Try an Italian party theme dinner for a fun international night.
Dress up your table with a red and white tablecloth or, if it is
nice weather, decorate a table outside. You could use tall candles
and eat by candlelight. Don't forget to include fresh bread and
fresh grapes for a nice centerpiece.
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Italian Party Theme- Appetizers or Side Dishes
1 Loaf Italian bread cut diagonally in slices
2 Tablespoon Olive oil
2 Large Tomatoes; peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 pepper yellow or red, seeded and chopped
1/4 Cup Chopped fresh basil or 2 Tablespoons dried basil
1 Garlic clove; minced
Place slices of bread on a cookie sheet and drizzle or brush each
slice of with olive oil. Toast bread slices in oven at 450 degrees
for 5 minutes or until toasted. Meanwhile, chop tomatoes and pepper
finely or use a food chopper. Add salt and pepper, basil and garlic.
Stir to combine. Top each toasted bread with vegetable mixture right
In a serving dish, add olives, drained garbanzo beans and tomatoes.
Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add in a dash of salt
and pepper. Stir in minced garlic. Toss to coat.
* Substitute any beans or type of olives you like.
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Italian Party Theme- Main Dishes
2 Eggplants, sliced
1-1/2 Cup Bread crumbs
1/8 Teaspoon Pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 Cup Olive oil
Large can of Tomatoes
1/3 Cup Tomato paste
2 Tablespoon Minced basil
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/8 Teaspoon Pepper
1 Cup Grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 Pound Mozzarella cheese; thinly sliced
In a flat baking dish or pie plate place 2 beaten eggs. In another
dish add bread crumbs and pepper. Dip eggplant slices in egg then in
bread crumbs. Lay on a casserole dish or cookie sheet and chill for
20 minutes. Meanwhile in a skillet, saute garlic in 2 tablespoons
oil. Take garlic out of pan with a slotted spoon (leaving the oil).
Add tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, salt and pepper. Cover and simmer
In a large skillet add remaining oil. Fry eggplant slices in oil
until browned on each side. Drain on paper towel. In a baking dish
cover a layer of tomato sauce on the bottom. Top with a layer of
eggplant slices, Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Continue layering
in the pan. Top with mozzarella cheese and bake at 350 degrees for
*If desired substitute jarred spaghetti sauce with the tomatoes,
tomato paste, basil, salt and pepper and no need to simmer.
An Italian dinner night wouldn't be complete without some form of
2 -3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 Cup water
Add flour to mixing bowl and add a well in the middle and add eggs.
Add olive oil and water and mix together until it forms a nice
dough. Take it out of the mixing bowl and knead 5 minutes. Wrap
dough in plastic wrap and let rest for 30 minutes.
To form into noodles we used a pastry cutter, however you can roll
the dough out with a rolling pin and cut into strips for fettuccine
noodles as well.
Place cut noodles on a cookie sheet and sprinkle flour over the top.
Let dry several hours until cooking. Gently separate noodles
occasionally with your fingers.
When ready to cook bring a large pot of water to boil. Add noodles
and cook 5-10 minutes. Taste test to see if they are the done.
Toss noodles with tomato
sauce or Alfredo
Homemade Fettuccine Alfredo with ham
Any of our recipes on our Italian
cooking lesson page would go well for this theme.
Also try any of these for a Italian party theme dinner: