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Super Bowl Party Food Guide

Super Bowl Party Guide

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It’s that time of year again. The sound of grown people screaming at the TV. Watching grown men chasing each other over a ball, you can probably guess its super bowl season again. So we’ve put together a guide for some super bowl foods and what to pair with them to win the party on game day.

Pregame Wine

We all like to get together and pre-game for the big game! It’s nice to have a smooth and easy sipper to enjoy with friends while getting ready for the big event. One of our traditions is to watch the Puppy Bowl, as an adorable warm up to the big game. What goes better with good friends and adorable puppies than a sweet refreshing glass of Moscato? Rosabianca Moscato has delicious honeysuckle, orange, and pear notes and that make it a refreshing and delicious glass of wine.

7 layer dip

This ultimate combination of Mexican flavors including refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, tomatoes, green onions, and black olives is a classic dip that’s easy to make. The best part is it can be made ahead of time, stored in the refrigerator, and served cold or at room temperature (LINK to 7 layer dip)

Rose Vineyards’ Symphony wine is the perfect wine to pair with this dip. This white wine is from one of CT’s newest wineries! This new, coming varietal has refreshing pineapple, citrus and tropical fruit notes that will quench the spices within the 7 layer dip. All of the great, tongue-tickling fruit flavors within the Symphony wine will pair well with the many flavors of the dip.

French Onion Beef Sliders

This is basically a bit of a fancy slider – delicious and easy to make, this is sure to take the party to the next level. (LINK to French onion beef sliders)

Some folks reach for a big IPA to drink with burgers – and that’s awesome. However, we think that beers with some toasty malts, caramel sweetness, and a dry, clean finish can work wonderfully with these sliders without being too heavy. Try Ommegang’s “My Watch has Ended” Brown Ale or Armada’s “Sorcerer’s Temple” Dunkel Lager.

If you want wine with this one, Try Chamard Winery’s 2015 Syrah – This full bodied Syrah has a rich fruity nose, with firm tannins that will pair well with the rich French onion beef sliders. The savory notes of anise and black pepper will pair perfectly with the intensely savory and rich French Onion style sliders.

Philly cheese steak queso dip

This dip is a party staple; you can’t have a party without it. It’s a unique twist to the dip category, and all the Philly cheese steak lovers will thank you for it. (LINK to the philly cheesesteak queso dip)

For beer, we like a crisper, cleaner, hopped-up, somewhat bitter IPA to cut through the delicious cheesy, fatty goodness of this dip. Try Connecticut Valley Brewing Company’s “Cross Country” IPA or Kent Fall’s Brewing Company’s “Line Aversion” IPA.

For wine, try R. Dee Winery’s Slainte – what’s more quintessential game day food than a Philly cheesteak? Pair this bold Petite Syrah with luscious blackberry and tobacco notes with the cheesy, decadent cheesteak dip. The firm tannins will cut through the rich cheese and refresh your palette to keep you coming back for more.

Bourbon Bacon BBQ Chicken Skewers

There has to be some sort of BBQ chicken at your super bowl party, or it’s really not a super bowl party. Instead of going the traditional route of chicken wings, try these instead. Your guest will really enjoy the mess free convenience of these BBQ chicken skewers. (LINK to the bourbon bacon bbq chicken skewers)

We think you can go in 2 directions with a beer pairing with this one. Something crisp but also a bit smoky can complement the BBQ tastes of this dish like schwarzbiers, rachbiers, etc. You can also go with a smooth, slightly creamy, more delicate IPA that won’t overpower the great flavors of this dish. Try Fox Farm Brewery’s “The Camp” Smoked Lager or New Park Brewery’s “Cloudscape” IPA.

For wine, try Hawk Ridge Winery’s Mad Hawk Spanish style blend – Bold, bright fruit and smooth tannins make this Spanish style wine a delicious accompaniment to BBQ! The fruitiness of the wine will compliment the sweet flavors in the BBQ and the smoother tannins will not over power the chicken. A very fun new wine to try.

Post Game Celebration

When your team brings home the big win, you need to celebrate! Paradise Hill’s Celebration sparkling wine is the perfect accompaniment to any touchdown dance you can come up with. Nothing says victory and rejoice, like a sparkling wine. Try one of CT’s best to celebrate the big Super Bowl win!

