“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.”
The Famous W.C. Fields quote has a lot of truth to it – if you want an easy way to make a wine pairing, it’s certainly easier if it’s added to the dish. The rule of thumb is whatever wine you use in the recipe, drink with the recipe! I am however, not asking you to use the 20 year old Grand Cru Burgundy, but a cheap(er) Pinot Noir in the sauce and a nice Pinot Noir at the table and you will make magic happen! The following recipe is more of a guideline that I’ve learned working in the restaurant industry and will make the perfect wine pairing really easy! Feel free to expand the recipe for a larger amount and you can certainly use a cheaper wine for the cooking process and a nicer bottle to drink.
One of my favorite things to do is use the same wine in the dish and the pairing. You only use a few ounces of the bottle so there is plenty left to have with dinner. I love this because it is a perfect scenario for a couple on a weeknight when you don’t want to make it a big deal but want it to be nice! Here are a few of my favorites to use, just make sure it’s not too oaky, it will come off as bitter in the sauce.
Ok… How many times have you made pancakes for Mom on Mother’s Day? Surprise her this year with sophisticated brunch that pairs up well with wine or mimosas. These dishes are easy to prep ahead to time so that you can enjoy a glass of wine, too!
Does anyone really need an excuse to celebrate the joys of the ooey gooey goodness that is a grilled cheese sandwich? In my house, everyday is grilled cheese day! I love good old American cheese and white bread. For a change of pace, try one of these “big kid” sandwiches that are great as an entrée with soup or salad or cut up in bite-sized pieces for hors d’ouevres.
The other day a friend asked me, “Why is there always a clam chowder special on Fridays?”. Well, folks, that comes from “fish Fridays”. The one day a week when Catholics would abstain from eating meat. Now, it’s only done during Lent, which is the season before Easter. In my family, it meant tuna sandwiches for lunch and bacalao, salted cod, at my grandfather’s house for dinner. Here are a few creative and easy fish recipes with matching wines for your Friday so that you don’t spend all of Lent eating fish sticks!
It’s National Chili Day! There are as many recipes for chili as there are people in Texas. Chili is a great dish for these wintery days. Here is my oddball recipe for chili. It is not super hot, so it is wine friendly with some Zinfandel or Rhone. My favorite is topping a baked potato with the chili and the fixings and a big glass of wine!