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With the fantastic summer weather continuing, BBQ’s are in full swing and invitations are flying out left, right and centre for picnics. Here are a couple of ideas for starters that will impress your friends and are the ideal partner for that perfect summer wine, Domaine des Jeanne rosé wine.

SUMMER STARTERS 01 - Summer Starters
Prosciutto sticks, roasted red pepper shots and rosé

Prosciutto sticks

Ingredients:

  • • 300g tub light soft cheese
  • • 2 tbsp basil pesto
  • • 140g pack grissini sticks (bread sticks)
  • • 90g pack prosciutto
  • • 1 tbsp pine nuts
  • • Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling

Method:

  • • Mix the cheese with the basil pesto
  • • Take the bread sticks and halve each one
  • • Cut the prosciutto into strips and wrap around the end of each bread stick
  • • Serve alongside the pesto dip
  • • Scatter the pine nuts over the dip and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil before serving
SUMMER STARTERS 02 - Summer Starters
Roasted red pepper shots looking good!

Roasted Red Pepper Shots

Ingredients:

  • • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • • 1 tbsp sugar
  • • 2 tbsp red pepper pesto
  • • 400g can peeled plum tomatoes
  • • 295g jar roasted red peppers
  • • 200ml vegetable stock
  • • Basil leaves, for garnish
SUMMER STARTERS 03 - Summer Starters
Et voilà!

Method:

  • • Fry the onion in olive oil for 8-10 mins, then add the crushed garlic cloves, sugar and red pepper pesto and cook for 1-2 mins.
  • • Tip in the plum tomatoes, drain and chop the roasted red peppers and add.
  • • Pour in the vegetable stock and simmer for 10 mins.
  • • Season, then blend until smooth with a hand blender.
  • • Cool.
  • • Freeze in freezer bags or a microwavable container.
  • • To serve, defrost in the fridge overnight, then reheat gently in a pan, or microwave for a few minutes, stirring often, until hot.
  • • Serve in shot glasses, garnished with basil leaves.

Now you’re ready to go! For the final touch, serve with a cool chilled glass of Domaine des Jeanne, order here.

Domaine Des Jeanne is an established wine company based in our Luberon vineyard in Provence.

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