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Jan 27, 2014 08:01 PM

Hosting my professor - need heavy apps suggestions!

Hello, CHers,

I'm hosting my professor and his wife this Friday and am having a hard time deciding what to make. The point of the event is to drink wine. A classmate is sharing some Chilean Carmeneres. I'll be showcasing Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs and the professor is bringing a bottle from the Central Coast.

My classmate is making a crostini with beef and roasted peppers, plus some sort of baked camembert.

I am drawing a blank. I'll probably do a charcuterie platter. I need 2 more heavy apps. Ideas welcome!!! No dietary restrictions!


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  1. Oven baked prosciutto chips - probably the easiest thing you'll ever make. Preheat oven to 375F. degrees; line a couple of baking sheets with parchment or baking paper. Lay out slices of prosciutto in a single layer. Put into oven and cook until the ham slices dehydrate or draw up and crisp like potato chips, or about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and dry on paper towels. Stack on a serving platter. You can serve them by themselves or with a dip.

    Pinot Noir stands up to mushrooms, duck, chicken, trout and believe it or not, a white pizza would be delicious. If you can find smoked trout, this recipe would go well with your wine:

    1. You also might ask the wine board what heavy apps to serve with Anderson Valley Pinot Noirs (include the years).

      1. Shrimp always seems to be happily greeted by guests, although I'm not at all sure how it would "play" with the wines you've mentioned.

        Mushroom cups - I've posted the recipe here on CH recently - Recipe is on this discussion, which may have other inspiring ideas for you

        Quiche bites - made in a mini-muffin pan

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        1. re: MidwesternerTT

          Love the mushroom cup recipe. I think I will add them to my Superbowl menu! Thanks