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Thinking out loud about Neighborhood Christmas dinner

by Jenise » Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:03 pm

Here's the menu as of this moment:

citrus arancini, Prosecco
mushroom bruschetta, Prosecco
Cold soup amouse bouche parmesan-zucchini
Antipasto platter, maybe two whites
Individual lobster lasagnas, _______
Lamb shank osso bucco, amarone and brunello
biscotti, vin santo

I have a ripasso I purchased for this meal a year ago. It's surprisingly light bodied, but tasty. I'm thinking about putting it with the lasagna which will have a sauce made from tomato, cream, gin and herbs, along with an Italian rose. Not common to serve a red with seafood, but in this case I think it will work. Unfortunately I don't have an extra bottle with which to test this theory. Thoughts?
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Re: Thinking out loud about Neighborhood Christmas dinner

by Jeff Grossman » Sat Nov 03, 2018 3:17 am

Jenise wrote:Cold soup amuse bouche parmesan-zucchini

Yes, yes, yes! The last time I was in France I was served a little glass of creme de courgette that was topped with a dollop of tomato confit and a little piece of smoked salmon. A wonderful combo that I remember well.

biscotti, vin santo

Ya gotta serve pignoli cookies if you're going to keep to the same high level as lobster and amarone...

I have a ripasso I purchased for this meal a year ago. It's surprisingly light bodied, but tasty. I'm thinking about putting it with the lasagna which will have a sauce made from tomato, cream, gin and herbs, along with an Italian rose. Not common to serve a red with seafood, but in this case I think it will work. Unfortunately I don't have an extra bottle with which to test this theory. Thoughts?

Dicey. I learned the hard way about tannins and seafood. I agree you have confounds in there... cream and a whack of gin... but a ripasso will also have high alcohol. Really needs testing first.
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Re: Thinking out loud about Neighborhood Christmas dinner

by Jenise » Tue Nov 06, 2018 4:34 pm

Jeff, appreciate your comments.

Re the lobster rav, the gin really disappears into the sauce, it just adds structure and a hint of mystery more than anything else. I know re testing--but I don't have an extra bottle.
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Re: Thinking out loud about Neighborhood Christmas dinner

by Jim Cassidy » Tue Nov 06, 2018 8:32 pm

Thoughts?


Have one or more likely suspect whites chilled, and yank the red if it clashes.
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Re: Thinking out loud about Neighborhood Christmas dinner

by Jenise » Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:24 pm

Jim, perfect solution if a small dinner party at home. But I have to buy and serve a bottle each to ten tables, two wines per course and we already own the ripasso. Too much invested not to put it somewhere!
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