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.

Grilled Arugula Bruschetta

From Family Circle

Grilled Arugula Bruschetta

Appetizer Fruit Plate

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

From Better Homes and Gardens

Appetizer Fruit Plate

Fried Ricotta With a Little Tomato Salad

Make the salad course irresistible by serving fresh vegetables with a side of fried ricotta cheese, just like Jamie Oliver.

From Martha Stewart

Fried Ricotta With a Little Tomato Salad

Eggplant Caponata Crostini

The tangy relish that tops these crostini is very versatile; it also works as a quick pasta sauce or sandwich spread.

From Martha Stewart

Eggplant Caponata Crostini

Roasted Tomato and Ricotta Crostini

Spoon this flavorful topping over toasted bread from a country-style loaf.

From Martha Stewart

Roasted Tomato and Ricotta Crostini

Sausage and Sage Arancini Risotto Balls

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

From Family Circle

Sausage and Sage Arancini Risotto Balls

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

Meatball Sliders

From Better Homes and Gardens

Meatball Sliders

Polenta Tart

Polenta, seasoned with fresh basil and garlic, serves as the crust in this elegant make-ahead appetizer tart. Make and chill the polenta up to one day ahead. Just before baking, top with portobello mushrooms, tomato sauce, and Parmesan cheese.

From Family Circle

Polenta Tart

Mediterranean Puffs

From Family Circle

Mediterranean Puffs

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

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

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

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

Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Shine a spotlight on summer's juiciest tomatoes by slicing and spreading them out on ricotta-topped toasts.

From Family Circle

Cherry Tomato Bruschetta

Stuffed Artichokes with Spicy Italian Sausage and Sweet Red Pepper

Employ your slow cooker to steam these sausage-stuffed artichokes until they are tender and fully infused with Italian herbs and spices.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Stuffed Artichokes with Spicy Italian Sausage and Sweet Red Pepper

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

Spicy Sausage Pizza Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Spicy Sausage Pizza 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

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