What to Eat For Pinot Wedding Present Dinner
Anybody have any bright ideas for dishes to serve at a dinner to celebrate, open and drink a bottle of Oregon pinot we got as a wedding present 6 years ago (It came with a label saying we shouldn't drink til 2007)?
I want to keep it somewhat simple, i.e., no foie gras or sous vide (snirk, snirk) dishes and nothing complicated or precious.
I have some lamb shoulder chops from the Berkeley Farmers' Market that I'd like to use.
BTW, this dinner is tomorrow.
The wine suggests a reasonably robust but not extremely seasoned dinner. Assuming you are having the lamb and doing something simple, like grilling (recommended) with it: All the suggestions are good--if you can't serve polenta, couscous is completely simple, tossed with a few quick sauteed snipped apricots, pinenuts, minced onion, herbs, whatever you like. Pilaf, similarly. Leeks vinaigrette are also nice with lamb: braise them in a little stock and serve them room temp with a flavorful vinaigrette.Alternatively, local lettuces have arrived and a plain salad with mustardy vinaigrette is great with lamb. For dessert, I like lemon after lamb, or something custardy: chocolate creme brulee, for exampel, which would also be nice if you are still drinking the wine. Enjoy!
Oooh, don't say "polenta" to me. I love it sooooo much that I order it almost every time we eat in an Italian restaurant. My husband, though, really hates it. Reminds him of Cream of Wheat....even though I tell him it's corn. He just says it's the consistency.
The asparagus idea sounds good, though.
my favorite side dish is roasted sliced zucchini and summer squash and eggplant. As for dessert, I like a cuppa cuppa peach cobbler: cuppa sugar, cuppa flour (with baking powder) and cuppa buttermilk mixed together and poured over fruit. Bake 25-30 mins and serve vanilla icecream.
Thanks, I love that kind of cake/cobbler. Peaches have been just okay here in NorCal. I had some great tasting ones from the farmers' market this week, but they were so bruised, I only got enough fruit for two bowls of peaches, nectarines, strawbs and blueberries. The strawbs, from a local grower, were amazingly wonderful, but the peaches/nects ended up costing about $5 for a cup of fruit.