A big thank you to the huge amount of you that shared and read last week’s blog on comfort food. I had tremendous feedback, especially from some non-wine drinkers who really enjoyed the recipes. (Lisa, again thanks for the great idea)…Are we on to something here? Or is winter bringing out the comfort food in people? It doesn’t matter, here are a few more of my favorite recipes with some of my favorite wines and some new wines I have discovered since the holidays.
Nothing irritates me more than making a recipe, and it doesn’t come out looking like the recipe. I guarantee, if you try this recipe, it will come out looking like the picture above. Also, it is so easy, both my cooking-challenged sisters could make this recipe, and it would still come out looking like the picture. I had this recipe last night, so I thought I would share it today. EASY!
Caprese Chicken (5 easy ingredients)
* Chicken Breast * Mozzarella Cheese *Balsamic Vinegar * Tomato * Sun-dried Tomato Salad Dressing *Basil
– Cook the chicken in the Sun-dried Tomato Salad Dressing till almost done
– Slice real Mozzarella cheese and place it on top
– Lay a slice of tomato (or 2) on top
Finish cooking, till the Mozzarella cheese has started to melt down the sides
Remote from heat, and drizzle Balsamic vinegar over the chicken. Sprinkle with Basil, and I love fresh Basil.
Every time I make this for guests, they are super impressed, and honestly, it’s my week-day go-to chicken dish, because it is so easy.
Now the fun part….. matching the wine!
This is the wine I had with it, it’s a Pinot Noir from Burgundy. Oh, to say they were good together would be an understatement. It was divine. It was a 2006 Savigny Les Beaune from the Burguny region in France. So flavorful and smooth, there is not a drop left in that bottle this morning.
The wine next to it is a new wine I have discovered this past week, and it would be a great wine to go with those delicious chicken flavors. A blend of Syrah (55%), Grenache, Mourvedre and Petit Sirah make it complex enough to stand up to all those unique flavors in the Caprese Chicken, but won’t over power it. Winemaker Austin Hope has created a delicious fruity wine with flavors of smoke and violets. I have to stop recommending wine to people, I went back to buy more at my favorite store and it was sold out. As was this one….
The DaDa 2 from Argentina, which is 100% Merlot, was sold out as well. This wine would also go excellent with the chicken, and at just $15.99 a bottle, this is a staple in my wine rack. I have everyone at the Radio Station I work at (the job that pays for the wine) drinking this wine and loving it…. I have to stop that.. (only kidding). Plump, juicy and flavorful, this wine goes great with most chicken and pork dishes.
On that note, I thought this was good advice to leave you with. Live Simply, Laugh Often and Wine A Lot! Thanks for sharing with your friends, it’s greatly appreciated.
Till next week, In Vino Veritas (In Wine there is Truth)