Antipasto – Appetizers


Classic Tomatoes Bruschetta

I believe that in every culture there is a go-to fast snack that dates decades ago. Its the same for the classic tomatoes bruschetta recipe. What I love about bruschetta are the simple ingredients, endless combinations, literally a snack that you can make in 5 min which keeps you full and good to go.

What is bruschetta and how can you make it at home?

Bruschetta is a very gratifying dish you can prepare with many variations. The base for bruschetta is the bread.

In the past, people have used the homemade bread cut in nice thick slices, grilled them (the slice needs to get nice crunchy crust but needs to remain soft inside) and depending on season or region in Italy they would add toppings.

Most likely they would rub it with a clove of garlic, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. In some regions, they would add sardines, sausages or simple fresh tomatoes. 

Melon and Prosciutto Appetizers

Fresh melon and prosciutto appetizers

Summer in coming to its end and I feel like I need it to last just a tiny bit longer. What better way to do it, than with food? One of my go-to instant summer foods is melon and prosciutto. Juicy and delicious with every single bite, just how I like it.

Here and there I like to add some fresh basil to give it that fresh herby taste. Is herby even a word, or did I just made that up? 🙂

Smoked salmon appetizers

Smoked salmon appetizers you can make in 10 minutes

Appetizers are definitely my favorite part of a meal. So many times I have found my self full, just from eating appetizers. Smoked salmon appetizers are super versatile and you can combine them with bread, crackers, rolled with cheese or placed on vegetables.

I love to combine it with fresh cheese, but also with fresh herbs. Delicate taste and texture of smoked salmon always makes me think of simple dishes, light and without too many ingredients.

Rolled frittata with ham and cheese

Rolled frittata is healthy and easy to prepare dish.

I’m always looking for an simple and fast recipes, something I can pull out when in rush or when I get unannounced visitors. Something I can whip in no time and feed the hungry troupers. In Italy frittata is go to protein source for then you are short of time or the ideas. 🙂

Rolled frittata is one of those recipes. You can eat it warm or cold, as a main meal served with salad or as a appetizer. You can fill the rolled frittata with many kind of ingredients, but in this basic kind I have used only ham and cheese as a classic filling.

rolled frittata

Rustic pumpkin soup with chickpeas and rosemary

My November discovery – Rustic pumpkin soup with chickpeas and rosemary

During the cold season I love warm meals with spoon and this rustic pumpkin soup with chickpeas and rosemary is a real discovery. What I love about is the final touch of roasted rosemary leaves in olive oil. The rich rosemary flavor just fills every mouthful longing for more.

I also like the combination of delicate pumpkin and crunchy chickpeas. I would call this a perfect soup. 🙂

Creamy Pumpkin Soup with grilled hot dogs

Creamy pumpkin soup with grilled hot dogs

If you are looking for a heartwarming fall meal, then creamy pumpkin soup is at the top of fall treats. Creamy soup and crunchy hot dogs make a perfect combination and with each spoonful, there is a little feast in your mouth.

I love the simplicity of the ingredients of this soup and how fast you can make it.

Asparagus cake with Bacon and Parmesan Cheese

Asparagus cake with Bacon and Parmesan cheese

In Italy we eat a lot of salty cakes and combinations are limitless.  Asparagus cake is one of my favorite.                          It’s combination of crunchy bacon and salty Parmesan cheese make it a perfect pair.

As cooking in Italy is very seasonal (we can’t buy strawberries in winter) we have adapted the recipes and we eat whats fresh and in season. I have made this delicious cake in June and ate it with some fresh green salad on a side.

Cheese Bruschetta – learn to make your perfect Italian snack

If you are like me and you don’t skip a day without your afternoon snack, then cheese bruschetta is a perfect solution.

What I love about it, is that you can make it with whatever ingredients you have at home.

Today I will show you how to make a protein rich fresh cheese bruschetta’s.

As fresh cottage cheese contains low carbs, but its high in protein and low in sodium it is perfect for people that are conscious about their weight and are looking for healthy quick meals. Adding few slices of fresh radishes and green olives will leave your taste buds satisfied and craving for more.

With a touch of dill your cheese bruschetta will have irresistible taste.

How to make Italian Style Aperitivo (at home)

Since my first visits to Bergamo I recall going to a bar called La Vela per un aperitivo and soon it has become my favorite time of the day. Aperitivo time!

In Italy aperitivo is usually served around lunch and dinner time and it is perceived as a snack before the meal or something you have while hanging out with friends. Abundance and the cost depends a lot on a place that serves it.

I had aperitivo where we ate pasta, mini sandwiches, pastries in a buffet kind of a setting and those where I was served only potatoes chips and some nuts.

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