ANTIPASTO SKEWERS

Prep Time:

25 Minutes

Cook Time:

Serves:

8

Ingredients

  • cheese tortellini

  • Italian dressing - homemade or store bought.

  • olives - any type of olives will work.

  • fresh basil leaves

  • cured meat - salami and pepperoni - you can easily substitute with any of your favorite cured meats. Try prosciutto or ham or smoked turkey!

  • grape tomatoes - or cherry tomatoes.

  • marinated artichoke hearts

  • cheese - you can use cubes of cheddar cheese, mozzarella balls, or provolone cheese - or whatever you like

  • cocktail picks - you can use larger bamboo skewers as well but will need to add more items to each skewer.


Antipasto skewers are completely customizable, so make it your own. Some ingredients that you can thread onto these skewers are: roasted red peppers, marinated mushrooms, or other pickled vegetables.


Preparation

  1. Cook tortellini according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Transfer to a bowl and toss with Italian dressing. Cover the bowl with plastic cling wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes up to 2 hours. Drain the marinade.

  2. Prepare the remaining ingredients and arrange them in front of you. Thread the items onto cocktail picks (or 6-inch wooden skewers) making sure to alternate between different colors and textures. Suggested order: black olive, basil, tortellini, salami, tomato, artichoke heart, pepperoni, black olive, and cheese.

  3. Serve with a side of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, with a drizzle of balsamic glaze, or with pesto, if desired.