CLASSIC ANTIPASTO





This is a simple platter of very good things to eat, vary the quantity according to your likes and pocketbook.
1/4 pound Prosciutto de Parma
12 slices Genoa salami
8-12 slices hot soppressata
1/4 pound Gorgonzola cheese
1/4 pound or less of Parmesan-Reggiano
1/4 pound or less of Pecorino cheese
1 cup your favorite olives
1 cup roasted peppers in olive oil
1 cup marinated artichokes
1 loaf crusty, locally made bread
A few blueberries and a few peaches
Prosciutto should always be thinly sliced, don't worry about making an artful presentation, just clump it up in the middle of the platter. The salamis, yes, soppressata is in the salami family, can be arranged thoughtfully if you like. The Parmesan, the king of cheeses, should be carefully sliced into small curls, never grate it for this sort of application. Pecorino is a sheep milk cheese that is semi-hard and can be mild to piquant in flavor. This cheese is for adult palates. Arrange everything on your favorite platter and serve with a good bottle of wine. Please remember to always serve cheese at room temperature.