The holiday season is here, friends and family will be descending upon you and you didn't have time to create those elaborate hors d'oeuvres you planned. Or maybe you're just looking for a gluten-free or even paleo-friendly alternative. I've designed some delicious holiday pairings to inspire you! Also, you have a chance to win a gift box of all three Simple & Crisp Artisan Crisps for your own simple holiday entertaining.
All you need to do is comment below with what you would pair with one of the fruit crisps. Chief Purveyor, Jane Yuan of Simple and Crisp and I will pick our favorite pairing. A winner will be selected and notified on Wednesday, December 11th to allow time for the crisps to arrive in time for your holiday soiree or to have on hand when friends drop in. Get creative and have fun with your pairings!
note: You will also have a chance to win at my Instagram account @rootedinthevalley.
UPDATE: Congratulations to aiyanayuki as our winner of the Simple & Crisp Giveaway!
Simple and Crisp Apple paired with cheese and pickled raisins. (recipe found here)
I selected Beecher's No Woman Cheese in this pairing- it's delicately flavored with threads of savory and sweet jerk spices and the resulting combination with the pickled raisins is reminiscent of an apple pie.
Simple and Crisp Pear might be my personal favorite. I love pairing it's sweetness with interesting savories.
This time I added Speck an American applewood smoked meat - like Prosciutto, (which works just as well)I browned a little salted butter and fried the sage leaves till crisp. Drizzling just the tiniest bit of butter over the top turned it into a decadent bite.
For my final pairing, I opted to pair Simple and Crisp Orange with sweet flavors. Mascarpone Cheese with slivered, candied ginger and a sprinkle of pomegranate seeds. A healthy, low calorie dessert that bursts with seasonal flavor. It's bright and festive and perfect as a finish.
So tell me, how would you pair the pear, apple or orange? Pick one, share in the comments how you would pair it and a winner will be selected and notified Wednesday, December 11th. Good luck!