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.

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Italian Veggie Dunkers

From Better Homes and Gardens

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

Italian Veggie Dunkers

Marinated Vegetables, Cheese, and Sausage

From Better Homes and Gardens

Serve this meat, cheese, and vegetable combo as antipasto on an appetizer buffet. Make and refrigerate it a day ahead, then have time to spare the day of serving.

Marinated Vegetables, Cheese, and Sausage

Bagna Cauda

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Bagna Cauda

Handmade Italian Meatballs

From Better Homes and Gardens

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

Handmade Italian Meatballs

Angel Hair Pasta with Lemon Cream Sauce

From Fine Cooking Magazine

If you happen to have some grappa on hand, the fiery Italian spirit is a delicious alternative for the gin in this recipe.

Angel Hair Pasta with Lemon Cream Sauce

Artichokes Parmesan

From Better Homes and Gardens

These tomato-and-Parmesan crumb-topped artichokes are elegant enough to serve with your fanciest meals.

Artichokes Parmesan

Mozzarella Cheese Bread Sticks

From Prego Italian Sauce

Aromatic garlic bread, topped with mozzarella cheese, is served with a rich Italian tomato sauce for dipping.

Mozzarella Cheese Bread Sticks

Olive Pepperoni Kabobs

From Better Homes and Gardens

Olive Pepperoni Kabobs

Tuscan Cheesecake Bites

From Better Homes and Gardens

Panko -- extra-crispy Japanese bread crumbs -- give the crusts of these savory small cheesecakes a pleasingly crunchy texture. Grind walnuts in a food processor or blender until they're as fine as cornmeal.

Tuscan Cheesecake Bites

Swiss Chard Bruschetta

From Better Homes and Gardens

This is a heartier side dish; serve with a lighter main dish, such as fish or seafood.

Swiss Chard Bruschetta

All-Bran® Mini Calzones

From Kellogg's

Perfect as an appetizer or snack, these spinach- and cheese-filled pockets get a boost of fiber and goodness in the pastry from Kellogg's® All-Bran® Original cereal.

All-Bran® Mini Calzones

Italian Tuna Pate

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Italian Tuna Pate

Eggplant Caponata with Golden Raisins

From Food & Wine

As a nod to the grape harvest, chef Ben Towill of Silkstone and The Fat Radish restaurant in New York City adds golden raisins to this tangy caponata. It's delicious on toast or with pecorino cheese.

Eggplant Caponata with Golden Raisins

Michael Turek
Cucumber Bruschetta with Grilled Shrimp & Crab Salad

From Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Cucumber Bruschetta with Grilled Shrimp & Crab Salad

Marinated Mozzarella with Basil

From Better Homes and Gardens

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

Marinated Mozzarella with Basil

Italiano Fondue

From Prego Italian Sauce

Robust Prego® Italian Sauce, red wine and mozzarella cheese meld together for a delicious Italian-style fondue.

Italiano Fondue

Apricot-Almond Bruschetta with Melted Brie

From Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Apricot-Almond Bruschetta with Melted Brie

Portobello Mushroom Pizza

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Portobello Mushroom Pizza

Antipasto

From Ladies' Home Journal

Serve this classic Italian appetizer on a buffet table so guests can pick and choose their favorites from among all the fresh and colorful ingredients.

Antipasto

Italian Style Deviled Eggs

From Better Homes and Gardens

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

Italian Style Deviled Eggs

Italian Grinder Dip

From Better Homes and Gardens

Italian Grinder Dip

Easy Bruschetta

From Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Easy Bruschetta

Aged Gouda Biscotti with Walnuts

From Food & Wine

These crunchy biscotti are surprisingly rich-tasting thanks to aged Gouda and chopped walnuts. Try other hard cheeses, too, like aged Prima Donna, a lighter Gouda-style cheese from the Netherlands.

Aged Gouda Biscotti with Walnuts

Frances Janisch
Antipasto Platter

From Betty Crocker

An Italian favorite! A lively lemon-and-oil mixture lightly dresses an assortment of meats, olives and vegetables.

Antipasto Platter

Meatball Sliders

From Better Homes and Gardens

Meatball Sliders

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