As you can see from the quote above, Michelle is hosting our Wine Pairing Weekend this month and she chose a fantastic theme! I am American through and through. I have never been to France but I hope to one day. My sister went to Paris and fell in love with the city and the people. She dreams of the day she can go back. I have never been to Europe, it is on my bucket list but here's the thing...there are places right here in my own Country that I have not been. I still have to see the Grand Canyon, the Redwood Forests, Mt. Rushmore, Copper Mountains, all of the northern east coast....and the list goes on and on and on.
Not only am I an American I am a Midwesterner, born and raised, and here I plan to stay until the day I die. So I thought I would celebrate this Wine Pairing Weekend with a meal that celebrates the Midwest area of our Country. But not the wine, the wine is coming from our West Coast and the great state of California. Because while the Midwest creates some great food....we are the heartland and farm country...we don't create great wines. Oh, there are those that try and some of the white wines are actually pretty tasty and our ice wines are down right the best dessert wine you will find but our reds??? Well, let's just say that they cannot compete with California reds. Of course, this is just my humble opinion and I am sure that there are those out there that would be happy to come to the defense of wines from the Midwest. As for me, I'll stick with our beers....we know how to make some kick butt beers!
I had our friend's Kim and Kurt over for dinner and Kurt is about as Midwest as they come. He is a pure meat and potatoes guy and has been known to turn down invitations for dinner at our house because "she puts onions and nuts in her food". So for this meal there were no nuts but there were onions sauteed up with mushrooms for on top of our big, juicy, grilled steaks. Kurt could choose to forego that pleasure if he wished. The steaks are homegrown right here at Kurt's best childhood friend's house. I made potato planks with potatoes from Idaho and served salad and grilled asparagus with bounty from my local, organic CSA. For dessert we had homemade strawberry ice cream made with Michigan strawberries from my daughter, Amy's, garden. This is the epitome of an American meal!
I served it all up with an Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon from the Paso Robles region of California. I enjoy the Central Coastal wines from California. The Estancia is robust and hearty with a heavy feel to it without the heavy price tag that is sometimes found on wines from the Napa Valley region. It paired perfectly with the steak dinners and we all enjoyed it immensely. Except for Kurt....he had a Michigan beer LOL. Estancia is one of our go to wines when we want to hang out with friends on a casual evening. We know it will be good, we know it will be enjoyed and it is reasonably priced so we can have several bottles on hand.
I am sharing with you today my recipe for Potato Planks. These are a wonderful and easy side dish to accompany any grilled foods you are enjoying this summer. I use the same method for Sweet Potatoes and they turn out lovely as well.
Grilled Potato Planks
1 Large Russet Potato for each 2 people
1 T. Olive oil for each 2 potatoes
Salt and Pepper to taste
Scrub the russet potatoes well and slice, lengthwise into 1/2" slices. Place in a bowl and toss with the olive oil and seasonings. Lay the planks on a grill over med high heat and cook for 10-15 minutes, the bottom will be browned and the top will be turning opaque. Flip the planks over and cook for another 5-10 minutes, until second side is browned and a fork inserts easily into the plank. Print Recipe
Let's see how the rest celebrated!
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- A Pug in the Kitchen: Classic Nicoise:An American/French Pairing
- Confessions of a Culinary Diva: “Provence Style Pan Roasted Chicken with Rose"
- Cooking Chat: "Gruyere Cheeseburgers with a Bordeaux"
- Culinary Adventures with Camilla: “Tapenade-Topped Sablefish + Cave de Saint-Roch-les-Vignes Côtes de Provence Rosé”
- Curious Cuisiniere: “Cherry Clafoutis paired with a Cremant Rosé”
- Dracaena Wines: “Discovering the Truth About Bastille Day with #WinePW”
- ENOFYLZ Wine Blog: “Independence Day at Ridge Vineyards Zins and Blends #winePW”
- Food Wine Click: “All American Menu: Farmer & Winery Friends”
- Grape Experiences: “Wine and Dine: Les Vignes de Bila-Haut Blanc Cotes du Roussillon and Salade Niçoise”
- Pull That Cork: “Domaine de Bila-Haut and Cobb Salad for #winePW”
- Rockin Red Blog: “Celebrating America & France with July #WinePW”
- Tasting Pour: “Steak with Mushroom Cognac Sauce, Patriotic Potatoes, and Bell Wine Cellars Cab Sauv #winepw”
- Vino Travels: The Alchemy of Hunt Country Vineyards Paired with Braised Beef Short Ribs
Please join us this morning at 10 am CST on Twitter for a fun and lively discussion on our American and French food and wine pairings at #WinePW. Also, join us Saturday, August 15 as we explore Portugal, a land of delicious food and outstanding wines!