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Antipasto, Appetizers, and Snacks

The word 'antipasto' comes from Latin and means "before the meal." 
It is a small snack or appetizer meant to awaken the appetite, not to satify it. 
Antipasto Platter
Antipasto Platter
An assortment of antipasti is a great way to start a meal and sometimes it can even be a meal in itself.  Platters of sliced or cubed meats, cheeses, fresh and marinated vegetables decoratively arranged are also great for parties.
Prosciutto and Gruyere Pinwheels
Italian Appetizers
Prosciutto and Gruyere Pinwheels
Fried Artichoke Hearts
Eggplant Sandwiches 
Frico
Garlic Garbanzo Dip
Mozzarella in Corrozza
Tortellini Caprese Skewers
Italian Appetizers
Tortellini Caprese Skewers
Mozzarella Sticks
Olive Crostini
Pizza Dip
Sausage Tarts
Zucchini Bites
Roasted Shrimp with Bloody Mary Cocktail Sauce
Cold Hors d'Oeuvres
Chicken Salad on Cucumber
Smoked Salmon and Egg Salad
Herbed Ricotta Spread
Mortadella Mousse
Roasted Shrimp with Bloody Mary Sauce
Country Pate
Polenta Cakes with Salmon and Caviar
Hot Hors d'Oeuvres
Polenta Cakes with Salmon and Caviar
Mini Gorgonzola Popovers
Mini Spinach Calzones
Shrimp Saltimbocca
Pesto and Sun-dried Tomato Palmiers
Bruschetta
Bruschetta may be topped with tiny bits of tomato, a spoonful of cooked beans, or any number of seasonal ingredients.
Arancini - Fried Stuffed Rice Balls
Arancini - Fried Rice Balls
Arancini can be stuffed with various types of cheese, meats,or chopped vegetables.
They are served as snack food in bars and cafes all over Sicily.
Cheese Tray
Creating a Cheese Tray
It's common in the US to serve cheese as an appetizer before a meal. A cheese tray with various accompaniments is wonderful as a light lunch or dinner served with wine or beer.
Panella
Panella
Panella is a Sicilian savory fritter made with a finely ground flour from ceci or chickpeas.
Garlic Knots
Garlic Knots
Garlic knots are a pizzeria classic. They are a nice accompaniment to soup or dip them in some pizza sauce for a snack.
Artichoke Dip
Artichoke Dip
Artichoke dip is good hot, cold, or at room temperature.  Serve it with crudites, chips, or pita wedges.
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QUICK AND EASY APPETIZERS
PROSCIUTTO WRAPPED BREADSTICKS

Wrap 8 thin slices of prosciutto around 8 grissini or other thin breadsticks, leaving several inches of exposed bread at one end.  SERVES 4
GOAT CHEESE CROSTINI

Combine 1 tablespoon minced parsely, 2 ounces softened goat cheese, and 1 minced garlic clove.  Spread evenly over 8 (1/2-inch thick) slices of toasted Italian bread.   SERVES 4
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Whether it's a quiet night with friends, a holiday open house, or a big birthday celebration, serving a selection of appetizers can be a fun way to entertain.
Set up a large table or several stations throughout the house, so that your guests can serve themselves and also mingle with others.

TIPS FOR SETTING UP AN APPETIZER BUFFET

1. Use varying heights when serving a selection of appetizers to create visual interest.

2. Layer items (one item slightly in front of another); it encourages the eye to roam.

3. You can include decorative items alongside and between platters of food.

4. When grouping items together, use an odd number; this technique has been proven to be very eye pleasing.
TURN YOUR FAVORITE PLATE
INTO A PEDESTAL SERVING DISH
Cake stands are super versatile for serving appetizers. They add height and make a great display. But cake stands can be difficult to store.  The Serve It Up Plate Stand has a porcelain base, topped with a suction cup that securely affixes to  dinnerware or bowls that have a flat bottom.  Simply pull the tab to release the plate when you're done.
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Stuffed Zucchini Flowers
Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms
Zucchini flowers are filled with a 3-cheese mixture that is flavored with just a hint of mint, dipped in batter, and then fried.  The cheese filling melts while the batter forms a light, crispy coating.
Mini Stuffed Peppers Appetizer
Mini Stuffed Peppers
These mini peppers are stuffed with a ground beef and cheese mixture for a delicious appetizer or light lunch.
Stuffed Eggs
Often called 'deviled eggs' stuffed eggs are commonly served as hors d'oeuvres before a meal or as part of a buffet or an outdoor cookout menu
Great way to present mini appetizers, salads or desserts in little servings.
PERFECT PLATES AND FORKS FOR A TASTING PARTY
Whipped Baccala
Italian Christmas Eve Appetizers
Appetizers to serve as part of an Eve of the Seven Fishes menu on Christmas Eve or if you simply would like to serve a seafood appetizer any time of the year.
Valentine's Day Appetizers
A collection of appetizers to serve on Valentine's Day or any special or romantic occasion.
Fried Pizza Appetizers
Mini skillet pizzas make delicious appetizers.  Use a biscuit cutter to cut out small rounds of pizza dough.
QUICK AND EASY APPETIZER IDEAS FROM CYBERCUCINA
FOR
CHEESE LOVERS
Eggplant Pizzettes
Eggplant Pizzettes
Eggplant Pizzettes are a variation of eggplant parmesan that can be served as a appetizer, snack, or as part of an antipasto platter.
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