By Anne Cain
Updated February 25, 2010
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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.