Tell me your appetizer and I will tell you how good your meal is. A formal meal ceases to be complete without your appetizer. And if you are going Italian for your meal, then a perfect way to start the luxurious indulgence is by means of creating an Italian appetizer well-suited for your guests’ palate.
A good Italian appetizer must go well with everything else in your menu. You may have the best goat cheese, forks, eggplant, or spoons but it will cease to be authentically Italian unless it is done all in good taste. Whether you are in Vermont or Chicago, you can recreate the Italian experience by means of creating the right set of recipes that involve the sophisticated use of cheese and other Italian materials.
In advance, you need to prepare your materials accordingly. This way, you will be able to cook easily. If you are just preparing a snack, then you can do away with the appetizer and go ahead in cooking or preparing the dessert. There are recipes both offline and online that will help you prepare appetizers in an easy way. You might also want to segregate services in plates to make sure that everyone gets an ample share.
Easy recipes abound, although challenging ones like those involving ingredients like shrimp are also as rewarding to create. The trick is to plan the right appetizer that matches your menu. If your pasta is already filled with mushrooms, then don’t stuff your appetizer with the same ingredient. A good way to see if it all fits is by doing a taste test and creating one in a small serving first before doing the whole bunch. You might have to do this a few days in advance, but it’s well worth the effort to find your guests completely satiated with your Italian cooking.
If you are in doubt, choose among the classics. Some of the classic appetizers include sausages, mussels, clams, baked shrimp, garlic bread (by far one of the easiest recipes to create!), stuffed mushrooms, breaded raviolis with sauce, melon with prosciutto and many others. Simple recipes are often available in a cookbook, but if you are still very much apprehensive of your cooking skills, try using garlic bread instead. It will just involve toasting bread and a pinch of butter and garlic on every slice.
Baguettes, tomatoes and pesto are also good things that you can grind together to serve as some form of Italian appetizer. Even if you just use slices for better presentation, this is also a good way to introduce the main course for your Italian night. Pine nuts that are also immersed in honey and wine, though less complicated to do, are also good appetizers that will provide a stark but welcome contrast to the main course.
The goal of the Italian appetizer is ultimately to help the guests appreciate the pasta more. To serve as good anti pasti, the Italian appetizer should not compete with the richness of the main course but must just be subtle and sophisticated in taste.