Monday, August 4, 2008

Antipasto Night


When I say "stop by for a drink", that means "make sure you haven't eaten all day and come hungry". I had my sister and her husband coming for a glass of wine Friday evening, and I didn't feel like heating the house by using the stove/oven, so prepared some appetizers from ingredients that I had in the cupboard & fridge.

I served some light antipasto consisting of the following:



*Roasted red peppers
*Assorted olives
*Marinated artichokes from Italy (from a jar)
*Speck (smoked Italian prosciutto....so good!)
*Sliced baguette, toasted w/ olive oil & herbs de provence
*Caprese Salad (the stolen tomatoes from neighbor's plant, see Tomato Envy post) w/ fresh bufala mozzarella & basil leaves, drizzled just w/ extra virgin olive oil
*Marinated Ceci (chickpea) Salad, recipe to follow
*Mexican Shrimp Cocktail
*Sushi (the only thing that I purchased besides the bread)

Marinated Ceci Salad:
Recipe adapted from Michael Chiarello's Casual Cooking

Ceci di Siciliani:

2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed & drained
1/2 cup celery, very finely sliced
1/4 red onion minced.
1 jalapeno pepper minced (I didn't have one, so used a dash of hot red pepper flakes)
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
6 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp white or champagne vinegar
salt & pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, let stand at room temperature till ready to serve.
I made this in the a.m. and it was perfect by 7 p.m.


Mexican Shrimp Cocktail (courtesy of Food & Wine)

1 1/4 pounds shelled and deveined medium shrimp, cooked and kept chilled
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons drained prepared horseradish
1 large Hass avocado, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Toss all ingredients lightly, right before serving. This is an interesting way to serve shrimp cocktail. I have made it twice, and I reduced the ketchup the second time and added more avocado.

6 comments:

Kathryn said...

I wish that I lived really close so I could "stop by for a drink" and you could feed me all of this delicious stuff all the time... :P

Lisa said...

This picture is making me so hungry! These are some of my favorite foods.

BluebirdNY said...

Yum! Can I come over tonight?

JS said...

I'm the brother-in-law that was lucky enough to enjoy all these tasty treats ... in fact, I believe that picture is of my first plate, first of many! Great stuff, Stacey ... thanks for having us over. Oh, and the drinks were mighty fine too!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Stacey, Can I come over for drinks?

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