Friday, July 1, 2011

Antipasto (Labor-Intensive)

It's always a joy to watch cooking shows on television.

One of my favorites is The Barefoot Contessa with Ina Garten. She presents as  a very  pleasant, fun-loving, and, well, just nice person. She has a pretty smile, too, and makes everything she's cooking seem real easy. 

On one of her shows that I watched recently, she showed how to make a roasted artichoke antipasto that looked absolutely luscious. It looked like a winner to bring to a birthday party so I made a version of the salad.

Because the recipe is copyrighted, and I have a healthy respect for copyrights, the recipe is not included in this post. You can easily find it, however, by going to Google and typing in "roasted artichoke salad by Barefoot Contessa."

Finding packages of frozen artichoke hearts was a challenge but they were finally located at a local Stop and Shop supermarket.

There were a lot of ingredients to buy and a lot of preparation that required chopping, such as fresh basil, parsley,  red onion, roasted red pepper, and shallot. Luckily, the food processor helped to make the dressing.


The recipe called for olive oil and  fresh squeezed lemon juice.


I found mozzarella balls, not in a container, but in the Stop and Shop supermarket olive bar!

Ina's recipe called for prosciutto wrapped bread sticks. On my antipasto, I added bread sticks but didn't buy the prosciutto, because it's quite expensive and I had already put down quite a few bucks on the other ingredients. (By the way, the bread sticks were not popular and most of them were left on the platters.)

After the labor intensive roasted artichoke salad was made, I rolled a pound of salami, half a pound of roast beef, and half a pound of pepperoni. Now that's a heck of a lot of rolling, kids.

Also, the website version of the recipe calls for two jars of roasted peppers.  Personally, I think that's an error. Two large pieces, from just one jar, were quite sufficient, once they were thinly sliced.

The antipasto, I actually made two of them,  turned out to be colorful offerings to bring to a birthday party.  I'm happy to share that one of the "silver" trays was found, still in original store wrapping, in a Goodwill for 75 cents!

 Will I make roasted artichoke antipasto salad often? Nay. Too much work---as a matter of fact, way too much work.

Today we are joining Show and Tell Friday on Cindy's blog, My Romantic Home.  Check out all the other entries!


Chatty Crone said...

I just had an antipasto at the party last weekend it was delish. Why does your food always look so good? I love Ina - can you believe I made her lemon chicken tonight for dinner?

diane stetson said...

I just read in my Italian guide book that artichokes are very very popular in Italy. Now I love antipasto and am looking forward to my trip this summer to Italy to try a real authentic one. Yours looks good too. Yummy!

Susan said...

Hi Everybody!

I want to welcome the 239th Follower of this blog but I'm not sure who you are! Are you Ivroftiques? In any event, know you are warmly welcomed. Come back to visit soon!

Hope each of you has a terrific Friday! Hugs. Susan

Ebendy said...

What a delicacy.I love the post.Keep the good work coming and happy 4th July in advance.
Anyway Hope u good.I just dropped another bomb of a poem on my blog so come check it out, comment and share with friends.Good day.

Leann said...

Ohh my word can I just say YUMM?!!!! I have made antipasti in the past but the artichokes look wonderful!

Happy 4th Susan!!


Rebecca said...

It's WAY too much work & there are way to many ingredients to even interest me. I WOULD be happy to come to your party though - should you decide to go to all that work again?

Happy 4th, Susan!

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