Planning a dinner or holiday party and in need of a quick, easy, and colorful appetizer? Look no further! These Rainbow Pasta Parmesan Appetizers on a Stick are delicious and pair perfectly with sparkling wine! 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! 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! Don’t like parmesan cheese? Swap it out for tiny mozzarella balls! Feel like it’s missing something? Add a roll of sliced salami to the skewer. It all simply depends on your time and taste! And I served my Rainbow Pasta Parmesan Appetizers along with a bottle of Gloria Ferrer Blanc De Noirs. Gloria Ferrer is California’s most awarded sparkling wine house and has received over 500 gold medals and 50 90+ ratings in the last 5 years. I love that the Blanc de Noirs is made predominately from Pinor Noir grapes thus giving the sparkling wine a light rosé color. Don’t the colors of the rainbow pasta and the rosé Gloria Ferrer Blanc De Noirs 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 Dinner, 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 things you need to finish in the kitchen!
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