Antipasto Skewers – Easy Party Appetizer
Wow your guests with bright and flavorful antipasto skewers. An easy make-ahead appetizer with a new delicious discovery in every bite. Perfect for any occasion, this party food comes together fast and is endlessly customizable.
So many flavors and textures on one stick… It’s no wonder people devour these babies!!! Who doesn’t love a good appetizer, right? An excuse to eat pretty much a whole meal, before the actual meal? Sign me up!
If you’re like me though, you get way too much of one appetizer first, then you aren’t hungry for the rest. You feel like a fool because you only got the taste of one thing. The ultimate rookie mistake…
Well, I have the solution to all of your problems… Antipasto Skewers! Even if you only have enough room for one, it’s like you got the taste of five different appetizers. You have your own mini sampler plate on a stick, and it’s what dreams are made of.
What is Antipasto?
I know what you might be thinking now, “Hey Allison, what the heck is antipasto, and why should I care about it so much?”. You are not wrong for asking that, which is why I’m about to open your eyes to a whole to a whole new possibility for appetizers.
Antipasto is an Italian appetizer traditionally served as the first course of a formal Italian meal. The dish is served for the purpose of signifying the official start of the meal. Are you suddenly getting a flash of Sopranos Sunday dinner scenes in your head, or is that just me?
An antipasto platter typically includes; cured meats, olives, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, various cheeses, and vegetables tossed in oil or vinegar. The variety of options is what makes the starter so popular. You can just pick what you want and leave out what you don’t.
Tips for Fabulous Antipasto Skewers
For a pretty color contrast, I went with marinated mozzarella and alternated between differed color olives and tomatoes. Once they’re on the tray together, it’s like a little food rainbow, and so picture perfect!
I found the 6″ wooden skewers are the perfect size for this appetizer. They’re shorter than a BBQ kabob skewer, but still leaves the perfect amount of space for careful handling of the skewers.
My favorite part of these skewers is their adaptability. Think mozzarella cheese is too slimy? Sub in cubed cheddar, pepper jack, or, you know, just whatever you want. Lifetime member of the I hate olives club? Leave them out. You’re a vegetarian? no problem, just skip the meats. I think you get the point by now. The options are endless here, making it a picky eater’s dream.
The Perfect Easy Party Appetizer
Putting together a party can be so stressful, and hectic. You’re running around the day of wishing you had about 6 more hands, and three more clones of you in order to get everything done.
These antipasto skewers are perfect for eliminating stress. There’s no cooking involved, and you can make them the night before, and pull them right when the party starts. Just line up the skewers on your favorite party platter, and watch them disappear.
If you’re serving a large crowd, feel free to double this recipe. Feeding a smaller crowd? Halve the recipe!
Need More Appetizer Inspo?
If you loved the antipasto skewers you’ll be obsessed with the rest of my go-to appetizer recipes.
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If I’ve done my job correctly, you should be craving all the antipasto skewers right about now! So, if that’s the case, don’t waste any time, grab your sticks and get to skewering! Serious bonus points for anyone to can assemble every skewer without getting a splinter!
- 15 (6-inch) wooden skewers
- 15 pitted olives (I did green and Kalamata)
- 15 pieces chopped marinated artichoke hearts
- 15 cherry or grape tomatoes (I used red and yellow)
- 15 marinated mozzarella balls
- 3 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced and folded
- basil, salt, and cracked pepper to garnish
- olive oil or balsamic glaze (optional)
Lay out all your ingredients on a cutting board or within reach Add ingredients to skewers. I threaded a tomato, artichoke heart, mozzarella ball, folded prosciutto, and an olive. I alternated red and yellow tomatoes and Kalamata and green olives. Feel free switch up the arrangement any way you'd like. Arrange skewers on platter or tray and sprinkle with finely chopped fresh basil, salt, cracked pepper. Drizzle skewers with olive oil or balsamic glaze, if desired.
Double recipe as needed.