Enjoy a delightful twist on a classic with the Antipasto Skewers recipe, featuring salami, cheese, peppers and olives for a perfect party appetizer.
If you’re a fan of antipasto salad, this Antipasto Skewers appetizer is bound to become one of your favorite appetizers. It takes the delicious ingredients traditionally found on an antipasto platter and presents them in a fun, bite-sized format perfect for gatherings.
These easy Antipasto Skewers are not just a feast for the eyes with their vibrant colors, but they’re also packed with flavors that will delight your taste buds. While the recipe as written uses salami, cheese, green olives and roasted red peppers, there’s plenty of room for creativity.
You can customize this easy appetizer recipe with your favorite antipasto ingredients or what you have on hand. As the holiday season approaches, these are a great way to impress guests or even just to enjoy a delicious appetizer at home.
- Ingredients and equipment
- By the Numbers: How to Make Antipasto Skewers
- Tips for Making Mini Antipasto Skewers
- Antipasto Skewers
- Gluten Free Snacks and Appetizers
Ingredients and equipment
- 8 ounces of dry salami nuggets or slices
- 8 ounces of cheddar cheese slices
- 48 green olives
- 16 ounces of sliced roasted red peppers
- Serving platter
By the Numbers: How to Make Antipasto Skewers
Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to learn how to make this delicious Antipasto Skewers recipe for an easy party appetizer.
Step 1: Layer Ingredients
Cut the cheese, salami and roasted red peppers into small pieces that are bite-sized. Next, layer your pieces of cheese, salami slices and red peppers with the green olives.
Step 2: Secure with Toothpicks
Stick a toothpick through your stacked ingredients and arrange on a plate or platter with the toothpick sticking out so they’re easy to grab.
Step 3: Repeat and Serve
Repeat this layering process until your serving plate is full or you’re out of ingredients. You should get around 48 antipasto-style skewers from the listed quantity of ingredients.
Tips for Making Mini Antipasto Skewers
Answers to all of your questions about making mini Antipasto Skewer appetizers, including tips, variations and substitution ideas.
Add other ingredients to these skewers
Incorporate artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes or fresh basil to add more layers of flavor and texture to your Antipasto Appetizer Skewers. Other additions like pepperoncini peppers, marinated mushrooms, kalamata olives, black olives, melon balls or cured meat can also be explored based on personal taste.
You can choose different types of cheese like fresh mozzarella balls, provolone, pepper jack or even blue cheese based on your preference. Or add more of your favorite Italian meats or cheese tortellini to make them more filling.
Dressing it up
For added flavor, lightly drizzle the skewers with olive oil, balsamic vinegar or Italian dressing before serving. You can also use a balsamic glaze for a richer flavor. Or sprinkle some fresh herbs or homemade Italian seasoning over them!
Use different skewers
While toothpicks are convenient, using cocktail picks can add flair or smaller wooden skewers can give your antipasto on skewers a more rustic look.
Ways to serve
You can serve these mini antipasto skewers on their own platter or on a platter with other Italian appetizers like Caprese Skewers. They can also be a fun addition to a charcuterie board or cheese board.
Make it a main meal
If you want to serve this recipe as a main meal, upgrade them to Antipasto Kabobs by using full-sized bamboo skewers. This also gives you more space to add some other ingredients!
If you are making ahead of time, cover the plate with plastic wrap and refrigerate. They’re best enjoyed fresh, but if needed, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
For the best taste, you’ll want to serve them at room temperature. So remember to bring them to room temperature before serving if you decide to make ahead.
Where to find some of the specialty ingredients
Most grocery stores will carry items like roasted red peppers in the jarred vegetable aisle or in the international section. I’ve even found many of these ingredients at Costco.
More easy appetizer recipes
- Baked Brie with Jam
- Caprese Stuffed Mushrooms
- Instant Pot Hummus
- Spinach Dip
- Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball
- 8 ounces dry salami nuggets - or slices
- 8 ounces cheddar cheese
- 48 green olives - with or without pimentos
- 16 ounces Roasted red pepper slices - from a jar
- Serving platter
- Layer your cheese, salami, roasted bell peppers and olives.
- Stick a toothpick through them then arrange on a plate or platter.
- Repeat until your plate is full. Serve.