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Gallo Family Vineyards newest variety, Riesling, plays a big part in sweetening up this Clams in White Wine Sauce paired with crispy, creamy Goat Cheese Crostini perfect for a Labor Day celebration.
Ah, the end of summer is here. Can you taste it? Of course you can. Because it’s Labor Day weekend and food is just about the number one thing on everyone’s mind.
Technically, the first day of fall isn’t until September 21st — but once Labor Day rolls around, it feels like time for a farewell party to summer and a welcome party for fall. Labor Day is all about having a good time with friends and family, not doing any labor (except maybe manning the grill or playing bartender), and just enjoying your last real weekend of summer.
As always, #SundaySupper is celebrating! But this is no ordinary celebration — we’ve got Gallo Family Vineyards here with us! This is my first time participating in one of the Gallo sponsored posts and I am thrilled to be here.
I was able to try Gallo’s newest wine, Riesling, at the Food and Wine Conference last month during the Blogger Blend wine and cheese tasting. I looooove Riesling — it is my favorite variety of wine. I was super excited to be one of the first to try it and even more excited to know I would be getting a bottle sent to me to play with in the kitchen. And drink. Obviously. I was also given a bottle of their Sweet Red, another sweet variety that I really enjoyed. But when it comes to clams — they scream for white wine, so the Riesling was top choice!
I grew up in New Jersey, where summer is alllll about seafood, which was the first thing that came to my mind when I thought about food I’d like to see at a Labor Day party. How about a big bowl of Clams in White Wine Sauce for everyone to dig into? Sounds good to me!
But when there’s a bowl full of white wine sauce, you can’t let any of it go to waste. This means bread. Lots of bread to soak up all that white wine deliciousness. But not just any bread. We’re making crostini and we’re topping it with creamy, tangy goat cheese — because who doesn’t love goat cheese?! If you raise your hand, I may have to end our friendship… Just kidding. I’ll just steal your portion of Goat Cheese Crostini.
The Gallo Family Vineyard’s Riesling, a sweet white wine, perfectly complemented the spicier components of the sauce — garlic, red chili flakes and a super yummy spice blend all the way from Israel. I would also choose Riesling as the perfect pairing for these Clams in White Wine Sauce too. Wine and seafood at a Labor Day party is just inevitable.
Gallo Family Vineyards is sharing more Labor Day recipes on their website, so you have no excuse not to make something yummy to celebrate! Not sure where to find Gallo Family wines? Check their store locater and see where it’s sold near you. Gallo is offering a $1 digital coupon for you to go out and purchase any of their delicious wines to use for your Labor Day cooking. Visit Gallo Family Vineyards to learn more about their different varieties of wine, and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube!
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4-5 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small tomato, diced
- 1 dozen Littleneck Clams, scrubbed clean
- 1 cup Gallo Family Vineyards Riesling
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 4-5 fresh basil leaves for garnish
- Heat oil in a saucepot over medium heat. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant. Add tomatoes and cook for about 1 minute.
- Add wine, red pepper flakes, garlic powder and onion powder and bring to a boil.
- Add clams and let cook, covered, for about 5 minutes or until the clams have opened.
- To make the crostini, slice a baguette and smear generously with goat cheese. Set the oven to low broil and arrange the goat-cheese topped bread slices on a piece of aluminum foil. Keep a watchful eye, as broiling can result in burnt toast very quickly. Broil until the edges start to brown and the cheese looks a little bubbly, about 2-3 minutes.
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Here are lots more yummy recipe ideas for Labor Day from the #SundaySupper crew! ((PS- Obviously today is not Sunday. We know this. Just trying something a little different this week, posting our recipes on Friday instead of Sunday. But don’t worry, next week we will be back on schedule!)
Labor Day Beverages:
- German Strawberry Wine Punch (Erdbeerbowle) by Magnolia Days
- Ginger Plum Sangria by Jelly Toast
- Lemon Lime Wine Sparkle by Basic N Delicious
- Watermelon Wine Cooler with Lime by The Wimpy Vegetarian
Labor Day Savory Bites:
- Breakfast Sausages with Apples & Riesling by Webicurean
- Buffalo Ranch Pasta Salad by Foxes Love Lemons
- Clams in White Wine Sauce with Goat Cheese Crostini by Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Deconstructed Egg Rolls by Ruffles & Truffles
- Peach Mango Grilled Chicken over Quinoa by Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Sausage Mushroom and Bacon Pasta by Family Foodie
- Whipped Feta & Grilled Peach Salad with Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Labor Day Desserts:
- Brown Butter Grilled Peach Cupcakes with Riesling Frosting by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Mango Riesling Coulis by Run DMT
- Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake by Desserts Required
- Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Brownies by Alida’s Kitchen
- Peach Granita Sundaes by Melanie Makes
- Peach Riesling Buckle by girlichef
- Riesling Infused Peach and Blueberry Cobbler by In The Kitchen With KP
- Riesling Poached Peaches with Mascarpone Cream by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- White Wine Ice Cream by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen