Garlic Parmesan Grits with Leek and Mushroom SauteWine Pairings: Chardonnay, Rich Round Whites
This recipe for Garlic Parmesan Grits with Leeks and Mushrooms is the perfect thing to make if you are looking for meatless dinner ideas. Southern grits are the quintessential Southern comfort food.
Potato Gratin with Goat CheeseWine Pairings: French Chardonnay
Bûcheron is an aged goat cheese—sharp but gooey and oozy around the edge. If using fresh goat cheese, it will soften not melt.
Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon PastaWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio
Smoky bacon compliments the richness of butternut squash in this casserole to create a dish that can be enjoyed right away or prepared ahead for a party or weeknight meals
Israeli Couscous Salad w/ Asparagus and FetaWine Pairings: Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio, Vinho Verde, Rose
A tasty way to use fresh summer herbs and veggies from the garden or farmer’s market. This would be a great side dish with Grilled Lemon-Pepper Chicken, or toss in Grilled Shrimp for an all-in-one meal!
Creamy Tortellini SoupWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
A little roux and a splash of milk makes it super creamy, soul-warming, and of course, comforting.
Linguine with Sage and ChickenWine Pairings: Crisp Italian White
Delicious! A very light chicken and pasta dish with wonderful undertones of sage.
Zuppa di Cipolla al Vino Rosso (Wine-Laced Onion Soup)Wine Pairings: Italian Red
Few soups are as warming in the cold of winter as this Piedmontese classic. While the soup takes about 45 minutes to be ready, the active time in the kitchen is much less: the onions cook down by themselves.
Cream of Wild Mushroom SoupWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
This soup is easy to prepare and is absoutley delicious on a cool fall evening.
Saffron Risotto with Butternut SquashWine Pairings: Chardonnay
If you like the natural sweet flavor of butternut squash, you’ll love this risotto! It is so creamy and full of flavor. Great as a side dish or main course.
Curried Eggplant With Tomatoes and BasilWine Pairings: Medium Racy Reds
Serve this fresh, summery dish with plain yogurt to balance out the warming curry sauce.
Slow-cooker Italian Wedding SoupWine Pairings: Italian Whites
This rich and satisfying soup is filled with meatballs, pasta, and vegetables and simmered in the slow cooker to give the flavors all day to blend.
Sicilian AranciniWine Pairings: Crisp Light White, Rose
Arcancini are rice balls filled with whatever favorites you want: either pesto, meat sauce, mozzarella, ham and butter; ham and peas, all with a crunchy coating.
Fig, Tomato, and Sweet Onion SaladWine Pairings: Pinot Grigio/Gris
The ingredient list for this recipe is full of fresh summer flavors that are perfect for a light, yet satisfying, salad. Use any fig variety you like or a combination of varieties. Figs have a short season from June to October so get them fresh while you can!
Pomodori Con RisoWine Pairings: Italian Red
Pomodori con Riso is a very typical and popular summer dish in the Roman area.
Grilled Goat Cheese & Caramelized OnionsWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
Known as a ‘bikini’ in Barcelona, grilled cheese is a worldwide comfort food. Adding a bit of quince paste, a classic Spanish cheese accompaniment, gives this classic sandwich an elevated status. The smaller size makes them a perfect choice for an appitizer, but they will also work as a simple dinner with a salad.
Vegetarian Pot PieWine Pairings: Chardonnay
Serve this hearty one-dish meal with a glass of Chardonnay.
Artichoke GratinataWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
To prepare a dish au gratin or as a gratinata is to finish it with a generous sprinkling of cheese, breadcrumbs and butter prior to baking. A gratinata often includes bechamel sauce, as well, which coats the ingredients before they’re placed in a casserole dish and topped.
Tirolese Canederli (Traditional Dumpling Soup)Wine Pairings: Crisp Italian Whites, Pinot Grigio/Gris
Alto Adige cooking draws as heavily from its Germanic roots as it does from its Italian heritage. Most of the dishes are hearty and come from the peasants of the region. Over many years, the residents of this autonomous region in Italy have created a unique blend of the two cuisines. Speck ham, originally considered “poor man’s fare” is now considered a highly prized delicacy.“Knodel” are one of the typical bread “gnocchi” from Alto Adige. A typical first course which can be eaten in soup or dry. It is considered a dish typical of peasant cooking because it made use of stale bread.
“Old Bay” Grilled Steak FriesWine Pairings: Bordeaux Blend Red
This Bobby Flay recipe is a great reason to ditch the oven, get outside and fire up the grill (plus who wants to heat up their house on a hot summer day?). Add your favorite burger or steak recipe for a classic summertime meal.
Barbecue Portobello QuesadillasWine Pairings: Rich Round Whites
This smoky mushroom-filled quesadilla is reminiscent of pulled pork. A touch of chipotle chile pepper adds extra heat. Serve with coleslaw and guacamole.
Portuguese RiceWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites, Light Reds
This recipe makes a delicious side dish, but you can add shrimp and/or chorizo to the rice, add a leafy green salad and you have a complete meal.
Balsamic Roasted TomatoesWine Pairings: Chardonnay, Rich Round Whites
Roast until puckered and browned around the edges, the cavities still moist with a very small amount of liquid in them. The roasting time will vary, according to the juiciness of the tomatoes. The balsamic drizzle is optional, but adds to the meaty, rich flavor.
