Proprietary Red Wine

Grilled Stonefruit & Gorgonzola Flatbread

Grilled Stonefruit & Gorgonzola Flatbread 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

This flavorful grilled gorgonzola and stonefruit flatbread bring together smoky-sweet grilled peaches with creamy gorgonzola in a delicious way.  This recipe was specially created by Chef Jamie Prouten to pair beautifully with our Cabernet Sauvignon wines.

Ingredients
8 slices pancetta, crispy
1 lb fresh pizza dough (whole foods)
2 ea peaches
8 oz gorgonzola dolce, room temperature
2 cups arugula
½ ea red onion, sliced in rounds
1 tbsp chopped thyme
2 tsp Round Pond Balsamico Tradizionale

When you buy the pancetta, have your deli slice it thinly like prosciutto.  Bring it home and lay it on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.  Place another sheet of parchment on top and then another baking sheet on top of that and bake it in a 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes or until crispy.

Preheat an oven to 400 degrees and place a pizza stone in the oven.  Divide the dough into two equal size pieces. Stretch each piece to the desired shape and thickness.  Start the dough in the oven and cook for about 2 minutes. Bake it enough so that it can be handled (about ½ cooked).  Let it cool slightly.

Whilst dough is cooling, split the peaches in half and remove the pit.  Place the peaches flesh side down on to a hot grill.  Cook the peaches just until they start to caramelize and slightly char.  Take the sliced onion rounds and brush with olive oil, salt and pepper and grill as well.

Slightly macerate the gorgonzola cheese, mix in the thyme and evenly spread onto the pizza dough.  Slice grilled peaches and place on top of gorgonzola.  Lower the grill to medium heat and place the flatbread on to the grill. Once the cheese starts to melt and the peaches are warm, remove the flatbread from grill.  Top it with crispy pancetta, arugula, and balsamico.

Enjoy!

Thyme Gougère

Thyme Gougère 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

These delicious French cheese puffs make phenomenal hors d’oeuvres!  This easy recipe comes to us from our Winery Chef, Jamie Prouten.  Chef says: “These are the perfect pairing with red wine and are something that I just love to make around the holidays.”

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour
3 tsp kosher salt
18 Tbsp unsalted butter
12 eggs
3 bunches thyme, chopped
3 cups water
1 ½ cups shredded Parmesan cheese

Bring water, butter and salt to a boil in a saucepan. Add flour and mix until it pulls away from the side of the pan. Place the mixture in the bowl of a standing mixer, using the paddle attachment. Run mixer on medium speed and add eggs one at a time until the mixture is completely combined.

Transfer mixture into a pastry bag and pipe out golf ball-sized gougères onto a parchment-lined sheet tray.  Sprinkle with shredded Parmesan and bake for 45 minutes in a 300F oven on low fan. Best enjoyed when still warm!

Makes about 15 gougères

Sesame Buttermilk Crackers

Sesame Buttermilk Crackers 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

This fun cracker recipe comes to us courtesy of Napa Valley Chef Marvin Martin of Marvin Martin Olive Oils.  Chef likes to serve these freshly-made crackers with an artisan cheese platter or with any kind of hummus or dip.

Ingredients

2 ½ cups flour
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
10 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp lemon zest
A pinch each of salt and black pepper
1 egg white
1/8 cup each black and white sesame seeds

Combine flour, sugar,  and salt in mixing bowl.  On low speed, add butter and mix until it looks like coarse oatmeal.  Add buttermilk and lemon zest, mixing until dough just comes together. Don’t over mix!  Form the dough into a disc and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Roll the dough out on Silpat or silicone baking mat to 1/8-inch thickness.  Poke the dough in random place with the tines of a fork to allow steam to escape whilst baking.  Brush rolled dough with egg white, sprinkle with salt, pepper and sesame seeds. Bake for 8 to 12 minutes at 350 degrees, until just browned.

Break into irregular shapes and serve with dips or cheeses. Enjoy!

