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Elegant Entertaining with Bold flavors

Red Wine and Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta

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POSTED July 7, 2013 9:43 p.m.

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Summer entertaining is easy with simple, crowd-pleasing recipes from light bites to sweet delights that require almost no time in the kitchen.

Invite over a few of your closest friends, heat up the
grill and set out your favorite wines for a truly memorable outdoor dinner party. Select simple recipes that can be prepared ahead of time and quickly seared on the grill once your guests have arrived. Everyone will enjoy the food and you’ll love that you’re not trapped in the kitchen. Prep, chop and marinate everything then store it all in containers.

Continue the trend of simplicity by serving food-friendly wines, such as those from Las Rocas. Las Rocas, which literally means “the rocks” because of the rocky soil where the grapes are grown, produces an incredibly vibrant Garnacha and refreshing Rosé that pair wonderfully with these dishes.

Make the occasion truly special by beginning the festivi­ties at sundown to take advantage of the cool breezes and beautiful sunset. Line the tables with a row of small candles, hang sparkling white lights from the trees and
put on your favorite music. Your guests may never want
to leave.

For more information, visit www.lasrocaswine.com.

Pan Seared Rib Eye with Balsamic Glaze and Crispy Salted Potato Wedges

Serve with Las Rocas Garnacha, a vibrant and versatile red wine with rich dark berry flavors and aromas.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

For Crispy Fingerling Potatoes

    1     pound small Yukon gold potatoes cut into wedges

        Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

    3     tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

    1     teaspoon roughly chopped fresh rosemary
            leaves, plus a couple of sprigs

For Steaks

        Kosher or coarse salt and freshly ground
            black pepper

    4     3/4-pound bone in rib-eye steaks, about
            1 inch thick

    1     large shallot, thinly sliced

    1/2     cup aged balsamic vinegar

    2     tablespoons unsalted butter

For potatoes: Place the potatoes in saucepan and cover with cold, salted water. Set over high heat and bring to boil. Cook until potatoes are fork tender, about 10 minutes depending on size of potatoes. Drain and rinse under cold running water. Pat potatoes dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set potatoes aside and begin steak.

For steak: Sprinkle large cast-iron skillet with kosher or coarse salt; heat skillet over high heat for about 8 minutes, then add steaks. Sear until steaks are crusted brown, about 4 minutes; turn steaks. Sear to desired doneness or about 6 more minutes for medium rare. Transfer to cutting board and let rest while you make sauce.

Wipe out pan and add shallot; cook, stirring, about 1 minute. Slowly add vine­gar and 1 tablespoon of water and bring to a boil. Stir continuously until reduces and thickens, about 2 minutes. Remove pan from heat, swirl in butter, and season with pepper to taste. Drizzle sauce over steaks just before serving.

To finish potatoes: Heat olive oil in large skillet over high heat. When hot, add seasoned potatoes, cut side down, and rosemary. Cook until golden and crispy, about 2 minutes per side. Sprinkle with additional salt and pepper to taste.

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