What to Put on an Antipasto Platter

What is not to like about an appetizer that most everyone can agree upon?
An antipasto platter is that appetizer platter that has just something for just about everyone.



What to Put on an Antipasto Platter


What to Put on an Antipasto Platter

I have always been a fan of the cheese with everything else appetizer.
I love cheese and I love to pair it with other foods too.



When it comes to entertaining a group of people or simply a small crowd, an Antipasto Platter can be the perfect appetizer. These ideas on what to put on that platter will please just about everyone.

Antipasto is also known as the appetizer that is served in Italian meals.
If you have ever enjoyed an antipasto appetizer, you know that there is something on that platter that would please about everyone in the room. Antipasto has a bit of everything to get people started when it comes to enjoying a great meal.

Antipasto platters are known for their meats and cheeses.
The specifics about which meats and cheeses can vary according to your taste, what you have on hand, what will compliment the oncoming meal, what else you may be serving, and even how traditional your antipasto platter preferences are.


For folks who enjoy a more traditional antipasto platter, you may enjoy taking a regional approach.
Regional as in what part of Italy you would like to base your platter on. For example, antipasto platters in the north of Italy will usually contain cured meats. You will see more fish on an antipasto platter that is based on the likes of the southern part of the country.




To make your antipasto platter pleasing, you should keep these pointers in mind:

  • Have a variety of different kinds of food on your platter.

  • Have a variety of different colors in order to please the eye.

  • Use different shapes and sized of items to keep them individual and interesting.

  • Add marinated vegetables such as mushrooms or artichokes.

  • Crackers or toasted bread give folks something to enjoy their food with.

  • Olives are almost always included in an antipasto tray. Using different kinds of olives can lend to a nice variety of taste and overall look of the platter.

  • Keep the food choices simple and easy for everyone.

The basic items to include in on the antipasto platter:
  • Meat
  • Vegetable
  • Seafood
  • Fruit
  • Cheese
  • Bread
Start with a selection of natural deli meats—maybe pepperoni, salami and prosciutto—then add mixed olives, a wheel of creamy brie, deviled eggs, roasted vegetables and crackers. Vegetarian: Present marinated olives or olive tapenade, sliced semolina bread, fire-roasted peppers, vegetarian stuffed dolmas and roasted garlic hummus. Seafood: This can be one of the most varied categories for antipasto. Consider a plate of mild crackers served with fish roe, sardines, anchovies, seared fresh tuna and smoked salmon, then add cream cheese, sliced marinated onions and capers. Fresh Fruit and Nuts: Serve chunks of fresh cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon alongside natural deli meats, and then add toasted walnuts and roasted, salted pistachios. Roasted Vegetables with Cheese: Pair roasted vegetables with tangy cheeses like feta, Gruyère or aged Manchego. For the roasted veggies, think about eggplant, beets, bell peppers, zucchini, carrots, tomatoes, asparagus, onions and garlic. (Look for roasted vegetables in the prepared foods section of the store, or simply toss raw veggies with a bit of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet in a 450°F oven until tender.) Cheese and More Cheese: Ah, yes ... we love the stuff. Look for out-of-the-ordinary cheeses like Rustica cheese with red peppers or black peppercorns, rosemary coated Manchego, Caciotta cheese with green olives, Gouda with mustard seeds or cumin, drunken goat cheese made with red wine and Sotocenere cheese with truffles and a hint of cinnamon. Then combine them with a few traditional ones like provolone or fresh mozzarella. Serve with slices of fresh bread. What to Put on an Antipasto Platter

Here are some ideas of what specific foods to put on an Antipasto Platter

  • Olives- so many varieties to choose from!
  • Peppers- red, sweet, or other marinated or fresh as well
  • Sardines
  • Marinated onions
  • Anchovies
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Capers
  • Feta
  • Mozzarella cheese (balls, slices, or squares)
  • Gruyère
  • Provolone
  • Gorgonzola
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes- dried or cherry
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Pickles
  • Prosciutto
  • Pepperoni
  • Salami
  • Pepperoncini
  • Ham
  • Sausage
  • Turkey sausage or peperoni
  • Nuts such as pistachios or walnuts (shelled)
  • Figs or Dates
  • Romaine or lettuce leaves for display
  • Celery, carrots, green onions, or radishes
  • Crackers, bread, breadsticks or brushetta
What to Put on an Antipasto Platter

Weight Watchers OKAY Chocolate Cake Recipe

I know someone who just lost a lot of weight on the Weight Watchers Diet.
She said it was fairly easy to lose that weight thanks to the point system that allowed her to eat food that may not be allowed on other diets.


Weight Watchers OKAY Chocolate Cake Recipe


Can you believe that you can eat cake while on a diet?


Weight Watchers OKAY Chocolate Cake Recipe

Weight Watchers has a recipe similar chocolate cake, with icing, and has assigned it 6 points.

This 6 points means that this particular cake is okay to eat, as long as you budget 6 points out of your daily point expenditure to it. That is not a whole lot of points out of your day, providing that you are good at budgeting.


If you are sticking to the weight watchers diet and are wanting to reward yourself, this chocolate cake can be just what you need to make your day even better.



