Brie & Jam Puff Pastry Bites Appetizer

When we were in Paris, we had the loveliest brunch at Trieze. Trieze is a southern comfort meets French restaurant and they had this homemade blueberry jam they served with biscuits. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about how amazing that jam was!

The flavor of that biscuit jam combo inspired these Brie bites baked in puff pastry shells and topped with blueberry jam. They’re such a nice little treat, and I love the idea of serving them at a brunch paired with a dry champagne.

The puff pastry is so buttery and warm, and the Brie is creamy and the jam is tart and sweet. You could bite right into these or savor them with a knife and fork; I have to say, I want to savor every single bite!

Goat Cheese, Honey, Pistachio Toasts for White Wine Cheese Pairing

Yesterday, I shared my marinated feta and olive recipe that I prefer to pair with pinot noir. Today, I’m sharing these little goat cheese appetizers that I love with a chilled glass of sauvignon blanc or even a rose wine.

You guys know I love an easy recipe, especially an appetizer that feels well thought out but is still easy to keep in your back pocket. Most of the time, I have these ingredients in the house. I’m constantly using goat cheese in an appetizer situation so I typically have it on hand. And aren’t they pretty?! Especially when you’ve got that swirl down!

I also really love a pop of green on this dish with the pistachios! The pistachios are an important part of this appetizer recipe; they really balance the sweetness of the honey and the tanginess of the goat cheese.

Marinated Feta & Olives for a Wine & Cheese Night Appetizer

I must tell you – I am not a sommelier. I poked around, found some pairings I thought we would enjoy and here we are. So, if you’re going to argue with me that feta and red wine don’t mix, I hear you. But also, I poked around the Internet a bit and did find that a light pinot noir will pair well with feta. And so here we are!

I personally love how the feta and olives pair with a low key pinot noir, but feta also pairs well with sauvignon blanc and rose wine. You’ll want something dry and light as the olives give a salty punch compared to feta on its own.

I love to DIY marinated feta and olives, or really any marinated cheese. It always feels pretty impressive even though, I swear, it’s so. easy.