Friday, September 08, 2006

Wine Snacks - Pop Quiz

Quick - a friend drops by unexpectedly with a good bottle of wine. You need something to serve with it, but you haven't been to the grocery in two weeks. What do you do?

Has this happened to you? Instead of reaching for that half eaten bag of chips, look in your cupboards to see if you have some quick and easy wine accompaniments. Try any of the following:
  • Open a can or jar of olives - any kind, black or green will work. Put them in a pretty dish, anf voila! Add a few crackers or a slice of bread.
  • Roasted and salted nuts - especially almonds and cashews - make a great snack with wine.
  • Dried fruit mix - cranberries, raisins, mango, papaya, etc - looks great in a dish and works well with both red and white wines.
  • Fresh fruit - if you've got any. Sliced apples, grapes, strawberries, pear, or peach will all do.
  • Only have condiments in your fridge? Try a small dish of mustard with pretzels for dipping.
  • Leftover, cold, cooked veggies sprinkled with vinigrette or Italian dressing make a surprisingly good appetizer paired with bread or a few crackers.

Be inventive. In Europe, a few olives and capers in a dish is a perfect respectible side to a glass of wine. Bits of cheese, cut up veggies, hummus or eggplant dip are also elegant. You don't need a lot. However, if all else fails... that half eaten bag of chips will probably work too.


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