A Three Course Patio Pairing Menu Made for Summer
I don't know about you, but evenings on the back patio have been a breath of fresh air (literally) while I've been spending more time at home. And while "dining out" has only consisted of "take-out", it has certainly given me all the more reason to get festive with my dinner menu. I've perfected the pairing of my go-to summer recipes with cocktails & wine that can make even the most ordinary occasions feel like a celebration.
Brussels & Bubbles
I love starting a meal with a fresh, crisp salad and a light cocktail such as a gin & tonic. Customize with flavors and fresh herbs such as basil, lime, cucumber, or elderflower which compliment the honey & lemon dressing. This Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad has both Parmesan and Burratta cheese in it, so it practically doubles as the cheese starter course, too!
Pasta Salad & Chardonnay
This Broccoli Pesto Chicken Pasta Salad is an equally delicious mix of light and decadent, much like a chilled, buttery glass of Chardonnay. This second course is a nice in-between the salad and the main, giving you the chance to savor and sip slowly while enjoying the long summer evening.
Sausage Stuffed Artichokes & Red Wine
For the grand finale, enjoy these meaty, savory Sausage Stuffed Artichokes that are even better when paired with a glass of rich red wine. Choose your favorite (Pinot Noir anyone?) and end the night with this satisfying course- you won't even need dessert!
Cheers to an evening "out", even if just out on the back patio! Share your favorite pairings with us on social media.