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Nov 30, 2006 08:55 PM

wine, cheese, and what else?

I'm planning a lite, snack-type nosh for six people early in the evening before attending the theater (dinner at a 5-star restaurant will follow the performance).

I want to do wine and cheese but am tired of the usual fruit and nut go-withs. Anyone have ideas for something tasty, but not terribly filling, to go along with the w & c?

As usual, any and all replies will be sincerely appreciated. TIA

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  1. i've been srving a mixture of olives, warmed either in a pretty soup bowl in the microwave, or heated in a tiny skillet. The warming makes a big difference on the sexy scale.

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    1. re: onefineleo

      Have you ever had breaded and deep fried olives? Yum!

      1. re: Candy

        I always thought these deep fried olives looked good: and while I'm at it, I've always wanted to try these crispy white beans:

        1. re: Katie Nell

          I've done snails in a similar manner too. Outstanding and different.

          1. re: Candy

            Great idea - never thought of it - and I have a can of snails and a little get together on Sunday afternoon before they turn the Christmas tree lights on along Park Ave.

            1. re: MMRuth

              It is a Penelopoe Casas recipe from her Tapas book. If you don't have it it is pretty simple.

              Make a warm marinade of 2 Tbs. dry white wine an equal amount of seafood stock or clam broth, garlic, pinch of dried thyme, a bay leat and a bit of flat laf parsley. Bring to a boil and then simmer a few minutes. Add the canned snails and their broth and simmer 3-5 mins. Cool in the liquid and then drain well.

              Dust the drained snails with flour then dredge in beaten egg and coat with crumbs, I prefer Panko. Fry in at least 1/2" of hot oil or deep fry until golden. They will hold in a 200 F. oven for about 1/2 hour and are served with aioli

              1. re: Candy

                Thanks so much - I don't have her Tapas book - only Delicioso - which I use a lot.

    2. A couple of good compliments for wine and cheese are (1) asparagus spears wapped with proscuitto and (2) dates stuffed with parmesan, wrapped with bacon and roasted.

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      1. re: DanaB

        I agree with dana's recommendation for anything wrapped with prosciutto. It's easy to do and tasty. Along with asparagus spears, you can also wrap prosciutto around cantaloupe wedges.

      2. If you don't mind the stinking rose, try pickled garlic and pickled pearl onions.

        1. Shrimp cocktail with romesco sauce.

          1. I like to do beef carpaccio and gristini with prezzimolo sauce. Buy a nice filet/ tenderloin, freeze and thinly slice strips...wrap end of gistini(thin bread sticks) and spinkle with prezzimolo...(garlic, parsley and olive oil ((sauce)) with s & P. Arrange in a sun like pattern on a round plate with a flower in the good.