In today’s society, it really isn’t common to make appetizers at home. Mostly we reserve such indulgences for when we are dinning out or at some swanky affair. While fun, I feel that the charm of an appetizer is lost in such a setting. An appetizer is meant to be enjoyed along with stimulating conversation. The pairing should whet your appetite for what the evening has to offer.
However, this generally isn’t the case and it’s where restaurants and events fail when it comes to appetizers. Such settings are so hectic that you find yourself shouting over the ambient noise and scarfing down whatever snack is forced in front you. Rather than being a relaxing experience it’s often times more like a survival test or combat snacking.
To that end, I’ve started to make it a point to prepare simple appetizers at home. Generally, I go for something small that pairs well with a glass of wine or a cocktail. The point is to provide a moment for my wife and I to sit down, pet the dog, and enjoy each other’s company before rushing into the evening. To be honest, it’s an amazing experience and really does help one to relax and decompress after a busy day.
A go to appetizer for us is the caprese. It’s simple, pairs well with everything, and requires no cooking experience or skill.
Container of Cherubs tomatoes
Kirkland Balsamic Vinegar (drizzle over the appetizer just before serving)
Skewer up a few of these bad boys, poor yourself a glass of wine and enjoy.