20 Apps That Will Go with Just About Any Bottle of Wine

updated May 25, 2023
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Wine and food pairings don’t need to be as complicated as they are often made out to be. Sure, there are certain wines that work better with certain foods, but you don’t need to overthink it too much. That’s especially the case when it comes to pre-dinner snacks and sips. When you’re easing into the evening, whether it’s a dinner party with friends or a quiet Sunday on the couch, the best approach is the most causal approach: Pop open whatever you most enjoy drinking, be it white, rosé, red, or even bubbles, and snack on whatever you’re in the mood for. These 20 appetizers work with just about any bottle of wine and I have a good feeling that at least one of them is what you’re in the mood for.

Cheesy Bites

It’s hard not to love the pairing of wine and cheese. Salty cheese always likes to be washed down with something, and if that something happens to be your favorite bottle of wine, then you’re looking at one good “Appy Hour.”

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Caramelized Onion and Phyllo Tart

Sweet and deeply flavored, a tart covered with caramelized onions needs little embellishment.

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Herbed Goat Cheese Polenta Bites

This once-creamy dish is firm and sliceable. You quickly coat the small squares in panko bread crumbs and pan-fry them.

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Baked Ricotta with Lemon, Garlic, & Chives

It’s the little bite that perfectly straddles the divide between old-fashioned, stodgy hot appetizers and fresher, more modern tastes.

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Garlic and Herb Marinated Mozzarella Bites

These “little mouthfuls” of mozzarella are marinated in a zesty bath of garlic, herbs, and olive oil. They are impressive enough to serve alone, but are right at home in a more expansive spread.

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Tomato & Mozzarella Caprese Skewers
Tomato-mozzarella salad epitomizes summer living and putting it on a stick is simply an easier way for a crowd to enjoy it.
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Cheddar Olives

People just can’t get enough of the warm, cheddary, slightly crumbly pastry enclosing a juicy olive.

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How To Make Cheese Gougères
Looking for an easy-to-make appetizer or an alternative to dinner rolls? These cheese puffs are the ticket.
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How To Make Puff Pastry Cheese Straws

These crispy, flaky, cheesy twists require just two ingredients and a few minutes of your time, and yet they deliver big — real big — out on the buffet table.

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Puffed Spirals with Leftover Greens

Puff pastry is my favorite, but any kind of pastry wrapped around food, with melted cheese, is going to be pretty good.

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Meaty Bites

Sometimes nothing but something sprinkled with bacon or salumi will do the job as a pre-dinner nibble, and for those occasions there are these meaty snacks.

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Stuffed Peppadews with Parmesan & Salami

They’re bite-sized, colorful, and full of flavor, and they last forever in the fridge.

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How To Make Bacon-Wrapped Dates

The combination of salty, crispy bacon with sugar-sweet dates and creamy cheese in the middle is absolutely irresistible.

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Polenta Toasts with Herbed Ricotta & Bacon

These crisp polenta toasts can be made well ahead, and their topping of rich ricotta and bacon is both simple and crowd-pleasing.

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Prosciutto-Wrapped Avocado with Goat Cheese and Arugula
Avocados star in these easy keto roll-ups, which are just right for lunches or appetizers.
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Other Tasty Bites

Bites like marinated olives, roasted nuts, and breadsticks are classic accompaniments to a glass of wine and work just about every time.

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How to Make Crackers at Home

Crackers are surprisingly easy to make at home with just five basic ingredients, a rolling pin, and a baking sheet.

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Marinated Olives with Basil and Orange Peel

This summery variation on marinated olives features the bright and bold accents of orange zest and fresh basil.

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Easy Sesame Almonds

A touch of brown sugar, the gentle hum of paprika, a drizzle of sesame oil, and toasty sesame seeds coat whole almonds in a crunchy glaze that will have everyone reaching for them by the handful.

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How to Make Italian-Style Grissini

Grissini are made with a simple pizza crust-like dough that’s heavy on the olive oil, which gives it its flavor and texture and helps to create a very easy-to-work with, pliable dough.

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Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade

This tapenade mixes in sweet roasted red peppers and lots of lemon for a citrus-y punch.

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How To Make Crispy Roasted Chickpeas in the Oven
If you haven't yet been introduced to this snack, please allow me to do the honors. Here is our step-by-step recipe for roasting chickpeas in the oven.
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How To Make Socca
Learn how to make this 3-ingredient, vegan and gluten-free flatbread that cooks in under 10 minutes.
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