We had some close friends over on Christmas Eve, so I thought I'd put together an old school antipasti tray, just like my Dad used to make at the deli where he worked. There was an assortment of sweet ham, speck (smoked prosciutto), hard salami and pepperoni. I lucked out and found some ripe, sweet figs and a wonderfully crisp finocchio (bulbing fennel). The cheeses were bocconcini (mozzarella balls), provolone and ricotta salata. Some blue cheese stuffed peppers, tomatoes and artichoke hearts completed the picture.
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