Of all the wonderful dishes that Mediterranean cuisine has given us, there is perhaps no dish more quintessentially Mediterranean than an excellent appetizer. From Spanish tapas to Italian antipasti and everything in between, there’s something so special about small bites of delicious food meant to be shared. These five recipes represent some of our favorite ways to bring the flavors of the Mediterranean home to share with your favorite people.
Any kind of charcuterie or cheese board is ideal for an appetizer course because everyone gets to construct their own perfect bite. This seacuterie board combines rich, silky romesco sauce with grilled summer vegetables and Genova Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil for an elegant first course.
These adorable little savory tarts are every bit as delicious as they look—and thanks to frozen puff pastry, they’re also incredibly simple to make. Creamy goat cheese, fresh tomatoes, and asparagus perfectly complement our Albacore Tuna in Olive Oil, making this recipe a must-try for summer dinner parties.
If you’re looking for an elevated dip for your next crudité platter, look no further than this ultra-savory tuna aioli. The dip itself is made with just a few ingredients: our premium albacore tuna (and the oil it’s packed in), capers, anchovies, and lemon juice. A rosemary and balsamic reduction drizzled over top adds just the right amount of sweetness and acidity.
Arancini—deep-fried, cheese-stuffed risotto balls—are like the Italian version of mac and cheese bites. Sure, they’re a little bit higher effort than other appetizers, but everyone loves them so much that they’re always worth it. Our version features yellowfin tuna for even more Mediterranean flavor, with a basil and lemon zest garnish to keep things fresh.
This summer, fire up the grill and make a crostini bar for an appetizer course your guests will never forget. Grilling sliced bread over high heat adds a hint of charred, smoky flavor that compliments any spreads and toppings you can think up. We recommend pairing our Calabrian Chili Yellowfin Tuna with a variety of spread options—avocado, hummus, ricotta, and herbed cream cheese—plus loads of fresh summer veggies for crunch and variety.