Wine Pairing Recipes for Riesling
There are many things we love about wine, but one of our top favourites is enjoying a glass with an incredible meal! A great feature of being a member of Kwaf is that you get to experience many different wines throughout the year. Getting these new bottles is the perfect incentive for trying out new recipes! To tie together our love of wine and food, our very own Kwaf staffer created two incredibly delicious recipes to share. These are both the perfect partner for Riesling in particular, thanks in part to their enhanced spice levels, acidity, and refreshing summery notes.
Riesling Wine Pairing: Stone Fruit Scallops
- 10 cherries
- 1 nectarine
- 1 plumcot
- 2tsp freshly grated ginger
- 1 lime
- 1tsp butter
- 10 - 12 fresh scallops (cleaned & dried)
- Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper
How to Make Stone Fruit Scallops:
Pit and dice: cherries, nectarine and plumcot; place in a bowl. Slice lime in half and juice over the fruit, watching out for seeds! Add the 2tsp of ginger to the fruit and lime and mix in thoroughly. This ginger and fruit mixture can be made ahead (a few hours if possible), and allow to sit in the fridge so the flavours can meld together.
Time to sear the scallops and build the sauce. Scallops sear really well if cleaned and dried. Run the scallops under chilled tap water and then pat dry with a paper towel. Once dry, season with salt and pepper.
In a pan, over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Place the scallops in the pan, there will be some sizzle! Give the scallops about 3 minutes per side, you will see a light brown sear and the scallop will turn from a translucent white to an opaque white.
In a separate pan, melt the butter and allow it to start to brown. Add in the fruit mixture. Let the fruit mixture simmer for about 5 minutes, turning it gently with a spatula. The fruit will naturally soften.
Scoop a little of the fruit mixture onto the plate, placing a small spoonful where each of the scallops will go. Gently place the scallops on top of the fruit and then pour the remaining fruit mixture and juice of the mixture over all the scallops.
Riesling Wine Pairing: Prosciutto Wrapped Grilled Peaches
- 4 Ripe Peaches
- 8 Slices of Prosciutto
- Blue Cheese
- Honey (if desired)
How to Make Prosciutto Wrapped Grilled Peaches:
Pit and slice the peaches into eight equal pieces. Once you have cut your peaches up, make sure your grill is nice and clean, then fire up the BBQ. Grill your peaches for about 3 - 4 minutes per side. Grilling your peaches will bring out the natural sugars, start to caramelize the peach, and give them a lovely smoke flavour.
Once grilled, allow the peaches to cool down for about 10 minutes. While they are cooling, slice your prosciutto in half, lengthwise. Spread a touch of blue cheese on one side of the peach and wrap with a piece of prosciutto.
Plate the wrapped peach with a small ramekin of honey to drizzle, and a few extra stone fruits for colour! These salty and sweet appetizers are outstanding summer favourites to pair with any Riesling.
Summer Riesling Wine Tasting
We hope your mouth is now watering and you're ready to get cooking! Ontario is home to many outstanding Riesling offerings and there is no better time to get exploring local winery bottles. We encourage all Kwaf members to continue to support Ontario wineries in between Kwaf shipments. There are so many to try and what a fun way to experience new bottles of wine, than with an at-home Riesling tasting! Enjoy your new bottles and Cheers!