Italian starters, or antipasti, include a fantastic array of tasty morsels to get you excited about the meal ahead. From cured meats and cheese to lightly grilled veg or deep-fried bitesize nibbles – the Italians do starters like no-one else!
Here are our favourite recipes for perfect antipasti, to give your next gathering a little Italian twist. Belíssimo!
You’ve got to try these lovely little flavour bombs: griddled aubergine and parma ham, wrapped around a rich filling of sun-dried tomato, anchovies and pine nuts – delicious!
Jamie and Gennaro talk us through what makes this feast of fennel salami, mortadella and artisan cheese so special. Try it yourself at your nearest Jamie’s Italian.
If you haven’t tried razor clams, you’re in for a treat. Cooked really simply with a little chilli, rosemary and garlic, these delicacies of the sea come in to their own.
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These creamy stuffed mushrooms are a classic! The ricotta is brought to life with a little chilli, lemon, oregano and Parmesan. Cut into quarters and pass round a party as nibbles; or serve a few whole for a more substantial starter.
Deep-fried balls of risotto, filled with sun-dried tomatoes and cheese – what’s not to love? This traditional Sicilian treat is a staple on the island, where popular fillings also include chicken livers or ragu.
Delicious served simply with goat’s cheese and a drizzle of honey, as an accompaniment to cured meats or as a bruschetta topping, the figs go all lovely and sticky in the oven.