Holiday Conversation Starters: Platter suggestions using HerbNZest Toppings
holiday_cheese_and_wineThese 4 Holiday Combinations are sure to start conversations at your Holiday party. You could use our suggested pairings with HerbNZest Toppings  to serve as Hors D'Oeuvres  at your party or just enjoy them at home to create a luxurious experience! 1. HerbNZest Chipotle  Cranberry Orange Relish This  sweet and zesty sauce with a hint of smokiness from the Chipotle contrasts with the rich, creamy flavor and melt-in-the-mouth texture of semi-soft cheeses such as Muenster or Monterey Jack. A soft veined cheese such as Gorgonzola with rich, earthy tones will work as an alternative to Muenster especially when topped over Arugula greens on a French Baguette. Agave-glazed walnuts  and dried Italian sausage on the side could add further texture to your platter. Beverage Pairing: Beaujolais or Sauvignon Blanc or Gin. 2. HerbNZest Basil Peach Raisin Chutney This sweet and tangy chutney with a mild curry flavor contrasts well with creamy pungent flavors of an aged Brie or Camembret. Salty Prosciuto wrapped around grilled Asparagus and topped with the cheese and peach chutney create an interested contrast of flavors and textures. Pitted Mejbool dates stuffed with Chevre and topped with peach chutney could serve as a vegetarian alternative on your platter. Beverage Pairing: Reisling or Gewurztraminer or a Belgian strong golden ale. 3. Fennel Saffron Pumpkin Butter This fragrant, savory and exotic butter pairs well with nutty hard aged cheeses such as Gruyere, Edam or Asiago. Sliced Mushrooms roasted in Olive oil will add further flavor and meaty texture to this pairing. You could top the cheese and pumpkin butter over Foccacia bread drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive oil and serve with the mushrooms on top. Beverage Pairing: Doppelbock or with a Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. 4.  Chive Tomato Relish This sweet and savory sauce with a bite towards the end is great when paired with oysters and mussels. Hard Cheeses with nutty flavors such as Manchego or Smoked Gouda round out the mild spiciness. You could serve the tomato relish over raw clams or oysters as well as over toasted rustic bread drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive oil and topped with cheese. Olives can be added to the platter for added piquancy.  Beverage Pairing: Pino Grigio or Chablis.  

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