Welcome warm weather… sipping delicious bubbly while dining alfresco on our patio, evenings under the stars celebrating good food and friendship…welcome Spring! Another reason to celebrate… I have new friends at Mionetto that sent me several bottles of their Italian sparkling wines to taste. One of the bottles of bubbly was completely new to me: Prestige Extra Dry Rosé. After tasting this delightful bubbly (at a delightful price point too $17 per bottle – available at Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar locally, just ask him and he will get it in for you). I plan to keep a bottle or two in the fridge ready to pop for any occasion.
I love the idea of tea sandwiches as a pairing with bubbly wine so I immediately thought of pairing the rosé with Italian tea sandwiches ~ “tremazzini” ~ triangular Italian sandwiches constructed from two slices of soft white bread, with the crusts removed. Thinly sliced cold roast beef with a light horseradish sauce garnished with arugula is a lovely pairing with rosé and I was delighted that this pairing was so delicious. The pepperiness of the arugula was delightful with the zing of the horseradish. I found seasoned Boar’s Head roast beef at our local Kroger grocery, very lean, perfect for these little sandwiches.
To assemble sandwiches: Cut crust off of 12 slices Pepperidge Farm very thin white bread. Spread each slice of bread with horseradish sauce. Layer very thin slices Boars Head seasoned roast beef on 6 slices of the bread. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese. Top with arugula and thin cherry tomato slices.
To make the horseradish sauce (enough for 6 – 8 sandwiches): Mix 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1/2 tablespoon prepared horseradish, 1 tablespoon sour cream in a small bowl. Cover bowl and refrigerate until service.
The Prestige Extra Dry Rosé is perfect for sippin’ and sharing with friends. Raspberry, morello cherry and wild strawberry flavors. I enjoyed serving fresh strawberries with the tremazzini – just the perfect little impromptu picnic for me and my friends.
I will be sharing more about Mionetto sparkling wines on my blog and on the Roanoker Magazine “Behind the Page” blog: the roanoker.com A recipe for Mango Bellini’s will be posted soon, so stay tuned!
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