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    Need suggestions for appetizers to go with wine.

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    Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:10 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I don't drink alcohol at all so I really don't know what to prepare. I'm throwing a bridal shower for my sister and we are doing a wine theme. There will be red and white wines. I'm looking for appetizers that will be filling. Or main dishes that I can plate up to look like appetizers. The apps are going to be the meal. There are no dietary restrictions. Also if you could tell me what kind of wine to pair it with that would be great!
    Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:11 am
    Forum Host
    Here are some links to very old threads about pairings that you might find helpful:

    Beginner's Guide to Wine and Cheese

    Beginner's Guide to Food and Wine Parings

    A guide to wines and foods that go with them
    Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:33 am Groupie
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:27 am Groupie

    I love your idea for the bridal shower, love it! HOw many guests are you expecting? All women?

    I will say that Pinot Grigio is a great all around white wine. Santa Margargheritta is my favorite label. It's pricey ($17) but wonderful.
    You cant go wrong with Kendall Jackson wines, either.

    These are both great ideas. I LOVE Pistachio Cheese Wafers with wine.
    This is similar Parmesan Shortbread w/ different cheese used

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    Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:18 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Thanks for all the help icon_smile.gif
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Fri Jan 25, 2013 8:01 am Groupie
    Glad to help.
    Do you need more ideas?
    Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:00 am Groupie
    I have done a few of these parties. 4-5 wines are needed IMO.

    Red, White, and Rose for the main course.
    then, a Dessert wine and maybe a port or finishing cordial

    Stick with $20.00 per bottle which is consider low. Under $20 is ok for any day wines, I have 2-3 wines for under $10 I enjoy; but for a special event 17-25 is considered appropriate.

    You want foods that compliment the wine. Very important.

    White and rose you want floral appetizers. Seafood, cheese, chicken, spinach and vegetables; etc. Homemade breads, crackers, cheese, chutneys are all good with a rose.

    With red ... you want something with steak; pork; a ragu, something heavier.

    Dessert wine; of course desserts. A custard, cheesecake; a fruit dessert; if not cheese to start; a nice selection of cheeses and chutneys are always good for dessert as well. Fresh custards with fruit are fantastic; or bites of a lemon pound cake with a berry sauce. Fresh fruit skewers with a brandy dip.

    Salads and pastas for me do not match with wine. As do any heavy dishes. You want to keep things bite sized and light.

    Individual steak bites with a blue cheese dip goes well with a cabernet; Veal skewers with onions and a mango chutney go with Pinot Noir
    Chicken marinated in Citrus skewered with oranges goes w/Pinot Grigio

    White is sweet, light delicate
    Rose is floral
    Red is heavy, rich, and bountiful
    Dessert, is sweet, rich, and decadent
    Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:39 pm Groupie
    I agree with SarasotaCook that salads are probably not a good idea. Salads usually have vinegar in the dressing, which clashes with the flavor of the wine (any wine).
    Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:01 pm Groupie
    The original poster asked for appetizers to go with wine, not wines to go with particular courses ~ I believe most people will select the wine of their choice that they like, and not worry about whether it matches the appetizers offered!

    Apparently some people do drink wine with salads!

    Salad and wine pairings
    Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:35 pm Groupie
    Some people drink wine with anything. I don't think salad is an appropriate dish if the wine is the focus. The flavors will clash.
    And the OP DID ask for wine pairings.

    Linguica Con Queso (Cheese-Grilled Sausage)
    Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:59 pm Groupie
    I was simply trying to give here an idea of what most people do at a party which wine is the main "served item." She wanted appetizers; but also main dishes she could serve as appetizers. I tried to pair it down into what type of appetizers go best with different wines. You don't have to serve it as courses; but you can create appetizers that go well with certain wines.

    If one is a wine drinker - you probably wouldn't enjoy a caesar salad or balsamic glazed tomatoes. There are certain foods that just go better with the flavors of the wine is all.

    If I'm having meatballs, salad and garlic bead. Yeah ... a glass of wine; but that is different that enjoying several light appetizers for a wedding.

    I'm not saying salad doesn't work; anything does. I just would choose something else to compliment the flavors of the wine. Each type of wine deserves a couple of appetizers to compliment it.

    I served mac and cheese bites that were fried at a wine tasting. The cheese had some of the same fruity flavors, and the nuts that were on the crust ... pistachios, also floral in a sense. They were wonderful with the fruity white wine.

    Maybe a spinach wrap with Goat Cheese, Dried fruit, nuts and dates, etc. That would work with a sweet white wine.
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Fri Jan 25, 2013 4:54 pm Groupie
    Some great suggestions here but I have to say, I love good food and I love good wine but I am not that picky about pairing wines with my food.

    I would likely grab a glass of Pinot Grigio and be happy as a pig in poop, no matter what I am eating.

    If this is not a "formal" affair, so to speak, I think 2-3 kinds of wine will do.

    So, Sketchcils (hope I spelled that correctly), how fancy or casual is this shower?
    Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:43 pm Groupie
    With company or guests; I always try to do it RIGHT; and unique for guests. But for me ... I could enjoy a glass of cab with a dog topped with chili and kraut.
    Fri Jan 25, 2013 6:44 pm Groupie
    Saeurkraut and wine? Say it ain't so!
    Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:22 pm Groupie
    Zeldaz wrote:
    Saeurkraut and wine? Say it ain't so!
    Why not, lol?
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