One of my favorite wine and food pairings are lentils and rosé. It is not a wine pairing that you probably think of in terms of classic wine and foods that go together, but in my apartment, I pair these two rather frequently (see here). The savoriness of the lentils go nicely with the citrus and berry flavors typically found in a rosé. You get savory and sweet at the same time. The floral notes of the wine, if there are any, are also brought out when combined with the savory flavors of the lentils.
A recent dish that I made was from a food blogger that I discovered not too long ago. She has already become a fast favorite. I made Lentil “Meatballs” from Well Plated by Erin. Being healthy is very important to me, especially since I drink a glass of wine almost every night. Drinking a glass of wine every night can easily be a part of a well balanced
diet lifestyle, so long as you are eating the healthy foods that your body needs. I tend to cook recipes by the same handful of bloggers because I know that their recipes will feature ingredients that are both fresh and natural and will keep Mr. Grape Pairings and I on track for a healthy lifestyle. I say lifestyle, because I don’t believe in diets. Exercise, food, wine, moderation, and enjoyment are all key to have a healthy and balanced way of life!
Going back to the meal… This meal was extremely easy to make, so long as you have the right kitchen equipment. Two of the most used tools in my kitchen are my Ninja (food processor) and Spiralizer. I highly recommend that you get these two tools for your kitchen because they save so much cooking time and allow you to get creative with food. You can spiralize just about anything, and it comes with attachments to make several shapes and sizes of “noodles”.
After cooking the lentils and sautéing the onion and carrots, everything is put into the Ninja. Form them into balls and put them in the oven. While the lentil balls bake, spiralize whatever veggies you want to use (I usually use Zucchini, but sometimes I spiralize carrots, sweet potato, or broccoli stalks). I tend to nuke the noodles or quickly sauté them for a few minutes. Take the lentil balls out of the oven, and voilà! All done!
I loved the earthy flavors of this meal. The parsley, oregano, and oats toned down the acidity from the tomato paste that helped to bind the “meatball” together. I used both zucchini and sweet potato noodles for this dish, and while I always love zoodles, the sweet potato noodles were quite good. They didn’t spiralize as well as the zucchini, but they gave the earthy taste of the lentils a quick bit of bitter sweetness.
The Presto Sparkling Rosé was out of the can. If you ever get the chance to have wine out of a can, I recommend trying it. They’re great for picnics or for the beach, but I also like having one or two around for when I don’t have a bottle open but I don’t want to open a whole new bottle. Or for the days when I only have a bottle of red open but the meal I made doesn’t work with a red…random situations like that. Wine out of the can is actually quite good! You don’t get any aluminum flavors that you may have expected when you drink it. What you will taste from this can, however, is a wonderful strawberry, apricot, and cream. The wine is a Prosecco, which is an Italian sparkling wine, and like most Proseccos, has a creamy texture. There is a medium amount of bubbles, and the fruit flavors come through with a dry mouth feel.
I knew the pairing would be good, as I have had rosé with lentils before, but never with a sparkling rosé. I absolutely loved this pairing. The lentil “meatballs” were somewhat dense, but the bright, bubbly Prosecco made it appear lighter than it was. Savory and bitter flavors from the meal coupled with sweet and creamy flavors from the Prosecco created quite the flavor profile. There was so much going on with my senses that I don’t even know how to describe what was going on. There was a little bit of everything! I love being surprised by a wine and food pairing. 5 grapes!
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Wine: Presto Sparkling Rosé (Whole Foods, $13 for a pack of 4)