New Years Eve is on it’s way – so pop some Gloria Ferrer sparking wine and load up on some classic appetizers for a sparkling way to start the new year!
Entertaining isn’t my strong suit. I can get analysis paralysis when it comes to putting together a menu (buffet, sit down, serve yourself, appetizer), picking out wine (red, white, bubbles, indecisive panic), cleaning the house, creating the perfect ambiance (which I can never say without a Moe Szylak accent), and trying to just function until the event is over.
But I’m getting better. Slowly. One event at a time.
One of my first entertaining experiences was a few years ago as a post college grad, with her first apartment and with Ben still just visiting on the weekends. I had grand plans to create this all day bolognese, packed with meats and veggies and tomatoes galore….
I set up an olive oil tasting game, appetizers of home made ricotta cheese on toasts, wine, and then it was time for the main course the bolognese.
And it tasted lovely. People went back for seconds, but those were men who well, the ones who I am friends with, will eat anything in front of them. After it was all said and done, the clean up was wrapping up and things were going back into the fridge I came upon it… the bowl of tomato sauce meat for the bolognese.
Chunks of tomatoes were present, but that creamy all day simmered tomato sauce was well, not there. It was in the fridge. But even with that, the dinner was a success. I figure it’s the people and the time spent with them that make the event truly a success.
As long as you have those two things, and a few bottles of wine, you’re in for a really good night.
Celebrate this New Year’s Eve, and pick up a few bottles of Gloria Ferrer sparkling wine. The 2010 Blanc de Blancs paired beautifully with these goat cheese crostini with herbs. And whether it was a Sunday afternoon cook-a-thon or a celebratory evening, bubbles are always a good idea!
To help with your entertaining – be sure to enter to win a 10-piece set of Williams Sonoma Cookware set from Gloria Ferrer! Celebrate with shine and bubbles!
Goat Cheese Crostini with Herbs and Bacon
1 loaf Baguette, thinly sliced
1/4 - 1/2 cup Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic, lightly crushed
4 ounces Goat Cheese
Herbs (Basil, Rosemary, Dill, your choice)
4 Slices Bacon, cooked and finely minced
1/2 cup Caramelized Onion
In a large flat bottomed saute pan, heat up several tablespoons of olive oil.
While the oil heats, use the lightly crushed garlic and rub each slice of baguette with the the garlic. Set the bread aside. Add the used garlic to the oil and allow it to simmer gently for a few seconds until it becomes fragrant. Remove the garlic before it begins to cook or burn.
Place the sliced baguette into the oil and coat all sides of the baguette slices in oil. Let the slices toasts generously, until golden brown, on both sides, before removing and setting aside on a paper towel lined plate.
Add more oil in between batches of baguette if necessary. Continue this process until all slices are toasted.
To assemble, top each slice of baguette with goat cheese, sprinkling with herbs, caramelized onion and bacon. Serve with Gloria Ferrer sparking wine.
*Fine Print* Gloria Ferrer provided me with bottles of sparkling wine to try. I was not monetarily compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.