Who wants to spend hours laboring over a hot stove in the heat of summer? Not us! At Bottlenotes we’re old pros at parties, and we’re here to save your butt with truly easy and delicious appetizers that require no cooking whatsoever. Throw in some expert advice from gourmet food shop Dean & DeLuca, and our own wine pairing ideas, and you’re well on your way!
Gina Marie Clemen, Assistant Manager at Dean & DeLuca in the Napa Valley, recommends keeping your party food simple with charcuterie items: salamis and cured meats, along with cheeses, nuts and crackers. She also recommends winning combinations like dates and cheese, and nuts and dried fruit. Membrillo, or quince paste, is always a deliciously unique addition to your charcuterie board. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, try one of these mini-recipes that don’t require an oven, a stove, or even a microwave.
Roast Beef and Blue Cheese Rollups:
Savory roast beef and tangy blue cheese—what more could a partygoer want, except maybe a smoky red Rhône blend to pair? We love TABLAS CREEK “Côtes de Tablas” 2011 (Paso Robles, CA) $30.
Pecorino and Date Flatbread:
Super simple to prepare, super delicious to eat. We like a fresh white Burgundy (chardonnay) with it, such as BOUCHARD PERE ET FILS “Beaune du Chateau” Premier Cru Blanc 2009 (Beaune, France) $40.
Prosciutto and Pear Bites:
A winter twist on the classic melon-and-prosciutto appetizer. A glass of Champagne wouldn’t go amiss with this tasty treat. We love PIPER-HEIDSEICK Brut Cuvée non-vintage (Champagne, France) $40.
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