The bars that I mentioned in a previous post (see here) all seem to, in the evening, start bringing out small dishes of food and leave them on the counter. These antipasto are snacks that you can try and are usually free. They make a perfect accompaniment to a beer or a cold glass of white wine. It is common all over Italy, so if you want to recreate the idea of antipasto at home, then here are some of my favourite.
Simple Parmesan Crisps
These have to be the easiest things to make, yet they are crispy, salty and addictive. All you need is some grated parmesan and a hot pan. Lay the grated parmesan on the pan ( don’t add any oil!) and when it becomes crispy, carefully slide it off, leave to cool, then break up into uneven crisps. Easy! and much tastier than crisps out of a packet
Filled dough balls
Another delicious mouthful, take some pizza dough and roll it up into small balls. Heat up a pan of olive oil and drop the dough balls in. Turn them so they get golden brown and crispy all over and them transfer them to some kitchen paper to get rid of the excess oil. Next for the filling, you can use anything you like, but my favourites are feta cheese for extra saltiness, salami, capers, sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella. Just make a hole in the ball and put in your filling. Delicious.
Tomato and Basil salad
A lovely, fresh tomato salad is the perfect antipasto. Slice or dice some tomatoes, a little olive oil, chopped garlic, pinch of salt and then tear some basil over the top. Serve with some ciabatta bread.
Salami and cold meats platter
Another classic antipasto, slices of salami, chorizo, prosciutto all laid out on a platter, maybe with a chunk of parmesan and some chilli jam for a bit of spice.