Get Cozy: A Winter Picnic

Written by:Melinda Nelson
Photographed by:Steve Henke
A moodboard setup featuring a Cambria Skara Brae quartz serving tray

Cambria designs shown: Skara Brae™ (light serving tray) and Mersey™ (dark serving tray)

Fig & Goat Cheese Pancetta Crisps

Adapted from Bon Appétit

Ingredients

Makes 12 crisps

  • 12 thin slices of pancetta
  • 12 generous tsp. soft fresh goat cheese
  • 1 jar of fig jam or spread
  • 12 small baby arugula leaves
  • 6 small fresh figs, sliced
  • Fresh thyme leaves

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and place pancetta in a single layer on the paper. Bake until crisp and nicely browned, 12–15 minutes. Transfer pancetta crisps to paper towels and let cool for 15 minutes. Arrange crisps on a serving platter and top each with 1 tsp. goat cheese, a small dollop of fig spread, 1 arugula leaf, and fig slices. Sprinkle with thyme and serve.

Rustic Pigs in a Blanket

Ingredients

Makes approximately 32 rolls

  • 1 17.3 oz. box frozen puff pastry (2 sheets)
  • 2 12 oz. packages artisanal sausages
  • 1–2 tbsp. water
  • 1 egg

Directions

Defrost puff pastry according to package directions. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Beat egg in a small bowl with a fork and set aside. Cut each sausage into 1-inch sections and set aside. On a floured surface, unfold first sheet of pastry dough. Use a rolling pin to roll it out into a 10-by-14-inch rectangle and trim the edges to make them straight. Cut into 2-by-3-inch strips and repeat with the second sheet of pastry. Place one piece of sausage in the middle of each strip. Dampen edges of pastry with water and bring edges together around the sausage. Press pastry gently to seal and turn roll over so smooth side is up. Repeat with remaining sausage and pastry and set rolls about 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Gently pierce each roll twice with the tip of a knife to create venting holes. Brush tops with beaten egg. Bake for about 15 minutes until puffed and golden. Cool slightly and serve warm.

Editor’s Note:

If you have any leftover pastry strips, brush with butter, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and bake on a separate baking sheet for 5–10 minutes or until crispy.

Savory Tomato Soup

Adapted from Ellie Krieger

Ingredients

Makes 4–6 servings

  • 1 tbsp. butter or extra-virgin olive oil
  • ½ c. onion, chopped
  • ½ c. potato, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 28 oz. can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. tomato paste
  • 2 c. vegetable broth or chicken broth
  • ½ c. whole milk, almond milk, or oat milk
  • 2 tsp. honey, agave, or sugar, to taste
  • ½ tsp. sea salt or to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions

Heat butter or oil in a large heavy soup pot over medium heat. Add onion and potato and cook for 4–5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onion is softened and translucent. Add garlic, tomatoes, tomato paste, and broth, and stir well. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in milk, honey, salt, and pepper, and remove pan from heat. Cool slightly and puree until smooth with a hand-held stick blender, food processor, or blender. To serve, heat soup gently and pour into bowls.

Garlic Crostinis

Ingredients

  • 1 1 lb. loaf of French or Italian bread
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened or 8 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
  • 1 tsp. sea salt, or to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice the bread into ½-inch slices and arrange on the paper. Mix butter or olive oil, garlic, parsley, and salt in a small bowl and spread mixture on slices. Bake for 10–15 minutes, watching carefully, until golden but not burned. Remove from oven and cool for a few minutes.

Popcorn Three Ways

Each recipe makes enough seasoning for approximately 16–20 cups of popcorn

Zesty Pickle Popcorn

Ingredients: 1 tbsp. each salt and coriander seeds; 1 tsp. dried dill; ½ tsp. each dill seed, mustard seeds, garlic powder, onion powder, and citric acid

Directions: In a spice grinder, grind all ingredients to a fine powder. Sprinkle over popcorn, toss gently, and serve.

Spicy Buffalo Ranch Popcorn

Ingredients: 4 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted; 4 tbsp. ranch seasoning mix; 4 tbsp. buffalo wing or hot pepper sauce; salt to taste

Directions: In a small bowl, mix butter, ranch seasoning, and buffalo wing sauce to taste. Pour over popcorn, toss gently, and serve.

Savory Italian Popcorn

Ingredients: 3–4 tbsp. top-quality extra-virgin olive oil; ½ c. grated fresh Parmesan cheese; 1 tbsp. salt; 1 tsp. Italian seasoning

Directions: In a small bowl, mix Parmesan cheese, salt, and Italian seasoning to taste. Sprinkle over popcorn, toss gently, and serve.

Pair like a Pro

Leslee Miller, Certified Sommelier of Amusée shares her favorite pairings.

With Fig & Goat Cheese Pancetta Crisps | Birichino ‘Saint Georges Old Vines’ Zinfandel

Here’s the thing about Zin: it loves figs and pancetta! This old-vine sip is remarkably fresh, with black cherry, anise, and sage. Its zing leaves the palate refreshed and bright!

With Pigs In A Blanket | Domaine De La Damase Grenache

Boysenberry, blueberry, blackberry, and a touch of pepper keep this wine perfectly in line with the smoky bits of sausage you’ll enjoy snuggled between those pastry layers.

With Tomato Soup | Castello Di Volpaia Chianti

Sangiovese and a cozy tomato soup, yum! Dried cherry, spice, and light shades of smoke make for the perfect accoutrements to all things Italian, tomatoes, and savory.

 

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