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Tailgate appetizers to pair with red wine?

Kree8tif Oct 30, 2008 10:49 AM

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. ScubaSteve RE: Kree8tif Oct 30, 2008 11:43 AM

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

    1. Den RE: Kree8tif Oct 30, 2008 12:51 PM

      proscuitto & melon
      figs & taleggio

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        nemo RE: Kree8tif Oct 30, 2008 02:14 PM

        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.

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          lexpatti RE: Kree8tif Oct 30, 2008 02:30 PM

          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.

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            rochfood RE: Kree8tif Oct 30, 2008 02:36 PM

            Red wine ? Are you tailgating at an equestrian match ?

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              LA Buckeye Fan RE: rochfood Oct 30, 2008 03:45 PM

              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. Veggo RE: Kree8tif Oct 30, 2008 04:02 PM

              Pate with accoutrements- melba toast, cornishons, capers.

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                Scargod RE: Veggo Nov 2, 2008 03:51 AM

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

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                Diane in Bexley RE: Kree8tif Nov 3, 2008 11:12 AM

                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. c oliver RE: Kree8tif Jan 11, 2009 02:57 PM

                  What's a "gourmet" burger?

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                    Kree8tif RE: c oliver Jan 13, 2009 05:18 AM

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

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                      c oliver RE: Kree8tif Jan 13, 2009 07:19 AM

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

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                        Kree8tif RE: c oliver Jan 15, 2009 05:23 AM

                        No need to apologize. :)

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                        Scargod RE: Kree8tif Jan 28, 2009 03:57 AM

                        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. FoodChic RE: Kree8tif Jan 15, 2009 03:59 PM

                      How about a big anitpasto platter?

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                        c oliver RE: FoodChic Jan 15, 2009 04:17 PM

                        A really great idea. Easy to transport and assemble.

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