Some quick Thanksgiving small plates
As the days get shorter and the social calendar gets full, sometimes it is hard to find time to prepare a dish or snack for Thanksgiving. Whether you are hosting a meal for many or planning for an intimate group of family or ‘framily’, here are a few recipes from Food and Wine Magazine that work well when time is short. We love our Freerider Red at this time of year; medium bodied and fruit-forward enough for a crowd, but with the backbone to stand up to your heartiest Thanksgiving dishes. With a bottle of this 100% estate grown St.Croix and one of these delicious small plates, satisfaction is not far behind.
Butternut Squash & Sage Wontons
This recipe may seem a bit time consuming, but many of the parts can be prepared at the same time and assembled right after cooking before stuffing into the wonton wrappers. It is also very kid-friendly, they will have a blast filling wrappers and creating their own little edible packages. You can use any type of squash you prefer, such as Kuri or Buttercup. For an extra twist you can add a tablespoon or two of Freerider red to the shallots after they have browned and cook it down until the liquid is almost all evaporated, then stir them into the mashed squash. There is no need for a dipping sauce, but if you have a favorite dumpling dipper I wouldn’t say no!
Beet & Apple Salad
Beets can be a tough cookie to crack when it comes to incorporating them into everyday meals, with their intense earthy-sweet flavor and dense texture. But never fear, this simple and healthy salad may put them back on your regular menu. Especially at this time of year it can be harder to maintain a balance of nutrition and pleasure with all the rich dishes that tend to fill the table. With the crunchy apples, tender beets, and salty pistachios dressed lightly with this tangy vinaigrette you can still feel satisfied and nourished simultaneously. If you prefer to dress this salad with only half the dressing and leave the rest for the table, that would go even further to curb the calorie count (if you are counting). We prepared the beets and apples as 1/4″ sticks, which gave it a fun appearance and wonderful texture. The Freerider Red went well with this hearty salad, but if you are more a Digger’s Dance fan you can easily make that switch! Both were delicious 🙂