13 ingredients needed to make the ultimate antipasto platter!

UPDATE: See my latest Entertaining with Antipasto post here

I can’t think of a better way to spend my evenings than sharing a bottle of wine and laughs with friends over a hearty antipasto platter. Actually, scrap that I’m starting again.

I can’t think of a better way to spend my evenings then having a bottle of wine and hearty antipasto plate all to myself!

The Italian translation for antipasto is ‘before the meal’ and was traditionally made up of salty olives, deli meats, marinated vegetables and cheeses and offered to diners to stimulate their appetite before the main meal.

Nowadays the antipasto plates are getting bigger and it is not uncommon for the platter to actually BE the main meal… especially in this house!

There is a secret to assembling an antipasto plate; you must have a good balance of ingredients that compliment each other.  Here are 13 items that are ALWAYS on my antipasto platters:

  • Salami
  • Chorizo – fried
  • Prosciutto
  • Camembert
  • Vintage Cheddar
  • Bocconcini
  • Marinated Olives
  • Avocado – with lemon juice, salt and pepper
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Bagel crisps – found at most supermarkets and deli
  • Sourdough (or crackers if you want something lighter)
  • Dips – one pesto-type dip and a creamy one like a hummus.
  • Arancini – fried rice balls coated with breadcrumbs and usually filled with mozzarella or a meat sauce. You can make from day old risotto or buy from a deli or Woolworths.


To arrange these items on your plate the key is to pile all the ingredients on, seriously! My favourite antipasto plate can be found at Machiavelli’s restaurant in Sydney (and is usually put together by the most gorgeous Italian man who I’d like to adopt as my grandfather) and this plate is piled sky-high with the most delicious, rich ingredients.


Here is one I made earlier. Want to come over?


So if you’re looking for some inspiration for dinner or what to serve at your next dinner party an antipasto platter is the way to go! If you are short of time you can hire me to put one together for you! 🙂

Now I’m going to go and enjoy this beautiful Saturday afternoon in the yard with my antipasto plate and my wine and I leave you with this…


HAPPY WEEKEND! (I’m drinking some of Mudgee’s finest – Elliot Rock Estate’s Ice Wine)

10 Responses to “13 ingredients needed to make the ultimate antipasto platter!”

  1. April 01, 2015 at 2:13 pm, Cooking A Romantic Meal For Your Partner? Here's The Inspiration You Need - Nicole's Cook Book said:

    […] For at least one of your courses, you need to opt for a sharing platter. You might want to make an antipasto platter for your starter, for example. All you would need is some cold meats, cheese and fancy bread. […]


  2. November 02, 2011 at 2:48 pm, Kimberley - Dream. Delight. Inspire. said:

    Wow, that is seriously one of the best antipasto plates I’ve ever seen. I am a sucker for any meal that involves nibbling, cheese and dips. Love the wine shot at the end too! 🙂


    • November 02, 2011 at 9:03 pm, LipstickandCake said:

      Thanks, its really simple to recreate.
      Haha yeah i’m a sucker for a meal involving nibbling too 🙂


  3. October 31, 2011 at 4:37 pm, Christina @ Hair Romance said:

    Yum! I often love a cheese & wine dinner, but this would include some vegetables so surely counts as healthy?


  4. October 31, 2011 at 12:23 pm, Diana said:

    I love this!!! I love creating very antipasto table spreads but I like how compact yours is, would be perfect for a night around the TV.


    • October 31, 2011 at 3:05 pm, LipstickandCake said:

      It would be perfect for a night around the TV wouldn’t it? You should share a photo of one of your spreads, i’m sure they’re fantastic!


  5. October 31, 2011 at 8:51 am, Martine@themodernparent said:

    Yum…that looks great! Like the idea of the whole avocado and the risotto balls too 🙂


    • October 31, 2011 at 3:07 pm, LipstickandCake said:

      Thanks Martine! I’m a little obsessed with the risotto balls.. esp dipped in garlic dip! AMAZING


  6. October 29, 2011 at 8:41 pm, Rach // In Spaces Between said:

    I’m drooling! This looks amazing Steph… Can you send some north for me (just, err, not on Qantas!) ps: don’t forget to check behind you in the bushes. 😉 xx


    • October 31, 2011 at 3:09 pm, LipstickandCake said:

      Come to Sydney and i’ll make one for you 🙂
      Oh quick look behind you… I think he just walked past your window, with an umbrella!


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