Imagine the heavenly combination of different flavors and textures as the cured meats, olives, cheeses and crunchy elements come together in one beautiful package. That’s exactly what you’ll be getting with this Antipasto Christmas Wreath Platter. It’s the perfect centerpiece to gather around as you enjoy some quality time with family and friends.
How to Make an Antipasto Christmas Wreath Platter
This beautiful platter is an absolute showstopper and never fails to impress all our dinner guests at home. Here’s how I make it:
- Make the skewers. Add cherry tomato, basil leaf, baby mozzarella and salami to each skewer. Thread remaining ingredients onto skewers as you like.
- Arrange in a wreath formation. Place the skewers on a serving platter in the shape of a wreath.
- Garnish. Decorate with fresh rosemary.
- Serve. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Antipasto Christmas Board Meats to Include
Arranging your own board can be a little intimidating at first, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are some ideas that you can play around with to make your platter your own:
- Prosciutto – Prosciutto is a type of cured ham that originates from Italy. It is made from pork leg that is cured with salt, air dried, and then aged for several months or even years. Prosciutto has a slightly sweet flavor and a delicate, melt-in-your-mouth texture.
- Salami – Salami is a type of cured sausage that also originates from Italy. It is made from pork (and sometimes beef) that is seasoned with salt, garlic, and other spices before being air dried and aged for several months. Salami has a slightly spicy, salty flavor.
- Chorizo – Chorizo is a type of smoked sausage that originates from Spain. It is typically made from pork that is seasoned with paprika and other spices before being smoked and aged for several weeks. Chorizo has a slightly spicy, smoky flavor.
- Pepperoni – Pepperoni is a type of dry-cured sausage that originates from Italy. It is typically made from pork that is seasoned with black pepper and other spices before being air dried and aged for several months. Pepperoni has a slightly spicy, salty flavor.
- Pancetta – Pancetta is a type of dry-cured bacon that originates from Italy. It is typically made from pork belly that is cured with salt, air dried, and then aged for several months or even years. Pancetta has a delicate, slightly sweet flavor.
Antipasto Christmas Board Cheeses to Include
Like the meats, adding in a good balance of cheese is key to a successful Antipasto Christmas Wreath Platter. Aside from the mozzarella balls, here are some other types of cheese to consider:
- Brie – Brie is a soft cheese that originates from France. It has a white, creamy rind and a smooth, buttery texture. Brie pairs well with fruits and nuts, and is often served with a crusty baguette.
- Camembert – Camembert is another soft cheese that originates from France. It has a white, bloomy rind and a creamy, slightly tangy texture. Camembert pairs well with fruits and crackers.
- Gorgonzola – Gorgonzola is a type of blue cheese that is sharp and pungent. It pairs well with fruits such as pears or apples.
- Gruyere – Gruyere is a type of Swiss cheese that is sweet and nutty. It pairs well with fruits or nuts.
- Mozzarella – Mozzarella is a type of Italian cheese that is mild and versatile. It pairs well with tomatoes or basil leaves.
- Manchego – Manchego is a sheep’s milk cheese from the La Mancha region of Spain. It has a firm texture and a nutty, slightly sweet flavor.
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Antipasto Christmas Wreath Platter
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 30 skewers 1x
- 30 baby mozzarella balls
- 30 cherry tomatoes
- 30 basil leaves
- 30 slices of peppered salami
- 10 artichoke hearts, halved
- 10 cherry peppers , halved
- 20 green olives, pitted
- 20 kalamata olives, pitted
- 30 wooden skewers
- fresh rosemary sprigs for decoration
- Add cherry tomato, basil leaf, baby mozzarella and salami to each skewers.
- Thread reaming ingredients item onto skewers as you like.
- Place the skewers on a serving plater in the shape of a wreath.
- Decorate with fresh rosemary.
- Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.