Thursday, August 20, 2015

Easiest Antipasto Ever #recipe @LucyBurdette

LUCY BURDETTE: You may have heard me say that my husband and I belong to a supper club with five other couples. Every 6 to 8 weeks, we make a date to get together for dinner. The hosts provide the main dish (meat, fish, chicken, etc) and the others provide some designated part of the dinner. It's a good way to ensure we all see each other, without burdening anyone with too much entertaining. We had a dinner recently in the middle of a very busy stretch for me. My hub and I were designated the appetizer crew and I had big plans to marinate a lot of vegetables and make some wonderful dips, too.

As can happen, I simply didn't have time to cook. I considered a platter of cheese and crackers--boring! Instead I went to one of my favorite farm shops and the farmer's market, and here's what I came up with. 

Isn't it pretty? I'm going to list the ingredients for you, but the point is, there are a million ways to make this and none of them are wrong!


1 pint fresh figs
4 to 5 carrots
Kalamata or other olives
Parmesan cheese
Stick of good salami 
Purchased dip (Mine was a pesto/feta dip from the farmer's market)

Wash the figs and cut them in half lengthwise. Peel the carrots and cut them into sticks. Slice the cheese and meat into bite-sized pieces. That's it! Arrange everything on a pretty plate and serve with a basket of your favorite crackers.

Just for fun, here are a few of the other recipes I've made for supper club:

Grilled skewers of shrimp and sausage with grits
David Lebovitz's French Onion and Olive flatbread
Pomegranate, Olive, and Walnut salad
Pimento cheese, two ways

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  1. That tray looks delicious. Yum! I love going to the farmer's market and just picking up what looks good and bringing it home and make a meal with it.

    1. thanks Jeannie, me too! me too! we have a new vendor at the farmer's market who makes pizza on the spot. that's often friday dinner:)

  2. I love everything on this platter! Thanks so much for sharing.....if I still have any figs left on my tree, this just might be my dinner tonight. :-)

    1. Yes, we're lucky enough to have a fig tree in our yard. It started as a sapling from my neighbors fig tree, which is huge! :-)

  3. Brilliant!
    Thanks for the reminder that atractive and tasty food doesn't have to take a ton of time and effort.

  4. Wonderful idea, Lucy/Roberta. I will be making this on Sunday for our guests. It's so hot here that it seems like a refreshing alternative to cooking as well. I'll be a heroine!

    Will share in a short while - there's a traffic jam on my page right now.

    Thank you thank you!



  5. You are a heroine here MJ, might as well spread the news:) xo

  6. Such a great idea, Roberta. I could make dinner out of the things that were included! I bet it was a huge hit.