Only 20 minutes stand between you and a platter of crispy, super-loaded salami bites. Pop salami slices into a mini muffin tin, mix a quick filling using classic antipasti ingredients I bet you already have, then fill and drizzle with honey. An easy, impressive appetizer guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.
Think of these gorgeous little cups as an antipasti board, in one bite. There’s just SO much going on – sweetness from the caramelized onions and honey, saltiness from the sundried tomatoes and olives, crispiness from the salami and creaminess from the feta.
They’re one of the easiest ways to impress your guests because they look so cute and fun, but they come together in about 20 minutes. And, the nature of them is that they use ingredients you already have in your cupboard.
Plus, they’re a fab one for prepping ahead of time. You can make the salami cups and the filling, then load them up whenever you’re ready to serve. Play around with the filling ingredients based on what you have and what you like – I’ve laid out some simple swaps for you below.
- Salami. Choose your favourite – but nothing too small – you need it large enough to fit into a mini muffin tin to create the crispy cups.
- Feta. A lovely creamy feta is great here – it provides the best texture and flavour for the bites. You could also use goat’s cheese, manchego or torn mozzarella.
- Olives. I love using Kalamata olives as they’re my favourite, but you can use any olive you like. Green would make the cups look even more festive. I recommend going for pitted olives if you can, to save time.
- Caramelized onions. This provides a little sweetness to cut through the saltiness of the other ingredients, but you could also use a caramelized onion jam, relish or chutney (or another chutney – I love this fig and tamarind one).
- Honey. This is to drizzle on top, so for a spicy twist, you could use hot honey sauce or sweet chilli jam.
You’ll also need a mini muffin tin for this recipe. I use this 24-piece tin I picked up on Amazon.
How to make them
Press the salami slices into your tin, then bake until crispy (about 10 minutes).
While they bake, chop up everything for the filling and mix together. When the salami cups have cooled a little, pile the filling into the cups. Drizzle with the honey then finish with more thyme.
PRO TIP: If you pick up the cups and do this over the filling bowl, the bowl will catch any filling that falls out of the cups. I like to literally press the filling into the cups with a spoon, it’s a lot easier that way.
Got a question?
Yes! Both the salami cups and the filling can be made up to five days ahead of time, and then kept in the fridge until you’re ready to assemble.
I know olives aren’t everyone’s favourite, so you could swap them for more sundried tomatoes, or use jarred artichokes or red peppers.
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