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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.

Cold Pizza Dip

Cold Pizza Dip

Cold Pizza Dip

My sisters and I each have our specialty recipes, and this is mine. Make the recipe your own by adding your favorite pizza toppings to the cream cheese "crust".

Fantastic Artichoke Pizza

Fantastic Artichoke Pizza

Fantastic Artichoke Pizza

It seems I'm always entertaining at the last minute. I keep many of the ingredients for this rich pizza on hand so I can make it at a moment's notice.

Italian Stuffed Artichokes

Italian Stuffed Artichokes

Italian Stuffed Artichokes

“I can remember Mom making this special treat at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas,” writes Emma Magielda from Amsterdam, New York. “We looked forward to it all year!” TIP: For easy eating, Emma suggests pulling leaves from the artichoke one at a time. Draw each through your teeth slowly, scraping and eating only the tender flesh at the base. Continue until you reach the central cone or heart of tender young leaves. Eat this with a fork.
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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.

Cruisin' Crostini

Cruisin' Crostini

Cruisin' Crostini

"Another first place finish is my Cruisin’ Crostini. These tasty rounds are like bruschetta, but much easier. People always seem to savor the pretty red tomatoes and melted cheese," shares Amber Kimmich from Powhatan, Virginia.

Pesto Dipping Oil

Pesto Dipping Oil

Pesto Dipping Oil

This is absolutely my favorite and easiest appetizer for entertaining. It is simply delicious with its combination of balsamic vineger, pesto and Parmesan cheese. Use it to marinate cubes of cheese and mushrooms for another simple appetizer.—Alice Schucard, Carlsbad, California

Caprese Tomato Bites

Caprese Tomato Bites

Caprese Tomato Bites

I love the classic combination of tomatoes, mozzarella and basil in these bite-size appetizers. The juicy explosion you get when you pop one into your mouth is the genuine taste of springtime.

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

Easy Italian Cheese Bread

Easy Italian Cheese Bread

Easy Italian Cheese Bread

Round out your favorite Italian meal with a buttery loaf of this crusty Italian Cheese Bread from Angie Smith of Clarksville, Tennessee. “The aroma and flavor of this quick and classic side are wonderful,” she promises. “We like to dip our slices in olive oil, fresh ground pepper and Parmesan cheese."

Refreshing Tomato Bruschetta

Refreshing Tomato Bruschetta

Refreshing Tomato Bruschetta

“This recipe’s best with sun-warmed tomatoes and basil fresh from the garden,” says Greta Igl of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. “My husband and I love this so much, we can make a meal of it alone!”

Prosciutto-Stuffed Mushrooms

Prosciutto-Stuffed Mushrooms

Prosciutto-Stuffed Mushrooms

Prosciutto and oregano give these stuffed mushrooms a bit of an Italian twist. To make them ahead, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake.
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