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Antipasto Platters Made Easy

 

Antipasto Platters

Antipasto Platters (2)

Antipasto Platters (3)

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, 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.

Ingredients: Marinate For Bocconcini
1-8 ounce package of mini Bocconcini
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
Pinch of Kosher salt
Pinch of freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 cup of E.V.O.O.

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.

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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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Flat Leaf Italian Parsley

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

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:
1 1/2 heaping cups of diced Sopressata  (or diced Genoa Salami)
8 cups of heirloom tomatoes, halves, and wedges (depending on whether whole or grape size tomatoes)
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 cracked 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 dried parsley leaves
Pinch of Kosher salt
Pinch of freshly cracked 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 cracked 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 is 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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New York Strip Steak With A Tomato Salad

 

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NY Strip Steak With Heirloom Tomato Salad

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New York Strip Steak With A Tomato Salad is simple but this distinct combination of flavors that can’t be imitated.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 30 minutes
Yields:  2 servings
Cook Time: 14 to 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Equipment: 12-inch cast iron skillet

Seasoning Mix For Steaks:
2 tablespoons Kosher salt
2 teaspoons of freshly cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons of garlic powder

Ingredients:
2 8-ounce, 1 1/2-inch thick New York strip steaks
1 tablespoon of olive oil
4 cups of heirloom tomato wedges
1 14.6-ounce jar of long-stemmed artichoke hearts
1/2 red onion thinly sliced
2 tablespoons of freshly chopped flat leaf Italian parsley
Red wine vinaigrette

Ingredients For Dressing:
1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
1/2 cup of *E.V.O.O.
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons of Agave nectar
1 teaspoon freshly grated garlic
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Directions For Dressing:
Place all the ingredients into a jelly jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well until all the ingredients are well combined.

Directions For Heirloom Tomatoes:
Place the tomato wedges, artichoke hearts, chopped parsley, and sliced red onions into a large bowl. Pour on the dressing and toss through. Set the bowl aside until steak is ready.

Directions For Steaks:
Important: Let the steak come to room temperature, about 15 minutes, before placing it into the hot pan.

Preheat oven to 425-degrees F., convection, 400-degrees F.

Trim and season the steaks to your taste. In a 10 inch cast iron skillet over med-high heat add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When the pan is hot, sear both sides of the steaks for 2 to 3 minutes. You want a golden brown crust on the outside of the steak.

Transfer pan the preheated oven. Now come the variables. The steaks thickness, how long they’re seared, and the temperature of the oven. Cook to the final internal temperature (medium-rare or medium) you want. Remember, after removal from the oven the steaks will continue to cook. I call this “carry over cooking time”.

It takes around 6 to 7 minutes to reach an internal temp of 135-degrees F. to 140-degrees F. for medium rare. Remove the steaks from the oven and transfer to a plate. Cover with foil, and let rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.

To serve, slice the steaks on the bias. Fan the slices of steak out onto a plate alongside the heirloom tomato salad. Serve with some of your favorite bread.

*E.V.O.O. is Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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