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 Chew—purveyors 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!
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.
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.
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!