Antipasto skewers are the easiest appetizer EVER. Loaded with flavor and so easy to make, these are perfect for bridal showers, parties, and more! Double or triple to serve a crowd!
Hello! Currently I’m sitting on the train, zipping my way towards Manhattan, and dreaming about the bagel I’m going to devour when I get there. After binge watching the first two seasons of Mozart in the jungle (anyone else loving that show?!), I’m eager to stretch my legs, explore the snowy city streets, and eat as much as possible. I guess that last part was a given, huh?
Alright, down to business! Today I’m sharing with you one of my favorite “hardly a recipe” recipes. If you’re entertaining for the Superbowl (or any event, really), this antipasto appetizer is here to help! They’re insanely easy to assemble, and can be made up to 4 hours in advance.
Let’s talk about adaptations!
These skewers are very adaptable. If you don’t love mozzarella cheese, you can sub in cubed cheddar, pepper jack, or, well, you get the point! Not fan of olives? Leave them out. Don’t like basil? Use baby greens instead. The options are endless. If you’re serving a large crowd, feel free to double this recipe. Feeding a smaller crowd? Halve the recipe!
So many flavors and textures on one stick… It’s no wonder people devour these babies!!!
P.S. good luck not eating them ALL before your guests show up. ← It takes serious will power!
If you try this antipasto tortellini recipe, let me know! Leave a comment below and don’t forget to snap a pic and tag it #bakerbynature on Instagram! Seeing your kitchen creations makes my day. ♥
- 20 long wooden skewers
- (1) 9 ounce package cheese tortellini
- 1/2 cup zesty Italian salad dressing
- 1/2 teaspoon tabasco sauce (optional, but it adds a nice kick)
- 40 olives (I used Kalamata but any kind you enjoy will work)
- 40 grape tomatoes
- 40 thin slices Genoa salami
- 20 baby mozzarella balls
- 40 pieces basil, torn
- 20 pieces chopped artichoke hearts
- Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain and quickly rinse in cold water. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the tortellini with salad dressing and hot sauce, seal the bag, and turn it around a few times to coat; refrigerate for at least 15 minutes and up to 4 hours.
- When ready to assemble, drain and discard any remaining marinade.
- For each skewer, I threaded an olive, tomato, basil, tortellini, basil, folded salami slice, mozzarella ball, tortellini, basil, folded salami piece, artichoke heart, tomato, olive. You can switch up the arrangement if you like, but I find this order is visually appealing and delicious.
so colorful, so healthy looking and too pretty to eat! xO!
Lindsay Erhart says
What do you think would be a good wine to pair with the antipasto skewers? Do you have an idea? I am going to a wine pairing party this weekend and this looks like on awesome appetizer!!!
Hi Lindsay! A wine pairing party sounds like so much fun! I think these would go great with sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio.Have fun!
Debbie Damelio says
Probably from a can or jar, I would guess. If you’re marinating the tortellini, you probably don’t want marinated artichoke hearts though.
1 gallon of Ripple
You are such a Sommelier!
I plan on making these for a lunch on friday. In the photo the tortelini don’t appear to have been marinated. They don’t really looked cooked either. Do you always marinate them? I feel like they would get mushy? I just want to make sure they turn out as great as yours! Thanks!
Hi Dina. I do always marinate them, but you can leave them plain if you’d like. I just like the taste and texture of marinated ones 🙂
Fran Phillips says
I have never worked / cooked artichoke hearts. Is it raw on the skewers or softened somehow before adding to skewer?
these look delicious, but…antipasto by its very definition means no pasta and the tortellini is a pasta.
Not to nitpick, but antipasto means “before the meal” not “no pasta.” I don’t think tortellini is traditional antipasto but I don’t see why you can’t eat it with the rest!
You are absolutely right Abby; trying to educate these peasants is an endless chore for those of us in the edukated class.
Can these be made ahead of time and refrigerated? How far ahead?
Lenora Davis says
I have the same question. Can these be made the night before. Did you get a reply.
Yes, I’ve made these the day before. I always do. Just cover well with Saran Wrap and put in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
What a great idea! Thank you.
Missy Pea says
Thank you! I’m planning on featuring them on a post entitled “Fire-Free Camping Meals” on my blog- inourpond.com
Great recipe! Can’t wait to make it. Thanks
Can these be made the night before
I think that would work fine 🙂
I wouldn’t make them the night before, because neither basil nor tomatoes should be refrigerated. The basil will turn black and brown and the tomato will get mealy.
What might you suggest in place of artichoke?
Would this work if you just drizzle a little olive oil and fig vinegar over the skewers instead of using a marinade?
Absolutely! The flavor would just be a bit different.
Brush on some pesto right before serving for added flavor and color.
Christine Lippe says
Do you use dry tortellini or fresh tortellini? I want to make them for the Memorial day weekend BBQ. They look so beautiful and yummy.
I used fresh!
I find your site easy to maneuver! I’m going to try the Antipasto Skewers. So far so good as far as grocery list & recipe!
James Brown says
This was a big hit. Didn’t use the tortellini, but did use marinated sweet/hot peppers. Used a bit of the marinade from the artichokes and made a light dressing I drizzled over everything. I also used better olives. I received a lot of compliments.
patricia burrows says