Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Turkey Leftover Wine Pairings: Sweet and Savory Holiday Pizza

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and your fridge is packed full of leftovers. What to do? Wagner Family of Wine provided us with some recipes and a suggested wine pairing. We tested their offering along with a few others. Of course, any of these wines should definitely be under consideration for your Thanksgiving table!

2012 Meiomi Pinot Noir

This recipe is for Sweet and Savory Holiday Pizza, paired with the 2012 Meiomi Wines Pinot Noir (SRP $22.00).

Sweet and Savory Holiday Pizza
Ingredients
  • 1 lb pizza dough (we used Momofuku Mother Dough instead)
  • 8 oz small firm potatoes
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/2 C roasted turkey
  • 2 whole garlic cloves, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1/3 C dried cranberries
  • 8 oz Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • 2-4 oz Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 C olive oil, reserve some for brushing dough
  • 6 fresh sage leaves (or 3/4 tsp dried)
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
Directions
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • Boil potatoes in salted water until centers are tender; after cooled, slice into chunks
  • Fry sliced onion until medium brown; set aside to cool
  • Roll out dough as thin as possible, then brush both sides with oil
  • Top pizza with all ingredients - we found it easiest to mix the toppings together, then spoon them on at once, but that may seem gauche to some :)
  • Bake pizzas 12-15 minutes or until done, slice, serve with the Meiomi Pinot Noir, enjoy!
First off, this is one of the most amazing pizzas I've ever had! Who would have guessed that recreating a Thanksgiving dinner on pizza dough would be so tasty - the potatoes as topping are an especially agreeable surprise. The Meiomi interacted with the flavors in so many ways, sometimes complementing a spice or ingredient, other times acting as a foil. Great choice for this pairing.

Other wines to consider:

There are so many facets to this pizza that I would suspect any of your favorite wines might work - experiment a little and see for yourself. Not sure? Try one of these:

Thanksgiving wines - reds
Re Midas Corvina 2011 (SRP $9.00) - made with Corvina grapes, this is a light bodied red that flatters but doesn't overpower any of the ingredients.

Pertinace Nebbiolo 2009 (SRP $18.00) - nicely balanced with a little more structure and fruit, great food wine that handles the pizza with aplomb.

Domaine Loubejac Willamette 2010 Pinot Noir (SRP $17.99) - herbs in wine reflect the sage and other flavors, subtle tartness brings to mind the dried cranberries.

Soléna Estate 2011 Grande Cuvée Pinot Noir (SRP $25.00) - floral notes add an additional layer of complexity to this pairing, while tannins and acidity add nice contrast to creaminess of potatoes and cheese.
This is recipe three of three in this wine and food pairing series - also includes:
Disclaimer: These wines were provided for promotional purposes.

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