July is a special month in these parts. In fact, it’s birthday month! For both Tim and yours truly. Ever since we got back from Spain, I’ve been wanting to throw a pintxo party. So, what better opportunity than a summer birthday shindig?
For me, the perfect party menu is one full of variety and simplicity. I don’t mind spending time in the kitchen to prepare for my guests. But I’m not usually inclined to labor for hours. Pintxo is the perfect solution!
These tapas style bites are perfect for a spread! Pierced with a toothpick (frill or fancy…or not) and served on bread, anything can top pintxo. In many of the bars we visited, you were charged by the toothpick! Served on a buffet top, you’d select your pintxo and save your toothpicks to pay later. Toppings included egg salad, cole slaw, tuna salad, smoked salmon, stuffed peppers, and more!
For this summer pintxo party, I paired a few of my favorite dips and spreads to serve my guests. While I assembled some of the pintxo, I also allowed everyone to mix and match and create some themselves. Between the dips and spreads, we had plenty of options for toppings for baguettes. For my gluten free friends, I roasted sweet potato rounds to use as the base instead of bread.
Summer Pintxo Party Menu
- egg salad
- roasted zucchini dip
- white bean hummus
- arugula pesto
- roasted red pepper spread
- sweet potato rounds
- strawberry tartines
I paired the pintxo menu with a 2016 French Colombard from Meadowcroft Wines. This white wine is seldom found as a single varietal, with Colombard grapes typically blended with Viognier for white table wine. This Russian River Valley wine has a lovely pale golden hue with light wafts of jasmine and lemon. It’s bright with acidity but rounded in flavor with apricot, stone fruit, and almond notes.
The French Colombard is perfect for pairing with a broad range of dishes which is why I chose to pair it with this pintxo party. Other pairing options include a porch with a good book on a Sunday afternoon. That may also have happened.
The other thing I love about this wine? The label. It has a bee.
Pinxo Party Menu
On this pintxo menu, the zucchini dip, hummus, olives and cornichon are vegan friendly. You could easily omit cheese in the pesto. Cashew dips or other vegetable based salads or spreads could be easy additions to the menu to keep it vegan. Vegetable crudite would be a nice compliment to the pintxo as well.
You could easily use gluten free bread for these pintxo. I opted to roast sweet potato rounds to serve for an extra addition of vegetables. Slice sweet potatoes into rounds and roast for 30 minutes at 350F.
Disclaimer: Thank you to Meadowcroft Wines for providing me product to pair with this pintxo party! It’s these partnerships that help me keep this site running to provide you with free content weekly. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please let me know if you have any questions!