Holiday Recipe: Antipasto

Nancy Scrofano is known for her sweet romantic comedies, such as True Love Way, but when it comes to her favorite holiday recipe, she’s all about the savory! Read on for her traditional Christmas dish and then read her funny and festive short story, Ice Dating, in our Christmas anthology, Merry & Bright!

Nancy's Christmas Antipasto

Every year on Christmas, someone in my family makes antipasto, which is served before our main course. It’s our tradition, and it’s one of the dishes I know will definitely be on our table on Christmas day. The recipe is simple, but the important part is arranging all the ingredients on the plate to look appealing and festive. Our ingredient arrangement is always the same, and that’s part of our tradition. It’s easy to make, pretty to look at, and delicious to eat!



2 lbs. frozen French style green beans (steamed)
1 can of garbanzo beans
1 can of black olives
1 large jar of red bell peppers
2 large jars of Italian caponata (eggplant)
2 cans of button mushrooms
2 cans of anchovies

This serves about 10 people. You can add or reduce the amounts of ingredients based on personal preference and number of people you’re serving. This is the quick version of the recipe, but you can certainly make it with fresh ingredients. We also serve it with Italian bread.

Use the photo included with this post to guide you as you arrange the ingredients on the plate or create your own arrangement. When you’re finished placing all your ingredients, sprinkle with red wine vinegar and drizzle with olive oil.

If you try this recipe, send me a photo of your antipasto. I would love to see how it turns out!

Merry Christmas!

MERRY-BRIGHT-SALESip your eggnog, linger under the mistletoe, and make a Christmas wish. Merry & Bright brings you six tales of Christmas cheer, featuring stories of budding romances, Southern charm, lost loves, heaps of humor, and lots of pie by authors Isabella Louise Anderson, Cindy Arora, Laura Chapman, Lauren Clark, Libby Mercer, and Nancy Scrofano. From sunny Los Angeles to the Rocky Mountains to the Deep South, Merry & Bright will take you on a heartwarming adventure you’ll love to visit again and again. Wrap yourself in holiday mirth and prepare to be swept off your feet.

Nancy Scrofano

Nancy2014Nancy Scrofano fell in love with romantic novels when she read the Sweet Valley High Senior Year series in high school. After college, she worked at an academic publisher where she formed a book club with her coworkers and delved into the wonderful world of Chick Lit. While in graduate school, Nancy wrote her debut novel, True Love Way. She is also the author of American Honey, novelette Cupid On Deck, and short stories Happenstance (in Sunlounger) and Ice Dating (in Merry & Bright). Additionally, she is the founder and managing editor of Fictionella, a popular website that promotes and celebrates women’s fiction, chick lit, and romantic comedies. Nancy lives in southern California where she is at work on her next novel. To learn more about Nancy, please visit her website.