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 RosÈ 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