Planning a dinner or holiday party and in need of a quick, easy, and colorful appetizer? Look no further! These Rainbow Mother in Law Tongue Pasta & Cheese Appetizer on a Stick are delicious and pair perfectly with sparkling wine!
This is such a super quick and easy appetizer! You simply need to cook the colorful pasta for 8-10 minutes, drain the water, let the pasta cool as you slice chunks of parmesan cheese, then wrap the cheese in the pasta and “pin” it with a skewer stick. I served it along with a few dipping cups of basil pesto (Full disclosure: store-bought, because that’s the way I’m rolling these days as a pregnant lady about to pop! But you can totally make your own homemade pesto!) and it was delicious! Full printable recipe is below.
How pretty is this pasta? It’s called Mother in Law Tongue and it’s not because it’s colorful, but because the edges have “barbs.” It wraps perfectly around a chunk of gourmet parmesan cheese which can then be dipped in a basil pesto for a quick and yummy bite! It can be difficult to find in stores to purchase unless you live near an Italian specialty shop. I got mine on Amazon and crossed my fingers that it wouldn’t arrive broken! The exact brand I purchased is out of stock, but here’s similar.
Don’t like parmesan cheese? Swap it out for tiny mozzarella balls! Feel like it’s missing something? Wrap some basil around a grape tomato and add it to the skewer stick. Want to make it more antipasto? Add a roll of sliced salami to the skewer. It all simply depends on your time and taste!
I served my Rainbow Mother in Law Tongue Pasta & Cheese Appetizer on a Stick along with a bottle of rosé. Don’t the colors of the rainbow pasta and the rosé pair perfectly together? Not only do the colors complement each other, but the flavors do as well!
This appetizer and sparkling wine pairing is perfect for a Holiday Party, Christmas Dinner, and especially a New Years Eve party. But it’s also great year-round! Perfect for an Easter Brunch, Mother’s Day Brunch, or even a Bridal or Baby Shower!
It’s so easy to prep these appetizers and simply set them out on a platter or tray along with an opened bottle of sparkling wine and empty glasses so guests can help themselves as they arrive. This guarantees that guests will have a drink in hand, won’t be starving for the main course, and frees you up to finish whatever last minute items you need to finish in the kitchen!
- Mother in Law Tongue Pasta
- Olive Oil
- Gourmet Parmesan Cheese
- Basil Pesto
- Cook the colorful pasta for 8-10 minutes, drain the water, mix in a bit of olive oil so it doesn't get sticky and let the pasta cool.
- Slice chunks of parmesan cheese.
- Wrap the cheese in the pasta and “pin” it with a skewer stick.
- Serve along with a few dipping cups of basil pesto.
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