If you're a #winemom, like me, you already have a fave bottle, but what about a snack to pair with your treat-in-a-glass? We can't live on wine alone, so here are a few of my favorite snacks, desserts, and apps to go along with our vino.
1. Pesto Chicken Garlic Knot Sliders
These sound tough to make, but they're so, so tasty! Eat three or four of them, and they're actually a meal, maybe even a meal the kids will eat... especially if you give them some marinara to dip these in...
2. Chocolate Strawberry Cream Puffs
This one the kids will like too, of course, but these are for mom! Pair with something light and crisp, then Netflix the latest episode of This is Us and do not cry.
3. Ratatouille Boats
Again, kids will LOVE this dish. Pop in the Pixar classic Ratatouille, make a few of these, grab a glass of your favorite red, and relax. Momming done well, right here.
4. Loaded Baked Potato Salad Bites
I love these for summer with a light white wine, but really, you could make them any time.
5. Watermelon Fruit Pizza
I'm truly not trying to make all of these kid-friendly, but if you're going to make a snack to enjoy with wine, why not let the kids have some too? They'll love this colorful, sweet (and healthy) treat.
6. Creamy Chipotle Chicken Lettuce Cups
You could enjoy these little cups with wine or with beer, if that's more your speed. So good, and so good for you!
7. Cheesy Eggplant Roll-Ups
Oh my gosh, these are delicious whether you have wine or not! But if you're so inclined, pour a glass of merlot and enjoy a few of these cheesy little treats.
8. Cheesy Bacon Monkey Bread
We're back to snacks the kids will love, and maybe even the hubs, because bacon.
9. Zucchini Tots
This is more a side dish than a snack on its own, but you CAN enjoy it as a bite between meals if you're craving something salty and savory to go with your wine.
10. Honey Lime Sriracha Chicken Poppers
I made these to bring with me to a Super Bowl party, and they were a hit! They also go great at home, with wine, when the kids are all miraculously playing quietly and you're unsure what to do when there's no littles to entertain.
11. Tornado Zucchini
Okay, these are just too much fun. Yeah, yeah, the kids will like them too, but they're mostly for mommy. Skip the kiddie-ranch and go plain or with a red sauce.
12. Mini Caramel Apple Tarts
These are way more decadent than they look — who said anything about wholesome? — and they're covered in gooey caramel, so enjoy these without the littles and save yourself hours of sticky-finger cleanup. I love these with Riesling.
13. Cinnamon Sugar Cheesecake Bars
Another sweet treat, this one less decadent, more everyday, but still so, so good! Def pair these with a white.
14. Tempura Bowl
This takes a little time to prep, but they're delicious, so why not try them the next time the kids are at gran's for the night, and it's just you and hubs... or just you and the wine?
15. Shrimp Cups
These have a surprising little kick to them, ideal for pairing with a crisp white, not too sweet.
16. Hot Dog Tots
I'm throwing in one that looks like it would be entirely for the kids, to keep them occupied while you're eating cheese and drinking wine. You might like them too, but really, right now, you just want the wine and cheese, maybe some blue grapes.
17. Cheddar Corn Fritters
They're cheesy, they're fried, they're easy to make... what could be more soothing after a rough week, especially when paired with your fave white?
Which of these treats will you try first? Or do you have another goes-with-wine snack to share?