Someone famously said that girls just want to have fun. Given our hectic modern-day lives, this ’80’s anthem holds true now more than ever. It is important to put some time aside for your girlfriends and indulge in conversation, laughter and a bit of silliness. I propose that you call your friends and invite them over for no other reason than to have fun. To make your life easy and get the evening going in style, I suggest a simple and flavourful Indian-style pizza, followed up with a nice platter of comforting cheese paired with exciting wines.
The pizza will only take 10 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to bake. Once out of the oven, cut it into bite-sized pieces to make it easy for your guests to eat and drink at the same time.
4 naan or pita breads
1/2 cup (125 ml) salsa
1/4 cup (60 ml) mango chutney
6 oz (180 g) frozen baby shrimp
1 tsp (5 ml) curry powder
1 1/2 cups (375 ml) grated Canadian Mozzarella
1/4 cup (60 ml) cilantro, freshly chopped
2 tbsp (30 ml) fresh mint, chopped
Preheat oven to 425°F (220°C).
Place naan on a parchment-covered baking sheet.
Mix salsa and mango chutney. Spread out evenly on naan.
Add shrimp and sprinkle with curry.
Top with Mozzarella and bake 15 minutes.
While pizzas are baking, mix together cilantro and mint; sprinkle over pizzas once removed from the oven. Serve with a salad.
Assemble your Canadian cheese platter with a rich, traditional extra-aged cheddar; a sweet and nutty Swiss cheese; and a creamy, hazelnut-flavoured Cendré des Prés. Add a dipping bowl of honey and discover how well the cheese and honey go together.
Because these delicious cheeses work well together, you can enjoy them and the accompanying wine in whatever order you please. For the wine I suggest a fruity white, such as a Lenz Moser Mariandl, which is a delicious apricot-flavoured sparkling wine. I would also recommend a sweet and fruity dessert wine, such as Moulin Touchais Coteaux du Layon.
Have a great night, ladies.