Best Pairing for a Gin Martini.
I mentioned to someone that I had a yen for a gin martini and a wonderful nibble. I say a crunchy clam cake, my husband says freshly made potato chips. What would you want to be your single pairing with that martini--imagine standing with friends in a backyard as the sun sets on the hot summer evening.
Always a big fan of honey-roasted peanuts. Freshly roasted ones seem to pair pretty well with almost any drink.
I'd go with something cold (since it is hot) and easy to eat with the non-drink-holding hand. To me, a Martini goes great with steak.
How about a nice small cracker, thin slice of seared (inside raw) beef, a crumb of bleu cheese, a dot of good olive oil, drop of lemon juice (unless the bleu is tangy), and a grating of lemon zest. Serve the martini with a twist to complement the lemon. Make it small enough to eat in one bite.
I might experiment with infusing the oil with a juniper berry, but that might be too matchy-matchy. Or a leaf of oregano.
I also like the idea of smoked white fish. Also pickled herring. (Had to catch myself to not spell it heering!)
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