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A Scrumptious Salad Recipe: Caesar Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

July 7, 2010 1 comment

Caesar Salad with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

It’s about time that the Cocktail Fodder crew offered you a simple, quick, and delicious salad to enjoy in the summer months. I’ve made this salad on several occasions and love the flavor sun-dried tomatoes add to it. The original recipe is from Joie Warner’s Caesar Salads: America’s favorite salad. I checked in with my wine boss (and king of wines), Keith of ABC Wine Company, about wine pairings. He reckons that a round white wine with moderate depth would do the trick. It pairs perfectly due to the creaminess of the dressing and the sun-dried tomatoes. The Pecorino from “Wine for Thought” two weeks back would do well with this salad. As would an Orvieto, a white wine from Italy, or even a Chardonnay (unoaked). So keep these pairings in mind and enjoy this quick, simple, and easy recipe.

Until next week, keep eating and sipping.

Ingredients:

1 large romaine lettuce head, rinsed, dried, and broken into bite-size pieces

2 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 can (2 ounces) anchovy fillets, drained, chopped (I actually prefer tuna but go with whichever floats your boat.)

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (Only the best!)

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (Store bought lemon juice is fine as well.)

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

½ cup olive oil

10 large, halved sun-dried tomatoes, drained and diced

½ cup fresh Parmesan Cheese, with extra for plating

1 ½ cup of Croutons (You can make your own, if you’re feeling extra ambitious, but I usually go with store-bought.)

Directions:

Take a medium bowl and whisk the garlic, anchovies/tuna, mustard, lemon juice, and vinegar until well blended. While you are whisking slowly, add the olive oil in a thin stream until the mixture is thickened. Take your chopped sun-dried tomatoes and stir them into the mixture along with the Parmesan cheese. Toss the romaine lettuce in a large salad/mixing bowl with the dressing until thoroughly coated. Add croutons and toss again. Plate with added Parmesan cheese on top to taste.

Bon appétit!

Wine for Thought: A crowd-pleasing wine from Austria — Grüner Veltliner!

June 30, 2010 1 comment

A 2007 Berger Grüner Veltliner

In last week’s inaugural Cocktail Fodder wine discussion, I talked about the Italian wine Pecorino. I hope all of you have had the opportunity to try this remarkable juice and share it with your friends.

This week I am going to introduce you to a wine that is readily available on the U.S. market and is currently selling like hot cakes here at the shop in the East Village. As the most widely harvested grape in Austria, accounting for over one-third of the vineyard plantings in the country, Grüner Veltliner (GROO-ner, VEHLT-ly-ner) is an Austrian classic that is perfect for the spring and summer months.  Once known as Grüner Muskateller, Grüner Veltliner only became noteworthy post-WWII when more advanced viticulture allowed for the full potential of the grape to be realized. While there are some nice examples of aged Grüner Veltliners, it is better known for being a young wine. If your local wine shop carries it, they should have the most recent vintages of ’07, ’08, and ’09. These wines will typically be dry, light to medium-bodied, with a lively food-friendly acidity. That makes this wine great to beat back the heat and enjoy with a wide range of summer foods.  For pairings think tofu and vegetables, cold soups, Asian-influenced dishes, and lighter meat fare (veal, pork, and poultry).

"The Luncheon of the Boating Party"

Renoir's "The Luncheon of the Boating Party." That party is missing some Grüner, don't you think?

The Grüner that ABC Wine Company currently carries is the 2009 Berger Grüner Veltliner. It’s a 1L bottle in a crown cap (the same type of cap used to bottle beer).  At 11 dollars a pop, with flavorful notes of green apple and citrus and the capability of serving 6 people, this is a win-win situation for every recent graduate, cost conscious shopper and wine lover out there.

Let’s say it all together now: GROO-ner, VEHLT-ly-ner!