Menu for Cheese and Wine Party

If you’re having friends around for a cheese and wine party, we have curated the perfect menu to entertain you and your guests. Recipes courtesy of taste.com.au.

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What’s to eat?

Italian Grazing Plate

0:15 Prep 0:10 Cook 4 Servings

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 12 thin slices mild Bertocchi Flat Sopressa Salami
  • 8 grissini
  • 350g mixed medley tomatoes
  • 100g mixed olives
  • 100g black olive tapenade
  • 125g pecorino, shaved
  • 12 baby bocconcini
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 125g small button mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 bunch mini asparagus
  • 2 Coles Bakery Ciabatta Rolls, cut into 8 slices

 

METHOD

Step 1

Wrap 8 slices of salami around the grissini. Arrange on a serving platter. Halve any large tomatoes and add to platter with remaining whole tomatoes.

 

Step 2

Arrange the olives, tapenade, pecorino, bocconcini and the remaining salami on the platter. Season with pepper.

 

Step 3

Heat a barbecue grill or chargrill on high. Combine oil and garlic in a small bowl. Season. Toss mushrooms in half the oil mixture. Cook, turning occasionally, for 3-4 mins or until lightly charred and tender. Transfer to a bowl. Add vinegar and toss to combine.

 

Step 4

Brush asparagus and bread with remaining oil mixture. Cook on grill for 2-3 mins each side or until asparagus is tender and bread is lightly charred. Arrange on the platter with mushrooms.

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Mini pumpkin and goat’s cheese pizzas

0:15 Prep 0:35 Cook, makes 24

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 450g butternut pumpkin, peeled
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large brown onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 x 26cm round pizza bases with tomato paste
  • 100g goat’s cheese, crumbled
  • 24 small fresh thyme sprigs, plus extra to serve

 

METHOD

Step 1

Preheat oven to 220C/200C fan-forced. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.

Step 2

Cut pumpkin into 24, 1cm x 6cm pieces. Place on 1 prepared tray. Spray with oil. Bake for 25 minutes or until light golden and tender. Set aside.

Step 3

Meanwhile, heat 1/2 the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add onion. Cover. Cook, stirring once, for 5 minutes or until softened. Uncover. Cook, stirring occasionally, for a further 5 minutes or until light golden. Stir in 1/2 the vinegar. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 4

Using a 7cm round cutter, cut 24 rounds from the pizza bases. Place, in a single layer, on remaining prepared baking tray. Place 1 piece of pumpkin on each round. Top with a little onion mixture, goat’s cheese and thyme. Bake for 8 minutes or until rounds are crisp and light golden. Transfer pizzas to a large serving platter.

Step 5

Combine the remaining oil and vinegar in a small bowl. Drizzle over the pizzas. Season with pepper. Sprinkle with extra thyme. Serve.

 

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Pastry bites with cheese and sesame

0:05 Prep 0:15 Cook 8 Servings

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 sheet frozen Careme puff pastry
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup finely grated cheddar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons black sesame seeds

 

METHOD

Step 1

Preheat oven to 220C or 200C fan-force. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.

Step 2

Cut small rounds from pastry (return pastry to freezer if it becomes too soft to handle). Place on prepared tray.

Step 3

Cut pastry scraps and stack 3 by 3 next to circles on prepared tray. Brush pastry with egg. Sprinkle with cheese and sesame seeds.

Step 4

Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until puffed and golden.

 

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What’s to drink?

Frangelico and berry sparkling wine

0:10 Prep, makes 6

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 30 (about 60g) fresh raspberries
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) Frangelico liqueur
  • 250ml (1 cup) chilled cranberry juice
  • 1 x 750ml btl sparkling pinot noir chardonnay, chilled

 

METHOD

Step 1

Divide raspberries among six 150ml-capacity serving glasses. Combine the Frangelico and cranberry juice in a medium jug.

 

Step 2

Pour Frangelico mixture over raspberries. Top with sparkling wine. Serve with Prosciutto, fig & bocconcini skewers (see related recipe).

 

Pear and Sparkling Wine Cocktails

0:05 Prep 8 Servings

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 packham triumph pear, quartered lengthways, cored, thinly sliced
  • 850ml can pear juice
  • 750ml bottle sparkling white wine, chilled

 

METHOD

Step 1

Divide pear slices and pear juice between champagne flutes.

Step 2

Top with sparkling wine. Serve.

 

If you’d like to have the option of mulled wine as well (which is nice in winter), we published a recipe in our last blog post, which you can find here.

 

Enjoy entertaining!

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