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How adorbs are these Prosciutto Wrapped Poached Plums, you guys? I can’t. They have been on the “to blog” list for ages. I’ve been waiting for stone fruit to start exploding into the season, and the time is now.
So when Estancia Wines asked me to create a summer travel inspired inspired wine pairing for entertaining, I could not think of a more perfect fit. I mean, these Prosciutto Wrapped Poached Plums and a lightly chilled glass of Pinot Noir? Can you see yourself basking on a southern Italian seaside cliff somewhere?
BTW, if you’re freaking out about that chilled Pinot bit, you have to try it. Chilling your red wines a bit not only makes them that much more refreshing on a hot summer day, but is actually how red wines should be served- slightly below room temperature. It will balance and enhance their flavor profiles, and take the edge off the alcohol taste a little bit, too. Pop them in the fridge for 15 minutes or so before serving. Trust me! Before I became a private chef I worked in the wine industry for several years, so I know these things.
I really value that time I spent working at wineries because it gave me a solid base of knowledge as far as wine pairing that helps me tremendously in my career now. So today I will impart some of that wine savvy on all of you with the most no-brainer, super wine-friendly appetizer for your next summer soiree.
Want to know the easiest/most foolproof way to pair your wines with your food? Use the wine in the food you’re cooking. I know. Ingenious, right? I took these peak season plums and lightly poached them in Estancia’s 2014 Pinot Noir along with a little sugar, a handful of assorted herbs and a strip of lemon peel.
Then I wrapped the drained and cooled plum wedges in thinly sliced ribbons of salty prosciutto to balance out their sweetness. The final step in this recipe is to pour the remainder of that bottle of wine into glasses to enjoy with your cute little plum bites, which brings me to another wino tip: never cook with wine that isn’t fit to drink.
Prosciutto Wrapped Poached Plums
Prosciutto Wrapped Poached Plums are a lovely choice for summer entertaining- these seasonal bites are a breeze to prepare and pair so elegantly with wine (especially if you serve the same wine you poached the plums in).
- 1 cup red wine such as Estancia Pinot Noir
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 small handful assorted fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme and marjoram
- 1 2- inch strip lemon peel
- Pinch of salt
- 2 plums halved, pitted and sliced into wedges
- 8 slices prosciutto halved
Bring red wine, sugar, herbs, lemon zest and salt to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat. Simmer until sugar dissolves, then add plums and continue to cook for about five minutes.
Remove from heat and let stand for ten minutes. Strain plums from poaching liquid and allow to cool completely.
Wrap each plum with a piece of prosciutto and serve.