(If you would like uniform shaped crackers, you may cut dough into desired shapes with cookie cutters or score with a knife or edge sealer before baking.) 

Sweet Potatoes With Fernet Marshmallow

Sweet Potatoes With Fernet Marshmallow 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

This elevated sweet potato casserole with freshly-made Fernet Blanca-flavored marshmallow creme comes to us from Chef Nicholas Jones of Farmstead at Longmeadow Ranch in St. Helena.  It’s a delicious take on a holiday classic!

Ingredients for Sweet Potatoes
4 pounds red-skinned sweet potatoes (or yams), peeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
5 tablespoons Round Pond Italian Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 cup Steen’s Southern Cane Syrup

Ingredients for Fernet Marshmallows
110 grams egg whites (with a pinch of cream of tartar)
800 grams sugar
180 grams water
30 grams gelatin
57 grams Fernet Branca (Italian Bitters)

For the Potatoes
Preheat oven to 375F.  Toss sweet potatoes in olive oil, spices, salt, and black pepper.  Arrange potatoes in 13 x 9 x 2-inch glass baking dish or casserole dish of your choice and bake until tender. Remove dish from oven and coat roasted potatoes with Steen’s Southern cane syrup. Return to oven and bake until sticky, about 15 additional minutes.

For the Fernet Marshmallows
Bring sugar and water to 245 degrees in a saucepan over medium heat. Bloom gelatin according to directions.  Whip egg whites (with a pinch of cream of tartar) to stiff peak in mixer.

Drizzle in hot sugar syrup to egg whites to temper, and then add the rest of the sugar syrup, add Fernet and gelatin.  Fold in softly.  Spread marshmallow mixture on the top of potatoes and place under broiler to give your marshmallows a s’mores-like look.*  Enjoy!

*You may substitute with pre-made marshmallows of your choice

Classic Chicken Salad Sandwich

Classic Chicken Salad Sandwich 2048 1362 Round Pond Estate

The addition of arugula gives a nice contrast in texture and flavor to the creamy spice of the horseradish, and the pretzel bun adds a bit of fun to this classic, crowd-pleasing sandwich.  Pairs wonderfully with our Proprietary Red Wine.

Ingredients
4 ea chicken breasts
2 bunches chives, cut into 1” sticks
¼ cup red onion, diced small
3 tsp prepared horseradish
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ sour cream
3  tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
3 Tbsp Round Pond Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Round Pond Sangiovese-Nebbiolo Blend Vinegar
4 pretzel buns
2 cups wild arugula

Start by seasoning the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.  Grill the chicken until completely cooked through.  Dice when cool.

Add the diced chicken to a bowl with the remaining ingredients (except arugula) and toss until the chicken until evenly coated.

Divide chicken salad evenly onto four bottom buns, arrange a ½ cup of arugula on each, and put top bun on.  Enjoy!

Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs

Goat Cheese Stuffed Figs 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

What a fantastic combination of flavors in these goat cheese stuffed figs with cassis glaze!  With the layered sweetness from the figs, creamy tang from the goat cheese, and smokiness from the pancetta, this makes a fantastic appetizer.

Ingredients
12 green or black mission figs
6 slices pancetta, thinly sliced and cut in half lengthwise
2 oz fresh goat cheese
2 Tbsp black pepper
Salt, as needed
4 oz cassis syrup
4 oz red wine

Combine cassis syrup and red wine in a small pot.  Reduce over low heat to approximately 2 Tbsp.

Meanwhile, roll goat cheese into 1/2-inch sized balls.  Roll in cracked pepper, then hold in freezer to firm up, about 15 minutes.

Split figs from stem end downward 3/4 of the way through in an “X” pattern. Stuff frozen goat cheese balls into the “X” and wrap each with a piece of pancetta to hold shape.

Grill over medium heat until pancetta crisps.  Remove to serving plate and drizzle with a small amount of the syrup mixture.  Season with salt to taste.  Enjoy!

Yields 12 figs

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