25 February 2015

Antipasti

Wine, Olives, and Cheese, theeessseeee are just a few of my faaavorite things (meant to be read in a Sound of Music fashion).

Moving along.

Occasionally a friend will come over just for a good long girl squawk and a class of wine (or 3) so we definitely need something to snack on. And while I am content in almost every situation just snacking on saltines...I understand that most don't feel the same way. And presenting saltines to your guest is, well, anticlimactic at best.

Enter the wine, olive, and cheese paring. Throw in some cured meats like prosciutto and salami and voila, you look like an advanced entertainer. I usually just pick up most of my meats/cheeses/wines for this type of thing at Trader Joes.

Here are two of of my favorite wine, olive, and cheese pairings (one white, one red)-

  1. Olive Medley with Parmigiano-Reggiano (also known as plain ole Parmesan cheese) & Chardonnay. The olive medley would be something like California green olives, Jumbo Calamata olives, Mammoth Black Greek Olives (the dream team of olives) – with big shavings of Parmesan cheese, washed down with a cold glass of refreshing chardonnay. 
  2. Extra Large Pitted Calamata (seasoned, optional) Olives with Feta & Pinot Noir. I can't get enough of this Greek inspired pairing. Calamata olives with feta cheese, a generous pour of Pinot Noir- put a fork in me, I'm done. 

Oh, and don't forget the starches: a loaf of crusty baguette or bruschetta (sometimes even a good cracker), you know the drill. 

Happy entertaining!

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