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I don’t think there’s anything better than summertime wine nights with friends – if drinking wine and enjoying foods while chatting was considered an actual hobby, it would for sure be one of my best! I’m completely a white wine kind of a girl and when I stumbled on a new brand of Chardonnay the other day, I knew I had to add it to my collection and serve it up with my favorite wine night tapas. I spent the weekend preparing for a little soiree I thew and I can’t wait to share my recipe for Triple Cheese Flatbreads with a Balsamic Reduction and the bottles I served it with!
My Favorite Wine Night Tapas Recipe
This makes such a beautiful pairing – I picked up two bottles of Chardonnay from Notable: an oaky and buttery Chardonnay and a fruity and crisp Chardonnay. Because of the flavor profiles of these two wines, I decided to do something a little more upscale than the typical cheese and meat plate that I see served at little events like this. My recipe combines brie, mozzarella and feta cheese that pair beautifully into a Chardonnay into a delicious flatbread with prosciutto and caramelized onions that make the perfect finger food to pass!
- Pita bread
- 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup feta cheese
- 1/4 cup brie cheese
- 2 slices shredded prosciutto
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2-3 shallots
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/8 cup honey
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- Combine the balsamic vinegar with honey into a small saucepan and heat until boiling
- Keep at a rolling boil for about five minutes and turn down to let the vinegar cook off. Once a thickened consistency is reached, keep on low until pizza is out of the oven
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees
- Caramelize the onions by cooking them on high heat in the butter in a small frying pan until golden brown and almost crispy
- Place all three cheeses onto the pita bread
- Top with shredded prosciutto and caramelized onions
- Put pizza in oven for about 7 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbling
- Drizzle the balsamic glaze over top
- Serve with a glass of Notable Wine Chardonnay
So as I said, this combination of flavors into one shareable dish makes a great pairing for the two Notable Wines I picked up – I love that I have to different flavor profiles to serve while still sticking in the same family. I also love that the flavor “notes” are elegantly displayed right on the front of the bottle so it makes it easy to pinpoint exactly which flavor I want. I have yet to see another wine company do this with their bottles, which makes it so easy – just follow the flavor notes!
Onto how I staged my table…
I pull out all my best gingham for nights like this – the combination of navy blue with rosy pink flowers and white marble coasters makes for an understatedly elegant table. I always set up a bamboo cutting board where I can place the wine and tapas at one end, that way people can either sit and enjoy or take it to the couch!
I’d love to know, what are your favorite wine night tapas to serve? And don’t forget to pick up a bottle (or two!) of Notable Wines near you.