Popular Italian Appetizers Recipes

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.

Pesto and Tomato Bruschetta

For these healthy appetizers, arugula adds a twist to the traditional Italian pine nut pesto.

From Diabetic Living

Pesto and Tomato Bruschetta

Caprese Foccacia

Opting for prepared pizza dough over homemade removes the most difficult step of this fresh summer bread recipe. Serve it as a side with a chilled soup or seasonal salad.

From Ladies' Home Journal

Caprese Foccacia

Italian Quiche Cups

Serve these egg cups as a brunch appetizer or pair with a piece of fruit or yogurt parfait for a complete breakfast. Bonus: They freeze wonderfully for up to a month!

From Better Homes and Gardens

Italian Quiche Cups

Go-To Turkey Meatballs

Ketchup keeps these turkey meatballs moist. Toss them into a pasta dish, stuff in a hoagie or crumble on top of a pizza.

From Parents

Go-To Turkey Meatballs

Wild Mushroom Crostini

From Better Homes and Gardens

Wild Mushroom Crostini

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

From Better Homes and Gardens

Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

Italian-Herb Turkey Meatballs

Half Italian, half down-home barbecue fare, these turkey meatballs are 100% delicious. Try them as an appetizer or in a sub sandwich.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Italian-Herb Turkey Meatballs

Slow-Cooker Pizza Dip

Who doesn't love pizza? This warm, cheesy slow cooker dip will be a hit at your next potluck.

From Family Circle

Slow-Cooker Pizza Dip

Italian Hoagie on a Stick

Ditch the bread and serve your next sandwich on a stick! This variation calls for Italian favorites like provolone, salami, mortadella and capicola, although you could use any meats and cheeses you have handy.

From Family Circle

Italian Hoagie on a Stick

Spicy Sausage Pizza Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spicy Sausage Pizza Dip

Wild Mushroom Dip

For an appetizer that tastes gourmet but takes just minutes of hands-on time, grab your slow cooker and toss in fresh and dried mushrooms, white wine, cream cheese, herbs and spices.

From Family Circle

Wild Mushroom Dip

Artichoke-Parmesan Dip

Use your slow cooker to whip up a batch of the artichoke dip you adore at restaurants in your own home. This will be a hit at your next party!

From Family Circle

Artichoke-Parmesan Dip

Bruschetta Planks

A sauteed vegetable medley is made for scooping up with a crunchy whole grain cracker. Serve this bruschetta as an appetizer before your next pizza or pasta dinner.

From Diabetic Living

Bruschetta Planks

Asparagus-Ricotta Bruschetta

Top toasted baguette slices with light and fluffy ricotta cheese and roasted asparagus for a crowd-pleasing vegetarian appetizer.

From Diabetic Living

Asparagus-Ricotta Bruschetta

Antipasto Kabobs

As your guests nibble these special-occasion skewers, they'll savor many of the flavors of traditional Italian antipasto, including salami, tortellini, and artichoke hearts. These appetizers can be ready in 30 minutes, then chilled until serving time.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Antipasto Kabobs

Speedy Pizza Rounds

No time to fuss with pizza dough? Use flat sandwich rolls as the crust, then let diners customize personal pies with their favorite toppings like turkey sausage, Canadian bacon, sausage or pepperoni.

From Diabetic Living

Speedy Pizza Rounds

Eggplant Dip

Look for smaller eggplants. They typically have fewer seeds and may be less bitter. This chunky make-ahead dip is meant to be slathered on crusty bread or crackers.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Eggplant Dip

Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Roasting tomatoes brings out their inherent sweetness.

From EatingWell

Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw

Talk about easy! Thanks to convenience foods, these sliders come together in minutes.

From Midwest Living

Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw

Marinated Mozzarella with Basil

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

From Better Homes and Gardens

Marinated Mozzarella with Basil

Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Pockets

From Better Homes and Gardens

Sausage and Mushroom Pizza Pockets

Ricotta and Parmesan Spread

Fresh herbs season this ridiculously simple spread from BelGioioso Cheese in Wisconsin. It keeps well in the fridge and is delicious with cherry tomatoes or other vegetable dippers, as well as crackers or baguette slices.

From Midwest Living

Ricotta and Parmesan Spread

Tarragon Biscotti

You get lots of rich, nutty, licorice-accented flavor in each bite of these extra crisp low-fat cookies. Serve them as a side dish or snack.

From Heart-Healthy Living

Tarragon Biscotti

Italian Meatball Skewers

Appetizer-size meatballs and tortellini on skewers are an Italian-style appetizers. Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Italian Meatball Skewers

Apricot-Almond Bruschetta with Melted Brie

Make this versatile appetizer on the grill. Or toast the bread and melt the cheese under the broiler. Either way, this appetizer is quick, easy, and sure to please.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Apricot-Almond Bruschetta with Melted Brie

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