Keeping it Casual: Simple Ideas for Entertaining at Home

Keeping it Casual: Simple Ideas for Entertaining at Home

(NewsUSA): With the arrival of warmer weather and longer days come many wonderful reasons to gather with family and friends. From Mother's Day to Labor Day, this is a season of celebrations -- big and small.
Entertaining at home is a lovely way to bring people together. Whether you are toasting newlyweds or hosting a backyard barbecue, treat guests to simple food and fruit-forward, approachable wine. Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi wines fulfill the late Mondavi's vision of putting great California wine on every table.
To start your next event off on an elegant and delicious note, offer guests Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Roulades (recipe follows) paired with Woodbridge Chardonnay. The lushness of the wine perfectly complements the lightly salty tang of the roulades.
Depending on the occasion, you may want to offer guests a choice of white or red wine. Whites should be served slightly chilled but not cold. Red wine shouldn't be chilled, but be careful it hasn't been allowed to get too hot. A 750 ml bottle contains about five glasses of wine, and guests typically have about two glasses each. For casual entertaining, pairing wine with food should be fun. If you're not sure about what wine pairs with a dish, serve a wine that you enjoy drinking, and you won't go wrong.
Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Roulades
Courtesy of Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen
Serves 8
Ingredients:
8 ounces mild goat cheese
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
1 small clove garlic, minced
4 ounces prosciutto, thinly sliced into 12 slices, then halved to form 24 strips, each about 3 inches by 1 1/2 inches
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice from 1 small lemon
Ground black pepper
Instructions:
Mix goat cheese, parsley, and garlic together in a small bowl until well blended. Place about 2 teaspoons of the mixture on each prosciutto slice. Fold the sides of each slice over the cheese mixture, then fold one end over, forming a roll. Arrange the rolls on a plate, and sprinkle with olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature.
For additional recipes courtesy of America's Test Kitchen, please visit www.woodbridgewines.com.