18 Recipes That Prove Champagne Pairs With Almost Everything

Millie Pasquinelli's Fried Chicken
Photo: JanetFlo

Champagne. It's not just for toasting anymore. Truth is, sparkling wine loves food. Its acidity keeps the wine fresh and lively and the palate on alert. The lowish alcohol won't typically overwhelm food. It's always a great choice with appetizers. And sparkling wine does brunch better than any other booze. (Looking at you, Bloody Mary.) It's also terrific with a wide variety of main dishes.

So let these recipes be your big, bubbly guide to drinking Champagne any ol' time — for brunch, lunch, dinner, and all manner of snacking in between. Pop the top, and have at 'em!

But first, a word about words. Champagne is a legally protected name. Technically speaking, Champagne refers only to sparkling wine from the Champagne region of France. Bubbles from anyplace else, we're supposed to call "sparkling wine." And now...here are some of the best foods to pair with Champagne (or sparkling wine)!

01 of 18

Potato Chips

Potato Chips
lutzflcat

Champagne has a little secret. Yes, it's the toast of the town and hangs in high society, but from time to time it's not afraid to go a little low-brow. OK, expensive Champagne might be a little chichi for this match-up (and many others below as well). For cheaper French bubbles, look for wine labeled crémant. From Italy, inexpensive prosecco is a smart choice. Spain offers cava — a good deal. And in the United States, sparkling wines come from California, Oregon, Washington, New York, and even from less well-known places like New Mexico. Bonus: You can make these potato chips in the microwave.

02 of 18

Smoked Salmon Sushi Roll

Smoked Salmon Sushi Roll
Photo by jocemalyn.

Sparkling wine and sushi, it's an epic move. The wine can handle the soy sauce, the slightly vinegary rice, even the pickled ginger and wasabi. No problems, only opportunities.

03 of 18

Coconut Shrimp I

Coconut Shrimp I
Photo by Yan.

Leave the beer for the batter; drink bubbles with these crispy treats. See also, Crispy Fish, Popcorn Shrimp, and Fish Tacos.

04 of 18

Chef John's BLT Pasta

Chef John's BLT Pasta
Photo by Allrecipes Magazine.

Champagne and bacon, believe it. A straight-up BLT sandwich would also be great with sparkling wine. The same holds for anything wrapped in bacon and served as an appetizer.

05 of 18

Movie Star Popcorn

Movie Star Popcorn in blue bowl
Buckwheat Queen

So you're sitting on the sofa, cramming popcorn into your face, watching trashy TV in your sweatpants. That's cool. Sipping Champagne keeps it classy. Sparkling wine never tattles.

06 of 18

Chef John's Crab Cakes

Chef John's Crab Cakes
Photo by Holiday Baker.

Chef John puts it like this: "These are what crab cakes are supposed to be -- basically a fried lump of crabmeat, held together with a minimum of filler. Delicious!" And doubly delicious beside a glass of bubbles.

07 of 18

Quick Cheddar Garlic Biscuits

drop biscuits on a white plate garnished with a parsley sprig
naples34102

Champagne is often described as having biscuit flavors and smells. You know what else has biscuit flavors and smells? Biscuits. Spread a little butter on your biscuit if you like. Also recommended, the Breakfast Biscuit.

08 of 18

Millie Pasquinelli's Fried Chicken

Millie Pasquinelli's Fried Chicken
JanetFlo

Fried chicken and sparkling wine, they're kind of a quiet classic, a forbidden romance. And those biscuits above might be nice on the side. For brunch, try Chicken and Waffles.

09 of 18

Easy Bacon and Cheese Quiche

Easy Bacon and Cheese Quiche
Photo by TM.

The eggs, the bacon, the cheese. This brunch classic demands some bubble time. Don't deny it.

10 of 18

Chef John's French Fries

Chef John's French Fries
Photo by Baking Nana.

No way around it, sparkling wine loves the fried stuff. Here, the bubbles will tap dance across the tongue, playing to the textural brilliance (soft inside, crispy outside) of these twice-fried fries.

11 of 18

Old Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits

a colorful plate of shrimp atop yellow grits, garnished with chopped scallions
naples34102

Sparkling wine loves and respects shellfish. But add some cheesy grits, and it's like marriage proposal time. See also, Baked Scampi.

12 of 18

Southwestern Egg Rolls

Southwestern Egg Rolls
Photo by Aja.

A taste of Asia by way of the American Southwest. Pair it with some European bubbles, and you have 3 continents covered. Also recommended, Chicken Flautas.

13 of 18

Di's Delicious Deluxe Deviled Eggs

Di's Delicious Deluxe Deviled Eggs
Photo by Protigie. Protigie

Eggs in general say yes to bubbles. And deviled eggs are particularly welcoming. There's just no reason to say no.

14 of 18

Seared Scallops with Jalapeno Vinaigrette

Seared Scallops with Jalapeno Vinaigrette
Photo by Kims Cooking Now.

The prep takes 5 minutes, the cooking 10 minutes. Dinner's ready in about the time it takes to open a bottle of bubbles.

15 of 18

Sukhothai Pad Thai

Sukhothai Pad Thai
Photo by Allrecipes Magazine.

Make this recipe with chicken, tofu, pork, or shrimp...no matter which way you go, the bubbles will love it. See also, more Thai recipes.

16 of 18

Indian-Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

Indian-Spiced Roasted Chickpeas
Photo by Scotdog.

Crispy, crunchy, a little spicy...sparkling wine wants a piece of this action. See also, Pad Thai Popcorn.

17 of 18

Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings)

crispy-looking pan-fried dumplings on a white ceramic tray with a ramekin of dipping sauce
LZakaria

Champagne with dim sum is epic. You might try sparkling rosé with these particular pot stickers; they're stuffed with ground beef and shrimp.

18 of 18

Strawberry Torte

Strawberry Torte
Photo by jillcasey84.

Strawberries and sparkling wine are, of course, a famous combo. Add lady fingers and whipped cream...and you've just plain blown the doors off this whole pairing thing.

Was this page helpful?
You’ll Also Love