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Old 10-19-2012, 11:24 AM   #1
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ISO Unique Italian Appetizer Ideas

DW and I are getting together with our dinner club next weekend. Our friends who are hosting it recently returned from a trip to Italy and have decided to do an Italian themed dinner. I am in charge of bringing appetizers and a wine to pair with it.

The wine is easy. I'll probably bring Prosecco, since it's a nice palate waker-upper and goes well with virtually any appetizer.

As for appetizers, the obvious choice is an antipasti platter. We have a good salumeria not too far away, so I was thinking of stopping by there to get some meat and cheeses. DW loves prosciutto and melon skewers, so that will also be on the plate.

Any other ideas from DC'ers? Maybe a little something off the beaten path. This is a group of adventurous eaters who are always attempting to go for the wow factor whenever we get together.

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Old 10-19-2012, 12:02 PM   #2
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I like layering roasted peppers, sundried tomatoes, arthichokes, salami or pastrami, ricotta, pesto and buffalo mozzarella in a large dish and baking it till melting and bubbly. Served with toasted bruchetta slices.

You can play with the flavours, I always change it a bit and it always goes down well.
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:12 PM   #3
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DW and I are getting together with our dinner club next weekend. Our friends who are hosting it recently returned from a trip to Italy and have decided to do an Italian themed dinner. I am in charge of bringing appetizers and a wine to pair with it.

The wine is easy. I'll probably bring Prosecco, since it's a nice palate waker-upper and goes well with virtually any appetizer.

As for appetizers, the obvious choice is an antipasti platter. We have a good salumeria not too far away, so I was thinking of stopping by there to get some meat and cheeses. DW loves prosciutto and melon skewers, so that will also be on the plate.

Any other ideas from DC'ers? Maybe a little something off the beaten path. This is a group of adventurous eaters who are always attempting to go for the wow factor whenever we get together. ...
Arancini
Mario's Pear Carpaccio
Prosecco floats - prosecco & lemon sorbet, but not sure how you could transport it.
Will give it some more thought.
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:44 PM   #4
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I think homemade Caponata would make a wonderful addition to your ntipasti tray.
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:48 PM   #5
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How about some Carpaccio or stuffed zucchini flowers or zucchini fritters. Darn I'm getting hungry! Love Italian food!
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Old 10-19-2012, 12:55 PM   #6
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You can make an assortment of olives and fruits stuffed with different things. Like blue cheese stuffed olives, prosciutto and parm stuffed olives. Dates stuffed with toasted almonds, figs stuffed with ricotta and drizzled honey....you get the picture....yum
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:03 PM   #7
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Giada has a cool recipe for Spinach Salad in a Parmesan Frico Cup. I'd make the frico cups and fill them with an antipasto mixture instead of the spinach salad; you could lighten it up with some greens if you wanted.

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You can make an assortment of olives and fruits stuffed with different things. Like blue cheese stuffed olives, prosciutto and parm stuffed olives. Dates stuffed with toasted almonds, figs stuffed with ricotta and drizzled honey....you get the picture....yum
Talking about stuffed fruit, I remember an appetizer we had at an Italian wedding once that I liked. I got the recipe but I don't know what I did with it.
It was called Dulcia Domestica. Dates stuffed with pine nuts and cooked in wine and honey.
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We love to grill pencil asparagus and make proscuitto wrapped bundles with them. Usually three spears to a bundle, which get a light dressing of fresh lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Parmesan is shaved over the platter. We consider it finger food.
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Giada has a cool recipe for Spinach Salad in a Parmesan Frico Cup. I'd make the frico cups and fill them with an antipasto mixture instead of the spinach salad; you could lighten it up with some greens if you wanted.
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