Super Bowl Foods & Wine

The big game is happening this Sunday. Party food is high in calories, so we will all be chucking that diet we all started at the first of the year. Oh boy, I am looking forward to eating party food and drinking my fair share of some tasty wines. Oh yeah, and watching the Patriots and Seahawks battle for the title.

Don’t just stick to one type of wine, enjoy your Super Bowl party food with a variety of wines. If your friends are like mine the wine won’t go to waste. Start with a sparkling wine, Viognier, Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc with the veggie tray or chips if you dare.

Work your way through the game with either a Merlot or Zinfandel and then a Cabernet Sauvignon while munching on the chili, burgers, meatballs and pizza.

Just because it is game day don’t forget the chocolate with a port or a sherry to complete a great party night.

Here is an infographic to help you pair up your party foods with your wines for the Big Game Day.

Wine-Pairings

Chips & Dip: Champagne, Cava, Chardonnay, Australian Shiraz
Veggie & Fruit Trays: Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Pinot Noir
Pizza: Pinot Grigio, California Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah
Chili: Merlot, Chianti, Camenere, Cabernet Franc
Buffalo Wings: Spanish Cava, American Zinfandel, Riesling, Gewurztraminer
Burgers & Hot Dogs: Argentinean Malbec, Bordeaux, California Cabernet, Zinfandel
Chocolate Desserts: Port, P.X. Sherry, Pinot Noir, Grenache

Roasted Cod with Warm Tomato-Olive-Caper Tapenade

Ingredients:

  • roasted-cod-with-warm-tomato-olive-caper-tapenade1 pound cod fillet
  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup chopped cured olives
  • 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and chopped
  • 1½ teaspoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 450F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Rub cod with 2 teaspoons oil. Sprinkle with pepper. Place on the prepared baking sheet. Transfer to the oven and roast until the fish flakes easily with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add shallot and cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, about 20 seconds. Add tomatoes and cook, stirring, until softened, about 112 minutes. Add olives and capers; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds more. Stir in oregano and vinegar; remove from heat. Spoon the tapenade over the cod to serve.

Easy cleanup: Recipes that require cooking spray can leave behind a sticky residue that can be hard to clean. To save time and keep your baking sheet looking fresh, line it with a layer of foil before you apply the cooking spray.

Recipe from EatingWell Test Kitchen courtesy of www.eatingwell.com.

Standing Rib Roast with Cabernet au Jus

Ingredients:

  • standing-rib-roast-with-cabernet-au-jus1 (3-rib) prime rib beef roast, about 6 pounds
  • 5 garlic cloves, smashed
  • Fresh rosemary and thyme, roughly chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 2 carrots, cut in chunks
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cut in chunks
  • 1 onion, cut in half
  • 2 cups Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pinch sugar
  • 1/4 cup water or beef drippings
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley

Directions:

Buying and trimming: When ordering the rib roast from a butcher, be sure to request a “top choice” roast cut from the small loin end; the best being ribs 12 through 10. Have the butcher cut off the chine/backbone. The rib bones look best if they are shortened and frenched, have the butcher do this for you as well.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Place the roast, rib side down, in a large roasting pan. In a small bowl mash together garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper and olive oil to make a paste. Smear the paste generously over the entire roast. Scatter the vegetables around the meat and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for about 1 1/2 to 2 hours or approximately 20 minutes per pound for medium-rare. Check the internal temperature of the roast in several places with an instant-read thermometer, it should register 120 to 125 degrees F. for medium rare.

Remove the beef to a carving board and allow to rest for 20 minutes to let the juices settle. Note: the internal temperature of the meat will continue to rise about 10 degrees. Remove the vegetables and set aside. Pour the pan juices into a fat separator so you can use the broth for the au jus and save the fat for Yorkshire pudding. Place the roasting pan over medium-high heat. Add the cabernet and scrape up the brown bits in the bottom of the pan. Add sugar, water/beef drippings, reserved vegetables and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook until the wine is reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Strain the sauce through a sieve to remove the solids before serving.

Recipe from Tyler Florence courtesy of www.foodnetwork.com

Lamb Stew with Root Vegetables

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 4 pounds boneless lamb shoulder or top round, cut into 2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons chopped tarragon
  • 1 pound baby carrots, peeled
  • 1 pound baby parsnips, peeled
  • 1 pound small fingerling potatoes
  • 1/2 pound baby turnips, halved
  • 8 baby fennel bulbs, trimmed, fronds reserved and chopped
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Put the flour in a large bowl and season generously with salt and pepper. Add the lamb cubes in 4 batches, tossing to coat thoroughly.
  2. In a large enameled cast-iron casserole, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil until shimmering. Add one-fourth of the lamb cubes and cook over moderately high heat until browned, about 6 minutes; transfer to a plate. Brown the remaining floured lamb in 3 batches, adding 2 tablespoons of oil to the pot per batch. Reduce the heat if the casserole bottom darkens too much.
  3. Return all of the lamb to the casserole. Add the wine and vinegar and bring to a boil. Add the stock and tarragon and return to a boil. Season with salt and pepper. Cover the casserole and braise the stew in the oven for about 1 hour, or until the meat is nearly tender.
  4. Add the carrots, parsnips, potatoes, turnips, fennel and shallot to the lamb stew. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a boil, stirring to distribute the vegetables. Cover the casserole, return it to the oven and cook until the meat and vegetables are tender, about 1 hour longer. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the parsley and fennel fronds and serve the stew in deep bowls.

Recipe by Jim Clendenen courtesy of www.foodandwine.com.

Duck Confit

duck-confitIngredients:

  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 shallot, peeled and sliced
  • 6 sprigs thyme
  • Coarsely ground black pepper
  • 4 duck legs with thighs
  • 4 duck wings, trimmed
  • About 4 cups duck fat

Preparation:

1. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of salt in the bottom of a dish or plastic container large enough to hold the duck pieces in a single layer. Evenly scatter half the garlic, shallots, and thyme in the container. Arrange the duck, skin-side up, over the salt mixture, then sprinkle with the remaining salt, garlic, shallots, and thyme and a little pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 1-2 days.

2. Preheat the oven to 225°F. Melt the duck fat in a small saucepan. Brush the salt and seasonings off the duck. Arrange the duck pieces in a single snug layer in a high-sided baking dish or ovenproof saucepan. Pour the melted fat over the duck (the duck pieces should be covered by fat) and place the confit in the oven. Cook the confit slowly at a very slow simmer — just an occasional bubble — until the duck is tender and can be easily pulled from the bone, 2-3 hours. Remove the confit from the oven. Cool and store the duck in the fat. (The confit will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks.)

Recipe by Tom Colicchio courtesy of www.epicurious.com.