Want a delicious, abundant, stress free feast for a large gathering? The key is platters of simple food that can be assembled ahead of time. Make the centrepiece an array of salumi (I love Salumi Australia’s selection): pancetta, different salamis, bresaola, spreadable spicy ‘nduja, mortadella and delicate Prosciutto di San Danielle. Add a side of smoked salmon, some vegetarian antipasti and a big batch of gnocchi fritti and let everyone help themselves. Gnocchi fritti are crisp puffs of deep-fried dough served with salumi all over Emilia-Romagna, they’re also popular in neighbouring Lombardy where they’re called chisolini. They’re best eaten warm fresh from the oil … but can be reheated in the oven for a few minutes; the dough can be made up to a day before and refrigerated (just bring it back to room temperature before cooking). Start with a prosecco cocktail, then move on to a crisp Aussie Italian white like Dal Zotto fiano and enjoy a feast where both you and your guests get to relax!
Makes about 60 pieces
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