This is a simple appetizer that is meant to be eaten at leisure with friends! You can make crostini out of day old bread, and you can use any flavor of bread you like, but don't make them too far ahead, they are best served warm. Cook time is marinating time. From Cooking with Caprial cookbook.
In Milan, toasted cheese sandwiches are a popular gourmet treat. The cheese is laid over the artisan bread and then topped with olives, roasted peppers and herbs. The sandwich is closed, pressed tightly and browned on both sides with olive oil. This easy to make recipe is perfect for anyone in a time crunch. They only take 5 - 10 minutes to make! Adapted from Mezzetta web site. Cheese is produced in New England, the West and the Mid West.
This tastes a little like stuffing, and is perfect for a holiday buffet. Layered eggplant is an intriging contrast to the nuts. This makes an eye popping entree and may be served with cranberry sauce and gravy. Adapted from Vegetarian Times magazine.