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Italian Appetizers

Looking for Italian appetizers? Find easy Italian appetizer recipes including bruschetta and other Italian breads, Italian salads, and more Italian appetizers.

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This is the only way my kids will eat spinach! The dip can be made ahead and chilled. Place in the bread shell and bake just before company arrives.—Shauna Dittrick, Leduc, Alberta
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Mini Blue Cheese Rolls

Mini Blue Cheese Rolls

Mini Blue Cheese Rolls

Myrtle Albrecht of Cameron Park, California shares Mini Blue Cheese Rolls—a fun, easy way to dress up refrigerated breadsticks.

Blue Cheese Appetizer Pizza

Blue Cheese Appetizer Pizza

Blue Cheese Appetizer Pizza

Kathy Stanaway's mouthwatering recipe makes enough for two pizzas. "Loaded with crumbled blue cheese, slices are always popular at card parties and New Year's Eve gatherings," writes the DeWitt, Michigan reader. "My kids also love this pizza—we sometimes make it as an alternative to the regular Italian variety.—Kathy Stanaway, DeWitt, Michigan

Italian Meat Stromboli

Italian Meat Stromboli

Italian Meat Stromboli

As a mother of two, it seems the only time I have to be creative is in the kitchen. I received a similar recipe from a co-worker but decided to add veggies and spices.
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Onion Pita Pizza

Onion Pita Pizza

Onion Pita Pizza

For a different appetizer or snack, try these appealing "pizzas" from Mary Lou Wayman of Salt Lake City, Utah. With their mild blue cheese and onion flavor and crispy pita crust, they're sure to hit the spot with your favorite summer beverage.

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

This meaty mushroom creates a perfect marriage with creamy goat cheese. For a savory variation, try feta or herbed cream cheese. Mike Bass, Alvin, Texas

Stromboli Slices

Stromboli Slices

Stromboli Slices

“I've served this dish to teens, college students and a women's group," laughs Rachel Jackson in Pennsville, New Jersey. "Everyone has loved it, and many people have asked for the recipe. Easy and delicious, it's sure to please your party guests!”

Garlic Cheese Spread

Garlic Cheese Spread

Garlic Cheese Spread

Making this cheese spread is easy and fun. It tastes great on flatbread, focaccia or crackers. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Pastrami Asparagus Roll-Ups

Pastrami Asparagus Roll-Ups

Pastrami Asparagus Roll-Ups

"When people first see this appetizer, they're often skeptical about the combination," notes Sharon Waller from Aromas, California. "But once they take that first bite, they're hooked!" The addictive treat is enhanced with a flavorful pesto sauce.

Mozzarella Tomato Tartlets

Mozzarella Tomato Tartlets

Mozzarella Tomato Tartlets

Convenient frozen phyllo shells add to this impressive appetizer's easy preparation. Although I make them year-round, they're especially tasty with garden-fresh tomatoes.

Polenta Parmigiana

Polenta Parmigiana

Polenta Parmigiana

“This warm, Italian-flavored appetizer also makes a quick, filling lunch. I prefer this veggie version, but my kids like to add pepperoni or sausage to create mini pizzas.” —Carolyn Kumpe, El Dorado, California

Mixed Olive Crostini

Mixed Olive Crostini

Mixed Olive Crostini

“These little toasts are pretty and irresistible—they’re always a big hit. Even though they look like you fussed, the ingredients are probably in your pantry.” —Laurie LaClair, North Richland Hills, Texas
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