Canada’s Sardo Foods is known the world over for their unique Mediterranean flavors in a line of more than 200 products, from olives and antipasti to pesto, spreads and more. Living in Florida, I have the distinct privilege of being able to order their products for delivery. And, since entertaining is certainly an important part of what I write about on this blog, I was pleased to be contacted by their team with some holiday entertaining advice from the Sardo team of experts:
Presenting a variety of fresh foods in one place makes for an ideal appetizer before your dinner party or is a great plate for nibbles while you share a glass of wine or a few cold beers with friends and family.
“A mezzo mezzo board is the perfect blend of simplicity, delicacy and style,” says Desiree Sardo from Sardo Foods. “Meaning half and half, mezzo mezzo boards are part meat and crackers, part antipasti. Offering bold flavours and mouth-watering combinations, you can satisfy every palate in the room. The presentation of the board when you are entertaining is important, but also quite easy. When you have the right products on hand, creativity comes as second nature.”
One of the attractions of the mezzo mezzo board is that there are no limits for putting together your own. Desiree advises that with some thought about the flavours you are assembling, you can make your mezzo mezzo board more than just a snack – it can be a conversation piece.
- You absolutely need to start with olives:Adding green or black olives not only brings some colour to the presentation of your mezzo mezzo board, they also taste great and add variety to the arrangement. Consider olives stuffed with garlic or spicy piri piri peppers for a little extra kick.
- Add your antipasti:Grilled peppers and mushrooms, artichoke hearts, stuffed jalapeños, bocconcini … the options for antipasti to pair with your meats is near endless.
- Include some spreads:For your mezzo mezzo board, you want more than a salsa or dip. A pesto or tapenade are delicious options, or a bruschetta to go atop your crostini.
- Get some meats on the board:Cured meats are an excellent complement to the other items on the board, Desiree recommends calabrese salami and mortadella as staples.
- Provide a variety of breads: Crackers, crostini, pita chips, breadsticks — each adds a little diversity to the board, may serve as a vehicle for the other pieces on the board and are essential for tapenade and brushchetta.
“It is almost impossible to put these pieces together on a wood board and not have it look good,” says Desiree. “They all display well, and if you present something that looks good, people will want to try it. The more senses you can engage, the better the experience. If it looks good and smells good, taste is the grand finale to culinary success.”