Pairing Wine with your Meal
Dinner with wine used to be simple. The
rule was white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat. With modern
fusion cuisine and wines from new regions around the world, the choices – and confusion – are
great. It helps to start with the basic principles of food and wine pairing,
as they still provide a good foundation for experimenting with new world cuisines.
One of the most important elements to harmonize between wine and food is flavor.
Flavor encompasses spices, cooking technique, sauces and type of protein. With
that said, Little Raven Vineyards offers a monthly wine and recipe pairing. Our Thanksgiving receipe come courtesy of Cyndee
Schaub, our second place winner of our Thanksgiving Recipe Contest.
Cyndee's Moist and Tasty Roasted Thanksgiving Turkey
This recipe and cooking technique always turns out a moist and very tasty bird for Thanksgiving and it is so easy to do. You can do it unstuffed or stuffed.
You will need:
1 large roasting pan
1 meat thermometer
Remove the turkey from the wrapper. Wash and pat the turkey dry.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
1- 20 to 23 pound turkey
1/2 cup unsalted butter- softened to room temperature
1 tablespoon Herbs De Provence
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon thyme
2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
2 cans unsalted chicken broth or chicken stock
Take dry ingredients (seasoning) and mix together in a small bowl.
In a seperate bowl, mix the 1/2 cup butter with 1/2 the dry seasoning; mix till evenly incorporated.Take the remaining dry seasoning mix and lightly sprinkle on the entire turkey. do the top, underside, the drumsticks, wings and both cavities of the bird. Next you will need to stuff the butter mixture betwen the skin and the turkey breast. Start by taking your flat hand and with your fingers begin to wedge your fingers in between the bird and the skin. try not to poke any holes in the skin. Push your hnand all the way till your hand reaches all the way to the back of the bird. Do this to both sides of the turkey. Take 1 fistfull of butter and stuff each side with butter mixture. Massage the butter mixture so that it coats each side of the breast evenly. Take the remaining mixture and do the same to the other side of the turkey and the underside. Let the bird sit for at least 30 minutes to absorb the seasoning and come to room temperature before baking the bird.
If you plan to stuff the bird, this is the time to do it. You can trussel the bird's legs so they look nice but if you dont have any string, just tuck the wings under so the wings tips are underneath the turkey and use the skin flap on the turkey neck to cover the stuffing cavity.
Bake the turkey for at least 5 hours for a 20 lb bird stuffed or until the temperature on the meat thermometer reads 165 degrees and the bird is golden brown. If the skin is golden brown but the temperture is not 168 degrees, cover and tent the bird with aluminum foil.
IMPORTANT: EVERY 1-1/2 HOURS, BASTE THE TURKEY WITH THE 2ND CAN OF BROTH. or use the broth that is starting to develope in the roasting pan. (and if the bird is not cooking evenly brown, turn the roasting pan so the bird gets evenly cooked). When the bird has cooked for at least 3 hours, stick the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the flesh. *between the breast and the drumstick area but not on or near the bone) leave the thermometer in. When the bird reaches 168 degrees, its just about ready. REMOVE THE TURKEY FROM THE OVEN. Let the turkey rest for at least 15-20 minutes before moving it onto a platter.
Pair the turkey with:
Pine Ridge, Chenin Blanc / Viognier Blend from Oakville, CA.
Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Marinated in Berry-Cherry Mostarda
A mostarda is an old Italian concoction, a truly all-purpose product,
which can be used as a marinade or reduced and used as sauce for game, chicken,
or even fresh fruits. You can make it in the summer when fresh berries are inexpensive
or use individually quick frozen fruits.
The mostarda is a classic mirror for berry and cherry flavors in red wine, and you can adjust the recipe to suit the wine, e.g.: Add more blueberries to link it to Merlot; add more cherries to link it to Cabernet; add more raspberries to link it to Zinfandel.
Prepare the mostarda first. In a medium saucepan,
combine the vinegar, wine, sugar, mustard seed, lemon zest, and cinnamon stick
and bring to a boil. Remove from the head immediately and stir in the fruit.
Cool. The mostarda can be used at this point or it can be stored, covered and
refrigerated, indefinitely. If you marinade meats in the mostarda, you can
use it again – be sure to bring it to a boil and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes
and then cool before reusing.
Once the mostarda is cooled, place the pork tenderloin in a non-reactive bowl or pan and add enough mostarda to just cover. Marinate, covered and refrigerated, for 4 hours overnight, turning the pork occasionally.
Prepare a charcoal fire. Remove the pork from the mostarda and gently pat off any excess marinade. Lightly brush the tenderloin with oil and grill over medium coals until just done, about 10 minutes per side.
If you marinade meats in the mostarda, you can use
it again – be sure to bring it to a boil and simmer for 4 to 5 minutes
and then cool before reusing.
Reprinted from, From Earth to the Table, by John Ash, Penguin Books, USA