This Holiday Antipasto Wreath Appetizer is a delicious, visually appealing and perfect for parties. Because of its amazing presentation, this dish is particularly perfect for the holiday season.
This Antipasto wreath is one of our favorite things to make for holiday parties and it’s even more relevant now that we’re wanting to serve individual items at a party so many fingers aren’t touching the food. These skewers can be made quickly and restocked with extra throughout the party. Make it into a salad using this recipe. The wreath shape is fun and festive and can work for many things. Try this wreath shaped cheesy bread appetizer too.
Use any of your favorite ingredients to make this wreath. If you’re wanting to change it up or make two different wreaths, try making a sweet version with marshmallows, strawberries, raspberries and brownies on the skewers. It’s similar to our Christmas Hot Chocolate Board, which is a huge hit.
Ingredients You Need
- Salami: Any type of salami or cured meat works well for this recipe. You can even mix and match, if you want to add more kinds of cured meats.
- Cherry tomatoes: Small sized cherry tomatoes are perfect for this recipe because they are easy to pop in your mouth and eat. Regular tomatoes don’t work well because they’re too watery once cut.
- Mozzarella balls: Cheese is a compulsory part of the Antipasto Wreath. Although you can use any cheese you love, mozzarella balls are usually the perfect choice. They come in tiny balls that are perfect for threading onto the skewer.
- Greek olives: You can choose any green or black olive variety you like. Make sure they are pitted.
- Pepperoncinis: Pepperoncinis are pickled whole green peppers. You can get them in a jar. They do have a punch to them, but they aren’t too spicy.
- Red peppers: Cut the peppers into cubes for easy eating. If you don’t have red peppers, you can also use yellow or green bell peppers.
- Olive oil: Olive oil is loaded with healthy fats and sets the base for the dressing.
- Balsamic vinegar: Where vinegar is expected to have a sour and tangy flavor, balsamic vinegar has a slightly acidic yet sweet taste.
- Italian seasoning: Italian seasoning is a blend of dried herbs that offer flavor and aroma. This adds a complexity of flavor to the dressing.
- Fresh rosemary sprigs: The fresh rosemary springs aren’t for eating, but are for decorating the dish to look more like a Christmas wreath.
For this festive wreath we used these 6 inch bamboo skewers. There are different lengths so use the one that will fit your recipe the best. You could also use toothpicks or even fresh rosemary sprigs.
Questions About This Holiday Antipasto Wreath
Can you use different ingredients for making an antipasto wreath?
Absolutely! The whole idea is to mix and match different ingredients and enjoy. So, you can use whatever ingredients you love. Remember to tick the boxes for cured meat, cheese, and vegetables. This Antipasto wreath recipe is very versatile.
What is antipasto?
Traditionally, it is served as an appetizer, i.e., the first course of an Italian meal. Antipasto loosely means “before the pasta”. It’s great for serving at a party because it’s mostly made up of finger foods that are easy to eat.
Substitutions and Alternatives
This holiday wreath appetizer is so great because you can truly mix and match whatever ingredients you like. You don’t have to stick with the traditional items that you’d find in an antipasto tray.
For a change, try one of these alternative ingredients:
- Pickled/smoked meat
- Tortellini(check out these skewers)
- Roasted vegetables
- Artichoke hearts
- Asiago or cheddar cheese
Tips & Notes
- These skewers will keep will in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. Make sure to wrap them up tight.
- You can make these skewers up ahead of time and store in the frig. Drizzle with the dressing before you serve them.
- You don’t have to stick with the traditional items that you’d find in an antipasto tray. Choose items you enjoy and build out from there.
- Sprinkle the platter with fresh cut herbs or some lemon zest to kick up the flavor.
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Holiday Antipasto Wreath Appetizer
- 6 ounces salami sliced
- 2 cups cherry tomatoes
- 2 cups Mozzarella balls
- 1 cup Greek olives
- 1 cup Pepperoncinis
- 1 red peppers cut into small squares
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 bunch fresh rosemary sprigs
- 25 Skewers
- Load each skewer with salami, tomato, cheese, olives, pepperoncinis and red peppers, mixing and matching. On a large plate, arrange the skewers in a circle, layering as needed.
- In a small bowl, combine olive oil, balsamic and Italian seasoning. Using a basting brush or spoon, drizzle half the mixture over the skewers. Insert the rosemary springs to help it look like a wreath.
Other Appetizer Recipes To Try
- Mini Taco Appetizers
- Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Ball
- Warm Citrus-Marinated Castelvetrano Olives
- Crispy Baked Breaded Mushrooms
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