Antipasti in a jar

Such a simple recipe, yet it looks inviting and easy to prepare. It keeps in the refrigerator for unexpected company; to take to a dinner party as a hostess gift; or to set out for appetizers at your next dinner party.


  • Mozzarella balls
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • dried oregano
  • crushed red pepper flakes
  • grape tomatoes, halved
  • chopped fresh basil
  • pitted green olives

Toss the mozzarella balls with the olive oil ( I used avocado oil to lighten up), salt, oregano and red pepper flakes.  In a separate bowl toss tomatoes with salt and basil.  Allow to sit for 5 minutes to meld flavors together.

20180523_105013433749965467100920.jpgI placed one leaf of fresh basil at the bottom of the jars, then added the mozzarella balls evenly between two 10 oz glass jars.  Spoon the tomatoes over the cheese and then add the olives.  I used pitted castlevetrano olives. I also topped each with a slice of dehydrated roma tomato and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.  These will sit in the refrigerator until ready to serve; up to 3 days.  Delicious and easy!

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Five Ingredient Appetizer

Giada’s Italy – Recipe 3 – Avocado White Bean Dip


Today’s delicious and super easy appetizer is Avocado White Bean Dip. This appetizer with only 5 ingredients, is great for a last minute dish when unexpected company shows up or to take to someones home.

  • 1 can Cannellini beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 avocados, diced
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 TBSP. lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil

Blend all together in a food processor; adding the basil to incorporate at the end.  SIMPLE AND EASY.DSC_0706

Serve with fresh cut vegetables, hot bread, crackers or pita chips.

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