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Antipasto Skewers Recipe

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Antipasto Skewers

Antipasto skewers are a fun and easy way to serve a colorful and delicious appetizer at your next gathering. These skewers combine various ingredients like cheese, meats, veggies, and even tortellini to create bite-sized snacks that everyone will love.

What makes antipasto skewers so special is their versatility and simplicity. You can mix and match your favorite ingredients to create a unique flavor experience every time. Whether you’re using mozzarella and salami or artichokes and roasted peppers, the combinations are endless.

Not only are they simple to make, but antipasto skewers can also be prepared ahead of time, making them a perfect option for busy hosts. Just assemble, refrigerate, and you’re ready to go.

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Skewer Ingredients

  • Mozzarella Balls

    • Substitute: Bocconcini or small pieces of fresh mozzarella.
  • Cherry Tomatoes

    • Substitute: Grape tomatoes or sliced heirloom tomatoes.
  • Kalamata Olives

    • Substitute: Black olives or green olives.
  • Tortellini

    • Substitute: Cheese-filled ravioli or any other small pasta.
  • Basil Leaves

    • Substitute: Parsley or spinach leaves.
  • Artichoke Hearts

    • Substitute: Roasted red peppers or marinated mushrooms.
  • Prosciutto

    • Substitute: Salami, ham, or turkey slices.
  • Hard Cheese

    • Substitute: Cheddar, provolone, or gouda.

Additional Ingredients

  • Italian Dressing

    • Substitute: Balsamic vinaigrette or olive oil with a splash of red wine vinegar.
  • Olive Oil

    • Substitute: Avocado oil or any light-tasting oil.
  • Italian Seasoning

    • Substitute: A mix of dried basil, oregano, and thyme.

Combine these delicious ingredients on small wooden skewers. Feel free to adjust based on your preference and what you have available. Enjoy crafting your perfect antipasto skewers!


To make antipasto skewers, you’ll need a few simple ingredients and some wooden skewers. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Prepare Ingredients:

    • Bocconcini Balls: Marinate in 2 tablespoons of Italian dressing for at least 2 hours or overnight.
    • Tortellini: Cook according to package directions, drain, and toss with Italian dressing. Let them marinate for 1 hour.
    • Vegetables and Cheese: Cut provolone into bite-sized squares. If using large bocconcini balls, cut them in half. Season with olive oil and a pinch of oregano or red pepper flakes if desired.
  2. Assemble Skewers:

    • Soak skewers in water for an hour and pat dry.
    • Begin by sliding one piece of each ingredient onto the skewer.
    • Alternate colors and textures for a visually appealing look. Try starting with a basil leaf or parsley sprig, followed by a piece of prosciutto, artichoke heart, or marinated vegetable.
    • Make sure to add a piece of cheese along with a Kalamata olive at the top of each skewer.
  3. Serving:

    • Arrange the skewers on a platter.
    • Drizzle with olive oil or balsamic glaze for extra flavor.
    • Serve immediately and enjoy!

These antipasto skewers are not only easy to make but also perfect for any party.

Tips, Tricks & Storing

Making Ahead
You can prepare antipasto skewers up to a day in advance. It’s best to store them in the fridge without any dressing or glaze. Add these just before serving for the freshest taste.

Keep your antipasto skewers fresh by storing them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can last up to 3-4 days. Basil may wilt over time, so consider adding it later if you’re storing them for more than a day.

If you have leftovers, you can easily turn them into a quick salad. Just remove from the skewers and mix with some greens and extra dressing.

Serving Tips
For the best presentation, alternate colors and textures on the skewers. This makes them look more appealing and ensures a variety of flavors in each bite.

Feel free to season your ingredients ahead of time. A drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of oregano or red pepper flakes can add extra flavor.

Place the skewers on a platter and cover with plastic wrap if refrigerating. When ready to serve, sprinkle with fresh herbs or a balsamic reduction for added flair and flavor.

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

There are many ways to make antipasto skewers unique. You can mix and match ingredients based on taste preferences and dietary needs.

Ingredient Ideas:

  • Cheese: Use mozzarella, bocconcini, or even cubes of aged cheddar.
  • Meats: Prosciutto, salami, or pepperoni add great flavor.
  • Vegetables: Cherry tomatoes, bell peppers, and artichoke hearts are tasty options.
  • Extras: Add olives, pickles, or marinated mushrooms for variety.

Customization Tips:

  • Vegetarian/Vegan: Skip the meat and cheese. Use marinated tofu, grilled veggies, and olives.
  • Low Carb: Focus on vegetables, meats, and cheese, and skip pasta.
  • Color Pop: Choose colorful ingredients like tri-colored tortellini, cherry tomatoes, and peppers.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Party Platter: Place the skewers on a large platter. Add dipping sauces like balsamic glaze or pesto.
  • Picnic Pack: Pre-make the skewers and pack them in a sealed container. They’re easy to transport and serve.
  • Buffet Style: Set up a DIY station with ingredients so guests can create their own skewers.

Antipasto skewers are easy to customize and serve, making them perfect for any occasion. Just remember to have fun with the ingredients!