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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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My husband and I met at a cooking class and have loved creating menus and entertaining ever since. These do-ahead appetizers are always a hit.—Denise Hazen, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Artichoke Caprese Platter

Artichoke Caprese Platter

Artichoke Caprese Platter

I dressed up the classic Italian trio of mozzarella, tomatoes and basil with marinated artichokes. It looks so yummy on a pretty platter set out on a buffet. Using fresh mozzarella is the key to its great taste. —Margaret Wilson, San Bernardino, California

Herbed Garlic Dipping Oil

Herbed Garlic Dipping Oil

Herbed Garlic Dipping Oil

Talk about versatility! This herb-infused oil has many uses. Spread over halved French bread and broil until toasted, toss with hot pasta, or simply use as a full-flavored dipping oil. —Dawn Embry-Rodriguez, Florence, Colorado

Quick Focaccia Bread

Quick Focaccia Bread

Quick Focaccia Bread

Green olives compliment this cheesy, pizza-like bread from Ivy Laffoon of Ceres, California. With very few ingredients, it’s packed with flavor. Serve it as an appetizer or alongside pasta, soup or salad for a mouthwatering meal.—Ivy J Laffoon, Ceres, California
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Supreme Pizza

Supreme Pizza

Supreme Pizza

Even if you've never made pizza from scratch, I hope you'll try this recipe. It's the highlight of my favorite casual meal. You have to plan ahead to allow rising time for the dough, but it is easy to work with and the crust is good.—Gaylene Anderson, Sandy, Utah

Cheddar Bruschetta

Cheddar Bruschetta

Cheddar Bruschetta

"I always like to try bruschetta when we're eating out at a restaurant to see how it compares to my recipe-- and I haven't found one that's better yet!" writes Vicki Thompson of Bristol, New Brunswick. "It's a hit when i serve it to company or take it to potlucks and other gatherings."

Pepperoni Pizza Twists

Pepperoni Pizza Twists

Pepperoni Pizza Twists

My stepsister gave me this recipe and I just tweaked it. You can add diced green peppers and olives, too.” Lisa Worley - Adairsville, Georgia

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

Tomato Rosemary Focaccia

Tomato Rosemary Focaccia

Tomato Rosemary Focaccia

"This quick Italian flat bread is a delicious savory snack and is also good with soup or a salad," remarks field editor Dorothy Smith of El Dorado, Arkansas.

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

Easy Party Bruschetta

Easy Party Bruschetta

Easy Party Bruschetta

This pretty bruschetta packs plenty of fresh flavor and gets a hint of heat from jalapeno pepper. It’s perfect for a casual buffet table when tomatoes are at their summer best. Del Mason of Martensville, Saskatchewan shares the recipe.

Italian Cheese Loaf

Italian Cheese Loaf

Italian Cheese Loaf

Here's a deliciously different sandwich. It's yummy warm from the oven or off the grill at a cookout. The cheesy filling is complemented by a mix of garden-fresh ingredients and crusty bread. I usually serve it with a salad and onion rings.
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