Fennel & Salami Bites

These Fennel & Salami Bites are a perfect holiday appetizer. It only takes 3 ingredients to create these delicious bites! | platingsandpairings.com

Fennel & Salami Bites are  an easy-to-prepare, three-ingredient appetizer that’s sure to impress. Thin sliced fennel is topped with salami and nutty parmesan cheese.

These Fennel & Salami Bites are a perfect holiday appetizer. It only takes 3 ingredients to create these delicious bites! | platingsandpairings.com

These Fennel & Salami Bites are a perfect holiday appetizer. It only takes 3 ingredients to create these delicious bites! | platingsandpairings.com

Who’s ready for the holidays? That question always seems to be answered by crickets.

Who’s ready for an easy to prepare, three-ingredient, delicious, and impressive holiday appetizer? ✋✋✋

Honestly – Holiday cooking doesn’t have to be complicated. I wouldn’t lie to you. Otherwise, Santa might get word, and then, you know, he might not bring me wine…

The key to creating something simple, yet delicious, is to start with high-quality, flavorful ingredients. It only takes three:

  1. Salami
  2. Fennel
  3. Parmesan Cheese

These Fennel & Salami Bites are a perfect holiday appetizer. It only takes 3 ingredients to create these delicious bites! | platingsandpairings.com

The sausage is a bit salty, and rich in texture. The fennel is crisp, refreshing and bright. The parmesan cheese is nutty and tangy. The whole thing together – Is perfection.

There’s no cooking involved – Just slicing and stacking. The fennel acts as your “cracker” in a sense. It sets the base, and is topped with a thin slice of salami and a flaking of parmesan cheese. As a bonus, those fennel fronds act as a beautiful garnish. I mean, how pretty is that?! To bump up the flavor factor a bit more, and, lets face it, to make it look even prettier – I drizzled on some extra virgin olive oil and coarsely cracked black pepper. Arrange these bites on a simple white platter, and you’re good to go, in 10 minutes flat (15 minutes max). You can even prepare these bites a few hours ahead of time. Just pop them in the fridge until ready to serve.

I love to keep salami and hard cheese on hand during the holidays. It makes it simple to throw together a quick “emergency” cheese platter should company stop by unexpected or should you just not feel like cooking dinner after wrapping one-hundred and one Christmas gifts.

These Fennel & Salami Bites are a perfect holiday appetizer. It only takes 3 ingredients to create these delicious bites! | platingsandpairings.com

For this recipe, I used Creminelli Finocchio Salami – It’s infused with fennel, making it the perfect match for, well… fennel. Creminelli produces SO MANY wonderful variations of artisan salami. At my Whole Foods I found a Barolo variety, spiked with red wine; a Tarfuto salami, with the flavor of truffles; and a Piccante, reminiscent of pepperoni. So really, you could just serve a platter of “artisan” meat to your guests and they’d be hard-pressed to leave unhappy… Especially if you serve them a lot of wine to go along with their fancy meats.

How about you? Do you have a simple go-to dish that you love to serve during the holidays?

These Fennel & Salami Bites are a perfect holiday appetizer. It only takes 3 ingredients to create these delicious bites! | platingsandpairings.com

Fennel & Salami Bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12 bites
Author: Platings & Pairings
Thin sliced fennel is topped with salami and nutty parmesan cheese for an easy-to-prepare, three-ingredient appetizer that’s sure to impress.
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Ingredients

  • 1 fennel bulb quartered and thinly sliced, fronds reserved for garnish
  • ½ package of Creminelli Finocchio salami thinly sliced
  • 4 oz . parmesan cheese thinly sliced
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Coarsely cracked black pepper

Instructions

  1. Arrange the thinly sliced fennel on a platter, top each piece with a slice of salami and parmesan cheese.
  2. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with black pepper, and garnish with fennel fronds.

Wine Pairings for Fennel & Salami Bites:

  • It’s the holidays, why not celebrate with bubbles? Cava, Prosecco or Champagne will all pair nicely with the richness of the salami and the fresh bite of the fennel.
  • For a red wine option, try a Mourvedre. It’s tannins are a good match for the hearty salami, and the herbaceous notes of the fennel.
  • Sauvignon Blanc is a good white wine pairing. It’s grassy notes match really well with the greenness of the fennel and the nuttiness found in the parmesan cheese.

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These Fennel & Salami Bites are a perfect holiday appetizer. It only takes 3 ingredients to create these delicious bites! | platingsandpairings.com

 

16 comments

  1. Rachel Lloyd

    Your presentation and photography are STUNNING as always. What a great idea for a holiday bite. I really do want to try this one!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Rachel! Happy Holidays!!!

      Reply

  2. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    I always try to keep salami and cheese on hand as well for random entertaining…and snacking! 🙂 This appetizer looks delicious, and I love how it can be made hours ahead of time!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Marlynn – Happy Holidays to you!

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  3. Tracy

    I like easy. I’ll take three ingredients any day! Very nice and good for upcoming parties.

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    1. Erin

      Easy is always good in my book Tracy – Especially during the hectic holidays!

      Reply

  4. Jen

    Three delicious ingredients and no cooking… SOLD.

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  5. Dawne

    this looks so good and so easy to make but looks much fancier…..can’t wait to try over the holiday

    http://www.dawnehanks.com

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Dawne – I hope you enjoy!

      Reply

  6. Mary

    Those look awesome! I’m always looking for different ways to use fennel. I love the flavor, and this sounds like a fantastic (and not to mention elegant) appetizer!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Mary – I really, REALLY love fennel!

      Reply

  7. heather @french press

    I bet it is as delicious as it is beautiful!

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  8. allie @ Through Her Looking Glass

    Gorgeous little app for the holidays, Erin. I don’t use fennel enough and this is a creative use for sure!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Allie – Fennel quickly became one of my favorite ingredients. I love using it!

      Reply

  9. Courtney

    Fennel, what a great idea for a cracker substitute! I am a huge cheese lover, but inevitably that means I eat too much bread and crackers when I make up cheese plates…thanks for the idea!

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    1. Erin

      Of course Courtney – Enjoy!

      Reply

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