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Nov132012

An Italian Thanksgiving Antipasto - Part 1

Our family antipasto platter typically does not include bread. It is usually a collection of meats, cheeses and marinated or roasted vegetables.

But I'd like to update our traditional Iaciofano antipasto platter to incorporate Italian-focused selections that speak to the season and the Thanksgiving holiday.

A platter like this needs a strong foundation – a foundation on which the other elements must rely...and lay...on top of...

And so, we begin with bread. Bread is what's needed. The foundation of food, this is where we begin.

Baguettes, ciabatta, large rounds...even a focaccia – these are all suitable choices for such a platter. Slice them thinly on a bias (except for focaccia which warrants small poofy squares) and lightly toast them for a little crunch. They will be the perfect foundation on which to place...well, I'll get to that later.

First, let's carb up. Here are some of my NY/NJ metro bakeries where I purchase my bread:

Macedonia Brothers Bakery in the Bronx. Come for a semolina, stay for their prosciutto round.

Callandra's locations in in Fairfield, Newark and Caldwell, New Jersey. I like the thinly sliced round loaves.

Hot Bread Kitchen - Seasonal Focaccia is always a treat, and their semolina has a nice, thick crust.

Eli's Bread at Zabar's (and other locations) - sometimes when you walk in they give away fresh out of the oven samples. Worth it even if you don't come home with a loaf.

Agata and Valentina - new(ish) downtown location!

Amy's Bread - another excuse for me to visit Chelsea Market, or the equally dangerous Bleecker Street...

Citarella has a nice bakery section, and various New York locations.

And let's not forget Balthazar....perhaps you should make a pilgrimage to their Englewood Bakery Extravaganza?

Out in the 'burbs? Our very own Morristown King's has a pretty decent bakery with a wide selection of fresh bread and artisinal crackers.

Sullivan Street Bakery - For a healthier option, I like the whole wheat loaf. Softest inner bread and a tangy crust. 

Perhaps you would like to make your own? Our recipe for focaccia is here.

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