French Onion Beef Sliders

French Onion Beef Sliders

These French Onion Beef Sliders will be a huge hit with the crowd. Seasoned and buttery buns are packed with caramelized onions, melted cheese and flavorful ground beef to create the sort of appetizer that flies off of the plate.

What you’ll need

8 Tablespoons or 1 stick of butter

2 large sweet onions, sliced

2 pounds of ground beef

2 Tablespoons of beef base

1 Tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce

Salt and pepper

24 slider buns

1 pound of shredded swiss cheese

2 Tablespoons of sesame seeds

1 Tablespoon of fresh thyme

1 teaspoon of onion powder

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

How you’ll do it

Melt 2 Tablespoons of the butter in a skillet over medium heat.

Add onions and reduce the heat to medium low, stirring occasionally for about 25 minutes or until the onions are lightly caramelized. If the onions start to dry out or burn, add a tablespoon of water to the pan.

In a large bowl, mix the ground beef with half of the beef base and half of the Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper.

Add beef to the skillet full of onions, increasing the heat to medium high and brown the beef. Mix with the onions as you go. Drain off excess grease.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a large baking sheet. Separate the tops from the bottoms of the slider buns. Fit the slider buns tightly on the baking sheet.

Evenly distribute the beef and onion mixture over the bottom buns. Top with the cheese and cover with the top buns.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter with the remaining beef base. Stir in the remaining Worcestershire sauce, until well combined. Using a pastry brush, brush the beefy butter mixture over the top buns. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, thyme, onion powder and garlic powder.

Baking for about 20 minutes, or until the cheese is fully melted and the tops of the rolls are lightly browned.

Serve and enjoy with your party crew, who will definitely snag these up quickly – and maybe ask for more!

Philly Cheesesteak Queso Dip

Philly Cheesesteak Dip

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This hot, cheesy philly cheesesteak dip is one of the best queso dip you will ever have! It’s easy to make, a little bit zesty and a perfect addition to your game day grub.

What you’ll need

1 cup of chopped yellow onions

2 cups of chopped green bell peppers

1/3 cup of bottled zesty Italian dressing

8 ounces of cream cheese

¼ cup of plain greek yogurt

½ pound of white American cheese slices

½ pound sliced roast beef

Salt and pepper

¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

Sliced French bread

Tortilla chips

What you’ll do

Move oven rack to the middle position and preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly spray your baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.

In a large skillet over medium heat, add onion, pepper and Italian dressing. Stir frequently until onions become translucent and soften, about 5 minutes.

Add cream cheese to the pan and break it into chunks.

Once cream cheese starts to melt add greek yogurt and American cheese. Stir constantly until all the cheese melts. Turn heat off and stir into chopped roast beef. Season with salt and pepper.

Pour mixture into prepared baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

Serve and enjoy with sliced French bread and tortilla chips!

Bourbon Bacon BBQ Chicken Skewers

There has to be some sort of Barbecue chicken at your super bowl party, or it’s really not a super bowl party. Instead of going the traditional route of chicken wings, try these Bourbon Bacon Barbecue Chicken Skewers instead. Your guest will really enjoy the mess free convenience of these Barbecue chicken skewers.

What you’ll need

8 ounces of Barbecue Sauce – We use Sweet Baby Ray’s Original Barbecue Sauce!

1/8 cup of bourbon

2 pounds of chicken breast

6 Slices of uncooked bacon

½ teaspoon garlic Powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

2 Tablespoons smoked paprika

3 Tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons of salt & 1 teaspoon of pepper

What you’ll do

Heat your grill to medium-high.

In a small bowl, combine the BBQ sauce and bourbon and mix well.

In a food processor, combine your salt, pepper, onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, brown sugar, and bacon. Pulse until completely smooth, forming a paste.

Put the pieces of chicken in a bowl and rub with the paste. Once well coated, thread the chicken pieces onto skewers.

Place on the preheated grill, and cook for about 5 minutes per side or until cooked through.

Brush with the bourbon BBQ sauce mixture and cook for an additional minute on each side.

