According to the Larousse Gastronomique a “verrine is a thick glass with no stem, used for serving individual portions of food rather than drinks.” Do you have old fashion glasses? They are your verrine when you are not using them for scotch. The very fashionable stemless wine glasses also make great verrines. And what about the forgotten shot glasses? They can be mini verrines perfect for cocktail parties. We also love them for small portion desserts.
I love to entertain and with time I am becoming smarter about it. I have my repertoire of key dishes that do not require time in the kitchen when guests arrive and verrines are on the top of my list. They make the perfect start for a meal and the perfect ending. Pair it with a dish that comes out of the oven to the table and you have an elegant yet easy dinner menu.
Invite your friends for a night of cheese and wine and sprinkle the table with shot glasses of mini desserts and you will have a fun and carefree party.
For a bridal or baby shower, an assortment of savory and sweet verrines can be made into a beautiful tablescape. For Oscar or Soccer night (the World Cup is almost here) try an assortment of delectable verrines and your guests will love not having to leave the TV to dine.
One of my easy favorites is listed below, but that does not mean that you should not search the web for other creative ideas to entertain the Verrine way:
For 4 vodka shot glasses ( you can increase the quantities for a larger glass)
2 (or 3) large slices of smoked salmon
2 tablespoons of crème fraiche
3 tablespoons of ricotta
About 20 stems of chives
1 teaspoon of lime or lemon juice
Add dill if you like
Chop the salmon into small pieces, chop the chives and the dill. In a bowl mix the lemon juice, the ricotta, the crème fraiche and the herbes. Black pepper to taste. Add half of the chopped salmon.
Layer the bottom of a verrine with the smoked salmon, make the ricotta mixture to be the middle layer and finish it off with the smoked salmon and a sprig of dill. Keep it refrigerated until serving time.
Verrines are all about layering. Do you have a great crab salad recipe? Layer it with guacamole and decorate it with fresh cilantro. Do you make a delicious potato salad? Layer it with hard boiled eggs for a sophisticated approach to that all American favorite. Do you make a mean pudding? Layer it with whipped cream and some fruit . That wonderful brownie that you are so proud of can be crumbled and layered with crème fraiche for a yummy treat. Endless possibilities…
When we chose to add old fashion glasses to our selection, we had in mind that they would double as verrines. We are particularly fond of the Quaddro Old Fashion for traditional style and the Savana for the modern home.
~Patricia de Niemeyer Kahane~