Traditional Italian Appetizers

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Toasted Cheese Ravioli with Pizza Sauce, recipe provided below (adapted from Rachel Cooks)

Ingredients

  • 1 package (25 oz) frozen cheese ravioli
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup traditional bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Pizza sauce for dipping

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Once boiling, add ravioli and cook for three minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  • In one large shallow bowl, beat eggs. In another large shallow bowl, combine Panko, Parmesan, traditional bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder.
  • Dip each ravioli into egg and let excess drip off before dipping it in the bread crumb mixture. Place on prepared baking sheet and repeat until all ravioli have been breaded.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.
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Antipasto Platter, a portion of the recipe provided below. For the full recipe visit Well Plated.

Ingredients

  • 15-18 sweet cherry peppers
  • 4 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 pound assorted thinly sliced deli meats (I use prosciutto + soppressata + salami)
  • 1 jar marinated artichokes
  • 1 jar roasted red bell peppers
  • 1 jar oil packed sun-dried tomatoes OR sun-dried tomato pesto
  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella or buffalo mozzarella rolled in fresh herbs
  • marinated feta recipe follows
  • marinated olives recipe follows
  • 1 cup homemade or store bought hummus + olive oil for drizzling
  • fresh basil + radishes + cherry tomatoes or other fresh veggies
  • apricots + strawberries + fig jam + honey or other fruits
  • fresh pita + pita chips + bread sticks or other breads/cracker
  • Marinated Feta
    • 6 ounces block feta cut into 1/2 inch cubes
    • 1/4 cup fresh herbs (I like thyme basil, oregano)
    • pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
    • olive oil enough to cover the cheese
  • Marinated Olives
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Italian Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs, a portion of the recipe provided below. For the full recipe visit Spoon Full of Flavor.

Ingredients

  • For the meatballs:
    • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
    • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
    • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
    • 1/3 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for sprinkling
    • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon fresh black pepper
    • 8 ounces mozzarella cheese ball, cut into 1/2 inch square pieces
  • For the sauce:
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
    • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
    • 1/4 cup Alamos Malbec wine
    • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
    • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
    • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt