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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Italian Appetizer Ideas

Italian appetizer ideas are a very basic combination of very easy recipes to make delicious sauces and toppings. A table full of colorful and yummy appetizers, is all you need for a party or a simple celebration, as they can be as filling as any main course meals. When you are serving appetizers, make sure you serve these at least 3 hours before dinner, because once your guests or family get to eating these irresistible finger foods, dinner will have to be the next day's lunch! There are some great appetizers in traditional Italian food which are very well known and exquisite in taste, but are found mostly in authentic Italian restaurants. There are a few recipes for Italian appetizers mentioned in the following paragraphs, so if you have never tried making these, start cooking as soon as possible.

Easy Italian Appetizers

Who said, these Italian appetizer ideas which you can make in a matter of 20 minutes have to be eaten steaming hot? There are some delicious appetizer recipes which can be eaten even when they are cold and frozen. This is always a unique quality of appetizers, unlike lunch or dinner, which doesn't taste as great as it does when it's hot! Hence, to help you serve some of the best appetizers in Italian cuisine, we have tasty recipes of hot as well as cold Italian appetizers, put together just for you. But before we get into reading about recipes, find some great Italian appetizer ideas listed in the following list, so take a look!
  • Spicy Mozzarella Sticks
  • Gnocchi with Bacon Mushrooms and Cheese
  • Easy Pepperoni Rolls
  • Rainbow Pasta Salad
  • Marinated Antipasto
  • Toasted Ravioli
  • Spinach Arancini
  • Italian Nachos Restaurant-Style
  • Tarradls (Italian Pepper Rings)
  • Toasted Garlic Bread
  • Clams Casino
  • Carpaccio
  • Italian Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Pesto Cheesecake
  • Antipasto Kabobs
Here are some of your favorite Italian appetizer recipes, which are very easy to make and even easier to eat!

Double Tomato Bruschetta
Ingredients
  • 6 roma chopped tomatoes
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 French baguette
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Directions
Take a large mixing bowl and add the roma tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes, vinegar, basil, salt, and pepper. Preheat the oven on a broiler setting while you are mixing all the ingredients. Slice the baguette in ¾ inch slices and on a baking dish arrange these in a singe layer, and broil till they are slightly brown. Layer the earlier mixture evenly on these slices and top them with cheese, to broil for another 5 minutes till the cheese has melted. Your yummy tomato bruschetta, of the Italian appetizer ideas is ready to eat!

Prosciutto E Melone
Ingredients
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • Prosciutto crudo (cured ham)
Directions
Once you wash and clean the cantaloupe, slice it in very thin slices lengthwise to get 8 pieces and remove the skin. Simply keep them on the serving dish with the slices of ham at the side. The simplest of all Italian appetizers is ready. Place this tasty dish in the refrigerator, till they are to be eaten.

Artichoke Bread Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf French bread
  • 1 jar marinated, drained and chopped artichoke hearts
  • 1 to ½ cups sour cream
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • Salt and Pepper
Directions
Take the bread and cut it in half lengths, to make it hollow as a shell, so that the filling is inside it. Keep the removed bread, in a grinder and grind it till it crumbles finely. Then in a large bowl, mix the crumbs, sour cream, butter and sesame seeds and all the other ingredients and once they are mixed well, spread them on a baking dish. Broil it for about 10 minutes. In another bowl, mix the crumb mixture, artichokes, cheeses, garlic and parsley. Spoon it in the bread shells and place these on the baking sheet, to broil in the preheated oven for 25 minutes. Slice them and serve warm.

With these finger licking easy Italian appetizer ideas and a few of their recipes mentioned above, I am sure you want to start cooking right away. So, don't waste any more time, and give your family and guests a simple yet mouth watering treat!

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