Entertaining at Home: How to Make an Antipasto Platter

All great entertainers will tell you that no repertoire is complete without an antipasto or entertainer’s platter. We’ve taken the guesswork out and have created three step-by-step videos to show you how to make a cheese platter.

Antipasto, which literally means ‘before the meal’ is a delicious combination of small bites of tasty food often accompanied by wine and served as a starter… though I have been to many a get-together where we have never progressed from the starters!


Antipasto platters are usually offerings of cured deli meats, salty olives, tasty cheeses, marinated vegetables, seafood delicacies and crackers or rustic bread to put it all together. They will often include a dip or two and the success is in the simplicity. Luckily for the host it is always best to keep these platters simple! When done right these will bring a relaxed and casual feel to your event. Keep the choices to a minimum and just give a bit of forethought to how many you’re catering for and what flavours are going to work best with each other.

During any festive season, I like to keep my cheese drawer in the fridge well-stocked with staples I can use to put together a quick entertainers platter – PERFECT for unexpected guests!

Aussie Farmer’s Direct has a great selection of items to have on hand for the many events coming up over the coming months. So easy to order online and have it delivered to our door! Talk about taking the effort out of entertaining.

Our quick videos will show you just how easy it is to put together a simple entertainers platter AND to make it even easier we have TWO ENTERTAINER PACKS to giveaway so scroll down!


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Plus, two of our lucky readers will win the tools to make these fabulous platters just like we did! Comprising a Jamie Oliver Paddle Board, gorgeous French cheese knife and 2 x condiment bowls, perfect for setting up their own antipasto platters just like we did!  

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  1. Avatar of Chris Arthur
    Chris ArthurReply

    Always serve up crackers with cheese & kabana bites 🙂

  2. Avatar of Michelle Green
    Michelle GreenReply

    A variety of cheese, crackers, pickled octopus, pickles, olives, dried fruit and various nuts. Dips are also great and kabana and fritz for the kids.

  3. Avatar of akka08

    Fresh in-season fruit, always in fruit bowl or stowed in the ‘fridge.. so ready for a quick fruit platter no matter what time of day unexpected guests arrive.

  4. Avatar of Bianca Moore
    Bianca MooreReply

    Two to three different cheeses, crackers, dried apricots and either grapes or nuts. My other platter is a couple of cheeses, dip, salami or mettwurst and crackers. Would love to win the prize to display them beautifully like Tania did in the video. thanks 🙂

  5. Avatar of Mandy Spiero
    Mandy SpieroReply

    Aussie Farmers Direct do not deliver to my area, Wahhh!

  6. Avatar of Tess Howard

    Some of our beautiful Tassie cheeses (King Island triple cream brie is to DIE for!) with our world renowned salmon and fresh produce. Lucky to live here!

  7. Avatar of Tabatha Marie Robinson
    Tabatha Marie RobinsonReply

    Cheese and wine, chocolate and strawberries!

  8. Avatar of Lisa Robbins
    Lisa RobbinsReply

    Crackers, cheese, twiggys to please. Olives, dips and carrot sticks.

    A balance of healthy and bad because it’s not complete without the chip bag!

  9. Avatar of Narelle Rock
    Narelle RockReply

    I love to serve up spinach dip in a cob roll bowl, everyone loves it!

  10. Avatar of Jacqui Lagaluga
    Jacqui LagalugaReply

    Antipasta and cheeses served with fresh crusty home baked bread.

  11. Avatar of Nicole Woods
    Nicole WoodsReply

    My famous creamy cheese and bacon cobb loaf. That recipe gets passed around more than any other!

  12. Avatar of lauralai

    I love the usual chips and dips, but I am well known for my “cheese ball”. Cream cheese, chopped gherkin, rolled in curry powder. It doesn’t look attractive but the taste always has people coming back for more!

  13. Avatar of Karen Turner
    Karen TurnerReply

    I love serving up any type of seafood like battered snapper with dipping sauce or pickled marron.

  14. Avatar of Linda C

    I love to serve carrots, celery and water crackers with a variety of dips.

  15. Avatar of Michelle

    Some seasonal fruit to cleanse the palate, maybe rockmelon or grapes.

  16. Avatar of Wendy Christidis
    Wendy ChristidisReply

    I’d serve salami, Italian sausage, prosciutto, leg ham, coppa, pancetta, giardiniera, olives, marinated mushrooms and artichokes, several cheeses, cut ciabatta bread and crostini on my antipasto platter!

  17. Avatar of VandaB

    I always serve dukkah, extra virgin olive oil and warm, fresh Turkish bread on arrival!

  18. Avatar of Judith Senese
    Judith SeneseReply

    For dessert I love to serve mini baked cheesecakes with fresh berries.

