Italian antipasto – Appetizer idea on a stick

Yippee!! I am finally wearing sandals!

You may think what’s special in that but for an Italian girl growing up shoe and sock-free from May to late September having to wear shoes in June feels kind of claustrophobic.

If I could I would walk bare feet everywhere. Sometimes I do wonder whether I am living in the wrong country perhaps.

As summer is definitely here lunch now can be a “quick fix” with fresh and light strictly no-cooking meals, at least at lunch time. This bright and vibrant Italian starter on a stick is great for aperitifs and entertaining.

Be assured, your guests will love it especially if you accompany it with a good glass of wine.

  • Prep Time : 20 minutes
  • Cook Time : 4 minutes


  • buffalo or cow’s mozzarella – 100 g – 1 cup
  • cherry tomatoes on the vine – 8
  • salami – 4 slices
  • parma ham – 4 slices
  • bread – 2 slices
  • green olives – 8
  • basil leaves – 8
  • tomato sauce – 1 tbsp
  • olive oil
  • dried oregano – 2 tsp
  • wooden skewers – 4


Wash your tomatoes and remove them from the vine.

Cut the bread into cubes or small pieces.

Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in a pan then add the bread with the dried oregano and the tomato sauce. Stir well and cook it for a couple of minutes each side until golden and crunchy.

Get all your ingredients on your working top, drain the mozzarella of its liquid and cut it into smaller pieces.

Pierce your ingredients on the sticks alternating the colours. Line the skewers up on a serving dish and drizzle lightly with olive oil.


12 thoughts on “Italian antipasto – Appetizer idea on a stick

  1. Hi Alida. You have a great blog, I will visit often. There is just nothing about Italian food I don’t like. So, well, I say it, I love Italian food. And this recipe sounds totally delicious. Thanks for sharing and inspiring!


  2. It all looks very lovely. For sure I will keep this in mind and have some antipasti sticks.
    Well, in some areas summer can be an on and off thing.


  3. Hi alida, l really enjoy your posts, I
    am second generation /Italian, l hav recently been asked for a recipe (Sicilian pumpkin sfinci ) maybe u could help. Thanks – Ant


    1. Hi Ant,
      I have had those “frittelle” or sfinci before but I have never made them myself..yet! You make little balls with pureed fresh pumpkin, flour, raisins, yeast and sugar and then you fry them in hot oil. They really are moreish. There is a good site called “Cotto e Mangiato” which has a good recipe for these fritters which in Italian are called “Sfinci di zucca”. Have a look at that and let me know if you need any help with the translation or anything else.


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