Chablis vegetable pairing?
Any suggestions on what a good vegetable dish would be to pair with chablis? It's for a chablis themed night at a friends house.
I'm thinking either zucchini carpaccio or maybe a big raw vegetable salad with a nice vinegarette. Or if the tomatoes look good at the farmers market next weekend, a tomato salad. Any ideas?
I'm in Los Angeles and it's supposed to be in the 80s next weekend, which is why I'm leaning toward cold/room temp raw veggies, but I'm open to anything!
Go to a good local Farmer's Mkt, e.g. Santa Monica Wednesday and check out which vegetables are best right now. I find that currently the English peas, asparagus, purple broccoli are all amazing. You could make a wonderful dish with just those. Cherry tomatoes also are really good right now and a nice variety of colors. Beefsteaks, not just yet.
Does it need to be vegetarian or vegetable?
For an inexpensive young Petit Chablis and Chablis and very young premier cru Chablis...
- Roasted cauliflower in brown butter
- Vegetable terrine
- Any veggie with loads of cheese
- Vegetarian, but not veggie? Gougeres!
2-3 year old unoaked Premier cru Chablis
- Smooth vegetable based soups (can be laced with cream or creme fraiche
- Grilled leeks with a soft dijon vinaigrette
- Spring veggie risotto
- Vegetarian - Oeufs en meurette made with chablis, anything with goat cheese
Chablis or premier cru Chablis made in a richer style
- pastas in a tomato cream sauce
- veggies in beurre blanc
- mushroom dishes with lots of good butter
- any veggie encroute
- Vegetarian - Epoisses
Grand cru Chablis and the best premier cru Chablis
- likes truffles
Very old Chablis
- can also be matched with veggie dishes with pronounced umami flavors
For any chardonnay there is a wide range of vegetable pairings. So wide that it's more useful how you prepare them to bring them closer to the chardonnay....
As for specific super-veggie pairings with chardonnay: artichokes, asparagus, corn and squash are right up at the top. Cauliflower and mushroom (not a "veg" per se) also quite nice.
Preparing them on the grill and served with brush of garlic butter brings them closer to the wine as chardonnay loves butter, garlic, and smoke. Can serve with dollop of a chard-friendly cheese (chevre, gruyere, comte, brie/camembert).
For chardonnay I would not recommend alot of tomatoes in the mix or a sharp vinagarette.
Well I definitely agree with June that Chablis, as with any terroir, has some unique nuances.
Given that, when I get back to the original question of how to pair veggies with Chablis, I side with Fiona Beckett, author of 23 books on wine, in her recommendations for every level of chablis from petit to grand cru: http://www.matchingfoodandwine.com/ne...
Note her recommendations consistently call for "butter, garlic, grilling, roasting", and she specifically recommends Comte as a cheese match, one of my favorite for Chablis.
I also love Julia Bailey's suggested pairing for Chablis: http://juliabaileywine.co.uk/king-pra... Note her preparation incorporates charcoal grilling, butter and garlic.
To each their own.
I'm with Chef June on this. You cannot pair to Chablis as you would to Chardonnay.
NaFLa, is the wine true Chablis or is it Chardonnay?
The wines differ from each other a good deal, and require different pairings. Chablis, as Chef June said, is often flinty and lean, and differs greatly from Chardonnays made in a buttery style or even a rounder fuller style.
Since the styles of Chardonnay vary widely, no one single pairing fits all the styles. In fact, a pairing for one style of Chardonnay may be a clash for another style. The best pairings are those matched to the individual style of Chardonnay.
I would prefer cooked vegetables with the Chablis -- regardless of which type of Chablis you choose. And if you must do a vinaigrette, please use lemon juice (fresh) as your acid rather than vinegar.
The roasted cauliflower suggested in this thread would be a good choice, or mixed roasted vegetables (cauli, broccoli, carrots, pearl onions).
another tasty dish would be creamed new potatoes, peas and pearl onions. really delicious with village Chablis.