18 Recipes That Prove Champagne Pairs With Almost Everything
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)!
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.
Smoked Salmon Sushi Roll
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.
Coconut Shrimp I
Chef John's BLT Pasta
Movie Star Popcorn
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.
Chef John's Crab Cakes
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.
Quick Cheddar Garlic Biscuits
Millie Pasquinelli's Fried Chicken
Easy Bacon and Cheese Quiche
The eggs, the bacon, the cheese. This brunch classic demands some bubble time. Don't deny it.
Chef John's French Fries
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.
Old Charleston Style Shrimp and Grits
Southwestern Egg Rolls
Di's Delicious Deluxe Deviled Eggs
Eggs in general say yes to bubbles. And deviled eggs are particularly welcoming. There's just no reason to say no.
Seared Scallops with Jalapeno Vinaigrette
The prep takes 5 minutes, the cooking 10 minutes. Dinner's ready in about the time it takes to open a bottle of bubbles.
Sukhothai Pad Thai
Indian-Spiced Roasted Chickpeas
Potstickers (Chinese Dumplings)
Champagne with dim sum is epic. You might try sparkling rosé with these particular pot stickers; they're stuffed with ground beef and shrimp.
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.