This year my mom and I are putting on the spread for the fam, which is a small crowd of only 14 this year. And in that pack are a ton, ton-ton-ton of kids. And four adults. Finding an easy, quick to assemble and thoroughly enjoyable hors d’oeuvre for people of all ages is key.
One of my favorite food discoveries was via Heather, who spied a similar recipe on Pinterest. We modified it for The Full Moxie launch party, and the suckers flew off the tray.
So — on this day that is the OPENING DAY OF GIANTS BASEBALL – I give you a homerun of an hors d’oeuvre: antipasto skewers.
– Salami. Heather introduced me to the magic that is Busseto salami, an amazingly delicious, LOCALLY MADE salami. Seriously? THE BEST.
– Green cocktail olives. Tasty and colorful, they add some real beauty to the skewer.
– Cheddar cheese. I personally prefer the sharp variety. Cut into 1/2 inch cubes, these make a perfect little bite.
– Jack cheese. Milder yet creamier and also cut into 1/2 inch cubes, this cheese adds a nice balance to the saltier, sharper flavors on the skewer.
– Grape tomatoes. I love these suckers. Smaller than cherry tomatoes and sweeter, grape tomatoes are a great way to inject color and vegetables onto the stick.
– Bamboo skewers. There are a variety of really cute ones at World Market. Just saying.
Any combination is great, but we found starting with the olive, followed by cheddar, the salami folded into quarters, the tomato and capped with the jack cheese was the easiest way to go. The two main points? The olive greases the skewer, making everything slip on easily; the tomato near the end forces your kids to eat veggies before they hit the delectable cured meat; and the jack cheese on the end caps the sharpness of the skewer so it doesn’t poke the eater.