We've long known that just about anything tastes better on a stick, and Italian antipasti are no exception. If you're hosting for a crowd, skip the Italian appetizer platters and go straight for these light yet flavorful finger-friendly kebabs of Italian sausage, roasted peppers, basil, artichokes, and sun-dried tomatoes. Serve them on colorful toothpicks with a drizzle of balsamic reduction. Watch the video to see how it's done.View Transcript »
In the Italian tradition, antipasti products are meant to be shared. But if you're hosting for a crowd, it is easier and more fun to transform plates into small portable bites. My solution is to create antipasti skewers. Here's what you'll need to make 24 skewers: Italian-style sausage, fresh basil, roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and balsamic reduction. First cut your sausage into one inch pieces. I am using Italian pork sausage, but you can also use chicken or turkey. Heat a skillet over medium heat and then add your oil. I'm using non-stick cooking spray because I like the way it coats the pan totally evenly. Next, you're going to add the sausage. Since the sausage is fully cooked, you really are just heating it in the pan. At this point you also want to make sure not to overcrowd the pan to prevent steaming from happening. Make sure that none of the sausages are touching one another. Let them cook for two to three minutes on each side or until they¬¥re brown all around. Quarter your artichokes until they¬¥re bite size, then cut your sun dried tomatoes and roasted red peppers into one-inch pieces. You can use roasted peppers right out of the jar, or if you're feeling particularly ambitious, you can make them yourself at home. Feel free Use any color combination that you like. Now lay out all your components for the assembly. Start with a small basil leaf or half of a large one and thread it on to your skewer. roasted red pepper, sun-dried tomato, and artichoke heart and a piece of sausage, preferably flat side down so it will stand on its own. You can even finish things off with a drizzle of balsamic reduction. Find ou how to make your own on youngsugar.com. Mix things up with salumi, mini mozarella balls or Remember, there's no end to what you can put on a stick. I love how it's satisfying and hearty all in one bite. It tastes just like Italy. Thanks for watching and see you next time for another taste of YumSugar TV.