Are you thinking of a great starter for the big day? This is what my mum used to do to start a special Sunday dinner. It is a classic in the Italian cuisine, "antipasto di salumi" and does not require much cooking if none at all.
All you do is getting a good selection of cold cured Italian meats of your choice, like San Daniele or Parma ham, salami and bresaola, some olives, mozzarella, cheese, and if you like some vegetables like courgettes, rocket, aubergines and tomatoes. A few grissini (Italian breadsticks) or some rustic, crunchy bread will go well with this dish.
Because of the different colours in this dish, without too much effort you can make a very attractive and tasty starter which does not need long to prepare. If you prefer you can arrange it on each guest's plate instead of putting it all in a large one.
- Prep Time : 30 minutes
- Cook Time : 10 minutes
- courgettes - 2
- aubergine - 1
- salami - 100 g
- parma ham - 100 g
- ham - 100 g
- Parmesan cheese - a chunk
- small mozzarella balls - 16 (or 3 large ones)
- mixed olives, cherry tomatoes, capers - a selection
- rocket - 100 g
- sundried tomatoes
- bresaola - 100 g
- olive oil, balsamic vinegar
- basil leaves
Wash and slice the aubergine and the courgettes into thin slices. Heat a griddle pan until very hot then place the vegetables over it for a couple of minutes each side. Put them on a plate and dress with olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Sprinkle some olive oil over the rocket then lay it over a large plate, a tray or a wooden chopping board
Starting from the centre arrange all the meats, the cheese, the vegetables, olives, capers and tomatoes.
You can roll the aubergine slices and make pretty roses. The same can be done for the meats. Just be guided by your creativity.
Finish off with some basil leafs in the centre of the dish.