Become BFFs with the Olive 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. Let those best-loved Mediterranean flavors inspire your spread.
  • Choose What Will Stick! Though most foods can be threaded, keep in mind that some 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. (We like to butt ingredients up against each other to keep them a little more stable.)
  • Bring On the Drizzles: For added flavor and texture, brush your antipasti with extra virgin olive oil, drizzle with balsamic glaze or dollop with pesto. Adding a generous sprinkle of grated greats like Parmigiano-Reggiano or Romano will take your apps to the next level.
  • You Dip, They Dip: People love to dip. It’s true. So don’t be afraid to serve up your skewers with a complementary side of sauce. A little dip goes a long way. What about a creamy pesto?

Antipasti Skewers

Other Tasty Combinations

  • Artichoke Hearts + Mortadella + Parmigiano-Reggiano + Crushed Pistachios

  • Artichoke Hearts + Roasted Tomatoes + Asiago + Fresh Basil

  • Cipolline Balsamic Onions + Parmigiano-Reggiano + Honeycrisp Apple Slices

  • Calamata Olives + Cucumber + Grape Tomatoes + Manouri + Oregano

  • Calamata Olives + Feta + Watermelon + Fresh Mint

  • Garlic & Pepper Antipasto, Genoa salami and sharp provolone

  • Piccante Green Pitted Olives + Sharp White Cheddar + Toasted Bread Cubes

  • Oil-Cured Olives + Orange Segments + Ricotta Salata

  • Olives Gigante + Mozzarella + Fresh Basil + Roasted Red Peppers + Modenacrem Balsamic Glaze

  • Olives Gigante + Goat Cheese + Roasted Piquillo Peppers

  • Italian Aglio Pitted Green Olives + Pepperoni + Hot Pepper Cheese

  • Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives + Pepperazzi™ Peppers + Genoa salami