Appetizer for an Italian Feast: Mixed Antipasto

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Antipasto is a delicious appetizer, perfect for any special gathering of friends and family, but especially an Italian feast. #appetizer #Italianfood #partyfood #Italianfeast

Your friends will come back for more, and more and more of this delicious antipasto.

The title originally attached to this post, The Big Night, is a reference to a movie I enjoyed many years ago about two brothers who own an Italian restaurant that is, sadly, about to go out of business. In order to keep from having to close the restaurant, they decide that a little publicity is in order. They invite the famous jazz musician, Louis Prima, to their restaurant to play, and to partake of their food, and hope thus to bring in the crowds. Much of the movie shows the preparations that the brothers go through in order to be ready for The Big Night.

One of the brothers is an amazing chef, and one of the reasons I love this movie so much is the beautiful photography of food. The chef slices and dices and chops and stirs, and I remember saliva pooling in my mouth and longing welling up in my heart as I watched the amazing culinary cinematography. (One caveat: I also seem to remember an adult moment or two in the film, so I’m not recommending the movie for anyone, of any age, because of that. Still, I’ll say, it’s a movie I just adored for the aforementioned reasons.)

So, anyway, in yesterday’s post, I promised you some recipes from OUR “Big Night” the other night, and I can therefore tell you with great authority these recipes received RAVE reviews. So, if you’re looking for crowd-pleasing recipes, you’ve come to the right place. With these,  you can definitely have your own “Big Night”.

Recipe for a Mixed Antipasto

Let’s start off your Big Night with a First Course: a lovely Antipasto platter. I found this recipe on the Epicurious website ( It was originally published in Gourmet magazine in 1991. The only change I made to the recipe was to double the amount of marinade, and marinate each platter item separately, in individual ziplock bags.  The upside to this was the lovely presentation that you see here. However, I’ve shared their original recipe with you, so you have your choice: make the recipe as written here, (and your antipasto will be well and truly “mixed”), or double the marinade, and marinate the various items individually, for a “composed” look. 
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Serves 6
Antipasto is a delicious appetizer, perfect for any special gathering of friends and family, but especially an Italian feast.
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  1. For the marinade
  2. 1 large garlic clove, minced
  3. 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  4. 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  5. 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried rosemary
  6. 1 teaspoon dried basil, crumbled
  7. 1 teaspoon dried orégano, crumbled
  8. 1/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes, or to taste
  9. 1/2 cup Extra Virgin olive oil
For the Antipasto Platter
  1. 3 large carrots, cut diagonally into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  2. 1 small fennel bulb, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  3. 2 red bell peppers, roasted and cut into strips
  4. 2 yellow bell peppers, roasted and cut into strips
  5. 12-ounce jar pepperoncini (pickled Tuscan peppers), rinsed and drained well
  6. 3/4 pound black or green brine-cured olives or a combination
  7. 1/4 pound sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and cut into strips
  8. 3/4 pound marinated or plain bocconcini (small fresh mozzarella balls, available at specialty foods shops and some supermarkets)
  9. 1/2 pound pepperoni or sopressata (hard Italian sausage, available at Italian markets, some butcher shops, and, some specialty foods shops), cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices and the slices quartered
Make the marinade
  1. In a small bowl whisk together the garlic, the vinegars, the rosemary, the basil, the orégano, the red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper to taste, add the oil in a stream, whisking, and whisk the marinade until it is emulsified.
To prepare the vegetables
  1. In a large saucepan of boiling water blanch the carrots and the fennel for 3 to 4 minutes, or until they are crisp-tender, drain them, and plunge them into a bowl of ice and cold water. Let the vegetables cool and drain them well. In a large bowl toss together the carrots, the fennel, the roasted peppers, the pepperoncini, the olives, the sun-dried tomatoes, the bocconcini, the pepperoni, the artichoke hearts, the marinade, the minced parsley until the antipasto is combined well and chill the antipasto, covered, for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Transfer the antipasto to a platter, garnish it with the parsley sprigs, and serve it at room temperature.
  1. For an attractive platter, like the one you see in my image, you can marinate the vegetables, separately, in individual ziplock bags. If you decide to go that route, just double the marinade recipe, and put each item to be marinated in a separate ziplock.
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Next, the Lasagna recipe.

I use the recipe from the Moosewood Cookbook, a cookbook I purchased around 25 years ago that is now stained and split in half, it has been so well used and loved. Of course, I have modified it over the years to suit my taste. The Big Bison says that this is one of the recipes that made him know for sure I was a keeper. So, if you know anyone who is looking to trap ’em a good man, you can pass along this recipe, but I warn you to use its power wisely: you REALLY don’t want to trap just ANY man. Only use it if you know for sure that this is the guy you want around for life. Otherwise, you could end up with a porch full of Mr. Wrongs camped out outside your door, and THEN where would you be?

So, here’s my version of Mollie Katzen’s recipe from the Moosewood Cookbook:

OK, I’m just exhausted from typing all that. Stay tuned to future blog entries for the hot fudge sauce of your dreams. Really.


  1. The antipasto is literally mouth-watering! I haven’t had antipasto in ages. My Italian mother used to make it all of the time when we were growing up – holidays, parties, etc. I make lasagna regularly. It’s always so yummy!
    I have never heard of that movie, but will now have to see if I can find it!
    Thanks for sharing the recipes!

  2. Oh the antipasto looks good – often my favourite part of hanging out and chatting is a beautiful bowl of nibbles.

    And your lasagna comments made me laugh – Ewok asked to learn to cook my recipe (Laurel’s Kitchen, my book of which is in a similar state to your Moosewood) and after making it announced, “That was hard work and very confusing.” Ah, now you know why it wasn’t a weekly dish in our house even if you asked.

    He makes them up in foil pans now and takes them away to college 🙂

  3. Why do we live so far away from each other? How is that right? It isn’t. It is evidence that there is pure evil in the world. Evil keeping me and you and your kitchen and all its magic apart.

    We should have found a place with a kitchen and made you our slave for 4 days. NOW that would be a vacation. I doubt La Toque or The French Laundry, for that matter, has anything on you. And I mean that, my dear friend. I love you (and I hate you).

  4. Oh, and you have to stay away from my husband. I won him with some barbeque sauce, but now I’m feeling a little insecure.

  5. Don’t give me that much credit Cioppino woman.

    We really SHOULD have made reservations for a condo on the beach with a kitchen, though. Imagine how much fun the two of us could have slinging hash together. Anne sounds like she, too, is quite the little chef, and I’m telling you, we could all make some magic together. Robin could make us some tortillas and bring the aprons and pot holders, if she goes into making those, too.

    Perhaps our mansions in heaven will be adjacent…

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