Elegant, flavorful, and super fancy-looking, antipasto is the perfect appetizer to serve for a more formal occasion. Though it is a bit fiddly to set everything up, with the right ingredients, you can get a perfect bite of antipasto on every little skewer.
Make sure you make your very own Italian Dressing for this recipe to really give it that extra spark of flavor! For another great recipe using artichokes, why not make your own Hot & Cheesy Artichoke Dip?
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Not often seen outside of fancy meals served in Italy, antipasto skewers are actually a surprisingly healthy and delicious way to prepare and serve an appetizer.
A combination of meat, cheese, and vegetables, all stacked together on a skewer, it sounds so simple, but it is not only super tasty but also endlessly customizable based on your individual tastes and dietary preferences.
Can You Use Other Types of Tortellini?
Cheese tortellini works best in this recipe as it provides a nice cheesy flavor without being too strong. When serving antipasto skewers to guests, cheese is also a good choice as there are likely to be very few people who dislike cheese, while other tortellini fillings can be a bit more divisive.
However, this does not mean that you have to use cheese tortellini; after all, cooking is all about putting your own stamp on the food you make.
Your antipasto skewers will be delicious with almost any flavor of tortellini. You could even use different types of tortellini to create various skewer options for your guests.
For example, why not try mushroom tortellini for your vegetarian skewers to intensify their umami flavor? Or you could use seafood skewers to introduce a whole new flavor to your skewers.
Is There A Right Order To Stack Your Skewers?
Any good skewer is as much about the order that you stack the ingredients as it is about the things that it actually contains. Texture, taste, and appearance all play a role in our enjoyment of a meal.
When threading each item onto your skewer, think about how it will pair with the piece next to it in terms of both mouth feel and flavor. Try to avoid placing two very strong flavors next to each other or two very mild flavors. Contrast is important when biting into your antipasto skewer.
While texture and taste are the top priorities, you also want to think about appearance and how the different colors will work with each. Without sacrificing texture and taste, aim to have alternating colors on your skewers. This will look much more appealing than if you have all of the red items and one end and all of the cream and white items at the other.
Ways To Make Your Antipasto Skewers Suitable For Vegetarians
1. Vegan Pepperoni & Salami
The easiest way to make your antipasto skewers suitable for vegetarians is to replace the salami and pepperoni with a vegan alternative. There is a wide range of meat-free options in most supermarkets these days, so it should be easy to find either a vegan pepperoni or salami.
Just make sure when serving your vegetarian antipasto skewers at parties your guests know that you have used meat-free alternatives. You wouldn’t want your vegetarian guests to miss out on trying your tasty skewers because they didn’t realize the meat was not actually meat!
2. Fried Mushrooms
Rather than using a vegan meat alternative, you could simply replace the two types of meat on your skewers with fried mushroom cubes. Mushrooms are a popular option for vegans as they have a meaty texture and taste.
To prepare the mushrooms, chop them into pieces slightly larger than bite size. Mushrooms shrink when cooked, as they release a large quantity of water and will therefore be the perfect size when ready to be threaded onto the skewers.
Fry the mushroom in butter with salt and your favorite seasonings. Make sure to allow plenty of time for this step, as it takes a surprisingly long time to cook mushrooms to the perfect texture and avoid that slimy mouthfeel that undercooked mushrooms have.
Once the mushrooms are cooked, you can set them aside with the rest of the skewer ingredients ready for assembly.
3. Sun-dried Tomatoes
Sun-dried tomatoes might not provide the meaty texture of mushrooms, but they stick to the Italian antipasto theme you want to create when building your skewers, making them a great alternative for vegetarian skewers.
There are two options when threading sun-dried tomatoes onto skewers. The first is to fold each piece to fit onto the skewer. This option is quick and easy but can make the skewers a little tricky to bite into.
The other option is to cut the sun-dried tomatoes into small bitesize pieces. This is generally better when making skewers, as you want to aim for a final product that could be eaten with ease with just one hand.
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- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- 12 skewers
- Karlynn Johnston
- 24 cheese tortellini
- ½ cup Italian dressing
- 12 bocconcini (small cocktail sized)
- 1 jar marinated artichoke hearts
- 12 pitted olives
- 12 slices salami
- 12 grape or cherry tomatoes
- 12 slices pepperoni
- 12 cocktail picks (6-inch wooden skewers)
- Combine bocconcini and 2 tablespoons Italian dressing. Marinate at least 2 hours or overnight.
- 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 1- up to 2 hours. Drain the marinade.
- Thread items on 6" wooden skewers alternating colors and textures.
- Serve with a side of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, with a drizzle of balsamic glaze, or with pesto, if desired.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.