Our favorite New Year’s Eve date is more than just a one night stand. Champagne can be enjoyed any time of the year with all kinds of foods. Many people may immediately think to pair champagne with something sweet (like strawberries) but I am here to show you a whole new world of bubbly delight; champagne also goes great with savory and salty treats.
Before we start, let me break down the difference between champagne and sparkling wine. In short, champagne is from the Champagne region in France, Prosecco is from Italy, and Cava is from Spain. There are also several different types of champagne. All are bubbly and delicious with their own unique twists.
Now, back to the fun stuff. Below are six superb savory champagne pairings you’ve got to try.
Cheese. This one’s easy. Who doesn’t love cheese when sipping on some libations? My favorite kind of cheese to pair with champagne is a blue cheese. Something about the sharpness of the blue cheese and the bubbly mineral taste of the champagne makes my senses sing. Don’t like blue cheese? Try a sharp cheddar or brie.
Mushrooms are fun to cook with because they are so versatile. sauté some onions in olive oil, salt, pepper, fresh rosemary, and any other spices you like. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook until all the juice in the pan has been absorbed. Eat the mushrooms plain or pair them with some of your favorite crackers.
Just like champagne, french fries are good any time, so why not pair them together? I love plain, salty fries, but you can also add your favorite condiment. Sprinkle fresh herbs on top and make some mayo-ketchup on the side.
Scallops. Champagne pairs well with almost anything from the ocean because of the sea salt and mineral flavors. I love scallops seared in a little bit of oil with salt and pepper sprinkled on top. The simplicity of the pairing will wow your tastebuds!
Chicken. This bird is so versatile in the kitchen, you can literally make it anyway you like! Enjoy any of your favorite chicken dishes with a glass of champagne and heighten your enjoyment of the dish. I personally love to bake a whole chicken with fresh lemons, rosemary, olive oil. Pop open a bottle of champagne and enjoy!
Sushi. Another way to pair seafood and champagne is with sushi. What’s so much fun about pairing champagne and sushi is that they make a delicious and easy picnic! Get some sushi “to-go” from your favorite spot, grab a bottle of chilled champagne (don’t forget some cups) and head to a local park for an afternoon of sun, bubbles, and sushi.
Be adventurous and try different types of champagne with all your favorite foods. Remember, there is no one way to enjoy this bubbly delight!