VIDEO: Cat Cora’s Sangria and Sides Start a Party Right

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Iron Chef Cat Cora says the secret to starting a good backyard party right is by making sure there is something for guests to eat and drink as soon as they arrive. The key is beautiful presentation. In this video, watch Cat make a beet salad with tangerine and vinaigrette, a cheese and salami plate, bruschetta, sangria, and a fresh fruit refresher. Also in This Series: Best Chef Secrets: Mastering the Grill With Cat Cora Host a BBQ Bash Like Cat Cora From Cat Cora Beet Salad With Tangerine Vinaigrette Notes Be sure to remember to make the tangerine-infused olive oil the night before the party. Ingredients4 tangerines, zested 1 cup olive oil 1 heaping tablespoon shallot, diced 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar Salt and pepper, to taste 3 cups arugula 1 1/2 cups golden beets, roasted and chopped 1/4 red onion, sliced paper-thin Directions To make vinaigrette: Add tangerine zest to olive oil. Let infuse overnight, and then strain. In a small bowl, whisk together shallot, 3 tablespoons tangerine-infused olive oil, and vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste, and set aside. To combine salad: In a large salad bowl, combine arugula, beets, and red onion. Pour vinaigrette on top, and toss to combine. Information Category Salads, Greens Yield Serves 8 as an appetizer print recipe From Cat Cora Olive, Cheese, and Salami Platter Ingredients1 jar pepperoncinis 3 jars Cat Cora’s olives 8 ounces pepper manchego 1 cured salami, sliced 1 fennel salami, sliced 1 package sesame crackers Fresh herbs like rosemary and thyme, for garnish Directions On a large serving platter, arrange all of the ingredients to your liking. Garnish with fresh herbs. Information Category Snacks, Other Cuisine Mediterranean/Middle Eastern Yield Serves 8 print recipe From Cat Cora Bruschetta With 3 Toppings IngredientsFor roasted red pepper sauce: 1 7-ounce jar roasted sweet red peppers, drained and chopped 2 teaspoons capers, drained 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 3 tablespoons basil, cut in a chiffonade 1 tablespoon Oxymelo Vinegar and Thyme Honey or balsamic vinegar 2 tablespoons asiago cheese, sliced thin For feta, kalamata, and mint topping: 2 tablespoons feta cheese, crumbled 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1/4 cup kalamata olives, diced 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil 1 teaspoon mint, cut in a chiffonade For bruschetta: 1 baguette, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces on the diagonal Olive oil, for drizzling 3 cloves garlic 4 tomatoes, seeded and diced 10 basil leaves, cut into a chiffonade Directions To make roasted red pepper sauce: In a small bowl, mix peppers, capers, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and basil. Top with vinegar. When serving, top with a thin slice of asiago cheese. To make feta topping: In a small bowl, mix feta, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, kalamata olives, olive oil, and mint together. To make bruschetta: Slice the baguette into pieces on a diagonal. Drizzle with olive oil, and then grill on medium heat until golden brown. When bread comes off the grill, rub each side with a garlic clove. Let guests spoon the sauce of their choice onto baguette pieces. For a classic bruschetta, top each piece of baguette with a spoonful of tomato, a pinch of basil, a drizzle of olive oil, and a small pinch of salt. Information Category Snacks, Other Yield Serves 8 print recipe From Cat Cora White Peach Sangria Ingredients2 cups ice 1 cup peach puree, homemade (blend 3 peeled and pitted peaches on high until smooth) or store-bought 1 orange, sliced thin 1 lemon, sliced thin 2 limes, sliced thin 2 peaches, pits removed and cut into wedges 1/2 cup brandy 2 bottles white wine, such as Pinot Grigio 1 cup orange juice, optional Directions Fill a large pitcher with ice, peach puree, orange slices, lemon slices, lime slices, and peach wedges. Pour in brandy and white wine. Stir everything together. Information Category Cocktails, Drinks Yield Makes about 16 drinks print recipe From Cat Cora Fresh Fruit Spritzer Ingredients2 mint sprigs 1 apple, sliced thin 1/2 cup blackberries 10 green grapes 4 strawberries, sliced thin 4 apricots, pits removed and cut into wedges 1 cup white grape juice 1/2 lemon, sliced thin 1/2 lime, sliced thin 2 bottles sparkling water 2 cups ice (optional) Directions Fill a large pitcher with mint, apple slices, blackberries, grapes, strawberry slices, apricot wedges, grape juice, lemon slices, and lime slices. Fill with sparkling water. Top with ice if desired. Information Category Mocktails, Drinks Yield Makes about 16 drinks print recipe

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