1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
40 pimiento-stuffed olives
40 large pitted ripe olives
3/4 cup Italian salad dressing
40 thin slices pepperoni
20 thin slices hard salami, halved
Fresh parsley sprigs, optional
Mozzarella or jack cheese cut into @40 - 1/2 inch cubes -optional
40 skewers -@5 inches long-bamboo or wooden
Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the tortellini, olives and salad dressing. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
Drain and discard marinade. For each appetizer, thread a stuffed olive, folded pepperoni slice, tortellini, folded salami piece, ripe olive, cheese and parsley sprig (if desired) on a skewer.
Yield: 40 appetizers.
A perfect hardy appetizer for 20-30 people. I like to add cheese cubes to the skewers too. A bit of work but worth the efforts.