Italian appetizer ideas are a very basic combination of delicious sauces and toppings to make easy recipes. A table full of colorful and yummy appetizers, is all you need for a party or a simple celebration, as they can be very filling and sumptuous.
When you are serving appetizers, make sure you serve them at least 3 hours before dinner, because once your guests start eating these irresistible finger foods, dinner will have to be the next day's lunch!
There are some great traditional Italian appetizers 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, now's the chance.
Easy Italian Appetizers
Who said, these appetizers 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 appetizers, put together just for you. But before we get into reading about recipes, find some great Italian appetizer options listed in the following list, so take a look!
Spicy Mozzarella Sticks
Gnocchi with Bacon Mushrooms and Cheese
Easy Pepperoni Rolls
Rainbow Pasta Salad
Italian Nachos Restaurant-style
Tarradls (Italian Pepper Rings)
Toasted Garlic Bread
Italian Stuffed Mushrooms
Here are some of your favorite recipes, which are very easy to make and even easier to eat!
Double Tomato Bruschetta
Tomatoes, chopped, 6
Sun-dried tomatoes, ½ cup
Olive oil, ¼ cup
Mozzarella cheese, shredded, 2 cups
Garlic, minced, 3 cloves
Fresh basil, ¼ cup
Balsamic vinegar, 2 tbsp.
French baguette, 1
Salt, ¼ tsp.
Black pepper, ground, ¼ tsp.
Take a large mixing bowl and add the 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 prepared 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 is ready to eat!
Prosciutto e Melone
Prosciutto crudo (cured ham)
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
French bread, 1
Artichoke hearts, marinated, drained and chopped, 1 jar
Sour cream, 1 cup
Butter, melted, ½ cup
Garlic, minced, 4 cloves
Fresh parsley, minced, 2 tbsp.
Cheddar cheese, shredded, 1 cup
Parmesan cheese, grated, ¼ cup
Sesame seeds, 2 tbsp.
Salt and pepper, as required
Take the bread and make it hollow as a shell, so that the filling is stuffed inside it.
Put 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.
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 fingerlicking easy Italian appetizer ideas and a few 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!