Friday, May 3, 2019

Savory & Sweet Flatbread with 2018 Red Car Rosé

I think a lot of us think of Rosé for special occasions like a wedding, a luncheon, a bridal shower or a toast.  It's in the fridge like the champagne, ready and waiting.  Or is that just me?  Either way, I'm getting smarter.  I had a golden (or rosé) opportunity to taste an early release of Red Car Wine's 2018 Rosé of Pinot Noir.  It has convinced me to start the mantra, ROSÉ for EVERY DAY!  

You are invited to join my tiny movement and of course, there will be food:

Seriously, this is so good, so fast, so easy and I use it for appetizers, kid's meals, cocktail nibbles, and "I'm just hungry for something" moments...It's a flat bread that comes together in minutes, cooks in 7 minutes and has unlimited toppings> THIS one was made to pair with a bottle of the new Rosé of Pinot Noir 2018 from RED CAR WINE It was such a winner, I've already made it 3 more times...this week!
Recipe: Preheat oven to 475-500F
1 cup Flour
1/4 cup water
2 Tbls. Olive Oil
pinch of salt.
Mix with a fork in a bowl, then pull together into a ball and knead just until it holds. Wrap in plastic and rest on counter for 15 minutes while you gather the toppings.
4 oz Goat Cheese
1/4 small sweet white onion (sliced very thin)
1/2 cup chopped dates
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
Honey to drizzle
1) Unwrap the dough, dust a parchment paper with flour and roll out the dough very thin. Cracker thin (about 10” round.)
2) Place dollops of goat cheese all over the flat bread, then onion slices, then dates and finally sprinkle fresh thyme all over.
3) Slide the parchment (with the flatbread on top) onto a sheet pan. Bake for 7-8 minutes. It should be crisp and toasty brown.
4) While warm, drizzle the flatbread with honey, slice like a pizza and serve while warm.
For other toppings:
Spread 2 Tbls of cream cheese or mascarpone or vegan cream cheese over the rolled out dough.
Top with any of these: thin sliced mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, caramelized onions, bacon, prosciutto, fig slices, peach slices, shredded brussels sprouts, arugula, spinach and other cheeses. Keep it light so the cracker thin crust doesn’t get overloaded. The choices are really only limited by your imagination.

*I was lucky enough to receive an early release of the Red Car Rosé, but not compensated in any other way for my recommendation. The thing I liked the most about their Rosé was the balance. It’s not so sweet, and not lacking structure. The spicy that I love in a Pinot is there, just lighter and fresher, making a great “every day” sip.

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