To bring in some of each country’s personality, we chose 2 heavy appetizers per country to represent that country’s cuisine. Of course, we couldn’t do a traditional pairing because 1) we didn’t know what wine our friends would bring and 2) that sounds scary.
We mistakenly thought preparing appetizers would be easier than preparing a formal dinner. So, instead of just a couple of dishes, we ended up with 8 appetizers and 2 desserts. That meant we were on a tight schedule for preparing food. And by the second country’s tasting, we had a hard time focusing. We also had the extra challenge of ensuring at least one of the appetizers per country was vegetarian. (Hi, I’m the vegetarian.) Still, everyone seemed to really love the food. And the appetizers were filling without distracting from the real purpose of the party: tasting wine. Here’s the menu:
- Frisee Salad with Parmesan Tuiles
- Duck Confit with Red Onion and Cranberry Marmalade
- Mini Quiche: Chives & Cheese and Pancetta & Cheese
- Croque Monsieur and Croque Garçon (hold the meat please!)
- Antipasto (included Italian salamis sampler, marinated artichokes and olives, and Italian bread sticks)
- Gnocchi with Roasted Garlic and Gorgonzola Cream Sauce
- Gambas Pil Pil (spicy shrimp)
- Empanadas 2 Ways (TriTip & Potato and Chickpea & Soyrizo)
- Ricotta with Mixed Berry Syrup and Vanilla Sugar Croutons
- Dark Chocolate Crème Fraiche Mini Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust
Coming Next: Wine With That?