Pairing

We think you can go in 2 directions with a beer pairing with this one. Something crisp but also a bit smoky can complement the BBQ tastes of this dish like schwarzbiers, rachbiers, etc. You can also go with a smooth, slightly creamy, more delicate IPA that won’t overpower the great flavors of this dish. Try Fox Farm Brewery’s “The Camp” Smoked Lager or New Park Brewery’s “Cloudscape” IPA.

For wine, try Hawk Ridge Winery’s Mad Hawk Spanish style blend – Bold, bright fruit and smooth tannins make this Spanish style wine a delicious accompaniment to BBQ! The fruitiness of the wine will compliment the sweet flavors in the BBQ and the smoother tannins will not over power the chicken. A very fun new wine to try.

Red Hot Chicken Mini Pizzas & Riesling

Red Hot Chicken Mini Pizzas & Riesling

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Heat things up with these Red Hot Chicken Mini Pizzas!

Whether you’re munching on it while binge watching your favorite TV show, or serving at your next party – it’s perfect for virtually any time and place!

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons Frank’s original red hot sauce

2 8” pre-made pizza crusts

¼ lb Colby jack cheese (shredded or sliced)

2 tomatoes, diced

½ red onion, diced

¼ lb rotisserie chicken (pulled apart and marinated in Frank’s hot sauce)

Blue cheese salad dressing

Celery and carrot sticks

Instructions:

  • Heat oven to 425 degrees
  • Spread 1 table spoon of Frank’s hot sauce over each crust, leaving ½ for the edge.
  • Top with chicken, tomatoes, onion and cheese.
  • Place pizzas directly on an oven rack. Bake 8-10 minutes.
  • Cheese should be melted and crust should be golden brown.
  • Slice and serve, alongside blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.

Don’t forget the Riesling! The combination of sweet and acidic is what makes Riesling a great match for spicier foods, taming the intense heat with a honeyed splash.

Valentine’s Day Wine Infused Strawberries

A delightful treat for you and your sweet heart on Valentine’s Day

What you’ll need:

– One Container of Strawberries (16 oz)
– One cup of white chocolate chips
– One cup of strawberry Moscato
Pipette tubes


How it’s made:

– Start by melting your white chocolate chips. You can do this by boiling water in a double boiling pot. You only need about 1 inch of water, giving some space between the water and the top half of the boiler. If you do not have a double boiler, try using any pot and metal bowl combo that fit together securely. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to low, and add your chocolate chips to the top bowl.
– Remove the melted white chocolate from the heat after a majority of it has melted. If there are still clumps, no worries, the chocolate will continue to melt as you stir it around. Stir until smooth.

  • (Optional) Add a few drops of red food coloring to bring your white chocolate to a sweet pink or a romantic red! Next, dip the strawberry ends into the melted white chocolate and twist the strawberry around to get all sides covered.
  • (Optional) Before the white chocolate hardens on the strawberries, quickly roll through some heart-shaped sprinkles. How cute!

– Now for the fun part – fill the pipettes with your strawberry Moscato, insert into the strawberries and enjoy!

Like Moscato?

Check out Shirley’s White Chocolate Chip Cookie and Moscato recipe and paring.

Want to make your own Moscato d’Asti? Musto Wine Grape Company is New England’s largest supplier for home winemaking products and services. We’ll get you set up with all of your juice, grape and equipment needs and have you on track to making your own perfect pairing. Visit juicegrape.com or give us a call at (877) 812 – 1137 to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!

Baklava and Wine Pairing

Who doesn’t love a good piece of baklava with a nice wine pairing?

What’s that? You’ve never eaten baklava while drinking wine? Looks like you’re in for a treat! (Literally.)

Especially around this time of year when we get to enjoy so much delicious cooking, a sweet, honey-laden piece of baklava is arguably the perfect way to conclude a meal.

Interested in making your own? While there are a million ways to make it, this is one of the most straight forward recipes to follow. You can always mix and match with other recipes as well. For example, some Turkish recipes call for including pistachios, and some Greek recipes include finely ground almonds to be included within the walnut mixture to aid in binding the nut mixture together (it works like a charm)!

