pig and fig appetizer

Pig and Fig Appetizer

This appetizer has all the delicious classic flavors of French haute cuisine, but with absolutely none of the work! In our book, this is how entertaining should be done. The star of this dish is the Pig & Fig Pâté, a handcrafted terrine from Smoking Goose Meatery in Indianapolis. It is one of our best sellers at Vine & Table and a favorite with the staff.

Pig and Fig AppetizerPig and Fig Appetizer
2 packages cocktail party toast
6 oz Smoking Goose Pig and Fig Terrine
Dijon Mustard

Slice the terrine in a square diameter, roughly ¼-inch thick and to fit on the party toast. Chiffonade (thinly slice) the spinach, then place on toast, putting a slice of the terrine on top. Then dab a very small bit of Dijon Mustard on top of the terrine. Serve at room temperature.

Santa Alicia Carmenere Reserva 2010What do we recommend pairing with this delightful morsel? Well, starting with a white wine option, we’d recommend the Giesen Sauvignon Blanc from New Zeleand, the sweet lemon and cut-grass aromas are a perfect prelude to the acidity, zest and minerals that follow. This is exactly what you want to cut through the richness of the terrine; a perfect pairing.

A fabulous red wine option would be a Chilean offering: Santa Alicia Carmenere Reserva, with its ripe fruit, bitter chocolate notes, good structure and acidy this is a very versatile food wine and pairs exceptionally well with duck and spices.

A third more daring option would be to pair this dish with a whisky. It is amazing how well certain whiskies pair with food!  Our recommendation for the Pig and Fig appetizer would be a Jura Scotch or Ardbeg Single Malt (another staff favorite). The slight sweetness of the whisky and the light peaty notes are exactly what the duck wants to elevate this pairing to be greater than the sum of its already exceptional parts.

So if you are looking to do a little entertaining this season or just want to treat a party of two, combine excellent with ease and serve this Pig and Fig appetizer with the perfect pairing of your choice.



Michele Rhoutsong

About Michele Rhoutsong

Ciao! I'm the new chessemonger at Vine & Table, please call me Michele. I am a native Oregonian, grew up in Portland. Go Ducks! Arrived here after living in Italy for eight fantastic years. I married a Hoosier over twenty years ago, so here I am. I followed a dream and attended The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and the Art Institute of Indianapolis. I believe food is an amazing place to be, and I can talk forever about it! I claim two teenagers at Carmel High School, one graduates this year. Plus two cats, (it was a buy one, get one free deal- so I have Elizabeth Taylor and Lance) and an English Bulldog Izzy Prosecco-(bubbles is all I'm saying!) and our old man- a springer spaniel, named Spike. Come on in and say hi! I love to chat recipe ideas and pairings. I believe life and memories happen when food and drink are involved... and I'm always full of ideas. Hope to see you soon!
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