If you are a food and drink enthusiast, finding the right food and drink pairings can be a fun hobby and one that we all enjoy. Whether you are planning a dinner party for your friends or a date night with your partner – choosing the right food and drink pairings can make or break the meal and will impact the flavour you experience.
Today we have a few food and drink pairings that are perfect for your next meal.
Braising steak and Bordeaux
The first pairing that is a classic is braising steak and Bordeaux. Beef and wine are a classic, and free C wine always suits a rich beef meal perfectly. You can also buy cbd oil online and add this into your braising steak recipe for a healthy addition to the meal, plus it will help set a relaxing mood!
- 500g braising beef
- 1 tbsp flour
- Salt and pepper
- 400ml stout
- 1 tbsp tomato purée
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 beef stock cube
- 150ml water
- Heat up a dry pan and add your beef along with flour and salt and pepper. Sear until browned on all sides.
- Add the rest of your ingredients to a slow cooker or casserole dish and bring up to heat.
- Add your beef and cook for 4 hours until tender and falling apart.
- This is perfectly served with tender stem broccoli, mash potato, and a rich Bordeaux.
Salmon and Pinot Grigio
This next dish is ideal with a dry white wine, Pinot Grigio has some wonderful citrus notes that pair perfectly with a salmon fillet.
- 2 Salmon fillets
- ½ jar roasted red peppers
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 50g sundried tomatoes
- 100g roasted almonds
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper
- Green beans
- We will start off this recipe by making what’s known as a romesco sauce. This rich peppery sauce is ideally paired with delicate salmon and it adds some rich flavour without overpowering the meat. Blend all of the ingredients for the sauce until smooth. Taste and season as you want.
- Place your salmon on a foil sheet and season with salt and pepper. Wrap it up and bake it for 15 minutes.
- Steam your green beans.
- Heat up some of the romesco sauce.
- Serve by playing salmon, then green beans, and spooning some sauce over the salmon fillet.
- Pour a glass of ice cold Pinot Grigio.
Charcuterie and port
Charcuterie boards are amazing for parties and ideal for Christmas – and today we are going to make one that pairs beautiful with a rich port.
- Cheeses – manchego, Brie, cheddar, Red Leicester etc
- Apple slices
- Toasted ciabatta
- Cream cheese or Boursin
- Grab a large wooden board and make sure it is clean.
- Lay out all of your ingredients on the board.
- Lay out some plates for people to take as well as cutlery.
- Pour a glass of port and enjoy.
Try some of these amazing food pairings this weekend.