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Antipasto Platter

Recently I was asked to bring an appetizer to a baby shower.
Being in the middle of kitchen renovations, I was looking for something
I could make in the limited space of my camper kitchen.
This Antipasto platter was a good solution.
It would also be a great make-ahead starter for a summer barbeque.
You can come up with your own additions or substitutions but here is what I used on this platter.

  • 1 jar pickled asparagus
  • 1 package mini sweet peppers (can be found at Costco and most large supermarkets)
  • 1 package herbed soft cheese (like Boursin)
  • Several varieties of dry salami - I used Wine salami and Bagged salami
  • Fontina  or other Italian cheese cut into 1"x1"x 3" sticks
  • canteloupe melon balls
  • sliced proscuitto (Italian smoked  ham)
  • cherry tomatoes
  • several varieties of olives from the deli
  • Small balls of Bocconcini ( fresh mozzarella)
  • Fresh herbs made into a mini bouquet and lettuce for garnish
  1. Roll  a slice of salami around each pickled asparagus spear
  2. Halve and remove seeds from mini peppers Leaving the stem if possible.
  3. Stuff each pepper half with herbed soft cheese
  4. Wrap each melon ball in a slice of proscuitto and secure with a toothpick
  5. Arrange all items on a large serving platter and garnish.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving

Whipped Shortbread

Love these little shortbread cookie nuggets! Pop one in your mouth and it just melts. You cannot stop at one..I know, I've tried! I've been making them for a number of years for Christmas and they never disappoint.
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  1. Whip butter and icing sugar together until creamy.
  2. Slowly add in the flour, then turn your mixer to the whip setting.
  3. Whip mixture for 6 to7 minutes scraping sides occasionally. Longer length of whipping time results in lighter shortbread.
  4. Use a cookie press if you have one, or you can use a small cookie scoop or teaspoon and place cookie dough on parchment lined pans. You may decorate with sprinkles, coconut, or pieces of cherries. I prefer to leave them plain.
  5. Bake in a 275ยบ oven for 30 minutes.
  6. They freeze well.

Green Beans with Cranberries and Walnuts

This recipe is a lovely compliment for your Christmas dinner. The citrus brightens the flavor of frozen green beans and gives them a fresh taste.
Serves 6-8
  • 1 kg frozen green beans
  • 3 cloves of garlic, slivered
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • handful of dried cranberries
  • 1 cup of toasted nuts, chopped (walnuts were my choice)
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  1. Roast the green beans and garlic drizzled with olive oil  at 425 for about 20 or minutes or until they begin to turn color.
  2. Toss with the lime zest and juice, add cranberries and toasted walnuts. Serve on a platter.