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Potato Latkes and Sarao

Rating: 4/5

Potato Latkes with applesauce and sour cream as toppings.  Sticking to the basics here!

Wine: Gran Sarao Cava Brut NV

Notes:
So this is a bit late if you think of this as a strictly holiday meal.  I grew up eating Latkes throughout the year though.  However, the Latkes I grew up with were nothing more than grated potato and minced onion smashed together.  In this version I added both mashed and grated potato with the onions and some matzo meal to boot.  This adds a bit of heaviness that I didn’t previously have.  And why not pair some Latkes with some Cava? Apple to play with the applesauce, yeast to play with the matzo and potato. Some dry bubbles to take some of the oil away.  This was a pretty good pairing!  However, I could have preferred a bit more acidity in the wine to cut through some of the heaviness of the Latkes.

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Rating: 5/5

Pulled roasted chicken, chicken sausage, potatoes, leeks, onions and green peppers in a homemade chicken broth spiced with sage, rosemary and vegetables.  If you want, add some flour to thicken up the soup  (I didn’t, but it was summer).  Add plenty of pepper to the soup and a hunk of your favorite bread.  Voilá.  Country Chicken Soup.  Hungarian style.

Wine: Szepsy Tokaji Hárslevelü 2005

Notes:

I really should have saved this pairing for the fall and I was told specifically to hold on to this bottle for at least 5 years, maybe 10, but I’m impatient when it comes to these things.  Excellent pairing.  This Hungarian white has enough earthiness and minerality in it to have with a hearty soup.

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