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Christmas Antipasto Wreath Appetizer

Make mini antipasto skewers and shape them into a Christmas Antipasto Wreath for a festive and delicious holiday appetizer! Easy and tasty!

Disclosure: I teamed up with, and have been compensated by SPUD to bring you this tasty holiday appetizer. The recipe, words and opinions are all my own.

A Showstopper Appetizer!

If you’re looking for a showstopper appetizer that is both EASY and DELICIOUS, then this Christmas Antipasto Wreath is it! Make it with your favourite vegetables, pickles, charcuterie meats and cheeses, and marinated tortellini pasta. So good. And looks fancy but it’s really easy and quick to put together.

a top down view of an antipasto wreath appetizer sitting on a cutting board, with two skewers removed and put on a white plate. beside the wreath is a small bowl of olives and a small bowl filled with sliced peppers, cherry tomatoes, sliced salami and artichoke hearts

Make it your own.

The great thing about this Antipasto Wreath is that you can try so many different flavour combinations. Use your favourite cheeses, olives and meats.  Add pickles, fresh vegetables, marinated tortellini pasta. …there are no wrong answers and the possibilities are endless.

a top down close up view of half of an antipasto wreath appetizer sitting on a cutting board.
a top down close up view of half of an antipasto wreath appetizer sitting on a cutting board.

Let the kids help!

Yes, let them help assemble the skewers! These are easy enough for little hands to make. My youngest really enjoyed helping me make these skewers because he was able to ensure that he made ones he liked hahaha!

an antipasto wreath appetizer sits on a cutting board on a wooden table. beside the wreath is a stack of white plates, a small bowl of olives and a small bowl filled with sliced peppers, cherry tomatoes, sliced salami and artichoke hearts. in the background is Christmas tree bokeh
a close up top down view of half of an antipasto wreath appetizer sitting on a cutting board.

Serving Ideas:

Put your Antipasto Wreath out with a selection of extra ingredients that didn’t fit on in the wreath layout, offer dips like balsamic vinegar, and extra Italian dressing. Serve with fresh baguette slices or crackers too if you wish.

an antipasto wreath appetizer sits on a cutting board on a wooden table. beside the wreath is a stack of white plates, a small bowl of olives and a small bowl filled with sliced peppers, cherry tomatoes, sliced salami and artichoke hearts. in the background is Christmas tree bokeh
an antipasto wreath appetizer sits on a cutting board on a wooden table. beside the wreath is a stack of white plates, a small bowl of olives and a small bowl filled with sliced peppers, cherry tomatoes, sliced salami and artichoke hearts. in the background is Christmas tree bokeh

Simple, festive and delicious! Your guests will be amazed at your kitchen skills.

a side view of an antipasto wreath appetizer sitting on a cutting board. beside the wreath is a stack of white plates, a small bowl of olives and a small bowl filled with sliced peppers, cherry tomatoes, sliced salami and artichoke hearts

Recipe Tips:

  • Olives: Use your favourite olives. Pitted mixed olives give a nice variation of colours and flavours.
  • Options: You can also add pickles, pickled vegetables and pepperoncini peppers.
  • Cheese: You can use any type of cheese for this wreath…mozzarella, mini bocconcini, chunks of fresh mozzarella, cheddar, brie…
  • Meat: Use your favourite charcuterie meat: salamis, pepperoni, even deli ham or chicken.
  • Tomatoes and Peppers: Mixed colours of cherry tomatoes and mini peppers look great in these wreaths.
  • Pasta Marinating Time: This appetizer has cooked and marinated tortellini, so allow for time to marinate the pasta in Italian dressing, at least one hour. You can marinate the tortellinis overnight as well.
  • Skewers: Use mini skewers, about 4 inches long. Bamboo appetizer picks look nice too (I actually wanted to use these but I couldn’t find them when I needed them).
  • Assembly: When putting these skewers together you can try to get 1 of each of the ingredients onto a skewer. But if you can’t, don’t worry just mix them up, variation is good. Just make sure to layer in a couple fresh basil leaves on to each skewer.
  • Make a wreath: Assemble all of the skewers, then arrange them on a plate or wooden board, in the shape of a circle.
  • Rosemary: Use fresh rosemary sprigs as filler in this wreath. Tuck it into open spaces on your wreath.
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Christmas Antipasto Wreath Appetizer

Make mini antipasto skewers and shape them into a Christmas Antipasto Wreath for a festive and delicious holiday appetizer! Easy and tasty!

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Marinating Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer

Ingredients

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  • 1 bunch fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 1 cup sliced mini sweet peppers
  • 1 cup mini cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced charcuterie salami
  • 1 cup olive mix (green, kalamata, black)
  • 1 cup cubed mozzarella cheese
  • 1 small jar artichoke hearts (170 g)
  • 2 cups cooked tortellini
  • 1/2 cup Italian salad dressing
  • 1 package of small skewers or appetizer picks

Instructions

  1. First, cook the tortellini according to package directions.
  2. Then pour 1/2 cup (or more) of the Italian Salad Dressing on the cooked tortellini and marinate for a few hours or overnight.
  3. When the tortellini has marinated, it’s time to make mini skewers!
  4. I like to put each of the ingredients into small bowls spread out on the counter, then assemble from there. Try to get 1 of each of the ingredients onto a skewer. If you can’t, don’t worry about it, mix them up. Just make sure to layer in a couple basil leaves on each skewer.
  5. When the skewers are made, lay them out on a large plate, platter or board, in the shape of a circle to make a wreath, with the pointy ends of the skewers pointing in the centre.
  6. After you have the skewers all laid out, tuck in pieces of the fresh rosemary to fill in the spaces.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Keywords: antipasto appetizer, antipasto wreath, Christmas appetizer

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Happy Holidays!

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2 Comments

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    Rebecca Payne
    November 26, 2021 at 9:02 AM

    I love this creative idea for a Christmas party. Great job!

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