June 22, 2024


Food & Travel Enthusiast

Party-worthy wine pairs that are best for entertaining

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Polenta rounds with Pico deGallo Salsa and crab.

Crimson or white, sweet or dry, wine lovers are generally entertainers at coronary heart.

When inviting visitors to share your personalized favorites, nothing improves a tasting get-jointly really like complementary snack and wine pairings.

The following time you find a wine occasion on your agenda, consider these simple nonetheless delicious recommendations from sommelier and founder of “The Lush Lifestyle,” Sarah Tracey, who partnered with Contemporary Cravings to make “Dips and Sips.” Aimed at reinventing wine and cheese functions, the movement focuses on simplistic recipes, effortless dip pairings and advised wines.

“When I entertain at home, I’m usually hunting for strategies to impress my pals with refreshing, inventive bites I can pair with wine,” Tracey reported. “My most loved hack is getting good goods with higher-high quality elements then developing straightforward, elevated ways to serve them. The considerably less time I devote in the kitchen, the more time I get to commit with my attendees.”

Tracey depends on the versatility of Contemporary Cravings’ array of dip selections and group-pleasing, daring flavors truly worth celebrating. With authentic-tasting chilled salsas supplying a vibrant alternative to gentle, dull blends of jarred salsa and flavor-stuffed hummus produced with top quality components like Chilean Virgin Olive Oil, these dips elevate both equally traditional and reinvented recipes.

For case in point, Tracey’s recipes for Polenta Rounds with Pico de Gallo Salsa and Crab, Spiced Butternut Squash Naan Flatbreads, Cheesy Tortilla Cutouts with Salsa and Hummus-Stuffed Mushrooms provide flavorful, straightforward-to-make appetizers that can make entertaining uncomplicated and easy. Moreover, these crave-worthy morsels are just as tasty and approachable for friends deciding upon to skip the wine.

Discover far more recipe and pairing thoughts perfect for boosting your following occasion at FreshCravings.com.

Hummus-Stuffed Mushrooms
Whole time: 15 minutes

Servings: 6

Nonstick olive oil spray

16 ounces cremini mushrooms, stems eliminated and gills scooped out

salt, to flavor

pepper, to style

1 container Refreshing Cravings Typical Hummus

1 jar manzanilla olives stuffed with pimientos, slice in 50 %

1 jar roasted red pepper strips

Oregon Pinot Noir

Preheat oven to 375 F. Get ready sheet pan with nonstick olive oil spray.

Spot mushroom caps on sheet pan, spray with olive oil and year with salt and pepper, to flavor.

Roast 7-8 minutes then allow mushrooms interesting to home temperature.

Fill each mushroom cap with hummus and leading each individual with one particular olive slice.

Thinly slice roasted pink pepper strips and set up around olive slices.

Pair with lighter bodied pinot noir with cherry tones from Oregon.

Cheesy Tortilla Cutouts with Salsa

Total time: 20 minutes

Servings: 6

Nonstick cooking spray

6 big flour tortillas

16 ounces pepper jack cheese, grated

1 can (4 ounces) environmentally friendly chiles, drained

1 bunch fresh cilantro, finely chopped

1 container Contemporary Cravings Cafe Design and style Salsa, Medium

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Preheat oven to 350 F. Get ready sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Put substantial flour tortilla on sheet pan. Prime with handful of grated cheese.

Sprinkle chiles on top of cheese layer. Add chopped cilantro. Sprinkle with supplemental cheese.

Top with another tortilla. Bake until finally cheese is melted, about 10 minutes. Function in batches to make three sets of cheese-filled tortillas.

Reduce out wished-for styles with cookie cutters.

Serve with salsa and pair with sauvignon blanc from New Zealand with zest and zing.

Spiced Butternut Squash Naan Flatbreads

Whole time: 25 minutes

Servings: 6

1 1/2 pounds butternut squash

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon chili powder

salt, to style

pepper, to taste

1 container Fresh Cravings Roasted Garlic Hummus

1 package mini naan dippers

1 bunch contemporary rosemary, minced

La Veielle Ferme Rosé

Preheat oven to 425 levels F.

Chop butternut squash into 1/2-inch chunks.

Toss squash with olive oil, maple syrup, cumin and chili powder.

Distribute on sheet pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste, and roast till tender, about 20 minutes.

Distribute hummus on naan dippers and major each with squash and refreshing rosemary.

Pair with deeper, savory and earthy rosé.  

Polenta Rounds with Pico de Gallo Salsa and Crab
Recipe courtesy of Sarah Tracey

Complete time: 30 minutes

Servings: 6

1 tube (16 ounces) ready polenta

nonstick cooking spray

salt, to taste

8 ounces jumbo lump crabmeat

1 container New Cravings Pico de Gallo Salsa, Mild

1 bunch clean mint, finely chopped

Mateus Rosé

Warmth oven to 400 degrees F.

Slice polenta into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Set up on baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and bake 20-25 minutes until eventually golden brown and crispy. Sprinkle with salt, to style, and enable cool.

Mix jumbo lump crabmeat with salsa.

Prime just about every polenta spherical with crab salsa combination.

Garnish with finely chopped new mint and pair with vibrant, fruity rosé.