 

Don’t mind if I do!

Because baklava is so sweet and has an intense honey flavor, try finding a wine that will meet it at this point of heavy sweetness, but able to stand up to the dessert through cutting through with the wine’s natural acidity. This could be:

  • Sauternes from the Bordeaux region of France. This is one of the most important and famous sweet wine regions.

  • Ice wine. You can find producers from Germany, Austria, the northern USA and Canada who make wine in this interesting and unique method.

  • Muscat from Samos, Greece. These rich-hued orange-amber colored wines are like drinking a liquid form of baklava. Apple, pear, apricot, honey, and sweet spice flavors are to thank for this delicious wine.

Or go another route and choose a dry style wine if you don’t have a big enough sweet tooth for a sweet wine and a sweet dessert at the same time. These options could be:

  • Chardonnay. Whether you choose new world or old world Chardonnay for this pairing, make sure it’s been aged in oak, notably American oak (most commonly associated with new world Chardonnays). This added layer of associated creaminess will lend to smooth, approachable drinking with such a sweet after-dinner treat.

  • Champagne. The holidays are a time for celebrating and finally opening up that wine you’ve been saving. So pop open that bubbly and get partying!

 

 

We tried Empathy’s Rosé Autumn Sangria recipe and it was too good not to share!

We tried Empathy’s Rosé Autumn Sangria recipe and it was too good not to share!

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While Empathy’s Rosé is a crowd pleaser pairing just by itself, there’s nothing wrong with spicing things up! We’ve included Empathy’s recipe for their Rosé Autumn Sangria, and we’ve included some tasty parings to go along with it.

Empathy’s Rosé Autumn Sangria

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Let’s start with what you’ll need for ingredients

  • 1 Red Apple
  • 1 Green Apple
  • 2 Oranges
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 2 Pomegranate
  • 3-4 Cinnamon Sticks for garnish
  • 2 Cups Apple Cider
  • 1 Bottle of Empathy Rose

How to Make It

  • Slice up all of the fruit, dicing the apples into sticks.
  • Pour all of the fruit into a pitcher
  • Add bottle of Empathy Rosé and Apple Cider
  • Stir and serve over ice. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and orange peel.

Musto Wine Grape’s Rosé Autumn Sangria Pairings

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  • Butternut Squash Soup. The cinnamon and apple cider will go especially well with this savory autumn soup, which often times has apples and cinnamon blended in. Try Musto Crush Crew’s Autumn Butternut Squash Soup!
  • Pear, Blue Cheese and Candied Pecan Salad. The crisp pear, the creamy and salty blue cheese, and the sweet nutty pecan flavors perfectly compliment this sangria recipe.
  • Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Lemon and Pecorino. Brussels sprouts, like most brassica, can be a difficult food to pair with. Using this autumn sangria recipe, with all of its spicy and fresh fruit additions, is an excellent route to go.

 

Want to try this with your own Rosé? Musto Wine Grape Company is here to help! We are New England’s largest supplier for home winemaking products and services. We can get you set up with all of your juice, grape and equipment needs and have you on track to making your own perfect pairing for next fall! Visit juicegrape.com or give us a call at (877) 812 – 1137 to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you!

Mulled Wine ~ Getting in the Holiday Spirit

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We hope everyone had a very Happy Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for and it’s good to take a step back, reflect, and enjoy each others company.

Now that we are in the holiday spirit we have been experimenting with different winter wine recipes. One of them being Mulled Wine. Below is my recipe. I suggest pairing it with friends by the fireplace and a tasty charcuterie plate.

 

4 cups apple cider (or can use apple juice if you want it a little sweeter)

1 bottle of red wine (suggest cabernet, merlot, or a blend of both)

1 tablespoon – 1/4 cup of honey (depends on your sweet tooth)

2 cinnamon sticks

1 orange – juiced and zested

4 whole cloves

2-3 stars of anise (do to taste)

orange peels/wedges for garnish

Add the apple cider/juice, wine, cinnamon sticks, orange zest, orange juice, and cloves to a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add stars of anise and honey to taste. Let it simmer for 8-10 minutes. Pour into mugs, add an orange peel/wedge for garnish, and enjoy!