  19. Avatar of blackwidow63

    my favourite is feta and olive salad as its loved by everone even the kids

  20. Avatar of Sann

    Antipasto platter with cream cheese based home-made cheese ball, olives, light crackers, halved grape tomatoes, fresh purple grapes, hot sliced salami and the smoked salmon!

  21. Avatar of Nicole

    Nibbles, dips & crackers. Cheese platter and antipasta platters! Something for everyone 🙂

  22. Avatar of Tina Clausen
    Tina ClausenReply

    I love to try to serve a range of different foods; from savoury to sweets, from my Danish heritage specialities to Mediterranean delicacies and Asian treats. Something for everyone is the name of the game in our multicultural family.

  23. Avatar of Jennifer Robertson
    Jennifer RobertsonReply

    I usually like to prepare food from scratch – but not when serving an antipasto platter – cheeses, olives, salamis and crisp breads are something I leave to the experts.

  24. Avatar of Sharon Markwell
    Sharon MarkwellReply

    I’m a cheese & crackers type of girl (but for desserts it has to be all about chocolate).

  25. Avatar of Crankycaroline

    I love to serve cob loaf with home made avocado dip. YUM

  26. Avatar of Dianne Childs
    Dianne ChildsReply

    I love to put together a gourmet cheese board with a variety of crackers and some yummy dips!

  27. Avatar of Berrenson Thai
    Berrenson ThaiReply

    cheese, ham, antipesto and crackers and i love making my own dips.

  28. Avatar of Heather Lowden
    Heather LowdenReply

    A platter is such an easy way to make a meal. I love antipasta

  29. Avatar of Julie Ford

    love finger food its easy and convinent and people chat and mingle

  30. Avatar of sonya

    Smoked salmon, because it’s yummy and I only have it when friends come round!

  31. Avatar of Michelle Halusko Tsimouris
    Michelle Halusko TsimourisReply

    I love chargrill capsicum, marinated mushrooms & olives on my platters!

  32. Avatar of Laura Scriven
    Laura ScrivenReply

    Homemade bread along with gourmet antipasto & cured meats,
    It’s time to have a treat!

  33. Avatar of Aleisha

    Cold meats and cheeses with little pastries – it’s never failed!

  34. Avatar of Nicola

    I love to serve a soft cheese and a cheddar with crackers, cold meat and a nice crisp chardonnay!

  35. Avatar of Ebony Carr

    A cheese platter with Brie, Camembert, Cheddar and Dutch Gouda. A platter with sundried tomatoes, olives, kabana, crackers and dip

  36. Avatar of Cheryl Moulton
    Cheryl MoultonReply

    I love prosciutto, fresh aspargus, olives a variety of cheese, Sun dried tomatoes served with a crusty break

  37. Avatar of Rebecca Yangzon
    Rebecca YangzonReply

    I love a mixed platter of mixed cheeses, ,relishes,salami,honey ham,gherkins,semi dried tomato and cracker biscuits and a cheesy bacon and cheese cob loaf

  38. Avatar of Tracey Ralph
    Tracey RalphReply

    Love serving homemade dukkah with crusty bread and olive oil.

  39. Avatar of Natalie Stoute
    Natalie StouteReply

    Nothing beats good old fashioned cheese, dip, cabanossi, crackers and cocktail onions! Served seventies style with toothpicks 🙂

  40. Avatar of Lauren Barnes
    Lauren BarnesReply

    In kitchen is where I’ll invigorate, devouring new found ZUMBO creation.
    House filled with plenty of heat, mouths salivate with her flavorsome packed treats.

  41. Avatar of Lynne Lillington
    Lynne LillingtonReply

    I go for a cheese platter with this rhyme something old something new something goat and something blue, with a selection of meats and sundried tomatoes and olives.

  42. Avatar of johanna rees
    johanna reesReply

    A platter with home made dips, with gourmet crackers, sun dried tomatoes, some lovely Australian cheeses, and chilled grapes and figs.

  43. Avatar of Alicia Bardsley
    Alicia BardsleyReply

    A variety of cold meats, dips, cheeses and always something with some heat of chilli

  44. Avatar of sapna

    I like to serve garlic bread, chesse,olives, smoked salmon and sundried tomatoes..

  45. Avatar of Anna M

    Salami, Ham, Twiggy sticks. Selection of cheeses with plain crackers and various veggie sticks to cater for the vegetarians and veggie dips

  46. Avatar of Tania C

    Antipasto, cheeses, hot smoked salmon and dips with gluten free crackers. And most important, champagne!

  47. Avatar of Trish NJ Welsh
    Trish NJ WelshReply

    Hummus with vegetable crudités.
    Prosciutto, double smoked ham, Sicilian green olives, semi dried tomatoes, cornichons, blue cheese, smoked cheddar and brie served with toasted sourdough.

