What Do You Do With That Jar Of Antipasto Anyway?

Photo Credit: Venetian Foods * Photo Credit: Venetian Foods

Christmas is over and winter is here for the long haul. One of the items you received in your Cranberry Corners gourmet gift basket was a jar of Venetian Vegetarian Antipasto.

Before you relegate it to the back of the kitchen cupboard, let me offer the following tips on not only using but enjoying this deliciously tasty upmarket product.

Venetian Foods is a Canadian Company based in Surrey, B.C. Their artisan style antipasto is made from a blend of fresh vegetables and tomato sauce which creates a boldly delicious chunky Italian antipasto.

Simple serving ideas are spreading some onto a baguette or using it as a 'salsa' at your next gathering. Enjoy antipasto on a cracker with cream cheese or goat cheese. Spread a little into an omelette before folding and simply taste the difference!

This premium antipasto may be served with a cheese plate along with savoury crackers, olives and fresh vegetables. Adding antipasto to a grilled cheese sandwich lends a spicy flavour to this perennial favourite. Antipasto may also be used as a condiment when serving chicken, beef or pork dishes. Spread some antipasto onto a Brie cheese round, bake for 10 minutes at 325F and serve with crackers or fresh bread. In need of a fast pasta sauce? Try using antipasto as the sauce! The possibilities are endless!

13 Antipasto Puffs

My favourite recipe for using antipasto is Cheesy Antipasto Gougeres/Puffs. This is a great snack idea or serve with a salad and you have a family dinner sensation or a great appetizer!

Cheesy Antipasto Gougeres/Puffs

Grease or line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Preheat oven to 375F (190C).

Ingredients:

397 g package puff pastry (thawed according to directions)
4 oz (125g) goat cheese or cream cheese (at room temperature)
1 1/4 cups Venetian Gourmet Antipasto
1/3 t. granulated garlic
1/2 c medium cheddar cheese, grated

Method:

13 Antipasto PastaRoll half of pastry onto lightly floured surface until it measures a 12 inch (30cm) square. Cut evenly into thirds. Cut each third in half. Spread cream cheese over half of each piece of pastry. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of antipasto towards the centre of pastry piece. Fold over to form a triangle and press closed with a fork. Place on baking sheets. Top with grated cheddar. Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 12.

Enjoy!
About the Author: Patti McConville is the owner of Cranberry Corners Gift Baskets located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Patti and her team of caring professionals have been designing gift baskets for 25 years. That creative lineage is translated into each and every gift basket idea and gift basket they design. Cranberry Corners Gift Baskets offers gift basket delivery in Ottawa, across Canada and the USA! Visit Patti at: www.cranberrycornersgiftbaskets.com