Italian Appetizers

Simplicity is the hallmark of Italian appetizers. The popular easy recipes here, including savory bruschetta, pesto, and insalata caprese, could be from any rustic Italian kitchen.

Italian Style Deviled Eggs

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Olives, capers, radishes, and anchovy add exceptional flavor to the filling in these deviled eggs.

Marinated Mozzarella with Basil

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Instead of using fresh mozzarella for this appetizer, try another fresh soft cheese, such as queso fresco or feta.

Parmesan Breadsticks

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These Parmesan breadsticks are a great snack with your choice of dipping sauce. Serve leftover breadsticks with soup or salad.

Sausage and Sage Arancini Risotto Balls

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Arancini, fried risotto balls, are a classic Italian delicacy. This version hides yummy sausage meat and fontina cheese inside the bite-sized appetizers.

Handmade Italian Meatballs

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Ground beef, sausage, and just the right seasonings make these meatballs a soon-to-be family favorite.

Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza

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These easy-to-prepare miniature pizzas, or pizzettes, can be part of an antipasto selection served before a casual meal.

Walnut-Apple Pizza

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You can serve this meatless pizza as a main dish or an appetizer.

Easy Bruschetta

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Pick your favorite quick-and-easy bruschetta topping from the four delicious options provided or serve them all at your next party. The make-ahead directions will help with advance planning.

Fresh Arugula Bruschetta

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Tangy goat cheese, bright lemon zest and peppery arugula perfectly complement the toasted warmth of crusty baguette in this elegant appetizer. Serve alongside a Mediterranean style frittata and fresh fruit salad for a light and refreshing Sunday brunch.

Total: 25 mins

Italian Veggie Dunkers

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Better make lots of these crispy-coated vegetables. Kids love dipping them in pizza sauce for a snack.


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This Sicilian dish features sauteed eggplant, sweet pepper, onion, and celery spiked with vinegar and tomatoes. Serve on toasted Italian bread for a delicious snack or appetizer.

Roasted Tomato Tart

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When it comes to tart making, frozen puff pastry is truly a miracle ingredient. Just be sure to thaw the pastry according to package directions. Should you wish to cut a few calories from this cheesy fresh tomato tart, you may use Neufchatel cheese instead of full-fat cream cheese.

Festive Cheese Tortas

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The colorful layers in this Italian-style appetizer will make it a hit at your holiday party.

Cucumber Bruschetta with Grilled Shrimp & Crab Salad

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Grilled shrimp adds irresistible smoky flavor to this vibrant blend of delicate crab meat, sweet peppers, bright citrus, and rich, buttery avocado. Serving the bruschetta atop cool and refreshing cucumber enhances the experience even more. Most of the avocado sold in supermarkets is still in its unripened stage. To ripen, place avocados in a paper bag and set aside at room temperature for 2-4 days. When the fruit is soft to the touch, it is ready for use.

Appetizer Fruit Plate

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This make-ahead appetizer spread was inspired by the classic prosciutto-melon combination served as an Italian-style first course.

Tomato and Mozzarella Tarts

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Antipasto Tuna Salad

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This popular Italian appetizer becomes a low-calorie main-dish salad.

Total: 20 mins
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