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Sunday, February 15, 2015

Appetizers for Dinner: Fun, Easy Dinner Recipes!

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There is pretty much nothing I love more than eating (besides my cute family of course) so sometimes I really just cannot decide what to have for dinner because I WANT.IT.ALL.  Do you ever feel that way when you go out to dinner, like you just can't decide?  Since we have four little ones and going out to dinner is pretty much the craziest thing to do, I love to make special dinners at home.  So last night for Valentine's Day I made an "Italian Appetizer Dinner" where I put together three different dishes with La Romanella products from Smart & Final.  It was great because we could all enjoy a little of everything.  It was a hit- everything was delicious, we all ended satisfied, and we all got to choose what we wanted to eat for dinner!

I shopped at Smart & Final for all of our ingredients.  If you have a Smart & Final local to you, you really must check it out.  I LOVE Smart & Final!  It truly is a smaller, faster warehouse store because you can buy many items in bulk for low prices, but it's a lot smaller than your typical warehouse store and it's so affordable.  The selection of La Romanella Italian items is amazing. 

La Romanella products at Smart & Final are such delicious Italian food items to bring home for dinner so I picked up some meatballs, basil pesto, garlic cheese bread, fusilli pasta, marinara sauce, and parmesan cheese.  While at Smart & Final I also picked up some cherry tomatoes, pepperocinis and small wooden skewers.  Everything I needed for an Italian Appetizer Dinner at one store... thank you, Smart & Final!  What I love about serving a dinner like this is that everything is that the adults love it all, and the kids get to choose something (or a few things) that they like also.  

I made three different dishes- Pesto Meatball Sliders on Garlic Cheese Bread, Fusilli Pasta with Marinara Sauce and Garlic Cheese Bread topped with La Romanella Grated Parmesan Cheese, and Cheese Tortolleni Skewers with Pepperocinis and Cherry Tomatoes.  It might sound like it's a lot of work to make three different dishes for dinner, but with La Romanella products from Smart & Final, it was so easy, delicious, and everyone really loved it! 

For the meatball sliders I just heated La Romanella meatballs, baked the La Romanella Garlic Cheese Bread, then topped it with the La Romanella Basil Pesto Sauce.  

They were mighty little sliders so I used a mini wooden skewer to keep them all together until serving.

The Cheese Tortolleni Skewers were my favorite because they combined delicious La Romanella Cheese Tortelleni with spicy pepperocinis and cherry tomatoes.  

They were light and delicious, but still filling.

And lastly, a kid favorite... Fusulli noodles (aka twisty noodles, which is what our kids call them) with a  mild, delicious La Romanella sauce, sprinkled with parmesan cheese and a little garlic cheese bread sliced into a mini breadstick.  

The boys asked for seconds... then thirds... it was a hit to say the least!  

La Romanella products at Smart & Final are absolutely delicious, and a great way to bring home quality Italian food at a fraction of the price in comparison to eating out.  Plus, right now between February 18th and March 3rd, any La Romanella product purchase at Smart & Final can win you a trip to Hawaii.  How awesome is that?!  Visit this link for details. 

Have you ever made an Appetizer Dinner?  If you never have, you should try it.  It's a super fun way to turn an everyday dinner into something special.  


1 comment:

Carolyn said...

Great idea to make a dinner with smaller appetizers. I know my kids all like different things. #client


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