We love ANTIPASTI ( did you know? ANTI = before PASTI= meals )= Starters

Yes, we love Starters and Christmas is the time where creativity and fresh ingredients go together even more beautifully!

Nonna taught us that Less is More Always but I could not possibly just show one/two Starters ideas …..

PRONTI? Are you ready?

UOVA RIPIENE (Stuffed Eggs) MEAT-FREE

/OO-OH-VAH REE-PEA-EH-NEH/

3 Hard Boiled eggs

Tin of Tuna in water

3tbs Mayonnaise

1 pinch of salt

a few anchovies in olive oil

tsp of capers

6 cherry or plum tomatoes

Halve the eggs and gently scoop the yolk out.

Mix the yolk with the mayonnaise, the tuna and the salt until smooth.

Evenly fill the whites with the mix and decorate with the halved tomatoes (hat and nose), the anchovies (beard) and capers (eyes). Your eggs should resemble either a BABBO NATALE (Father Christmas) or a RENNA (Reindeer)

BRUSCHETTA DI RAPA (Beetroot Bruschetta) VEGETARIAN

/BROO-SKEH-TAH DEE RAH-PAH/

One small fresh baguette, thinly sliced

3/4 pickled beetroots, sliced

100g of goat cheese, sliced

handful of walnuts

balsamic glaze

honey

Place a small slice of goat cheese on the bread, add a slice of beetroot, drizzle some honey and place a walnut on top. Finish with a little drizzle of balsamic glaze

PROSCIUTTO E ASPARAGI (Parma ham and asparagus)

/PROH-SHOO-TOH EH AH-SPAH-RAH-JEE/

4/6 slices of Parma Ham

10/12 Asparagus, grilled and seasoned

1 large mozzarella, sliced

Lay a slice of Parma ham, place a slice of mozzarella and 2/3 asparagus. Roll the Parma ham and cut in half. Place your asparagus “trees” on a serving dish.

PERE E PROSCIUTTO (Ham and Pears 🍐) 

/PEH-REH EH PROH-SHOO-TOH/

1 or 2 pears, sliced

2/4 slices of PROSCIUTTO COTTO, Cooked ham

1 mozzarella, sliced

toothpicks

Lay the Cooked Ham and place a slice mozzarella in the middle. Fold the ham four times like a little parcel, turn it over and cut the parcel in half. Place a couple of slices on top and secure with a toothpick.

BRUSCHETTA DI FICHI (Fig Bruschetta)

/BROO-SKEH-TAH DEE FEE-KEY/

One small fresh baguette

3/ figs, sliced with skin on

a handful of spinach leaves

balsamic glaze

Place a little drizzle of balsamic glaze on the bread, place a spinach leaf and a slice of fig on top. Drizzle a little glaze.

Pronti!!

Enjoy your ANTIPASTI and BUON NATALE A TUTTI 🙂

You can watch me make this recipe on my YouTube channel, hope you will like it and if you do, I hope you will share this dish with your friends 🙂

GRAZIE DI CUORE

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