Easy Appetizer Alert: Italian Antipasti Skewers

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This recipe for Italian antipasto skewers is easy, visually appealing, and can be made in advance. It's perfect when you're entertaining a large group, or need a quick and easy appetizer to bring to a party.
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For this recipe I've skewered tortellini, salami, fresh mozzarella, baby lettuce, marinated mushrooms, and a cherry tomato on a toothpick. Feel free to substitute the marinated mushrooms with olives or artichokes instead. This recipe is quite adaptable!
Things You'll Need

    24 toothpicks
    2 cups cheese tortellini
    1/2 cup zesty Italian salad dressing
    Log of hard salami, 6 ounces (1) or 24 slices of Genoa salami

    24 baby mozzarella balls
    1 cup mixed baby greens
    1/4 cup white mushrooms, sliced
    12 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half vertically

(Image: Ashley Manila)
Step 1

Cook the tortellini according to package instructions and drain well. In a large bowl combine the tortellini, salad dressing, salami, mozzarella, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Mix well to evenly coat the ingredients in the dressing.
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Step 2

For each skewer, thread a tortellini, slice of salami. mozzarella ball, lettuce leaf, mushroom, and one tomato half onto a toothpick. Transfer prepared skewers to a large plate, cover, and keep refrigerated until needed. Skewers may be made up to 4 hours in advance.
(Image: Ashley Manila)

When ready, serve the skewers slightly chilled or at room temperature. Don't be surprised if you run out fast -- this appetizer is always a crowd-pleaser!

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