Simple and Delicious Wine Tasting Party Appetizers
If you're curious about how does a wine tasting event works, one of the best ways to find out about it and discover new favorite varietals and vintages of wine is to attend or organize your own tasting party. If you're going wine tasting for the first time, you will get to try several wines, maybe find out where to buy it in Paris, and sometimes you end up sampling a couple of new wines that you really enjoy. Moreover, a selection of tasty finger foods are also offered to guests at gatherings of this type, and the perk is, the price isn't outrageous.
Although the appetizers are obviously not the focus of the event, having a few savory snacks around for friends to sample while mingling certainly adds to the ambiance of the affair, and if you are a gourmet, they could make your day. Check out the recipes below for a few tips on easy tidbits that go with your favorite drink (or just before dinner, for that matter).
Baked Brie with Figs and Walnuts
Baked brie covered with crunchy toasted walnuts and earthy sweet figs is a delicious accompaniment to many different kinds of wine. Preparing this appetizer just takes a couple of minutes. All you have to do is pile up a half cup of walnuts and a similar amount of chopped figs on top of a wedge of brie and cook in the oven at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, then plate and serve.
Buttered Parmesan Crostini
Buttered parmesan crostini are cute, crusty, and also cheesy and gooey. These delicious snacks are ideal to pair with more powerful varietals given the contrasting flavor profiles. Preparing them is simple and only takes a few minutes. See the recipe below.
- Slice a half a French baguette into 6 to 8 slices.
- Combine a 1/4 to a 1/3 a cup of grated parmesan, two Tbsp. butter, and 1 Tbsp. finely chopped green onions in a bowl.
- Spread this mixture on each slice of bread, then put on a baking sheet in the center rack of oven.
- Cook in an oven preheated to 400 degrees for 10 minutes (until the edges of bread are crispy and the parmesan melted).
Baked Ham and Cheese Roll Ups with Poppy Seeds
Almost everyone likes ham and cheese, and when you roll them up together, bake them, and then sprinkle the melty, cheesy roll ups with a crunchy mustard poppy seed glaze to add a little zing. See recipe below.
- Just roll out your refrigerated store-bought crescent dough in a 9x13 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray, then press into an 13x18 inch rectangle.
- Top generously with ham and cheese.
- Next roll the dough up tightly, pinching the ends together. Set the unsliced rolls on the baking dish with the seam facing down.
- Slice into into 12 roll ups. Put your rollups into the baking dish, spaced out evenly.
- For the glaze, combine ½ cup butter, melted, 1 Tbsp. poppyseeds, 1 and a half Tbsp. yellow mustard, 1 Tbsp. dried minced onion, ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce, then pour the sauce over the rollups.
- Bake in an oven preheated to 350 degrees, uncovered, for 25 minutes or until barely browned.
A load of original recipes are available online, the only way to decide which ones are best, is to give them a try while organizing your own party.
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