Just because Thanksgiving is all about the dinner doesn’t mean you should forget about the appetizers. If you spend all day cooking, or at the very least sitting around smelling what’s cooking, the last thing you want to do when the relatives descend is stand around still waiting for food. Whether your family is super close or this is the only time you are going to see each other all year, it’s a holiday so when they day finally comes you are going to want to break out the booze and the appropriate snacks to go with it.
These stuffed dates are warm and crunchy and cheesy. There is no way you can wrap something in bacon and tell me it doesn’t taste good. They are easy to pick up and hold in your hand so you can wander around among your relatives and easily maneuver around that crazy aunt that will grill you about why it is you still aren’t married.
Plus these go really well with a glass of Grenache, preferably something from Spain because these are nothing if not the perfect little tapas.The dark, blackberry fruit of the Grenache can stand up to the richness of the bacon and matches nicely with the sweetness of the dates. Plus Grenache pairs notoriously well with a wide range of cheeses meaning the Asiago ties everything together. Or of course you could pair this with a nice strong cocktail for fortify yourself against the family craziness.
The mixed nuts are warm and spicy and easy to grab a handful of or stand around the bowl catching up.
They pair really nicely with a glass of Viognier or a glass of sparkling to start of the party. Viognier pairs beautifully with anything that is a mix of sweet and spicy much like these nuts and it is excellent with anything involving curry. Plus Viognier is one the of the wines that carries over to pairing with your whole Thanksgiving dinner, but more about that tomorrow.
Keep checking back this week for a whole range of Thanksgiving dinner wine pairings, an awesome Thanksgiving leftover sandwich and an apple cider bourbon cocktail to help you enjoy (or get you through) the season.