DINNER BEFORE DINNER
What can I say about Italian appetizers
that hasn't already been said.
Great Chicago Italian dinners begin with great starters
Those delicious little morsels spread out on the dining room table just waiting to be enjoyed by all. The first chapter in the book of food. The first act in the theater of fine Italian dinners. The first note played in the concerto of.....Oh, well, you get the picture. I'm getting a little carried away just thinking about preparing these wonderful dishes.
Traditional Italian appetizers are quick and easy to make and uncompromising in taste.
I always spread out the apps around three hours before dinner, this way it gives the family a little time for nap between courses.
Make around ten of them and you could skip dinner completely and just go straight for the nap. At least that seems to work for my family.
Some of my favorite recipes include....
Mussels in Marinara
I have to admit this is my favorite. This is my recipe which has a little spice and plenty of taste.
Sausage and Peppers
Hot or mild Italian sausage with juicy tender slices of red, green and yellow bell peppers. Just savor the flavors and watch out for that juice dripping down your chin.
Prosciutto and Melon
This simple Italian favorite will have your family and guests singing the tunes of Verdi and Puccini.
Garlicky, crunchy and chunky are the best way to describe this appetizer. Garlic and basil, "Don't Leave Home Without It".Carry it with you and you'll make many friends.
Fried mozzarella is a definite hit among children and adults alike. Chewy and stringy and oh so good best describes this delicious dish.
Crisp garlic bread with herbs and parmesan cheese.
Delicious stuffed artichokes braised in chicken broth.
Baby Portobello mushrooms stuffed with sausage,cheese and prosciutto.
Great little apps for the whole party.
Aunt Rose's Crab Dip
Creamy crab with a secret.
Crispy fritter with sour cream.
Tasty eggplant appetizer.
Filippo's Broiled Clams
Delicious littleneck clams with prosciutto.
Fried Ravioli with Rosemary Butter Sauce
Rosemary, garlic, onions and butter top these delicious breaded raviolis.
Tossed in olive oil, rolled in breadcrumbs and Parmesan and baked to perfection.
Delicious portabella mushrooms layered with tomato, cheese and basil.
Crispy tender fried squid with marinara.
The great New Orleans classic Italian sandwich.
Chef Franco Lania's Arancini di Riso
Delicious Sicilian rice balls.
Italian Baked Mussels
Plump tender mussels topped with Italian seasoned breadcrumbs.
Simple Healthy Bruschetta
Simple appetizer with fresh diced tomatoes(Healthy Italian Recipes).
Vegetable Fritto Misto
Fresh vegetables battered and deep fried.
Stuffed Melrose Peppers
Delicious sweet peppers stuffed with homemade Italian sausage.
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