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Italian Appetizers & Snacks

Delish appetizers and snacks that are simple to make!
Roasted Tomato Crostini

Roasted Tomato Crostini

If you don’t have time to assemble 
these crostini before guests arrive, 
simply mound the topping in a bowl 
set on a platter, and surround the bowl with toasted baguette slices. If you're planning ahead, you can roast the tomatoes, prepare the bean topping, and toast the bread slices up to two days in advance.

Rosemary-and-Balsamic-Roasted Grapes and Olives

Rosemary-and-Balsamic-Roasted Grapes and Olives

For this rustic antipasto dish, you’ll need two shallow baking dishes. One should be large enough (about 2-quart capacity) to use as a serving dish. Choose olives that haven’t been marinated or oil-cured.

Bruschetta with White Bean Paste, Tomato Chutney, and Reduced Balsamic Glaze

Bruschetta with White Bean Paste, Tomato Chutney, and Reduced Balsamic Glaze

Even as a kid, vegetarian Joshua Ogrodowski enjoyed cooking breakfast for his large family. His culinary career included stints as a dishwasher in an Italian restaurant, a movie theater concession stand supervisor, and country club line cook before he enrolled in the culinary arts program at Johnson & Wales. Currently, Joshua is pursuing his master’s degree in art and teaching. He developed this recipe for a recorded heart-healthy cooking demo in a spa cuisine class.

Avocado Chimichurri Bruschetta

Avocado Chimichurri Bruschetta

Talk about a fusion of world cuisines! Cubes of avocado are folded into chimichurri—an Argentinean sauce made of chopped parsley, cilantro, garlic, vinegar, and oil—to create a Latin variation on bruschetta, a classic Italian starter.

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Golden Caponata

Celery plays an important role in this version of the Italian eggplant dish, which can be served as an appetizer dip, or spooned onto bread for a sandwich.

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Italian Stuffed Peppers

Lillian Kayte, a retired food writer from Gainesville, Fla., used to develop recipes for VT (such as her famous Thanksgiving No-Turkey ‘Turkey’, featured in November 1995). We were stoked when she recently shared this recipe for stuffed peppers, which makes great finger food at parties.

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