A collection of recipes of traditional Italian appetizers, including Eggplant Croquettes, Onions in a Balsamic Vinegar, Crostini, Stuffed onions and more.

Mushroom crostini

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Best served warm, these crostini will have your guests demanding more. You'll see that the vin santo gives the mushrooms a very special flavour, and the butter gives them a melt in the mouth texture.

Cecina – Baked chickpea pancake

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There are versions of this all the way up to the French Riviera. In Livorno (Leghorn) it is served as an energy-packed sandwich.

Aubergine (Eggplant) Caviar with lemon and yogurt

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This eggplant caviar is fresh and lemony. A little cumin gives it a hint of the Middle East.

Aubergine (Eggplant) Crostini

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Crostini are little appetizers that you can invent yourself depending on what’s in season and what ingredients you happen to have around. It is easy to cook eggplant in too much oil, since it is something of an oil sponge… this recipe seals the eggplant before oil is added so that you use less oil.

Tomato and Basil bruschetta

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In Italian, this simple but delicious tomato appetizer is pronounced "Brusketta". Obviously, use the tastiest tomatoes that you can get hold of. Often, cherry tomatoes have a lot more flavour than larger varieties.