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Christmas is just around the corner and so is the entertaining season.  My friends and family love these antipasti skewers from my most recent cook book, CELEBRATIONS WITH CARMELA'S CUCINA.  The skewers are easy to make and fun to eat.  Perfect party food and if you don't want to take the time to skewer all of the ingredients then, just mix them up in a pretty bowl and everyone can dig in.


1 pound package of fresh tri-colored tortellini
1 pint grape tomatoes
1 bunch of fresh basil
1 can quartered artichoke hearts
1 pint fresh bococini mozzarella balls
1 pint pitted olives
1/2 pound salami sliced thin
2 envelopes Good Seasons Zesty Italian Salad Dressing mix
Bamboo skewers

Boil the tortellini for about 6 minutes in salted water.  Drain and put the tortellini into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking.  Wash the tomatoes and basil and pat dry.  Thread the tortellini, tomatoes, basil leaves, artichoke hearts, mozzarella, olives and salami (folded into quarters) onto the skewers.  Using one package of the Italian salad dressing mix, make up the dressing following the directions on the package, and drizzle the dressing over the prepared skewers.  Sprinkle the contents of the second envelope of dried Italian Salad mix over the skewers and let marinate for several hours.  When ready to serve, assembled skewers can be stuck into a melon or pineapple half, or laid on a lettuce lined tray.  SERVES 8

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