07/09/2013 05:29 EDT | Updated 09/08/2013 05:12 EDT

RECIPE: Antipasto Platter Appetizer


Recently I was asked to bring an appetizer to a baby shower. Being in the middle of kitchen renovations, I was looking for something I could make in the limited space of my camper kitchen. This Antipasto platter was a good solution. It would also be a great make-ahead starter for a summer barbecue. You can come up with your own additions or substitutions but here is what I used on this platter.

1 jar pickled asparagus

1 package mini sweet peppers (can be found at Costco and most large supermarkets)

1 package herbed soft cheese (like Boursin)

Several varieties of dry salami - I used Wine salami and Bagged salami

Fontina or other Italian cheese cut into 1"x1"x 3" sticks

Canteloupe melon balls

Sliced proscuitto (Italian smoked ham)

Cherry tomatoes

Several varieties of olives from the deli

Small balls of Bocconcini ( fresh mozzarella)

Fresh herbs made into a mini bouquet and lettuce for garnish

Roll a slice of salami around each pickled asparagus spear

Halve and remove seeds from mini peppers Leaving the stem if possible.

Stuff each pepper half with herbed soft cheese

Wrap each melon ball in a slice of proscuitto and secure with a toothpick

Arrange all items on a large serving platter and garnish.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving

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