Antipasto Skewers with Herb Vinaigrette
Need a quick and fresh appetizer for this weekend? Why not put your antipasto platter on a stick! This antipasto skewer recipe is great for cocktail parties and weekend barbeques because they are so easy to handle.
My little girl has been known to start planning our annual Halloween party and birthday parties months in advance. When the rest of us sit down to discuss the plans, she informs us that the food, guest list and activities are already determined. Although I love her help, when I plan a gathering, the menu is always in the forefront of my mind.
This is what I’m looking for in a Party Menu:
- Visual appeal
- Foods that can sit out and taste good at room temperature
- Make-aheads to spread out the work load
- Easy to prepare, but make an impact on the guests
- FRESH SEASONAL INGREDIENTS
Today’s dish is an appetizer that covers all my party menu requirements: Visually appealing, can be made ahead easily and includes FRESH tomatoes and basil straight from my garden! I simply put my antipasto platter on small wooden skewers to make them easy to carry, then dressed them with a zesty herb vinaigrette for easy-peasy caprese skewers.
The beauty of this skewer recipe is that you can put all your favorites from an antipasto platter right on the little sticks and pop them in the fridge a couple days in advance. Although I like to be able to make some dishes ahead, it’s extremely important to me to offer fresh ingredients to my guests.
For the last couple of years I have been growing veggies in/amongst my flower beds. I figured, even if I kill them all, my flowers would cover the evidence. Fortunately, I have had some success with tomatoes, peppers, tomatillos, and all sorts of herbs.
The produce I can’t grown on my own, I pick up at our local farmers’ market on Saturday mornings. It’s very satisfying to get to know the people who grow your food and learn what measures they take to grow the best fruits and vegetables possible.
Storing your fresh ingredients properly is also very important. I happen to have GE appliances in my kitchen and have noticed that my refrigerator keeps my produce fresh and crisp for a long time–much longer than my old fridge.
However, I have recently developed a bad case of “Fridge Envy.” Have you seen the new French Door Refrigerators from GE?
- A duel evaporator system for longer food life
- An ice-maker located in the door to make more space in the freezer
- A huge electronic temperature deli pan
- Multiple freezer drawer options
- LED lights for better visibility
- The most advanced water and ice filtration system
- And an auto water dispenser that will fill a cooking pot
I want one.
You’ve got to take a look at the “Freshpedition” Webisodes that show just how amazing GE refrigerators are at keeping food fresh!
Yield: 45 skewers
Prep Time: 20 minutes
"Antipasto Platter" Skewer Recipe with Herb Vinaigrette
For the Herb Vinaigrette:
2/3 cup olive oil
3 Tb. red wine vinegar
2 Tb. balsamic vinegar
1 Tb. honey
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 Tb. fresh chopped rosemary
1 Tb. fresh chopped thyme
1 Tb. fresh chopped parsley
1 tsp. dried oregano
For the Caprese Skewer Recipe:
8 oz. container small fresh mozzarella balls
8 oz. hard salami, up into bite-size chunks
1 can small artichoke hearts, halved
1 pint grape or cherry tomatoes
1 cup pitted olives, any variety
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1 package 4-6 inch skewers
In a small bowl, whisk to together all the ingredients for the vinaigrette. Set aside.
Slide 3 or 4 antipasto platter items on each skewer. They don't all have to be the same.
If making a day or two ahead, leave the basil leaves off and pour the vinaigrette over the skewers to marinate.
If making the day of the party, place the basil leaves on the skewers. And serve the vinaigrette on the side.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by GE. All opinions are my own.