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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Tuscan Sausage & Bean Dip

This is a spin-off of a Mexican dip I had once. The original was wicked good, but I was going through an I’m-so-over-Mexican-dip phase and decided to switch it up. Take it to a party—I'll bet you no one else will bring anything like it! —Mandy Rivers, Lexington, South Carolina
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Crisp Cheese Breadsticks

Crisp Cheese Breadsticks

Crisp Cheese Breadsticks

This recipe is a great way to use up day-old bread. They are great served alongside soup or salad. And guests at my card game parties love them as appetizers.—Elizabeth Tonn, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Italian Red Pepper Bruschetta

Italian Red Pepper Bruschetta

Italian Red Pepper Bruschetta

To make this easy appetizer, I halve a loaf of Italian bread, then top it with a blend of fresh basil, oregano, garlic and red peppers, tomatoes and cheeses. It's hard to eat just one slice! —Josephine Devereaux Piro of Easton, Pennsylvania

Sausage French Bread Pizza

Sausage French Bread Pizza

Sausage French Bread Pizza

"I never seem to have pizza dough on hand, but that doesn't stop our family from enjoying pizza," reports Cherie Sweet. The Evansville, Indiana cook tops crusty French bread with creamy Alfredo sauce, sausage and veggies. "It's great to serve at a party for children or teens," she adds.

Red Pepper Bruschetta

Red Pepper Bruschetta

Red Pepper Bruschetta

Roasted red peppers take the place of tomatoes in this twist on traditional bruschetta. If your bakery doesn't offer baguettes, buy regular French bread instead then cut the slices in half to create the crunchy snacks. —Test Kitchen

Easy Three-Cheese Pesto Pizza

Easy Three-Cheese Pesto Pizza

Easy Three-Cheese Pesto Pizza

With a ready-made crust, this pizza can be on a serving tray in half an hour. The triple cheese blend will make these slices go fast.

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.

Tomato-Basil Bruschetta Appetizer

Tomato-Basil Bruschetta Appetizer

Tomato-Basil Bruschetta Appetizer

“It’s easy to double this great recipe for a crowd. You can make the tomato topping ahead, or keep it simple and serve it as a dip for the French bread slices.” —Marie Cosenza, Cortlandt Manor, New York

Crab Bruschetta

Crab Bruschetta

Crab Bruschetta

"Usually, I use only vegetables on my bruschetta, but I wondered how crab would taste. My family loves crab cakes, and now we love this appetizer, too," Mary Cokenour jots from Monticello, Utah.

Mozzarella Pepperoni Bread

Mozzarella Pepperoni Bread

Mozzarella Pepperoni Bread

"My family enjoys this tempting bread as an appetizer when we have company...and as a quick meal on hectic evenings," shares Teri Toti of San Antonio, Texas. "With five children at home, and all involved in sports, we have this hot snack sandwich often.

Mini Polenta Pizzas

Mini Polenta Pizzas

Mini Polenta Pizzas

With just four ingredients you can be the talk of the party! These tasty bites are special enough for a fancy gathering and no one will know they're healthy! They are shown with Goat Cheese, Pear & Onion Pizza (recipe also on Recipe Finder). Lillian Julow - Gainesville, Florida

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.
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