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Dips & Wine…a Super Bowl Must!

Thorny Rose Superbowl Appetizers
Thorny Rose Superbowl Appetizers
Thorny Rose Wine

A signature dip is a must-have at any Super Bowl fete and guests won’t be able to get enough of Chef Talbot’s jazzed up guacamole. His take on the traditional go-to combines feta cheese, almonds and zesty spices for an out of this world south of the border treat. Paired with the blackberry and dark chocolate aromas of the Thorny Rose Cabernet Sauvignon, this combination is sure to be a game-day hit!

Guacamole with Feta Cheese and Almonds

Serves: 8
Paired with Thorny Rose Cabernet Sauvignon

½ cup sliced almonds, toasted in the oven

4 Hass avocados

Grated zest and juice of 3 lemons

6 to 8 dashes of hot sauce

1 small red onion, diced

1/3 cup feta cheese

2 medium vine-ripened tomatoes, seeded and diced

2 tablespoons Roasted Garlic Oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a food processor, process the almonds until coarsely ground.

Halve the avocadoes, pit, and scoop the flesh into a medium bowl. Add the lemon zest and juice, hot sauce, onion, feta, and ground almonds. Mix until well combined, mashing the avocado with the back of a spoon. Fold in the tomatoes and oil. Transfer to a serving dish and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Here's another winner! Fish Tacos

To satisfy those super-sized appetites, whip up Chef Talbot’s savory fish tacos. Light and flavorful, they combine fresh herbs and a citrus sauce for a refreshing kick. Paired with the medium-bodied Thorny Rose Chardonnay, these tacos are a lighter option for those trying to ban the inevitable Super Bowl bloat.

Fish Tacos with Tomato Salsa and Citrus Crema

Serves: 8
Paired with Thorny Rose Chardonnay

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

¼ cup olive oil, plus more for brushing the tortillas

2 pounds skinless, cod, snapper, or mahi-mahi fillets
½ cup loosely packed chopped flat-leaf parsley

½ cup chopped fresh cilantro

4 garlic cloves, shopped

¼ cup Thorny Rose Chardonnay

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

16 flour tortillas (6 inch)

1 cup Tomato Salsa (see below)

½ large head green cabbage, thinly sliced

½ cup Citrus Crème (see below)

1 Hass avocado, pitted, peeled, and thinly sliced

2 limes, cut into 4 wedges each

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the butter and ¼ cup oil on a rimmed baking sheet and place it in the oven to melt the butter. When the butter is melted, arrange the fish filets on the baking sheet and sprinkle with parsley, cilantro, and garlic. Pour the Thorny Rose Chardonnay around the filets and season generously with salt and pepper.

Bake the fish until it flakes easily with a fork, 10 to 12 minutes. Break the fish into 1 inch chunks and set aside.

Heat a grill pan over high heat. Place the tortillas in the pan, one at a time, and cook until they are hot and marked with grill lines, 15 to 30 seconds. Brush the hot tortillas with a little oil and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.

To assemble the tacos, spoon 2 table spoons of salsa, a few fish chunks, and some of the cabbage onto each tortilla. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the crema over each serving and top with 2 or 3 avocado slices. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with a lime wedge.

Citrus Crema

1 lemon
1 lime
1 orange
½ cup 2% plain organic Greek yogurt
1/3 cup sour cream
Salt and freshly gound black pepper

Use a Microplane zester to zest the lemon, lime, and about half the orange. Place the zests in a small bowl and stir in the yogurt and sour cream.

Juice all of the fruits into another small bowl. Measure out 1Ž4 of their combined juice (save the rest for another use) and add to the yogurt-sour cream mixture. Stir to combine and season to taste with salt and pepper. The crema can be refrigerated, covered, for up to 2 days.

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