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Easy Italian Appetizers

Easy Appetizers to Perfectly Start Off a Sumptuous Italian Meal

Appetizers are supposed to be the most delicious part of the menu at a dinner party. They are easy to prepare and the keep the guests munching continuously.
Tastessence Staff
Last Updated: Aug 24, 2018
There's nothing like Italian appetizers to start off a sumptuous Italian meal. From farinata to bruschetta, here are some easy Italian appetizers to please your guests with.
Farinata
Socca, farinata, chickpea pancake
Ingredients:
  • 4 cups, water
  • 2 cups, chickpea flour
  • 1 onion, medium
  • 4 tablespoons, extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon, salt
  • A big pinch of pepper
Procedure:
  • Pour the water into a bowl and gradually add the chickpea flour.
  • Mix this using a wire whisk, and then add salt into it; allow it to stand for 4 hours at room temperature or overnight.
  • Remove any foam that forms on the top.
  • Then, grease a 16x12'' baking pan with oil, and add 2 more tablespoons of oil into it.
  • Next, put the chickpea mixture into it, using a fork to mix it and the oil well.
  • Sprinkle the top with pepper. Then, cut the onion into thin slices.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan and add the onion into it, cooking it for around 10 minutes on medium heat.
  • Heat the oven to 400 ºF, top the farinata with the cooked slices of onion and bake for about 20-25 minutes.
  • Take it out of the oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes and then cut into pieces.
Garlicky Sausage Bread
Stromboli with Pepperoni, Salami, Mushrooms and Peppers
Ingredients:
  • 1 loaf of Italian bread (cut into half, lengthwise)
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 1 cup, strips of red bell pepper (roasted)
  • 1 large tomato (sliced)
  • 1 (8-oz.) packet, mozzarella cheese (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup, black olives (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup, green olives (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup, balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 tbsp basil (dried)
  • 1/4 teaspoon, oregano (dried)
  • 1 tablespoon, garlic (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons, red onion (diced)
  • 1 pinch black pepper
  • 1 pinch salt
Preparation:
  • Begin by preheating the oven to 400 ºF.
  • Heat a saucepan and crumble the sausage into it.
  • Cover it and cook, stirring every now and then, until the sausage browns completely and drain it out.
  • Put the bread, crust side down, on a baking sheet.
  • Next, spread the cooked sausages over both the bread halves, evenly.
  • Place black olives, green olives, slices of mozzarella, strips of red bell pepper, and tomato slices on each bread and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Put garlic, onion, pepper, salt, basil, oregano, vinegar and olive oil in a bowl.
  • Whisk them together and drizzle on baked bread.
  • Bake for 5 more minutes, remove from oven, cut the baked bread into 2-inch slices and serve.
Garlicky Bruschetta
Bruschetta???Recipe
Ingredients:
  • 2 tomatoes cut into cubes
  • 4 tablespoons, Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 1 garlic clove (crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon, basil (dried)
  • 2 tablespoons, olive oil
  • Black pepper according to taste
  • Salt according to taste
Preparation:
  • Mix the cheese, tomatoes, garlic, basil, olive oil, pepper and salt in a bowl.
  • Cover it and refrigerate for eight hours and serve.
Sun-Dried Tomato and Chicken Bruschetta
Salad on bread???
Ingredients:
  • 2 chicken breast halves (boneless; skinless)
  • 8 sun-dried tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/3 cup, feta cheese (crumbled)
  • 4 cups, spinach (fresh; shredded)
  • 1¼ cups, Italian salad dressing (divided)
  • 1 lb loaf of focaccia bread (cut into 1/2-inch sized slices)
  • ¼ cup, olive oil
Preparation:
  • Put one cup of salad dressing and chicken in a bowl, cover it and refrigerate for about 3 hours to let it marinate.
  • Then, preheat the grill to high heat and oil the grate lightly. 
  • Drain out the marinade and grill the chicken on each side for about seven minutes, until the juices begin to run.
  • Next, let it cool and then shred it.
  • Put this cooked chicken along with the rest of the dressing, sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese, and spinach in a bowl.
  • Use the olive oil to brush the slices of bread and put them on the grill and toast them lightly.
  • Put some of the chicken mixture on each of these slices of toasted bread and serve.
Mouth-Watering Meatball Appetizers
Meatball appetizers
Ingredients:
  • ½ lb beef (ground)
  • 1 lb pork (ground)
  • ½ lb Italian sausage (casing removed)
  • ½ cup, Italian bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup, onions (chopped)
  • 2/3 cup, mixed Italian cheese (shredded)
  • 3-4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1, (14.5-oz.) can Italian tomatoes (diced)
  • 1 tablespoon, Italian seasoning
  • 1/3 cup, extra-virgin olive oil
Preparation:
  • Mix together the cheese, bread crumbs, eggs, and meat in a bowl and set it aside.
  • Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and brown the garlic and onion.
  • Add half the can of tomatoes and let it simmer for about 5 minutes. Then, let this cool down to room temperature.
  • Next, heat the oven to 350 ºF. Put the vegetable mixture into the meat mixture and combine both.
  • Grease a baking sheet with one teaspoon of oil.
  • Roll small amounts of the meat mixture into balls in the palms of the hands.
  • Once all of them are made, drizzle the rest of the oil on them and bake for about half an hour.