Mama’s Antipasto

“Food is Memories”

This is not your traditional Italian Antipasto, this is my grandmothers version. Even though she was from Italy she wasn’t the traditional grandmother . She was more of a contemporary cook, she was ahead of her time. I have such fond memories of all her cooking. She didn’t cook often but when she did, it was amazing. I always looked forward to the holidays because I knew my grandmother or mom would make this Antipasto. So now I make it for my family and of course I always think about my grandmother while making it.


  • 6 peppers, I use different colors to make it look festive
  • 3 garlic cloves, more if you like garlic
  • white vinegar
  • green and black olives
  • artichoke hearts marinated
  • anchovies ( optional)
  • Italian ham
  • seasoning

Put a large pot of water on, while water is boiling clean and cut peppers very thin in continuous strands . merge into boiling water for exactly 3 minutes. drain and put cold water on them to cool them down so they don’t continue to cook. In a large bowl with a lid put 3 whole cloves of garlic and vinegar and peppers . Put in refrigerator for a couple of days, I usually do 3 days before I eat them. I also shake the bowl every day.

The day I prepare them, I use a big dish, I make a circle around the edges of the dish with peppers . In the middle I put green and black olives. Than on top I place the Italian ham, marinated artichoke hearts and anchovies.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Dave says:

    Hi Stef Carla forward your link and
    Note your continuing with the de roboe love of food which I also have fond.memories of you dad cooking at Carla s have not seen C for a few years now as now in Australia keep up the good work give mum and Jen my regards Dave

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    1. Thank you, I’m so glad you like it. I will definitely tell my mom and Jen. Hope you continue to like all my memories and recipes.


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