Gourmet Getaway Round-Up: 5 Italian Appetizers

Italians really know how to enjoy life, and this unabashed joy starts in the kitchen and is served with love, joy and laughter. That’s why we’ve partnered with ABC’s The Chewpurveyors of all things food, fun and entertaining—to create the ultimate foodie dream trip and gourmet getaway, to the ultimate dream locale: Italy!

We’re celebrating our Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes by teaming up with our beloved foodie bloggers: Kristi, Carissa, Mariah, Jamie, and Whitney, all of whom are sharing their favorite Italian appetizers below.

We hope you enjoy feasting on their gorgeous visual imagery and easy-to-prepare recipes!


Peach Caprese Salad via Kristi Murphy - Discover, a blog by World Market

Blogger Kristi Murphy alternates slices of peaches, basil, mozzarella, and basil to make an artful Peach Caprese Salad appetizer.


Bruschetta Bar via Giggles Galore - Discover, a blog by World Market

Mariah of Giggles Galore lets her guests’ creativity shine as they choose their own flavor combinations in what she calls a Bruschetta Bar. “You can create simple recipes as a starting point for guests, and encourage them to mix and match flavors for their own unique bites,” she says.


Chicken Ceasar Baked Pasta Cups  via Whitney Bond - Discover, a blog by World Market

This recipe combines Whitney Bond’s favorite appetizers into one flavorful dish: Chicken Caesar Baked Pasta Cups. Salty parmesan mixed into a bread crumb topping and the salad’s signature dressing create an appetizer that you’ll be making time and time again.


Italian Antipasto Salad via Really Green Living - Discover, a blog by World Market


Perfect for hectic back-to-school nights or warm summer and fall evenings when you don’t want to cook, Carissa’s Antipasto Salad couldn’t have a more Italian pedigree. Inspired by her Italian grandmother’s antipasto salad, she recommends starting with a base of lettuce, tomatoes, salami, olives and artichoke hearts, and then adding in your family’s favorite ingredients.


This one is a foolproof recipe that’s perfect for fancy dinners or school night noshing. “They’re super easy to make, and even easier to eat,” says Jamie of C.R.A.F.T., who created this Mini Star Pizza appetizer with her toddler son in mind.


Celebrate la vita meravigliosa and enter to win our Gourmet Getaway Sweepstakes Grand Prize: a 7-day culinary trip for two to Italy! 


THE CHEW - ABC's new, one-hour lifestyle series "The Chew" will debut live MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 at 1:00 p.m., ET. It's a party in the kitchen each and every afternoon, as "The Chew" celebrates and explores life through food. Bringing together a diverse panel of co-hosts that includes restaurateurs and "Iron Chef" stars Mario Batali and Michael Symon, entertaining expert Clinton Kelly, "Top Chef" alum Carla Hall and health & wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz, "The Chew" brings viewers smart and intelligent talk that engages the audience in a daily dose of food, life and fun with conversations about everything from cooking, holidays and home entertaining to food trends like food trucks and urban gardens. (ABC/CRAIG SJODIN) CARLA HALL, MARIO BATALI, MICHAEL SYMON, DAPHNE OZ, CLINTON KELLY
ABOUT THE CHEW: Celebrating and exploring life through food, “The Chew,” is an innovative and groundbreaking daytime series co-hosted by a dynamic group of engaging, fun, relatable experts in food, lifestyle, and entertaining. Produced by Gordon Elliott’s Chew Productions for the ABC Television Network, “The Chew” serves up everything food — from cooking and home entertaining to food trends, restaurants, holidays and more — all aimed at making life better, fuller and more fun. Featuring celebrity chefs Mario Batali, Michael Symon, and Carla Hall, entertaining expert Clinton Kelly and health and wellness enthusiast Daphne Oz, “The Chew” is a leap forward into a delicious new kind of lifestyle series. Follow “The Chew” (@thechew) and hosts Mario Batali (@mariobatali); Michael Symon (@chefsymon); Clinton Kelly (@clinton_kelly); Carla Hall (@carlahall) and Daphne Oz (@DaphneOz) on Twitter. Don’t miss The Chew Weekdays 1e|12c|p on ABC!


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