  48. Avatar of Charl Lowther
    Charl LowtherReply

    Kabanas, several types of cheese, sun dried tomatoes, crackers, dips, carrots and celery sticks, salami sticks and olives.

  49. Avatar of Sistemme

    Olives, nuts, cheese and biscuits, dips and turkish bread.

  50. Avatar of bek

    Warm breaded camembert with cranberry sauce is always a hit.

  51. Avatar of Justine Liane
    Justine LianeReply

    Lavosh, cabanossi, double brie, cashews, olives, stuffed mushrooms, red grapes

  52. Avatar of Shana Coyle
    Shana CoyleReply

    good quality cured meats on a plank board always a crowd pleaser!

  53. Avatar of Suzy N Kevin Lincoln
    Suzy N Kevin LincolnReply

    I love to serve a home made dip with some rice crackers, nuts, olives, vegie sticks and some slices of chilli metwurst.

  54. Avatar of Fiona Rowlands
    Fiona RowlandsReply

    I love Cheese & Fruit platters with crunchy fresh bread, Quince Paste is an essential on my cheese platters…

  55. Avatar of Kate Evans

    Apart from the usual favs, I always lay down some fresh herbs. It makes the platter pop to the eye.

  56. Avatar of Rachael

    Cheese Platters always go down well with guests. Just mix it up with yummy crackers or home made dips or fruit…so many options 🙂

  57. Avatar of Tamara Lamb
    Tamara LambReply

    Platter of cheese, dips, crackers, kabana, olives, sundried tomatoes, pickled onions and fresh prawns 😀

  58. Avatar of Judith Fasshauer
    Judith FasshauerReply

    cheese , bread , delicatessen , olives,tomatos and cucumber must to have

  59. Avatar of Krystal P

    Strawberry Dipped Chocolates….always a crowd pleaser

  60. Avatar of Melissa Arieslaylanemo Wilkes
    Melissa Arieslaylanemo WilkesReply

    Smoked Chicken brings a new element.

  61. Avatar of KatrinaP

    Homemade dips! They are so easy to make and guests love the fact that you made them yourself!

  62. Avatar of Louise T

    We love adding home made dips. I also get the kids involved, and they make home made Focaccia. If we dont have time to make it, I cut lebanese bread into slices and toast them in the oven.

  63. Avatar of Jan O'Bree

    I love to serve homemade trout dip served with ciabatta bread!

  64. Avatar of Glenda McDonnell
    Glenda McDonnellReply

    My holiday platters taste like a “mini world trip” , I love experimenting with unusual flavours, one day it’s a trip to Asia, the next it’s sampling tapas in Spain, they’re never the same !

  65. Avatar of Rachael Lee-anne Rowberry
    Rachael Lee-anne RowberryReply

    I always serve a cheese platter with dried fruits, cheeses, crackers and relishes it’s great for a nibble whilst the main meal is waiting to be served

  66. Avatar of natchloe

    I love antipasto with cream filled peppers, cheese and more cheese.

  67. Avatar of Amanda Casalanguida
    Amanda CasalanguidaReply

    Fresh home made bread for dipping into olive oil with a splash of balsamic vinegar. And blue stinky cheese… stinkier the better!

  68. Avatar of theoniversace

    My dads homegrown olives and fetta cheese with chunks of freshly baked bread!

  69. Avatar of Cass Westwood
    Cass WestwoodReply

    I entertain my family a lot and I love serving up fruit platters, dips, and olives.

  70. Avatar of Jenny Newstead
    Jenny NewsteadReply

    Tapas and platters with lots of options. That way my guests can take what they like and don’t feel obliged to eat everything I serve them!

  71. Avatar of Crystal Adams
    Crystal AdamsReply

    a delicious array of cheese, sweets and classic snacks

  72. Avatar of Kelly Ryan

    A cheese platter, cold meat selection with olives and sun dried tomato accompanied by the best garlic crackers

  73. Avatar of Scott Crumlin
    Scott CrumlinReply

    Pate, Cheese Crackers, they vanish quickly EVERY time!

  74. Avatar of Haylie

    I absolutely love to have cabana, cheese and crackers with dips (my favourite is spicy capsicum)!

  75. Avatar of Andieharrie

    Love the cheese stuffed peppers, sundried tomatoes, olives and a variety of cheeses

  76. Avatar of Kathy MacKenzie
    Kathy MacKenzieReply

    Feta, watermelon cubes and beautiful array of cheeses

  77. Avatar of kristysweeney

    Olives, homemade crackers & dips & cheeses with a fruit paste is delightful.

  78. Avatar of Faye Hannam
    Faye HannamReply

    CHEESE… I just love the various cheeses that are available at the deli.. So many to choose from, and something for everyone!

  79. Avatar of Jo Harlow

    A variety of cheeses including the new spreadable vintage cheddar, a cracked pepper pate and serve it with a nice, chilled, fruity white.

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