Lemon Asparagus RisottoWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites, Sauvignon Blanc
The bright, fresh flavors of asparagus and lemon permeate this creamy rice dish, and pair perfectly with crisp, citrusy Sauvignon Blanc. Serve this as a main dish or with white fish or shellfish.
Gourmet Mushroom RisottoWine Pairings: Pinot Noir
Authentic Italian-style risotto cooked the slow way, but oh so worth it. Complements grilled meats and chicken dishes very well. Check the rice by biting into it. It should be slightly al dente (or resist slightly to the tooth but not be hard in the center).
Orecchiette with Broccoli Raab (Orecchiette con Cime di Rapa)Wine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
Orecchiette are an ear-shaped pasta prevalent in southern Italy, especially Apulia, and are often paired with greens or vegetables such as broccoli, broccoli raab, and cauliflower.
Radish Salad with Goat CheeseWine Pairings: Chardonnay
To crumble the goat cheese over this scrumptious spring salad, freeze it for 10 minutes, and then flake with a fork.
Sweet Onion and Goat Cheese TartsWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
These little tarts are inspired by French pissaladière, from the sweet caramelized onions to the pastry crust. But these are softer and sweeter, with the sweetness of the onions enhanced with caramelized brown sugar, and the tang of the fresh goat cheese grounded in the earthiness of thyme. They are crisp and gooey and sweet and savory.
Bucatini al Ragu Estivo (Bucatini in Summery Pork Ragu)Wine Pairings: Italian Reds
A traditional Sicilian dish. In winter, use canned Italian plum tomatoes instead of fresh, and substitute red wine for the white.
Lemon Gnocchi with Spinach and PeasWine Pairings: Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Torrontes
The zing of fresh lemon enhances both the peas' sweetness and the natural flavor of the spinach. The whole quick, creamy dish is bolstered by soft pillows of potato gnocchi.
Roasted Vegetable And Goat Cheese FrittataWine Pairings: Sauvignon Blanc
Roast up veggies you have on hand…zucchini, red peppers, squash, onion, mushrooms - anything goes! Then add some whipped eggs and egg whites, top with a few pieces of goat cheese and you have a delicious gourmet frittata in minutes.
Em’s Simple Summer SquashWine Pairings: Torrontes, Sauvignon Blanc, Tempranillo, Grenache
We paired this with La Puerta Torrontes - Original Wine of the Month Club, August 2011
Pappa al PomodoroWine Pairings: Sangiovese
This is a classic Tuscan bread and tomato dish, and a great way to use up the end of summer tomatoes!
Skillet Cauliflower GratinWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
Nonfat milk and a bit of sharp Cheddar combine to make a rich sauce without all the butter usually found in gratins.
Brussels Sprouts & Lentil SoupWine Pairings: Medium Racy Reds
A wonderful winter dish to warm you up. This Brussels sprout and lentil soup is surprisingly tasty and fulfilling.
Mushrooms with Bearnaise YogurtWine Pairings: Rhone Blend Red
The frilly edges and large clusters of these mushrooms catch all of the spices and get nice and charred.
Pumpkin Lasagna with Ricotta and Swiss ChardWine Pairings: Chardonnay, Viognier, Gewurztraminer
We paired this with Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuisse, Burgundy, France - Premium Wine of the Month Club, November 2011
Rustic Bean SoupWine Pairings: Rhone Blend Red, Pinot Noir
All this soup needs is some crusty bread to make sure you sop up every tasty bite.
Spicy Pan-Fried NoodlesWine Pairings: Riesling, Gewurztraminer
Garlicky, gingery and as spicy as you dare to make it, this Asian-influenced pan-fried noodle dish comes together in minutes. If you can’t find the Chinese egg noodles (also called Hong Kong-style noodles), you can make this with rice noodles or soba.
Grilled Corn with Cilantro-Lime ButterWine Pairings: Light Crisp Whites
A great side dish for any summer BBQ! The tanginess of the lime and the freshness of the cilantro take corn on the cob over the top.
Homemade Black Bean Veggie BurgersWine Pairings: Monastrell (Mourvedre), Syrah
Serve these quick black bean burgers on a bun with a hot sauce-spiked ketchup, spinach leaves, tomato slice, a slice of Monterey Jack cheese, avocado slices, and onion for a tasty and nutritious entrée.
Grilled Vegetable Pasta Salad with Parsley VinaigretteWine Pairings: Vernaccia, Rose
This salad is the perfect pasta for summer BBQs, potlucks or picnics. The medley of grilled vegetables and parsley vinaigrette bring so much flavor to this seemingly simple dish.
Gnocchi with Zucchini Ribbons & Parsley Brown ButterWine Pairings: Grenache Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Torrontes
For this recipe, convenient store-bought potato gnocchi are tossed with delicate ribbons of zucchini, shallots and cherry tomatoes that have all been sautéed in nutty browned butter.
Pappardelle alla Bolognese (Pasta with Meat Sauce)Wine Pairings: Italian Red
This rich, robust meat sauce is elegantly rustic. Add the pappardelle and the comfort factor is accentuated. Narrow lasagne noodles or wide fettuccine can be used in place of the pappardelle.
Crispy Truffle Kale ChipsWine Pairings: Pinot Noir, Light Reds
Truffles are an underground version of mushrooms, and their oil adds a rich earthy flavor to vegetables. Try not to eat the whole tray as these are wonderfully addictive!