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Snooth User: bobjag

Open That Bottle Night

Posted by bobjag, Feb 22, 2011.

Any suggestions on appetizers for an Open That Bottle event? Since everybody will be bringing different wines  are there any munchies that would cover many bases?


Reply by dmcker, Feb 23, 2011.

Any dietary restrictions in the group? Any idea if the balance between likely reds and whites?

Reply by bobjag, Feb 23, 2011.

no restrictions, mostly red, Merlot and Pinot Noir in the majority.

Reply by GregT, Feb 23, 2011.


Sounds like a regular night.

If you feel like cooking, cook a good dinner. Or order pizza.  I would't think twice about food pairing, etc., if it's a grab bag deal.  People overthink food and wine anyhow.  Just focus on having a good time.  One alternative is to do a pot-luck if you don't have time to cook a lot. 

Or get a roast and chop up some vegetables and stick it all in the oven.  It won't have to be too hot to be good - warm is OK and you're not spending a lot of time cooking instead of drinking wine.

Have a good time.

Reply by Stephen Harvey, Feb 23, 2011.

Anti Pasta, lots of Salami, jamon, pickled mushrooms, kabana, mild but tasty cheese, crackers, pitta bread, Olives, duck pate in fact any pate.

Tell someone to bring champagne and serve with Oysters to get the ball rolling

Plenty of good rock n roll music and a touch of blues

Reply by dmcker, Feb 23, 2011.

I've been in a small rut lately doing a lot of small pizzas for similar nights. Margheritas, puttanesca style (anchovy, capers, olives), prosciutto and rucola, and here comes the rut: porcini and truffle oil, shiitake and maitake and truffle oil, just about any other mushrooms lying around and truffle oil. Guess which ones evaporate immediately? Caprese salads and caesar salads and pate (duck and a bunch of others, yes, Stephen), and those pizzas, end up being enough in most cases. Olives and cheeses and tapenades and plenty of fresh baquettes don't hurt. Even a few hardish fruits like less ripe pears and persimmons that go well with nuts and cheeses, depending on the wine.

Generally like GregT's approach, though. Roast chicken and even kebabs have all been utilized in rough-and-ready potluck schemes in the past. Could start a list that would go on for a couple feet down a post, but the themes seem to be generally covered here.

Reply by bobjag, Feb 23, 2011.

Great Ideas! Thanks

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