A tapenade is an olive spread that can
instantly add depth to dinners or
appetizers.  Look for tapenades near the
pickles and jarred roasted peppers in
your supermarket; some may also be in
the refrigerated section.  A good quality
tapenade will contain black or green
olives, or a combination, with capers,
garlic, olive oil, and herbs. 
QUICK IDEAS FOR TAPENADE

1. Toss with croutons and use as a stuffing for baked tomatoes.

2.  Stir a spoonful into rice.

3.  Brush on chicken cutlets; roll, skewer, and grill.

4.  Mix with chopped tuna and lemon juice for a twist on tuna salad.

5. Spread on ham or turkey sandwiches.
Italian Appetizers
Prosciutto and Gruyere Pinwheels
RECIPES
Prosciutto and Gruyere Pinwheels
Fried Artichoke Hearts
Eggplant Sandwiches
Frico
Garlic Garbanzo Dip
Mozzarella in Corrozza









Prosciutto and Gruyere Pinwheels
(Makes about 24-30 depending on how thick you cut them)

Ingredients:

1 sheet puff pastry (half of 17 ounce package), thawed
4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or parsley
3/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese
1 egg, beaten (for glaze)

Directions:

Cut puff pastry sheet in half, forming two 9-1/2 x 5-inch rectangles.  Arrange
prosciutto over pastry, leaving 1/2-inch border along one long side. Sprinkle
with basil and then evenly top with the cheese.  Brush plain border with egg
glaze. Refrigerate remaining glaze.  Starting at long side opposite border, roll
up pastry jelly-roll style.  Press gently to seal long edges.  Wrap in plastic and
refrigerate until firm, at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Brush logs with egg glaze. Cut logs crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds.
Arrange rounds on baking sheets.  Bake until pastries are golden brown, about
15 minutes.  Serve warm.
Fried Artichoke Hearts - "Carciofi Fritti"
(About 4 servings)
Fried Artichoke Hearts
Eggplant Sandwiches

Ingredients:

1 eggplant, sliced 1/4 -inch thick
2 ounces mortadella, sliced thin
2 ounces provolone cheese, sliced thin
2 eggs
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
Olive oil

Directions:

Cut the mortadella and provolone to fit on the slices of eggplant.  Sandwich one
slice of mortadella and one slice of provolone between 2 eggplant slices. 
Press down so that the filling clings to the eggplant. Beat the eggs and place
in a dish.  Combine the breadcrumbs, Parmesan, and parsley in another dish. 
Dip the sandwiches in the eggs and then the breadcrumb mixture.  Coat both
sides as well as the edges of the sandwiches.  Drizzle a little olive oil on both
sides of the sandwiches and place on a baking sheet.  Bake in a 375-degree
oven for 35 minutes or until crispy-brown.  Turn them once during the baking
time.  Cut into wedges and serve hot or at room temperature.
Ingredients:

1 (9 to 10 ounce) box frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
1 egg
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup dried bread crumbs
Olive oil or canola oil for frying
Salt
Optional: Lemon wedges or tomato sauce for dipping

Directions:

Pat artichoke hearts dry with paper towels.  Beat the egg in a small bowl.
In another bowl, combine the cheese and bread crumbs.

In a large skillet, heat 1/2 inch of oil over medium-high heat.  Dip each heart in
the egg and then roll in the bread crumbs.  Add them to the hot oil, one at a
time, without crowding.  Turn as necessary until golden brown, about 5
minutes.  Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt.  Serve with lemon
wedges or tomato sauce for dipping.
Frico
(Makes 24 (4-inch) wafers)

Ingredients:

9 ounces grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour

Directions:

Combine the two ingredients.  Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat.
Sprinkle a heaping tablespoon of the cheese mixture onto the skillet.  Press
mixture down to form a flattened circle.  Cook 1-1/2 to 2 minutes, until cheese
is melted but flexible.  Turn and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute more.  Transfer
frico to a paper towel to cool.  Best eaten within hours but they can be stored
1-2 days.
Garlic Garbanzo Dip

Ingredients:

2 heads of garlic
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/3 cup fresh chopped parsley


Directions:

Heat oven to 425 degrees F.  Wrap garlic in foil and bake 45 minutes.  Remove
from oven and cool.  Squeeze garlic cloves into a food processor.  Add
remaining ingredients and puree until smooth.  If too thick for dipping, add 1-2
tablespoons water.  Can be refrigerated for 2-3 days.
Mozzarella en Carrozza

(Makes 32 pieces)
Mozzarella en Carrozza
 
Mozzarella en Carrozza  (mozzarella in a carriage) is basically a cheese
sandwich made with mozzarella cheese.  The traditional recipe contains only
the cheese between 2 slices of bread.  You can add other ingredients, if you
wish.  Serve the mini sandwiches as an  appetizer or light lunch with the
traditional anchovy sauce or marinara sauce.

Ingredients:

16 slices white bread
1 pound fresh mozzarella
1/2 cup flour
4 eggs, beaten
Olive oil
Ham, prosciutto, sliced olives, roasted peppers, tomatoes, basil (optional)

Directions:

Trim the crusts from the slices of bread.  Cut the mozzarella into 16 slices.
Put 2 slices of cheese between 2 slices of bread.  Cut the sandwiches into
quarters diagonally.  Dredge the sandwiches in the flour and dip them in the
beaten eggs.  Coat the bottom of a large skillet with a couple tablespoons of
olive oil.  Place the skillet over medium-high heat.  When the oil is hot, begin
to add the sandwiches to the skillet in batches.  Fry them on both sides until
golden brown.  Add more oil as needed between batches.  Transfer the
cooked sandwiches to a paper-towel lined plate.  Serve with Anchovy and
Caper Sauce or marinara sauce.

Anchovy and Caper Sauce
(Makes 1 cup)

This is the traditional sauce served with Mozzarella en Carrozza.
It also makes a nice sauce for pasta, such as spaghetti or linguine.
It may also be used as a dip for bread or vegetables.

1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves
4 anchovy fillets, chopped
1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
4 tablespoons butter


Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Add the garlic, allow it to
turn golden brown, and then discard the garlic.  Add the anchovies and stir
until dissolved into the oil.  Add the lemon juice, capers, butter, and parsley.
Heat until the butter melts; remove from the heat.

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HERBACEOUS ARRANGEMENT
Using up an entire bunch of fresh
herbs from the market or your
garden can be difficult, especially
when recipes call for only one
tablespoon.  Instead, think of
leftovers as an alternative to floral
greens.  Add herbs to a bouquet of
supermarket flowers for a lush
table centerpiece.  Or simply
arrange them in a clean can for a
more rustic look.
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