According to Wikapedia….Antipasto (plural antipasti) means “before the meal” and is the traditional first course of a formal Italian meal. Traditional antipasto includes cured meats, olives, peperoncini, mushrooms, anchovies, artichoke hearts, various cheeses (such as provolone or mozzarella), pickled meats and vegetables (both in oil or in vinegar).
The beauty of an antipasto platter is that it can be tailored to suit just about anyone. Everyone’s favorites can be incorporated here and you can present it to rave reviews. When I was asked to assemble one for a wedding in June I thought how easy it would be to do it on a smaller scale for home parties and picnics. With Memorial Day just around the corner this could be a perfect starter for your picnic.
First I choose a large platter that I want to display it all on which is large enough to hold it all. It is best if it has some kind of edge, as some liquid will accumulate on the bottom no matter how well you drain things. Once you have chosen your platter line it with whole romaine lettuce leaves. This helps to keep everything well drained and beautiful.
This is what you will need for a medium sized platter that will feed 25 people.