Monday, April 20, 2009

Bellini Bar.....

On Easter Sunday, when most of my mom's side of the family came over for lunch, I thought it would be fun to have a bellini bar. I found the recipe in Giada De Laurentiis cookbook, Giadia's Family Dinners. They were a BIG hit and thought you might enjoy this recipe so you can make them at your next gathering.....
Ingredients
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen peaches, thawed
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen strawberries, thawed
1 (16-ounce) bag frozen blueberries or blackberries, thawed
4 to 6 (750-ml) bottles Prosecco or other sparkling wine, chilled
Fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, for garnish
Orange peel twists, for garnish
Directions
Stir the sugar and water in a large saucepan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Cool completely.
Puree the peaches and orange peel in a blender with 1/2 cup of the sugar syrup until smooth. Strain through a fine-meshed strainer and into a bowl. Cover and refrigerate. In a clean blender puree the strawberries with 1/3 cup of the sugar syrup until smooth. Strain through a clean fine-meshed strainer and into another bowl. Discard the seeds. Puree the blueberries in a clean blender with 1/3 cup of the sugar syrup until smooth. Strain through a clean fine-meshed strainer and into a third bowl. Discard the seeds and solids. Pour each of the purees into clear glass bowls or small pitchers.
For each serving, pour 2 to 4 tablespoons of the desired fruit puree into a Champagne flute. Slowly pour enough Prosecco into the flute to fill. Gently stir to blend. Garnish with the whole berries, as desired, and serve.
Do-Ahead Tip: The fruit purees can each be made 1 day ahead. Cover separately and refrigerate.
*just a little note, make sure you use a fine mesh strainer because I did'nt and the seeds from the strawberries were in the drink.
photo and recipe, courtesy of Food Network

12 comments:

LuLu said...

Delicious! SO glad you shared the recipe.. I am definitely making these at my next gathering.
LuLu

the wild raspberry said...

sounds yummy...wonder if i could substitute sparkling grape juice for the sparkling wine. no alcohol here.
i'll give it a try. mmmmm.
chasity

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

yummmm! definitely thank you for sharing! what a fun little sparkle to add to any party.

Happy Monday, Tricia!

~Tracy.

Nora said...

My goodness, sounds so amazing! I'm going to have to remember these :)

apriliniowa said...

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Allegra said...

Oh Bellinis are fabulous!! Thank you for the recipe.
This reminds me of a drink I should share...
I feel a post coming on... :)

blondiensc said...

Those sounds so good, it is 90 degrees today and that sounds refreshing!

Kasey said...

yum, that sounds devine.
xo

littlebyrd said...

That looks so delicious! I want one right now!! I love how pretty they are too.

Jeanneoli said...

That sounds soooo good! I am printing this out to serve at my next girl's night.

Lissa said...

looks yummy! and summery!

Anita said...

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