How could you not pair a New Year’s Eve appetizer with sparkling wine? The hearty acidity of the cornichons is balanced excellently with the fresh and sweet notes of the wine.
Finely chop chives, then add to a bowl with cream cheese. Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. Cut white bread into squares, approx. 2 cm/1 in. Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Fry bread for approx. 5 min., or until golden brown. Remove from pan and set aside.
Add Padrón peppers to the same frying pan and fry for approx. 2 – 3 min. on medium-high heat until slightly charred.
Half cornichons and Parma ham lengthwise. Wrap ham around halved cornichons and set aside.
Spread cream cheese on half of the toasted white bread squares and place the other half of toasted bread squares on top. Thread one ham-wrapped cornichon, one Padrón pepper, and a cocktail onion onto each skewer, then attach to a cream cheese sandwich. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Enjoy!