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My husband works in a restaurant and there are certain days when he had to work a double shift. What that means is that I have to figure out dinner for me. The kids do their usual PB&J or Chicken Nuggets, so where does that leave me? I would like to eat more than just cheese and crackers with a glass of wine, but I don’t want to spend an hour in the kitchen just to have to go back and clean it all up. Here are some ideas that I came up with for stacked appetizers for one. These appetizers are quick to make and range from savory to sweet.
You first need to make sure that you have certain items on hand at all time so that you can make this process quick and painless. Starting with the most important one, stacked wine cups from Mark West. If you are anything like me, you don’t regularly want to sit and finish a whole bottle of wine. I like to have just one glass here and there, but don’t want the rest of the bottle to go to waste. The ingenious 4 packs of cups filled with Mark West Pinot Noir, let me have one glass with my stacked appetizers for one and then I can save the others for another day.
Ideas for Stacked Appetizers for One:
What I suggest is stocking up on some of your favorite items to eat that are small and won’t spoil quickly. For the base of the stacked appetizers for one, I use either sliced cucumbers, crackers, and even the pre-baked phyllo cups. They are all perfect vessels for whatever you want to place on top.
- Chicken Salad. I get these cool chicken salad cups single serve cups at the grocery store that are perfect for nights when my husband works late.
- Ricotta topped with Chopped Fruit. Ricotta can go savory or sweet. In this version I mix a little honey with the ricotta, spoon onto a cracker, and top with either chopped fruit, a couple berries, or even just some jam.
- Ricotta with Jalapenos, Avocado, and Jerky. I know this one may sound a bit weird, but it is good. Take the ricotta and spoon it on your base of choice, add the chopped avocado, chop up one beef jerky stick and sprinkle a few pieces, then top with sliced jalapeno. The spicy pairs well with a glass of the Mark West Pinot Noir.
- Ricotta with Chocolate Chips. Just like with the fruit one, you can use the sweetened ricotta with a few chocolate chips sprinkled on top.
These stacked appetizers for one will make for a quick dinner that doesn’t take much effort. They also can be made in more abundance for a party. Pair them with the Mark West stacked wines and you can enjoy your Friday evening. I love that the stacked wine cups can travel with you. Each one has a lid for those times when you are at the beach or pool and don’t want sand or bugs to go in your drink. You can also save the cups for future use to help you bring your favorite wine to a party without taking a glass bottle.