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Amazing Artichoke Pie

This artichoke pie is versatile enough to be a snack or complete meal, but consider serving a thin wedge as an appetizer before a meat entrée. We are using canned artichoke hearts but if you prefer to use cooked fresh artichoke you can do that. We are also using parmesan and mozzarella cheeses, eggs, breadcrumbs, garlic, and a piecrust. Enjoy this warm from the oven or cold. It goes to show how tasty an Italian vegetarian appetizer can be, and everyone will enjoy the amazing flavors.

This does not take long to prepare but it does need about 45 minutes to bake. You can tell when it is done because the top will be golden brown and the aroma will be incredible. Your whole kitchen is going to smell amazing when you make this. As you can see, all the ingredients are typically Italian, so of course the end flavor will be Italian as well. If you want to tweak the recipe you can add spinach, ham or fresh sliced tomatoes, or you might want to use marinated artichokes instead of plain ones for a slightly richer flavor in the finished pie.

This is a very simple pie and you need very few ingredients. Some people prefer to make their own piecrust but it is easier just to buy a readymade 9-inch pie crust and use that. If you want to make this a low-carb recipe just omit the piecrust altogether and use a lightly oiled baking dish instead, so you end up with a crustless pie. If you do not want to serve this as an appetizer, consider a wedge of the pie with some salad for lunch. This serves 8 as an appetizer or perhaps 4 as an entrée with a side dish. Continue reading

Authentic Clams Oreganata

This traditional Italian clam dish is often served as an appetizer. Made with breadcrumb-topped clams, this dish is baked in the oven until the topping is crispy. Lemon wedges are usually served with clams oreganata because the flavor of lemon really complements the clams. Simple yet totally delicious, taste this recipe and you will know why this is such a classic Italian appetizer. The flavor and texture are excellent, and this is a gourmet treat despite the fact it is so easy to prepare.

This is worthy of being a dinner party appetizer, or you could just make it to impress the family. The following recipe is the traditional way of making it, but if you want, you can cook a few bacon strips until the fat renders off, then chop it and combine it with the stuffing. Another tweak is to swap the breadcrumbs for Ritz cracker crumbs. Either of those is a tasty option. You are the cook, so it is your choice whether to add the bacon or leave it out for a more authentic result.

If you are new to cooking fresh clams, rest assured they are very simple to work with. Although some clam recipes call for steaming the shellfish, this one calls for baking them for a couple of minutes to coax the shells open, and then you can make and add the breadcrumb topping, stuff the clams with it, and then broil them until the topping is crispy. Keep an eye on them while cooking. You do not want your tasty clams oreganata to burn. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi I'm Christine, and I am happy you are visiting. Food is a large part of our family's lives, and we love to try new dishes, especially Italian food which offers so much freshness and flavor, whether you are making a classic Italian dish like lasagna or pizza, or experimenting with new appetizers, entrées or desserts from Italy.

Even if you are brand new to this cuisine, you will be able to find all kinds of tempting recipes here. I have been collecting classic Italian recipes, all conveniently in one place, along with unusual recipes from Italy plus some dishes inspired by Italian cuisine.

When the weather is cold, a baked pasta dish or juicy pork or veal recipe might be ideal. During the summer months, an Italian salad might be your dish of choice. We have vegetarian recipes, Italian soups, and even tips on how to work with Italian ingredients for the best results, whether you are making lasagna, gnocchi or an Italian casserole


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