The Starter: Ricotta, Tomato, Crispy Parmesan & Parma for our Autumn style pre Christmas Dinner Party with Bacco Wines

October 25, 2018 in At Home, Singapore, Table Tales Singapore

The Starter: Ricotta, Tomato, Crispy Parmesan & Parma for our Autumn style pre Christmas Dinner Party with Bacco Wines

October 25, 2018 in At Home, Singapore, Table Tales Singapore

The Starter: Ricotta, Tomato, Crispy Parmesan & Parma for our Autumn style pre Christmas Dinner Party with Bacco Wines

With christmas around the corner, this is the best time of the year to throw a stunning dinner party – or to cook up a few delicious dishes. Inspiration taken from autumn: warm or cold. We embark on a celebration of this season with easy to make dishes and delicious wines to pair. All set to impress your family & friends or just have an amazing meal!!

We asked Daan from @wineandcooking to give us his recommendation for an Autumn style pre Christmas Dinner Party, paired with wines from Bacco Wines. 


This 4 course menu is easy to make and all dishes are individually as delicious. The dishes are focused on Autumn and trying to provide the ideal pre-xmas dinner party. Much of the prep you can do in advance, so it’s easy done when your guests arrive. Not in the mood for a 4 course dinner: all dishes are good on their own, simple to create yet delicious. Try out the wines to match and let us know what you think? For special discounts on the featured wines, keep reading!

Asian Mushrooms on Toast
Pojer & Sandri Brut

Ricotta, Tomato, Crispy Parmesan & Parma
Jasci & Marchesani, Trebbiano D’ Abruzzo

Roast Chicken
Sesta Di Sopra, Rossa di Montalcino 2012

Chocolate Mousse with hidden Fresh Fruits

The Starter: Ricotta, Tomato, Crispy Parmesan & Parma

As it’s hot in Singapore it makes sense to have a summery dish. One that fits that pre Christmas excitement. This dish is elegant yet simple. The ricotta works extremely well with the parmesan crisps & salty ham. Scoot up the ricotta with those and you know you did a great job!


  1. Cut your tomatoes in 4 parts, season and marinate in olive oil. Very thinly slice the radish. Start your plate with the ricotta, the tomatoes plus the radish, all in one line.
  2. On a baking tray: lay down the grated cheese in long lines, bake for 2 to 3 minutes on 200 degrees until melted. Take out and let them become crispy. Try one (so good!) and break up the rest.
  3. Do the same with the ham, bake 2 to 3 minutes. Try and break.
  4. For both, be careful not to bake them too long as they get bitter.
  5. Assemble the crisps along your line of ricotta & tomato, garnish with greens or flowers. Tell you guests to scoop the ricotta with their crisps – use your hands!


  • 200gr ricotta
  • 150gr tomatoes
  • 2 radish, thinly sliced
  • 100gr Parmigiano
  • 4 slices Parma ham
  • Good olive oil

The wine: Jasci & Marchesani, Trebbiano D’ Abruzzo

Abruzzo is Italy’s 4th largest wine-producing region. Of course we all know Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo, but it does produce some other hidden gems.

There is an appetite for natural and organic wine making and Jasci & Marchesani is one of the first wineries to adopt.

This wine is typical Trebbiano: dry and crisp. It has lots of fruits, especially white peach. With this dish it works because you need to counter those salty crisps with fruits, and the wine is bone dry, which works really well. Make sure you try a bit while cooking this dish with the crispy parmesan, cheers!!  


All dishes above are paired with Italian wines from our wine partner Bacco Wines. Want to get the wines featured in this article?
Head over the, order a case of 6 bottles including at least 1 of the above* and get 10% off your entire order with voucher TTSG19. Make sure you've registered yourself as a member via to get the members pricing!

*pending stock availability

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    About The Author: Daan Suijlen

    Daan is a Food & Wine writer, home chef and certified sommelier (WSET). His passion for food started at an early age - cooking with his grandmother. These days he focuses on food & wine pairing: recipes that are easily done and paired with an interesting wine. He loves to tell the stories behind the wines and tries to explain the logic of the wine and food combination. It's all about great food with even better wine! Follow @wineandcooking for everyday posts about wine and food, and please share yours!

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