Tailgating at the Santa Fe Opera
We're planning on attending two performances of the SFO this month, and tailgating, as usual. Even though we've been doing this every summer for 20 years, and we have enjoyed a number of great meals with our friends, I always feel like we could do something more original. Since this Saturday's opera is by Rossini, we're really in the market for Italian dishes. Next week's opera is French, so I'm sure there is a universe of French picnic dishes to choose from.
Tailgating in Santa Fe is similar to going to a really great new restaurant. It always seems like the people at the next table ordered better than you!
Operatic tailgating, I LOVE it. I live in South Bend, IN, where Notre Dame football rules the tailgating scene.
For Italian, I recommend trying an all'Amatriciana pasta sauce, if you can locate genuine guanciale (a cured pork jowl item). That's a sauce that tastes better after a day or more of aging. I follow loosely this recipe:
For French, I'd consider a quiche. Great at room temp.
Gazpacho! (I know it's more Spanish but.. maybe your friends won't know:-) ) Red and or White / gazpacho I'm think you could put a pretty great southwest Twist to it also, (hatch green chilli oil?)
-Grilled Figs with Prosciutto http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/an...
I would also go with Prosciutto and Melon as an app. I haven't checked the weather but I'm guessing it's pretty hot down there?
Flat Bread "pizza" cooked on the grill?
Sounds like fun - I'd make it down but my transporter is out of whack at the moment - dang dylithium crystals...
This is what I would serve for Rossini:
Grilled veggies (eggplant, red pepper, squashes,) chilled, drizzle with olive oil and serve with fresh mozz.
A nice cold pasta dish with olive oil packed tuna, capers, parsley, and a lemony vinaigrette.
Or, a panzanella salad with tuna, capers, tomato, white beans, and lots of basil.
A simple green salad.
Bring your block of Parmesan cheese and the microplane for over everything!
And how about this recipe for dessert:
You could even add torn pieces of sponge cake and make single serving trifles (in a mason jar, of course
)Prosecco or prosecco cocktails ( a must)
For the French opera:
A good loaf of bread
chilled artichokes with homemade aioli
fingerling potatoes with lots of sea salt (and aioli)
Quiche (only for real men though)
Champagne cocktails OR a French Rose'
Enjoy! I only wish that I was going with you!!