As someone who loves to graze, a favorite way to dine and entertain is with cheese and charcuterie, or an antipasti platter. Thanks to Fry's and their Taste of Italy campaign, this week was the perfect opportunity. For two weeks this September, Fry's introduced authentic ingredients imported from Italy, and I received a complimentary gift basket for inspiration. This antipasti platter was a perfect al fresco meal to enjoy with my parents on a beautiful autumn afternoon (disclosure: Roasted peppers and jarred pesto were gifted; all other ingredients were purchased at Fry's).
Colorful fingerling potatoes were coated with extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with homemade herb salt, and fresh thyme. I left them whole, but they could also be halved. Roast at 425°F, turning occasionally until tender, about 25 minutes. Toss with jarred Ascheri Basil Pesto made with Genovese basil and imported from Liguria, fresh cracked black pepper, and a squeeze of fresh lemon.
For a traditional Italian snack serve a bowl of olives and lupini beans. Peel the clear membrane from the lupini beans and toss with Cerignola olives, extra virgin olive oil, and fresh herbs.
I stocked up on imported sliced meats this week, including HemisFares Italian Mountain Speck (a Northern Italian dry-cured, smoked ham) and salame di parma, and added roasted peppers and artichokes to my antipasti selection.
To serve, I lined a large platter with lettuce from my garden and added pepperoni-stuffed mushrooms (check back for that recipe), blanched green beans in an Italian vinaigrette topped with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, a salad of buffala mozzarella and homegrown tomatoes, and sliced Asiago cheese.
Keep up to date on Fry's Taste of Italy campaign here to stock up on pantry items, cheese, meats, pastas, and other imported Italian ingredients only available during this limited time period.