Pair Up with La Sommelierre - July 2014
Lemon is an appealing flavor to me all year around, but somehow is even better on a hot summer day. This menu, based on lemon-flavored recipes, is fun and results in a meal that is packed with flavor.
Lemonade and beer are a terrific flavor combination - sweet and sour from the lemonade, bitter and savory from the beer. This combination is commonly called a Lemon Shandy. Some breweries bottle their own versions, but you can make your own with the recipe provided. Shandies are light and refreshing and go down easy on a hot summer afternoon. Additionally, the low alcohol, slight spritz, and yeasty/lemony flavor combination make it a beverage that will go with just about any food. I like the idea of pairing it with a cool yogurt dip that has an abundance of fresh herbs and a bright burst of lemon. This versatile dip is good for almost anything you can eat with your fingers, including vegetables, pita, crackers, and even chicken wings. This pairing will create a leisurely feel, perfect for a relaxing afternoon.
My kids inspired the main course. They love lemon chicken at a local Chinese restaurant. I sought out this recipe so I could make it for them at home. Deep-frying is better for keeping the coating on the chicken, but pan-frying leaves a little extra flavor in the pan for the sauce. Even if you lose a little of the coating, the result is very tasty. I like this recipe with steamed jasmine rice, pea pods, and a refreshing Albariño (a white wine from Spain). The Albariño grape makes a white wine with peach and lemon flavors that cut through the rich fat and stands up to the intense flavors of the chicken. However, if you can’t find an Albariño, a Riesling will be a fine substitute.
For dessert, I got a little help from a boxed cake mix to bake a super quick, easy cake that is beautiful when sliced. What should be its partner? How about an ice-cold limoncello? When sipped alongside, it is like having a little extra glaze with a bit of an alcoholic kick.
So, go on. Pair Up!
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