By Anne Cain
February 25, 2010

First the Super Bowl and now gatherings in front of the TV to watch the Olympics, so there's always a need for some quick and easy appetizers.  Anything for a party, right?   My go-to appetizer lately is bruschetta, which is easy enough anyway, but now it's even easier with a jar of bruschetta topping from Vino de Milo

I discovered these products last year at the Fancy Foods Show in New York and have become a big fan.  The Vino de Milo bruschetta toppings are all-natural, wine-based toppings with no-added  sugars.  The wine flavors are very subtle and add a real richness to the tomatoes, olives and other ingredients in each topping. They have three different variations:  Artichoke Garlic with Pinot Grigio, Black Olive & Currant with Malbec, and Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato with Chianti.  Last night we had the one with pinot grigio, but they're all quite tasty. 

So, all I did was drizzle a very small amount of olive oil on some baguette slices and toast. I warmed the bruschetta topping in the microwave for just a minute, then spooned the topping onto the toasted bread.  So quick, so easy, and, I think, sort of impressive for an impromtu appetizer.    I highly recommend keeping some jars of the topping on hand at all times.  You never know when you'll need to throw a party.

Let me know about your favorite last-minute appetizers and check our our collection of appetizer recipes for more ideas.