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Tailgate appetizers to pair with red wine?

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We're going to be grilling gourmet burgers later in the day, but I would like some suggestions of appetizers that can be made ahead of time that will pair well with various red wines. We obviously will have a cheese platter, but I would like a broader selection of offerings since we'll have people dropping by to tailgate all day.

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  1. lamb lollipops.
    they can be cooked the day before then sliced and brought to room temp just prior to the start of festivities.

    1. Meatballs
      proscuitto & melon
      figs & taleggio
      bruscetta

      1. A faux mufaletta? Thinly sliced capicola, mortadella (with pistachios, if possible), Genoa salami, baked ham, and deli turkey layered with roasted red peppers, basil pesto, black olive tapenade between slices of foccacia. Wrap, weight overnight in fridge, slice into little squares. Toothpicks, if necessary. Yeah, probably necessary. Omit the cheese normally in a mufaletta, since you're having a cheese platter.

        Spicy or sweet/spicy mixed nuts.

        Ratatouille (with a fair amount of basil pesto stirred in) as the dollop for hollowed-out little potato halves, topping for bruschetta, an endive leaf.

        1. I just saw a nice recipe for Steak and Blue Cheese Bruschetta with tiny chunks of filet mixed w/ maybe basil and tomato (diced) over a blend of blue cheese/mayo/sour cream mix. I'm dieing to put it together.

          1. Red wine ? Are you tailgating at an equestrian match ?

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            1. re: rochfood

              That cracked me up! I was thinking about responding with "bologna roll ups, spraycheese fingers, and jello shots" but thought it would come out sounding sarcastic when I mean to be playful. Glad you broke the ice. I usually like Funyuns you can stack up on your ponynecked bud. Don't think they'll go with red wine, though. :)

            2. Pate with accoutrements- melba toast, cornishons, capers.

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              1. re: Veggo

                Sausage, sliced, with capers...
                Smoked oysters, with capers...

              2. If you have a grill and will be bringing out for apps, then get some thick sliced good quality bacon. Wrap a slice of bacon around a pretzel rod securing tightly (you might need toothpicks, be sure to soak them in water), sprinkle some brown sugar over and grill, keeping a watchful eye for flare-ups and burning. Not only will these pair well with red wine, but you better bring enough for the whole stadium.

                1. What's a "gourmet" burger?

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                  1. re: c oliver

                    Mediterranean Burgers and Red Wine and Blue Cheese Burgers. There are many types of gourmet burgers, not all contain beef.

                    1. re: Kree8tif

                      I'm afraid I was being facetious :( There's a recent thread about what constitutes "gourmet." Sorry.

                      1. re: c oliver

                        No need to apologize. :)

                      2. re: Kree8tif

                        How about what constitutes a "burger"? It obviously aint HAM. Can it be something other than ground beef (as a primary ingredient for the patty), or can it be something else if you say "burger" rather than "hamburger"? Are we not talking hamburgers? I admit that "veggie-burgers" exist as a substitute for or ersatz beef patty. I'm shifting toward the French philosophy that I don't want my language continually bastardized. :)

                    2. How about a big anitpasto platter?

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                      1. re: FoodChic

                        A really great idea. Easy to transport and assemble.