I get all sorts of excited when it comes to a Make Ahead Antipasto Platter. The options are endless, from a Sicilian antipasto platter to a simple antipasto platter.
Antipasto platters are such a fun food for get togethers and parties. Served before dinner with a nice glass of wine, it doesn’t get much more delicious or festive than this!
The thing is, you can put as much or as little effort into assembling one of these charcuterie masterpieces.
And given the wide variety and assortment of ingredients, you’re surely able to find something to please all your guests.
From salty to sweet, creamy to crunchy, this is gonna be a blast.
So what I have for you today, friends are ideas you can incorporate into your own antipasto platter presentation!
How to Make An Antipasto Platter
Now, keep in mind, these are all ideas. The world is your oyster, so to speak!
And while the list may look large, many of the items, such as the artichokes, roasted red peppers and olives – are all ready to go. Truly, it’s all about how you assemble it which is why I love this so much!
To put together a platter similar to mind above, here’s what were looking at:
Make Ahead Antipasto Platter Ideas
Meats and Cheeses for a Sicilian Antipasto Platter
- 1 large ball burrata cheese
- 4 oz. Provolone cheese, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 3 oz. hot sopressata, thinly sliced
- 3 oz. sweet sopressata, thinly sliced
- 4 oz. fresh ricotta cheese
Olives and Vegetables
- 4-oz. container marinated and seasoned mixed olives (many grocery store have olive stations, too!)
- 6-oz. jar roasted red peppers, sliced
- 8-oz. jar artichoke hearts, drained
- If you’d like to make it a bit more substantial you can add Mediterranean Roasted Veggies
Fruits and Nuts
- 4 fresh figs, quartered
- 3 T. walnuts, chopped
- 1 lbs. red seedless grapes, split into 3 or 4 bunches
This is a great place to incorporate homemade spiced nuts or other assortments you may have on hand~
- Crusty Italian bread, thinly sliced and/or crackers
- Fresh basil and rosemary sprigs, for garnish
- Easy Homemade Vanilla Fig Jam (or store bought). No judging here!
Tips for Assembling
Your make ahead antipasto platter can be laid out on a large wood cutting board with some kitchen towels draped throughout for softeness and texture.
Or, I’ve also made a simple antipasto platter using parchment paper on top of a half sheet pan.
Both work and guess what – they taste equally delicious!
Even though there isn’t a precise “recipe” when it comes to making your own antipasto tray, I’m including a recipe below for you to use as a shopping list. I hope you’ll find it helpful!
Make Ahead Sicilian Antipasto Platter
- 1 large ball burrata cheese
- 4 oz. Provolone cheese cut into bite-sized pieces
- 3 oz. hot sopressata thinly sliced
- 3 oz. sweet sopressata thinly sliced
- 4 fresh figs quartered
- 4 oz. fresh ricotta cheese *
- 3 T. Easy Homemade Vanilla Fig Jam
- 3 T. walnuts chopped
- 1 6- oz. jar roasted red peppers sliced
- 1 4- oz. container marinated and seasoned mixed olives
- 1 8- oz. jar artichoke hearts drained
- 1 lbs. red seedless grapes split into 3 or 4 bunches
- Fresh basil and rosemary sprigs for garnish
- Crusty Italian bread thinly sliced.
- Place the burrata in the center of a serving platter and arrange the Provolone cheese, sopressata, and fresh figs around it.
- Fill a small serving bowl with the ricotta cheese and top with the fig jam and walnuts and place near the burrata arrangement.
- Transfer the roasted red peppers, seasoned olives, and marinated artichoke hearts to individual serving dishes and position near the other items.
- Tuck the grapes, fresh herb sprigs, and crusty bread slices (if using) in around the other ingredients to create a nice display and serve immediately.
Other easy entertaining appetizers:
- Jalapeno Peach Dip
- Layered Hummus Dip