Appetizers

romain head, sausage stuffed romaine lettuce, appetizer, buffalo style

“Insane in the Romaine” Roasted Sausage-stuffed Romaine

“Insane in the Romaine” Roasted Sausage-stuffed Romaine   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: appetizers Ingredients 1 head of romaine lettuce with the outer leaves removed to reveal an approximately 7-inch long by 5-inch wide heart. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil ½ tablespoon powdered paprika 3 to 4 tablespoons buffalo wing sauce 2 ounces shredded… Read More

Brussels Sprout and Sausage “Cassoulet”

Brussels Sprout and Sausage “Cassoulet”

Recipe by Cory Lazaldi of New Castle Pizzeria in New Castle, California Brussels Sprout and Sausage “Cassoulet”   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Appetizer Ingredients 3 ounces Calabrian sausage (uncooked) 3 ounces cannellini beans (cooked) 6 ounces blanched Brussels sprouts (cut in half) 1 teaspoon butter 1 ounce white wine Olive oil (for drizzling)… Read More

Pepperoni Ripieni

Pepperoni Ripieni

  Pepperoni Ripieni   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Appetizer Ingredients 6 medium-size bell peppers, washed, tops cut off, cut in half lengthwise, seeds and ribs removed 2 cups cooked white rice 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ cup chopped onion ½ cup finely chopped celery 1 pound lean ground beef 1 pound lean ground… Read More

Artichoke Fritters

  Artichoke Fritters   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Appetizer Ingredients 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ⅛ teaspoon each salt and pepper 1 cup whole milk 1 large egg 12 frozen artichoke hearts, thawed, halved, patted dry Oil for deep-frying Orange aioli dipping sauce* Instructions In a small mixing bowl combine… Read More

Grilled Flat Bread with Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette and Parmesan Lace

Grilled Flat Bread with Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette and Parmesan Lace

  Grilled Flat Bread with Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette and Parmesan Lace   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Sandwich Ingredients 1 pizza dough ½ cup sun-dried tomato vinaigrette Parmesan cheese wedges Instructions Prepare grill for direct cooking with moderate heat. While grill is heating, divide dough in half, press and roll into two thin circles,… Read More

Spicy Goat Cheese and Sun-dried Tomato Bruschetta

Spicy Goat Cheese and Sun-dried Tomato Bruschetta   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Appetizer Ingredients Six slices of Italian bread, cut thick 2 tablespoons butter 10 sun-dried tomatoes, sliced thin 10 basil leaves, chiffonade ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese Hot honey, for garnish Instructions In a bowl, gently mix sliced sun-dried tomatoes, basil and… Read More

Brussels Sprout and Sausage “Cassoulet”

Calabrian Sausage

Recipe by Cory Lazaldi of New Castle Pizzeria in New Castle, California Calabrian Sausage   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Appetizer Ingredients 3.6 pounds pork shoulder 6 ounces fatback 2 tablespoons salt 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 8 ounces Calabrian chiles (oil cured) 1 teaspoon fennel seed A pinch of allspice,… Read More

pizza stuffed mushrooms

Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms

Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: appetizers Ingredients 4 large Portobello mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed, rinsed 2 tablespoons olive oil ½ pound sweet Italian sausage, cooked and crumbled, or pre-cooked Italian sausage crumbles 4-6 thin slices of fresh plum or Roma tomatoes 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese 4-6 ounces shredded mozzarella… Read More

fried mozzarella, mozzarella sticks, appetizer

Fried Mozzarella

Fried Mozzarella   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: appetizers Ingredients 1 pound mozzarella string cheese or sticks cut from a block 1 cup all-purpose flour 1½ cup Italian bread crumbs 2 eggs, lightly beaten Oil for frying Marinara sauce for dipping Instructions Use three bowls or plates – one bowl for the flour, one… Read More

caprese

Fried Caprese Nuggets

Fried Caprese Nuggets   Print Author: Pizza Today Recipe type: Appetizer Ingredients 1 large summer tomato diced 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 fresh mozzarella, torn in small strips 5 to 7 fresh basil leaves torn in pieces 10 to 12 ounces of your proprietary pizza dough Coarse sea salt as needed Shaved or… Read More

Entice Customers with Trending Appetizers

Pizza Today’s compilation of the hottest appetizers in restaurants right now will inspire you to replace those hard-selling items on your starters menu. Creating bite-sized, sharable dishes complement a pizzeria concept.
Appetizers is one area of the menu where chefs and cooks get creative. The front of your menu is also the most adaptable area to add new items and try out trending apps. We’ve assembled the industry’s top chefs and successful restaurant operators to share their best appetizer recipes, ranging from stuffed poblano pepper twinkies, limonchello chicken wings to ricotta stuffed mushrooms. Our chefs also provide how-to recipes for intricate arancini and bruschetta.
Wings, breadsticks or garlic knots are appetizer staples, but there are some up-and-coming menu items that may become mainstays like meatball samplers, mozzarella sticks, toasted ravioli and Buffalo chicken dip. Pizza Today is your one-stop-shop for developing or updating your apps menu.

 

Use Visuals to Push Appetizers

When it comes to appetizers — especially ones many customers have never heard of, a picture does say 1,000 words. Each month, the Pizza Today staff heads into our test kitchen to make the same recipes that fill the internationally recognized magazine and our online recipe collection. Just as important as flavor, appetizers should be presented beautifully. An app is the first course that customers see and taste. Presentation is everything to your social sharing customers who will snap a shot of that stunning app — instant marketing to their social community, friends and family. Take care when plate your appetizers.