This Christmas Antipasto Wreath is the perfect appetizer for your next holiday party! Italian meats, olives, tomatoes, basil and mozzarella are skewered and placed around a board or large serving tray. It is loaded with flavor and is sure to impress your holiday guests!
Holiday Inspired Antipasto
Antipasto is typically the first course of any Italian meal and usually consists of cured meats, cheeses, olives, fresh tomatoes and pepperoncinis. I decided to make it a fun Christmas appetizer and serve it all on skewers.
Arranged in a circle it makes an adorable Christmas inspired wreath that is almost too cute to eat! You can serve this Antipasto Christmas Wreath with a drizzle of balsamic glaze (homemade or store-bought work great) or extra oil from the marinated mozzarella.
Plus, this Christmas Antipasto Wreath is super easy to make and assemble. I know that around the holidays, easy and delicious appetizers are key. This easy appetizer comes out elegant and colorful and perfect for any festivities! It can also be made up to 2 hours ahead of time and kept in the fridge.
My Christmas Antipasto Wreath recipe includes whole, high quality ingredients for the best flavor possible! Here’s what you’ll need:
- Green Olives: Pitted green olives work great here. You can also get the ones that are filled with garlic!
- Peppered Salami: I like the salami that is peppered for extra flavor and a little bite. Alternatively, you can use your favorite salami!
- Prosciutto: Prosciutto is a high quality, Italian cured ham. It is rich and super yummy!
- Marinated Mozzarella Balls: You can buy small, marinated mozzarella balls at the grocery store in the cheese section. If you prefer, you can get regular pearl mozzarella that isn’t marinated.
- Cherry Tomatoes: Cherry tomatoes add a freshness and brightness to this antipasto wreath.
- Basil: A few leaves of basil on each piece of the wreath adds some more flavor.
- Pepperoncinis: Personally, I love pepperoncinis and think they add a nice tart bite to this appetizer. I like to remove the stem and cut them in half.
How to Make the Christmas Antipasto Wreath
For this antipasto platter wreath, assembly is simple! Here are the instructions:
- Thread a mixture of olives, salami, proscuitto, mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and pepperoncinis onto long toothpicks. Repeat until there are no ingredients remaining. Serve immediately or store in the fridge for up to 2 hours until you are ready to serve!
Tips for the Best Antipasto
- Additional meat options: You can use salami and prosciutto like I did, or you can use different cured meats like ham or mortadella.
- Additional cheese options: You can have little cubes of harder cheese like parmesan or grana padano. Any type of mozzarella cheese would also work really well.
- Add even more fresh ingredients! You can add things like black olives and artichoke hearts, too!
- Drizzle or dip! You can drizzle the antipasto wreath with a balsamic glaze (homemade or store-bought work great) or extra oil from the marinated mozzarella for some moisture and added flavor.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I make this appetizer wreath ahead of time?
You can make it ahead of time, but only by a few hours. I don’t recommend making this a whole day ahead of time since the juices from the olives and tomatoes will come out and soak the meat and cheese. You want this to be pretty fresh, but feel free to make a few hours ahead and refrigerate until you are ready to serve!
More Appetizer Recipes to Try
- Instant Pot Deviled Eggs
- Easy Hummus Recipe
- 7 Layer Bean Dip
- Sweet Potato Biscuits
- Antipasto Pasta Salad
Christmas Antipasto Wreath
This Christmas Antipasto Wreath is a perfect, beautiful appetizer for this year's holiday parties! With ingredients that are bursting with flavor, this holiday take on antipasto is sure to please.
- 24 green pitted olives
- 12 slices peppered salami
- 12 slices prosciutto
- 24 marinated mozzarella balls
- 24 cherry tomatoes
- 24 slices of basil
- 12 pepperoncini, stem removed and sliced in half
- Thread a mixture of olives, salami, proscuitto, mozzarella, tomatoes, basil and pepperoncini on long toothpicks. Repeat until there are no ingredients remaining. Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 2 hours until you are ready to serve!Drizzle with homemade or store-bought balsamic glaze or extra oil from the marinated mozzarella.