Sopressata Croquetas

Sopresseta Croquetas

Prep Time: Over two hours
Cooking Time: 1 hour

6 Tbs.  butter
8 Tbs. flour
16 oz. milk (room temperature)
5 1/2 Tbs. bread crumbs
4 oz. Sopressata chopped
1 small bunch cilantro chopped
2 scallions chopped
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Primary Prep:
1. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 2-3 minutes. Whisk in the milk very slowly until you have a very thick sauce. (about 5-8 minutes.) Salt and pepper to taste.
2. Stir in the breadcrumbs, sopressata, cilantro and scallions. Place in the fridge to chill for at least three hours.

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Secondary Prep:
flour, beaten eggs, and panko bread crumbs for coatingIMG_7108

1. Shape the chilled mixture into two-bite sized balls. Place flour, beaten eggs and breadcrumbs in three separate bowls. Coat each ball in the flour, then the egg, and finally with a layer of breadcrumbs.IMG_7109
2. Add oil into a deep pot and get extremely hot.
3. Deep fry the croquetas in batches until golden brown. Remove and drain excess oil.IMG_7123
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You can read about the pairing in my post Need a Valentine’s Wine? As You Wish or gain a little more knowledge about this varietal in Exploring the Wine Glass. 


Wilted Spinach with Lemon Pasta

Wilted Spinach with Lemon Pasta

Prep Time: 4 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

3 bags fresh baby spinach
extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound penne pasta
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
3 scallions thinly sliced
2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
juice from 1/2 lemon
1 tsp. fresh lemon zest
1/4 tsp. smoked paprika salt (can use sea salt & smoke paprika)
1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper

1. Cook penne according to package directions. Remove from heat; drain coat in olive oil and set aside.
2. In a large skillet, cook baby Spinach in olive oil over medium heat until wilted. Approximately 4 minutes. Remove from heat and use to make a bed on the serving plate.
3. Add cilantro, scallions, balsamic vinegar. lemon juice, lemon zest, smoked paprika salt and pepper; gently toss to combine. Place pasta over the bed of spinach and swerve immediately.

We paired this dish with a 2014 Domaine De Cantagrils Picpoul de Pinet we received as a sample. FullSizeRender (1)
You can read about the pairing in my post Need a Valentine’s Wine? As You Wish or learn a bit more about this varietal in Exploring the Wine Glass