An antipasto platter with your favorite meats, cheeses, & Italian condiments is the perfect option for an easy dinner or fun party appetizer.
This antipasto charcuterie board is one of my favorite easy dinners. It’s a great way to introduce your kids to new foods and flavors. We also love doing a classic charcuterie board to use up leftovers!
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Antipasto Platter Ingredients
- Meats – Genoa salami, pepperoni, prosciutto.
- Cheeses – Marinated mozzarella, Romano cheese, basil & olive oil asiago, sharp provolone.
- Fruits and sweets – Black seedless grapes, dark chocolate.
- Veggies – Roasted red peppers, marinated artichoke hearts, blue cheese stuffed green olives, heirloom cherry tomatoes.
- Breads – Artisan bread, crackers.
- Condiments – Bread dipping oil, olive tapenade, apricot fig jam.
- Other – Don’t feel constrained by this list, add all your favorite bite-sized Italian inspired foods!
How do you make an antipasto charcuterie platter? (step-by-step)
⭐ First, choose a board that you’re going to put everything on. It doesn’t have to be fancy! We often will use a large sheet pan.
⭐ Next, place wet ingredients (like marinated cheeses, dips, sliced fruits and vegetables), into small containers and place on your board.
⭐ Then, arrange dry ingredients on board paying attention to separating colors so they pop!
⭐ Finally, add spoons and knives to board for condiments and soft cheeses.
What to Put My Snack Board On?
An appetizer platter can be assembled on almost anything! Don’t let not having the “right” platter stop you from making an awesome charcuterie board. Here are some things we’ve used in the past to make our meat and cheese boards!
- Cutting Board – This is a pretty standard way to serve a cheese board. Choose a large one for a crowd or a smaller one for a more intimate board.
- Slate or Chalkboard – We once served a massive breakfast cheese board with the cutest mini greek yogurt pancakes on our huge homeschooling chalkboard. It was amazing! Just make sure it’s very thoroughly cleaned, and if you’re still worried, just toss some parchment paper under the food.
- Pizza Pan – A pizza pan is the perfect size for a family cheeseboard – and it’s such a fun shape. Put it on a lazy susan for easy self serving!
- Baking Sheet – We prepare the majority of our cheese boards on a baking sheet. It’s just the right size for a family of seven, and I love that the lip around the edge keeps things from rolling off.
- Dinner Plate – Making a romantic cheese board for two? Try a large dinner plate piled high with your favorite goodies.
Can I prep my antipasto platter ahead of time?
Yes, if you’d like to get things going early, you can make this up to a day ahead and store in the refrigerator. Be sure to cover all the liquids and condiments tightly, then wrap the board up in saran wrap or foil.
I would suggest not including bread or crackers until immediately before serving as they may become stale if refrigerated with the rest of the ingredients.
Storage and leftovers
How long will antipasto leftovers last?
If the platter sat out at room temperature for more than two hours, then remaining food should be discarded. Otherwise, wrap up leftovers tightly with plastic wrap or foil and finish in the next day or so.
Can you freeze an antipasto charcuterie board?
No, this is not recommended.
Tips, tricks, and frequently asked questions
Is a Cheese Board the Same as a Charcuterie Board?
A cheese board is not the same as a charcuterie board insofar as historically a cheese board is centered around a selection of cheeses and a charcuterie board is centered around a selection of meats.
That said, these days the terms cheese board and charcuterie board are typically used interchangeably to mean a meat and cheese board with a variety of meats, cheeses, fruits, nuts, and breads.
What is an Italian antipasto platter?
Italian appetizer platters, or as we like to call it antipasto platter, is a charcuterie board filled with antipasto ingredients (olives, cured meats, Italian cheeses, peppers) and Italian inspired condiments!
What is the difference between antipasto and antipasti?
Antipasto is a traditional first course of an Italian meal (literally “before the meal”). Antipasti is the plural form of antipasto. You could consider Antipasto the “appetizer” course of the meal.
What to eat with a antipasto appetizer platter (serving suggestions)
If you’re serving this as an appetizer, try following it with Italian sausage soup, and an easy dinner of Italian dressing chicken, baked ravioli, or Italian sloppy Joes. For dessert, a slice of creamy lemon pie!
More awesome antipasto dishes
- Antipasto pasta salad
- Antipasto salad recipe
- Antipasto cheesy appetizer
- See all our antipasto inspired recipes!
Other fun charcuterie board ideas
- Breakfast Board – Try including some mini pancakes, cut up waffle bits, and bite sized sausages for a fun breakfast themed board.
- Snack Board – We love doing after school snack boards with lunch meat, pickles, carrots, string cheese, and cottage cheese.
- Game Day Board – One of my favorite boards to make! Lunch meat, hoagie bread, wings, and pizza slices are perfect for a game day board.
- Romantic Board – Chocolate, strawberries, fondue, and maybe some steamed mussels or oysters.
- Dessert Board – Think cheesecake bites, fudge, cookies, ganache, and mini cupcakes!
- Halloween Snack Board – Pile it up with all the spooky treats you can find!
- See all our charcuterie board ideas!
Tools we love
- Santoku knife – My favorite knife for cutting vegetables! This knife is the perfect size and shape, handles great, and is super reasonably priced.
- End grain cutting board – This is my absolute favorite cutting board and the one that I get the most compliments on. And p.s. I have a lot of cutting boards.
- Bakers half sheet – It’s cool, we only have about six of these bakers half sheets because they’re good for absolutely everything.
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How to Make an Antipasto Platter
- Cheeses marinated mozzarella, Romano cheese, basil & olive oil asiago, sharp provolone
- Meats genoa salami, pepperoni, prosciutto
- Crackers or bread artisan bread, crackers
- Veggies roasted red peppers, marinated artichoke hearts, blue cheese stuffed green olives, heirloom cherry tomatoes
- Sweets dark chocolate
- Dips or Spreads bread dipping oil, apricot fig jam, olive tapenade
- First, choose a board that you're going to put everything on. It doesn't have to be fancy! We often will use a large sheet pan.
- Next, gather your ingredients. We try to always include meats, cheeses, fruits, and breads.
- Then, make sure everything is bite size and easy to eat without utensils. Cut larger items up into smaller pieces.
- Finally, arrange everything on your board. Remember to put the wet items in small bowls or jars to avoid dripping and muddling flavors.
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