Recs for hors d'oeuvres with champagne??
We're having some friends over on Friday that we haven't seen in two years. We're going to celebrate with a bottle (or 2) of Schramsberg Brut Rose (we splurged on a case earlier in the year). I need a couple of ideas for munchies to serve alongside. I know that the natural inclination is toward seafood, but my friend doesn't like it (I know, I can't believe she's still my friend either...j/k). ;o)
Any thoughts/recommedations on the subject would be greatly appreciated!!
gougeres, maybe the little BLT gougeres that are in the Zuni cookbook.
salty, spiced nuts
Champagne makes me think of salty and bacony more than seafood for some reason.
There's an hors d'oeuvres I make of serrano ham fried until crispy, stuck vertically into a piece of manchego and quince paste. Delicious and beautiful.
Gougeres are a great call as well. Champagne calls for decadence of all forms, not just rich and salty. Have you thought about a very flavorful tartare or foie gras lettuce cups or even toast points with truffle butter and parmesan cheese?
What about puff pastry wrapped brie? Depending on the crowd size you can buy a small or large wheel, spread some currant or apricot jam over it, cover with Pepperidge Farm puff pastry (or make your own if you are really ambitious!), and bake. You want to serve this lukewarm with apple slices or fancy toast points or crackers. I am sure you can find a recipe on Epicurious or FN site
What about like a proscuitto wrapped ball of melon? Speaking of Brie I always love it with some honey and toasted almonds. Maybe some sort of chicken with fruit compote served on toasted baquette?
Asian flavors pair nicely with champagne. Pot stickers, grilled skewers with Asian spices, maybe some chicken & mint in lettuce cups.