Here is a short story about easy appetizers recipes…Once upon a time small savory appetizers were served right before each meal in order to arouse appetite (appetite–>appetizers). These were usually small canapé and they could be hot or cold, fried or baked and generally served with a glass of delicious wine.
These easy appetizers recipes were a way to “break the ice” among guests during formal and glamorous dinner gatherings.
Just picture a huge dining room with Murano Glass Chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, beautiful silk rugs on the floor, paintings on the walls and marble surfaces everywhere in proper Italian Style…
Before serving the main courses usually easy appetizers recipes were served…and sometimes not so easy but surely tasty and savory.
Nowadays, and in certain occasions, appetizers can even substitute lunch. They are very popular to serve as caterings or as easy appetizers recipes for parties. They are actually informal and if you arrange the room properly people and guests will comfortably walk around, holding their glass of wine, choosing their appetizers while talking and socializing with the other guests at the party or social event.
If you want to get back to formal occasions you can then prepare some easy appetizers recipes for Christmas, or any other holiday. You can make easy appetizers for Thanksgiving or Easter. If this is the case then again our appetizers will take on the role of “ice breakers” or will be enjoyed by your guests and arouse their appetite!
Make sure you serve them with some delicious Italian wine, red or white, depending on the ingredients you choose to make your easy appetizers recipes.
I’ll share with you some of my favorites in just a little bit!
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In Italy sometimes we prepare some easy appetizers recipes to eat as snacks between meals like an all-Italian tomato bruschetta or some garlic bread with extra virgin olive oil and minced rosemary.
Bruschetta bread, croutons are good ideas to make easy appetizers recipes as long as you choose quality ingredients and especially quality fragrant bread.
You can also choose to make small Panini with tasty and savory sauces, ham and frittata.
Here are some of my favorite easy appetizers recipes:
- Puff pastry with Parmesan cheese and ham
ham (like Italian Parma ham)
Lay your puff pastry on a cutting board, spread some grated Parmesan cheese on top.
Cut your puff pastry to make some sort of pastry sticks.
Place them on a baking tray and sprinkle them with poppy seeds.
Bake in preheated oven at 400°F. for about 10 minutes.
Take you pastry sticks out of the oven, let them cool off for about 10 minutes then wrap some ham, like Italian Parma ham, around each one of them.
Arrange nicely on a tray and serve!
- Stuffed small focaccia
2 tbsp. milk
extra virgin olive oil
If you have enough time and patience to make your own dough, follow the procedure suggested in this article:
Cut the dough in small rounds of about 3 inches each.
Pour milk and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil in a glass and vigorously whisk with a fork.
Brush some of this mixture on top of each small focaccia dough.
Bake in preheated oven at 400°F. for about 10 minutes, until fragrant and golden.
Take them out of the oven, let them cool for a couple of minutes and then cut each focaccia in half so that you can fill it with olive paste and ham.
- Tramezzino sandwich with Ricotta cheese, bologna and pickles
(no bread included)!
freshly ground black pepper
Finally chop pickles and mince some tarragon, add minced tarragon and chopped pickle to Ricotta cheese. Add freshly ground black pepper and mix well.
Lay three slices of bologna on a cutting board. Cut each slice in a triangle shape.
Spread the Ricotta mixture on top of one of the three triangle slices and then cover it with another one. Again spread some Ricotta cheese on top and cover with the third slice of fresh Italian bologna.
This way you should end up with three layers of bologna and ricotta mixture.
Wrap each tramezzini with cooking wrap and refrigerate for about two hours.
Pierce with a toothpick to serve and enjoy!
If you like blue cheese you can prepare this same recipe simply replacing ricotta cheese with blue cheese.
- Bottom line
I hope you will try at least one of the easy appetizers recipes I’ve suggested here today and that you’ll let me know which one is your favorite!
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