Weight Watchers even goes one step further in their recipe by slipping in something healthy.
The original recipe for this cake calls for butternut squash. Butternut squash is loaded in vitamin a. It also has potassium and vitamin c. Butternut squash not only adds a bit of taste to the cake, it is fat free.



Weight Watchers OKAY Chocolate Cake Recipe

This recipe is for the chocolate cake.
If you intend to add a frosting to it, be sure to check with Weight Watchers for an acceptable frosting and adjust your points to account for it.


Weight Watchers OKAY Chocolate Cake Recipe



Weight Watchers OKAY Chocolate Cake Recipe

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The recipe for chocolate cake that is Weight Watchers point friendly. If you are sticking to the weight watchers diet and are wanting to reward yourself, this chocolate cake can be just what you need to make your day even better.

Ingredients

- 1. Butternut squash- 2 cups cooked and mashed.

- 2. Powdered sugar- 1 cup (or 1 cup of sugar alternative+1 tsp corn starch)

- 3.Flour AP- 3/4 cup

- 4. Vanilla extract- 2 tsp

- 5.Cocoa powder- 1/3 cup

- 6.Baking soda- 1/4 tsp

- 7. Salt- 1/4 tsp

- 8. Chocolate Chips- 1/4 cup (can use sugar free)

- 9.Butter- 2 tablespoons softened

- 10. Eggs- 3

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- HOW TO MAKE THIS

- 1. Preheat your oven to 350 and prep your pan well for nonstick.

- 2. In a mixing bowl, combine together the flour, powdered sugar (or substitute), cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Set this aside.

- 3. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt your chocolate chips and butter.

- 4. While your chocolate is melting, add the vanilla to the butternut squash.

- 5. Stir in the melted chocolate to the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Then mix in your eggs.

- 6. Now add the prepared butternut squash and mix until blended.

- 7. Bake for 25-28 minutes- a toothpick should come out with a few crumbs on it when done.
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This recipe is not necessarily part of the Weight Watchers Diet.
For details on how this cake will fit into your diet, please consult as needed.





Weight Watchers OKAY Chocolate Cake Recipe

Jack Daniels (Inspired) Brownies

This recipe for Jack Daniels Brownies is to me the definition of what dessert-porn is.
I can't think of anything more dessert-sultry chewy oozing chocolate than this recipe for brownies.

The Recipe for Jack Daniels (Inspired) Brownies



Jack Daniels (Inspired) Brownies


I love that this recipe is so delicious yet, so easy to make.

This Recipe for Jack Daniels (Inspired) Brownies could be the ultimate is what a delicious chocolate dessert with a bit of kick should be.


I am always experimenting in the kitchen.
I must admit, this is something that I like to do.
Sometimes, I can be successful with my experiments in the kitchen. Other times, I can be extremely successful in the kitchen with my experiments. This brownie with Jack Daniels added to it, is one example of an extremely successful kitchen experiment.



They tell me that the actual 'booze' in this will burn off.
What should be left in the baked brownie is that Jack Daniel's whiskey kind of taste to complement the chocolate.
Still, I would probably not recommend this be baked for consumption for minors. I personally would not share them with many people as it is.


Jack Daniels (Inspired) Brownies

What do you serve this Recipe for Jack Daniels (Inspired) Brownies with?
I am a whipped cream person. Vanilla ice cream would also be a good choice. However, these brownies are just fine by themselves.
Feel free to sub in the sugar and chocolate chips for sugarfree versions if needed.


Jack Daniels (Inspired) Brownies



Jack Daniels (Inspired) Brownies

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Delicious chocolate brownies with a bit of a kick in them. (This recipe is not affiliated with the folks at Jack Daniels)

Ingredients

- 1. CHEAT- one box of brownie mix OR 2-6 below;

- 2. Flour 3/4 cup

- 3.Baking Soda- 1/2 tsp

- 4.Salt- 1/4 tsp

- 5. Sugar- (or alternative equivalent)- 1/4 cup

- 6. Powdered cocoa- 2 tablespoons

- 7. Jack Daniels- 1 cup

- 8. Eggs- 2

- 9. Oil, such as vegetable oil- 2 tablespoons

- 10.-Chocolate Chips- 1 6 ounce package

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- HOW TO MAKE THESE

- 1.If using the cheat- a boxed brownie mix, prepare as directed only, sub in the Jack Daniels for the water and make the eggs added your 2 eggs from this recipe. (only add 2 eggs total.

- 2. From scratch, sift together your 2,3 & 4 ingredients listed above. Stir in your sugar cocoa, eggs, and Jack Daniels.

- 3. Add your remaining ingredients- oil and chocolate chips.

- 4. Bake for 25-30 minutes in a prepped square pan at 350. I like my brownies chewy. These brownies will be chewy as they have the chips added. If you are seeking a dryer brownie, omit the chocolate chips from your recipe.
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Enjoy these wonderful brownies!!!
This recipe has no actual affiliation with Jack Daniels.

