Wine + Grilled Cheese Party

Like I mentioned last week, the beauty of this party theme is that you can customize the spread according to the tastes of your guests. Here are some recipe and flavouring ideas to get you started.

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Grilled cheese sandwiches combinations

There is nothing boring about grilled cheese sandwiches. Try one of these sophisticated pairings. To inspire your guests, you can print out these ideas on pretty stationary, have the sheet framed and place it at your bar (just make sure you have the listed ingredients available!).

  • Gruyere, prosciutto, arugula and tomato on white bread
  • Mozzarella, bacon, Boston lettuce and tomato
  • Gruyere, apple, sage on Rye
  • Gruyere, smoked salmon, chives on French bread
  • Cheddar, bacon, tomato, avocado and dijon mustard on Sourdough
  • Provolone, basil pesto and tomato
  • White cheddar, apple and walnuts
  • Havarti, shredded chicken and sundried tomato
  • Brie, apple and red onion
  • Goat cheese, grilled eggplant and basil

Using herb butters

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Herb butters (also referred to as compound butters) are mighty condiments that can really elevate a dish, and they’re super simple to prepare. A bonus – keep these recipes in your back pocket to use on steamed veggie dishes, for BBQ corn or baked chicken or fish dishes.

The basic technique is simple:

  • Choose your herb and finely chop — About 2 to 3 teaspoons
  • Combine well with one stick (4 ounces) of unsalted, softened (not melted) butter
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • At this point, you can customize your butter with additional flavourings (see below).
  • Shape your butter mixture into a log on a piece of cling wrap, wrap tightly and refrigerate.

Notes:

  • It’s best to use fresh herbs, as you’ll get more intensity of flavours, but dried herbs will do. Double the amount when using dried herbs (1 teaspoon of fresh herbs = 1 and ½ teaspoon of dried herbs)
  • Homemade herb butters keep for a only a few days

Some flavour combinations:

  • Basil, garlic and lemon
  • Parsley, chive and garlic
  • Rosemary and garlic
  • Sage, thyme and garlic
  • Dill and shallot
  • Tarragon and orange zest
  • Rosemary, thyme and Dijon mustard
  • Sage, parsley and thyme
  • Rosemary and honey
  • Coriander and lime
  • Rosemary and pecans

 

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the Menu is Jugni Style’s newest lifestyle column written by Naveen Atwal, bringing you details on what to eat and how to make it. Plus tips on entertaining like a pro – or at least pretending you are!