Wine and Cheese, Please!

Last night I enjoyed champagne (sparkling wine, as it were) flights, cheese and cured meats at a lovely wine and cheese bar on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago. One hundred dollars later, I was full and tipsy (as it should be). Keep reading for our best recipes that utilize wine and cheese, whether they come in the form of a rack of lamb, pasta dish or a simple but decadent wine and cheese plate.

It’s typical for foodies to enjoy wine and cheese on a summer picnic or on an early Fall day at an alfresco cafe, but there are no rules saying you can’t enjoy the experience year-round. Whether you enjoy a rich blue cheese or a sharp cheddar variety, a wine plate comes together with bread, salty almonds and a tangy fruit mostarda.

Here are some of our favorite recipes that are heavy on the wine…or the cheese…or both!

Red Wine Crockpot Roast: This is an elegant beef dish flavored with rosemary and onion soup mix.

Sour Cream Chicken: Slow-cooked, moist and deliciously flavorful— straight out of the crockpot.

Hearty Mac and Cheese Strata with Bacon
: This dish combines the elegance of a strata with the everyday appeal of mac ‘n cheese. Yum, yum and YUM!

Mussels, White Wine and Garlic Over Pasta: Perk up the flavor of mussels with this white wine garlic sauce pasta dish.

Pork Chops in Wine: Make this dish for a romantic weekend dinner; feel free to drink the rest of the wine, too!

Brie Soup: This fancy soup with white wine and creamy Brie makes for an impressive first course.

Peppercorn-Seasoned Steaks with Mustard-Wine Sauce
: The mustard-wine sauce compliments the beef tenderloin steaks so nicely!

White-on-White Pears with Gorgonzola
: So simple, yet so good. You can’t go wrong mixing tangy cheese with juicy pears. Add a sprinkling of toasted pine nuts and a splash of olive oil with red wine vinegar and it’s divine.

Wine Jelly: For deep red jelly, use ruby port or a robust red wine. For a soft rose-colored jelly, choose a fruity rose such as Grenache Rose. If using white wines, use those with a faintly sweet or fruity flavor, such as Gewürztraminer.

Wild Chanterelle White Wine Cream Sauce: A most savory and delicious cream sauce using wild chanterelle mushrooms and white wine. Mushroom lovers: prepare to fall in love!

Coq au Vin: This classic French chicken dish is great for feeding a crowd. Serve with mashed potatoes or rice, and make sure to use a full-flavored red wine.

Do you have a favorite wine or cheese dish? What do you include on your cheese plate? Let us know in the COMMENTS!

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  • Marta

    I love wine and cheese parties! I just bought a new cheese with dill in it and it is amazing!

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