Occasionally, on warm Summer nights, I like to just set out some food, picnic style, to graze on for dinner. Like tonight. I had just come back from a trip to Costco and picked up a package of some beautiful Italian dried meats. So, I decided to create dinner around this. Not as an antipasto, although it could certainly serve as one at a dinner party, but as more of an Italian smorgasbord.
First I stuffed some mini sweet peppers with fresh mozzarella, wrapped with prosciutto. These little "poppers" are so good! Just the right combination of salty, sweet and gooey. I baked them on a baking sheet at 400º for about 30 minutes, until the cheese was melty and the peppers soft and sweet. While the peppers were cooking, I plated the rest of the antipasto.
On the plate from noon to noon, clockwise, are rolled slices of prosciutto, aged parmesan, peppered dry salami, concord grapes, dates, cheese sticks, stuffed mini peppers, dry coppa, sharp cheddar, and olive oil for dipping. I served the antipasto with simple greens dressed with lemon juice and some crusty Italian bread. Perfecto!