People have been joking with me for years about pairing wine and breakfast… so that’s been my latest challenge. To create a tasty breakfast food that somehow incorporates wine? I couldn’t imagine it… until this morning.
I started with a pre-baked potato. I diced the potato and began to saute it in a mixture of olive oil and margarine. As it browned, I diced about 1/3 of a granny smith apple and added that to the pan. In the meantime, I boiled water with a bit of white vinegar to cook a quick poached egg. The picture on the left is of the potato/apple mixture as it cooked and browned.
To add a kick of flavor to this simple dish, I added 1/4 cup of James River Cellars Petit Verdot as well as a spoonful of House Sauce (from Take It Away in Charlottesville. Note: this sauce can also be found at The Cheese Shop in Williamsburg). The wine added a lovely tinge of pink to the potato and apple pieces and the House sauce brought its own smokey mayonnaise touch. Using both in combination created a wonderful flavor that otherwise might have relegated this dish to the “ho-hum” list.
As I plated my breakfast, I sprinkled the potato/apple mixture with 1T of Asiago cheese crumbles. I gently laid the poached egg on top and added a bit of cracked pepper. It was amazing.
Nothing is “out of bounds” when it comes to cooking… try it and see how you like adding wine as a flavoring agent. You might be inspired and totally surprised with a new favorite. I certainly did!