Jack Daniels (Inspired) Brownies

Simple Chocolate Chia Pudding

Chocolate Chia Pudding

 


Chocolate Chia Pudding


Have you noticed that there is a lot of talk out there about Chia?


What exactly is Chia?

Chia is a seed from a plant that grows in Mexico and neighboring countries. Chia is actually a part of the mint family.
Some folks call chia a 'Superfood".

Chia is loaded in certain beneficial vitamin B's. Chia is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Because of what chia has in it, people believe that chia can help with issues with blood pressure, joint pain, and so much more. That is why some call chia a "superfood".


I like to classify foods that are regarded as "superfoods" as foods that I will use in healthier recipes.

Yes, chocolate and pudding are favorite desserts for many of us. And yes, there is a way to work some chia into that chocolate pudding to make recipes even better.



Chocolate Chia Pudding


This recipe can be made sugar free.

Simply use Greek Yogurt. cocoa powder, and syrup with no sugar added .


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Chocolate Chia Pudding



Chocolate Chia Pudding

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The best of many worlds come together when we combine chia seeds with chocolate in a pudding.

Ingredients

- 1. Vanilla Flavored Almond Milk- 1 cup

- 2. Greek Yogurt- 1 cup

- 3. Cocoa Powder- 1/4 cup

- 4. Vanilla Extract- 1 tsp

- 5. Maple Syrup- 2 tablespoons

- 6. Chia seeds- 1/4 cup

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- HOW TO MAKE THIS

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- -In a mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients except for the chia seeds.

- -Whisk in your chia seeds. Allow to sit for 25-30 minutes- stirring every 5-20 minutes as needed to distribute the seeds.

- - Cover and refrigerate overnight.
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Chocolate Chia Pudding

5 Ingredient Skillet Pizza

Not all pizzas have to be made on pizza pan or a stone.
Some really tasty pizzas can actually be made right on a stove.


5 Ingredient Skillet Pizza


5 Ingredient Skillet Pizza

I am a fan of my cast iron skillet.
Everything that I make in my skillet turns out amazing. What I love is that my cast iron skillet cooks my food evenly throughout. I also love that I can take my cast iron skillet from stove top to oven with little problem. Probably the best feature about my cast iron skillet is that it is relatively inexpensive and reliable for that price.




Using a cast iron skillet can really up my game when it comes to preparing food. One of my favorite meals to create in my skillet is pizza


I use my cast iron skillet to make a lot of great food.
Desserts come out of the oven tasting so good when I use my cast iron skillet.
Pizza comes out especially good in my cast iron skillet.


I can not remember the last time that I actually paid for someone else to make me a pizza.
That is because making my own pizza is not so hard to do. My friends and family think that my pizza tastes at least as good as the expensive stuff.


When I make pizza at home, I like to experiment with different ways of making that pizza.
Skillet pizza is one way to make a great pizza.

The good thing about making this 5 ingredient skillet pizza is that it does not have to be hard to do.
You can easily go to the store and pick up a pre-made pizza dough. I always make extra pizza dough just to set some aside to use later. Then, when we want a quick pizza we already have the dough ready to go.


This pizza has five ingredients.
There is the dough, the sauce and the cheese that you would find on any pizza. Oil is used to keep the dough from sticking to the pan. Lastly, the fifth ingredient would be the topping(s) that you choose to put on the pizza. "Topping" is a general catch-all for whatever ingredient(s) you use to personalize your creation. We all have personal tastes when it comes to toppings so, you are welcome to use what you like as far as toppings go. You can even omit the toppings and still have a great pizza.






5 Ingredient Skillet Pizza

What kind of toppings to you like on your pizza?

Lately, I have been fond of the vegetable toppings such as diced tomatoes and garlic.I do like to experiment with other vegetables such as spinach or peppers.



5 Ingredient Skillet Pizza



5 Ingredient Skillet Pizza

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An easy idea for a meal that most everyone can agree on.

Ingredients

- 1.Premade pizza dough- 1 pound, can use store-bought or homemade.

- 2. Olive or other oil- 2 teaspoons

- 3.Pizza sauce- 8-9 ounce can

- 4. Shredded cheese- 1 1/2 cups Mozzarella, Jack- Colby blend or your choice.

- 5. Toppings as desired.







HOW TO MAKE THIS:

- 1. Roll out your pizza dough that has been prepared as indicated on the package. Tip: I roll mine out on parchment paper to make the transfer a snap! Sprinkle flour while rolling out the dough as needed to prevent any sticking.

- 2. Preheat your skillet on medium head. You skillet should be one that can fit a lid and able to use in an oven if needed (lid will not go into oven).

- 3. When skillet with oil is warm, transfer your rolled out dough to the skillet. This is where the parchment paper can make your life easier/

- 4. When bubbles begin to form in the dough you can settle them down or allow them to stay. After about five minutes, the dough underside will show signs of hardening. At this point, flip the pizza over.

- 5. Add your sauce and toppings, cover and allow to cook until the cheese begins to brown- about 8-10 minutes.

- 6. To crispen the pizza, stick the skillet into a warm oven for a few minutes.
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Yield: 2 10" pizzas




5 Ingredient Skillet Pizza

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