Whether you are planning a Galentine’s Day soiree or a girls’ night in for your friends, here are a few appetizer and wine pairing ideas that are easy, fresh and sure to wow your guests!
When hosting a small gathering, I prefer to keep things simple and serve heavy appetizers rather than a sit-down dinner. It allows guests to get up, walk around and eat and sip at their leisure. With help from Casey of Many Makings, see below for the menu we came up with to serve with curated wines from Vinley Market!
Melon, Proscuitto and Mozzarella Skewers // Pairs with Rosé
Recipe via Running to the Kitchen This appetizer is the very definition of light and refreshing. The saltiness of the prosciutto compliments the sweetness of the melon perfectly and the creamy mozzarella and touch of balsamic ties all the flavors together. But the best part of all is that it only takes 20 minutes to prep! I served this dish with Rosé.
Ingredients: half a cantaloupe, slices of prosciutto, 5 oz small mozzarella balls, handful of fresh basil, kebob skewers, balsamic vinegar reduction. Visit Running to the Kitchen for directions on how to make this quick and easy recipe.
Lemon, Ricotta, Basil and Honey Bruchetta // Pairs with Chardonnay
Recipe by Donna Hay I’m not sure about you, but any appetizer with bread and cheese is usually a winner in my book. I like to think of this dish as a grown-up version of crackers and cheese. I swear food that tastes this good should not be so easy to make, but this dish comes together really quickly. I served this appetizer with Chardonnay.
Ingredients: 4 slices sourdough bread, extra virgin olive oil, 1/3 cup ricotta, 1 tbsp lemon zest, ¼ cup basil leaves, 1 tbsp pink peppercorns, sea salt flakes, 1 tbsp honey. Visit Donna Hay for directions on how to make this appetizer.
Orzo Salad with Lemon, Dill, Cucumber and Feta // Pairs with Brut Champagne
Recipe by Two Peas and Their PodIf you are looking for a new summer salad recipe, I think I found it for you! I promise you will want to bookmark this one for future summer barbeques and dinner parties. This dish works well as a side dish or a main dish and you’d never know from the taste that it is healthy too! I served this with a Brut Champagne.
Ingredients: 1 cup uncooked orzo, 1 can chickpeas, 1 cup chopped cucumber, 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, 1/4 cup fresh dill, 1/4 diced red onion, 3 tbsp olive oil, 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice, 1 clove minced garlic, 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh dill, salt and pepper. Visit Two Peas and Their Pod for the directions on how to make this dish.I hope you enjoyed reading more about the appetizer and wine pairing menu I served at my Galentine’s Day dinner party! Do you have any go-to appetizer recipes you like to make when hosting a party?
Vendor Credits: Photographer: Brittany Gidley Photography | Event Concept + Styling: One Stylish Party | Menu + Custom Napkins: Tiny Prints | Yellow Platter: Wayfair | Curated Wines: Vinley Market | Menu & Food Styling: Many Makings.