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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
JOIN US FOR APPETIZERS
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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