Appetizer Recipes

Appetizer recipes, or starters, whether hot or cold, are generally the first course or introduction to a meal; they are more typically served with dinner than with lunch. First courses and appetizers should be small enough so that the diner can still appreciate the courses that follow. Check this category for more food and wine pairing!

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lamb meatballs

Succulent Lamb Meatballs

These lamb meatballs are perhaps the juiciest I’ve had in my life. The spice mix is also delicious. This is good for parties or a weeknight. It pairs wonderfully with big wines, such as a peppery Chinon.

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Braised Pork Roast in Madeira

This luscious pork roast recipe is a great entreé for any meal. It’s a true celebration dish. Pairs well with oxidized and aged wines like Madeira.

chicken liver pate recipe

Creamy Chicken Liver Pate Recipe

This chicken liver recipe is the perfect snack for a wine party. It uses Madeira in the recipe, but pairs nicely with light red wines.

Onion pudding

Savory Melted Onion Pudding

This melted onion pudding is creamy and caramelized. Each creamy bite of this savory dish is a moment of joy. It has marjoram for an herbaceous bite. It’s great served with Picpoul.

savory fried donut

Savory Fried Donut

A fried donut recipe that will satisfy your cravings for a crunchfest. They are like a cross between a pretzel and a donut. You’ll love them. Serve with sparkling wine.

Tasty Tomato Toast

Tasty Tomato Toast

Whether you want it in the morning or the afternoon, a delicious tomato toast recipe is always a great idea to give your day a little boost of sunshine. A delish appetizer recipe that you can serve as is or as a healthy snack for your friends. You can add this recipe to your next wine pairing menu. Medium-bodied red wines and a healthy toast recipe are always a perfect match.

Delicious Roasted Eggplant with Couscous

Delicious Roasted Eggplant with Couscous

This roasted eggplant is a healthy vegetarian recipe — which is perfectly roasted and piled high with an easy couscous recipe. Easy to prepare and divine tasting. This is satisfying enough to be a tasty appetizer on its own with just a very simple vegetable salad. This eggplant recipe is perfect with white wine since it has light but spiced flavors.