Roasted Fruit, Nuts and Cheese Plate With Wine

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Did you know there’s an art form to preparing food for parties and get-togethers?

I probably should have realized this years ago, as a child, when my parents threw the most summer and winter get-togethers I can remember. My mom would make peanut butter bars and lemon bars, and even Crème Brûlée in ramekins with torched and crispy tops. She hand-rolled homemade dough into chicken pot pies or raspberry pies. She can make a humongous vat of chili, while simultaneously checking on casseroles in the oven, and putting out two coffee urns. One urn is always decaf, one is, of course, caffeinated, and both with a host of fancy mugs, colored sugar, and real cream. Always all these necessities!

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I used to think such fine attention to party planning detail had skipped a generation, but I was wrong.

I’m third in line! Both of my grandmothers put out the most exquisite spreads for every occasion. And while I can be erratic and eclectic at best (often both), I’m in love with the subtle art of food/beverage planning. Yes, sometimes I’d rather serve everyone chocolate peanut butter candies and cheese curls in cupcake wrappers, like I did when I was seven, but the adult party planning rocks. One of my favorite things is to pair foods with wine. What I love about Notable SO MUCH is that it’s the first wine to highlight the flavor profiles right on the front of the bottle. This makes wine choosing much less confusing.

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When you’re in the wine aisle, you’ll see how wines vary in style, region and taste. However, most labels don’t define the delightful flavor you’re about to sip. Notable is refined and expressive and I dig that! It helps me choose.

I just follow the flavor notes! Simple. Accessible. Awesome.

Whether you’re going for the oaky and buttery Chardonnay or the fruity and crisp Chardonnay, or both, you’re giving your guests an awesome experience. This holiday season, follow the flavor notes. Put on some awesome music, light some candles, and serve Notable. I chose both varities because I love experiencing their different tasting profiles together.

In fact, it’s fun to do blind tastings and see if all of your guests can tell which is which! My guess is a “yes” since both are distinct and expressive. When having guests over, it’s important to serve the right small bites/appetizers with wine. I’m a sucker for a great cheese plate, but decided to do a roasted fruits, nuts and cheese plate. This is an elegant dish, easily made in your own home. It incorporates the best flavors of the season. This is what makes me proud to have people over.

Roasted Fruit, Nuts and Cheese Plate

Roasted Fruit, Nuts and Cheese Plate

Ingredients

  1. 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  2. 1/4 cup confectioners sugar
  3. 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  4. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  5. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  6. 2 cups pecans
  7. 2 apples
  8. 1/2 onion
  9. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  10. 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  11. 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  12. Various cheeses of choice!

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil
  • In a medium bowl, toss in the confectioners sugar, kosher salt, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, and pecans
  • Add a couple teaspoons of water to the pecan mixture so everything will stick together
  • Transfer the pecans to the prepared baking sheet and arrange in a single layer
  • Bake for 12 minutes, until the pecans are crusty on top and caramelized and golden on the bottom
  • Let the pecans cool and break up any large chunks
  • Meanwhile, quarter and slice two apples - we left peel on
  • Finely slice half an onion
  • Add a tablespoon of olive oil to a non-stick pan
  • Saute mixture on low for 5 minutes
  • Cover and let simmer on low until apple softens - about 10 minutes
  • Add 2 tablespoons of maple syrup and 1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
  • Continue cooking on low until at least half the liquid is absorbed
  • Serve spiced pecans and apple mixture in low dishes
  • Pair with a mild cheddar, a creamy havarti and Manchego
  • Enjoy!
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Looking for an oaky and buttery Chardonnay or a fruity and crisp one? Find out more HERE for your holiday gatherings!

Which variety would YOU choose?

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About Tamara

Tamara is a professional photographer at http://tamaracamera.com/, a mama of two, a writer/blogger at http://tamaracamerablog.com and a nearly professional cookie taster. She has been known to be all four of those things at all hours of the day and night. She is a very proud contributor to the book, The Mother Of All Meltdowns. http://themotherofallmeltdowns.com, as well as Stigma Fighters Anthology (volume 1), and The HerStories Project: So Glad They Told Me. She is also a proud Community Lead/QA Reader with Sway, and a regular contributor to the SoFab Food blog, and the Target Made Me Do It blog. After two cross country moves, due to her intense Bi-Coastal Disorder, she lives with her husband, daughter, son, dog, cat, and 11 chickens in glorious western Massachusetts.


Comments

Roasted Fruit, Nuts and Cheese Plate With Wine — 9 Comments

  1. Oh how I love me some wine! We just got back from wine country. I will have to check out Notable. This plate looks delicious and is perfect for holiday entertaining!

  2. Your spread looks amazing, Tamara and you clearly have a knack for entertaining and hostessomg…must be inherited from your momma 🙂

    I need to try this wine. So clever that the flavor notes are listed directly on the bottle. Thanks so much for sharing, T (side note—whenever I think of “oaky” I think of the Office episode when Jim and Pam go to Michael’s for a dinner party and they bring him a bottle of wine. After he has a sip, he declares that it has an “oaky afterbirth” which is something I now say when I’m trying to be sophisticated because I have the maturity of a five year old lol

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