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Feb 12, 2008 01:50 PM

krug pairing for a vegetarian

well, it's time for the valentine's day pairing advice threads to start.

for mine, i would like to humbly request help from the wise chowhounders about a valentine's day dinner with a bottle of krug grand cuvee.

i started my planning from the end of the meal with this:

really some of the best chocolate out there, and a girlfriend favorite. but now i need to figure out a simple menu (we're off to the symphony, so don't have a ton of time to cook) that will either go well with the champagne, or at the very least not get in the way of the champagne and truffles to come.

but the tricky part is i need a vegetarian menu. i've seen lots of good recommendations on the board for fish and whatnot with krug, but couldn't find any for a vegetarian menu. any thoughts?

thanks in advance for helping...

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  1. High end mac and cheese (not too sharp cheese, more on the nutty creamy tip) and a avocado and cress salad to start. Or a new girlfriend who will eat fish.

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    1. re: eatyououtofhouseandhome

      Well, if she eats fish, why not caviar? Heck, if she isn't vegan and eats chicken eggs, why not caviar?

    2. How about mushroom risotto as the main, with a nice salad? Or tempura fried portabella mushroom strips as the main, with veggie spring rolls as the side? I think either would go well with the Krug, but then, I find it to be fairly food-friendly!

      1. For an app, how about takeout vegetarian sushi from a new wave sushi bar?

        For a main, I keep on returning to bread, cheese and mushrooms. Porcini-stuffed ravioi. Fettucini with mushrooms and cream. Pizza of some sort. Years ago, one of The Stupids posted a recipe for an amazing thin crust pizza topped with, IIRC, caramelized onions, paper thin slices of Yukon Golds tossed with olive oil and chopped rosemary, raclette cheese and wild mushrooms. While they probably didn't recommend serving it with champers, I can't imagine it not working, especially with a wine as substantial as the Krug. If you're interested in the recipe, I'll see if I can locate it.

        1. Rather than suggesting some dishes, I'll give you some ingredients with which you can concoct some dishes, and/or add to those you're already -planniing: Asparagus, Berries, Coconut (& coconut milk), walnuts, and if you're lacto-vegan, 2 great cheeses with "champagne": Chevre and Havarti,.

          1. Really delicious with Champagne in general and Krug, specifically, is the Provençal Pizza known as Pissaladière Niçoise: caramelized onions, grated swiss cheese, anchovies and pitted Niçoise olives. If she thinks she doesn't like anchovies, omit them, but then you're going to need to salt the onions fairly heavily. Or you could use some anchovy paste, for the taste without the little critters sitting up on top.

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            1. re: ChefJune

              If your vegans will tolerate seafood then this opens up a whole new dimension for the meal, but then when do we stop being vegetarians ?

              1. re: ChefJune

                Champagne is near and dear to my heart and I drink way more than my fair share and my favorite things to eat with them are snacks! Go for decadent...chips, cheese pizza, egg salad sandwiches...think creamy, rich and salty...if you could hook up some french fries you would be seriously dreamy!