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Antipasto Platters Made Easy

 

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Whenever I’m doing an Antipasto Platter, start with great quality ingredients. I like to assemble a few and dress of few.

For example, the artichokes can be tossed with strips of roasted red peppers, and the cantaloupe and breadsticks, wrap delicious cured meats.

Keeping the same items together gives a more uniform look to the platter. I also always try to utilize herbs in my garden. Here I’m using fresh basil as a garnish for the platters.

Simple dress the grape tomatoes with *E.V.O.O. and a sprinkle of Kosher salt.

What’s great about this is all the ingredients are store-bought. This makes these platters quick and easy to put together. For the seasoned Bocconcini, my recipe is really simple. I doubled the recipe below for my platters in the pictures you see above.

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Prep Time: 45 minutes
Yields: 12 to 16 servings
Equipment: 2 large serving platters, chef’s knife, medium-size mixing bowl

Ingredients For Marinated Bocconcini:
1 tub (18 to 20 ct.)  Bocconcini drained and dried
2 tablespoons of *E.V.O.O.
1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon of dried basil
1 teaspoon of dried oregano
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Separate all the mini mozzarella balls and place them into a small bowl along with the rest of the ingredients. Using a spoon, gently mix together.

*E.V.O.O. is the acronym for extra virgin olive oil.

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Heirloom Tomato Salads

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Orzo And Heirloom Tomato Salad

Heirloom tomatoes are in season so I’m buying them fairly regularly. I have two, really easy and delicious salads here that can be the main course or a side dish with any protein you like. The second of the two is completely vegetarian.

Let’s talk about my first of the two Heirloom Tomato Salads. Heirloom Tomato Salad With Bocconcini And Sopressata.

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Local Grown Florida Heirloom Tomatoes

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The second salad is my Artichoke, Heirloom Tomato, And Orzo Salad.

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Orzo And Heirloom Tomato Salad

1). The first tomato salad is an Heirloom Tomato Salad With Bocconcini And Sopressata.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: large mixing bowl, small mixing bowl, large salad serving bowl, a 2-cup measuring cup, whisk

Ingredients:
8 cups of heirloom tomatoes, halves, and wedges (depending on whether whole or grape size tomatoes)
1 1/2 heaping cups of diced Sopressata, OPTIONAL (substitute diced Genoa salami)
1 8-ounce package of Bocconcini (mini mozzarella balls or pearls)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup *E.V.O.O.
2 tablespoons Agave nectar
1 1/2  tablespoons Kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup of fresh tarragon leaves, roughly chopped

Salad Dressing:
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup *E.V.O.O.
2 tablespoons Agave nectar
1 1/2 tablespoons Kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly cracked black pepper

Directions For Salad Dressing:
Place all ingredients into a (2 cup) measuring cup. Whisk all the ingredients together until well combined.

Herb Marinade For Bocconcini:
1 (8-ounce) package of mini Bocconcini
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon of Italian-flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
Pinch of Kosher salt
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup of *E.V.O.O

Directions:
Separate all the mini mozzarella balls and place them into a small mixing bowl along with the other ingredients. Using a spoon, gently toss to combine. Set aside.

Direction For Heirloom Tomato Salad:
In a large mixing bowl, add the tomato halves and wedges. Add the marinated bocconcini and chopped tarragon. Pour the dressing over and toss all the ingredients together. Transfer to a large salad serving bowl. Serve with your favorite bread.

2). The second tomato salad is an Arugula, Heirloom Tomato, And Orzo Salad. This one is a vegetarian salad, totally meat-free!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 6-quart saucepot, large mixing bowl, large salad serving bowl, large mesh sieve

Ingredients:
1 pound of orzo, cooked drained and cooled
2 cups of arugula leaves
4 cups of diced and halved heirloom tomatoes (depending on whether whole or grape size)
1 (14.6-ounce) jar of long-stemmed artichoke hearts, halved
1 (8-ounce) package of Bocconcini ( mini mozzarella balls
1 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons of Agave nectar
1 1/2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons of Italian flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped

Directions:
In a large mixing bowl add the diced and halved heirloom tomatoes, cooked and cooled orzo pasta, halved artichokes hearts, bocconcini, arugula leaves, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper, and Italian flat-leaf parsley. Squeeze fresh lemon juice and drizzle the two tablespoons of agave nectar over the top, gently toss to combine. Next, transfer to a large salad serving bowl. My Artichoke, Heirloom Tomato, And Orzo Salad are so delicious you’ll be asked to make it over and over again.

*E.V.O.O. is extra virgin olive oil.

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Mini Crab Tacos And Crab Guacamole

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I’m using chives, from My Hanging Herb Garden, for both my Mini Crab Tacos And Crab Guacamole. Above I’ve shown a few different ways you might like to serve these recipes. Whether serving them with crispy pita chips, warm tortilla chips, or mini tacos, will impress family and friends.

My sister Tina is now taking all my photos and future videos for my blog, I’m so excited!!!

Jumbo Lump Crab is so versatile. It starts out as a “blank slate” to which you can add any ingredients you like. The options are endless. I’m going to share my two favorite ways to enjoy crab.

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Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Yields: 6 mini tacos
Yields: 6 tostadas
Equipment: large mixing bowl, elevated oven-proof wire rack, 1 rimmed baking sheet pan, rubber spatula, chef’s knife, round cookie-cutter

Ingredients For Crab Mini Tacos:
1 pound jumbo lump crab meat
1 1/2 limes, juiced
1/4 cup of red onion, finely minced
1/4 cup Fresno Chili, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely minced
2 tablespoon of cilantro, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 package of round wonton wrappers

Note: If wonton wrappers are square, use a round cookie-cutter to form circles.

Ingredients For Guacamole:
4 avocados, pitted and diced
1/4 cup of red onion finely diced
1 1/2 limes, juiced
1/2 cup of crab mixture for topping
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper

Directions For Jumbo Lump Crab Guacamole:
Half and pit all 4 avocados transfer into a large mixing bowl. Add the diced red onion, fresh lime juice, Kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper Using a fork mash the avocados. Do not mash until completely smooth, allow some chunky pieces to remain for texture, mix to combine. Add the jumbo lump crab mixture on top.

Directions For Mini Crab Tacos:
Place the lump crab meat into a bowl. Next add chives, finely minced red onion, minced Fresno chili, cilantro, lime juice, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Gently toss all the ingredients together.

Directions For Wonton Taco Shells:
Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
Place an elevated oven-proof rack on a rimmed baking sheet pan. Spray the rack with non-stick cooking spray. Place the round wonton wrappers over the wire rack (as seen in pictures above, you will have to fold the wrapper over two of the racks) to form a taco shell. Spray the wonton wrappers with non-stick cooking spray.

Bake for 8 to 9 minutes. Remove the wonton wrappers from the oven and let cool slightly. Gently remove shells from the rack, then carefully spoon in the crab filling. There you have it my Mini Crab Tacos And Crab Guacamole.

Note: Place 1 teaspoon of guacamole on the bottom of the plate to use as “food glue”. This will enable the tacos to stand up-right on the plate. Serve three for an appetizer.

Chunky-Style Guacamole

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