A cocktail is an excellent start to a meal, especially the Bloody Mary. Its flavorful ingredients pack a punch, relaxing you while waking up your taste buds. Below we've listed appetizers that would taste just right with a Blood Mary. These pairings are so delicious that you might just forgo the entree and make a meal of these appetizers.
This appetizer has always relied on tomato sauce and horseradish for its edge, making it an ideal match with the Bloody Mary. The cocktail's spicy kick complements the mild and juicy shrimp, allowing both flavor profiles to shine. Use Demitri's Extra Horseradish gourmet mix in your Bloody Mary for an extra satisfying burn with each bite. If you like the idea of pairing seafood with Bloody Marys, check out our very own Shrimp & Grits recipe.
Instead of dipping fried cheese in bland tomato sauce, you should transform this appetizer by pairing it with the versatile Bloody Mary. The peppery and zesty notes of the cocktail will differentiate your dish from the average cheese-based appetizer and offer a more exciting flavor profile. If reading about melted mozzarella cheese makes your mouth water for Italian food, you need to look at our Spicy Tomato and Vodka Pasta recipe. This dish only takes 20 minutes, so you could make it while enjoying your mozzarella sticks.
If you're looking for a healthier and vegan alternative to mozzarella sticks, try fried cauliflower. While it doesn't have the same deliciously gooey interior as mozzarella sticks, it does pack a satisfying crunch with each bite and has a similarly gentle taste that allows the dynamic Blood Mary to steal the show.
Deviled eggs are a classic. The mayonnaise and egg yolk filling is irresistibly salty and fatty, which plays well with a Bloody Mary's citrus zest. You can add even more Blood Mary flavor to this dish by using our recipe to make Bloody Mary deviled eggs.
Chips and Guacamole
Instead of dipping your chips in salsa, save the tomato for your beverage of choice. With a Blood Mary on the side, you can have the best elements of both traditional chip garnishes: guacamole's creaminess and salsa's fiery kick. You can add even more fire to this appetizer and drink combo by choosing Demitri's Chipotle Habanero gourmet mix or Demitri's Chilies & Peppers gourmet mix. It depends on whether you want more of a smokey flavor (go for Chipotle Habanero) or a spicy one (go for Chilies & Peppers).
This appetizer is extremely versatile because you can season the chicken in different ways. You can choose a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce, which will pair well with a savory Blood Mary. Or you can use this Demitri's recipe for the marinade. The ingredients include ginger, which adds a strong sweet and piquant tang to the meat. Another bonus of this appetizer choice? You don't need a plate to consume them – just pick up a stick – so you'll have minimal cleanup.
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