Top: Brandy snifter from Crate and Barrel. Bottom: Tuna tartare served in a snifter at Vinkeles Restaurant in Amsterdam.
When we saw this tuna tartare served in a brandy snifter (second photo), we were one-upped. For years, we’ve been using wine goblets, Martini glasses, espresso cups, tea cups and juice glasses to serve food. But it hadn’t occurred to us to drag out the least-used glassware we own: brandy snifters.
We dragged them from the back of closet, ran them through the dishwasher, and have been using them to serve amuses-bouche, sides, soups, desserts. Family and friends are delighted by the presentation.
If you own Belgian-style beer glasses, enlist them as well.
Bread pudding, custard, mousse, other puddings
DIY dessert garnishes—berries, chocolate chips or lentils, coconut, dried fruit, mini marshmallows
DIY savory garnishes—diced green onions, grated cheese, herbs, sliced jalapeños
DIY sliced onions (to spare the onion-averse)
Fruit salad or compote
Gazpacho or other chilled soup
Ice cream or sorbet
Individual servings of dips and condiments
Lemon or lime wedges
Seafood salad, tartare
FOODS TO SERVE IN BRANDY SNIFTERS