These days you can buy just about anything at the grocery store. Any meal you want, you can have. Chicken that comes in a bag, fish that comes in a tinned stew, beans that come in plastic trays and all sorts. All of this food is pre-prepared and reasonably priced. It’s not really fine dining is it? Food that you make fresh at home doesn’t have to be classic comfort food. It doesn’t have to remind you of your childhood, it doesn’t have to be something you just throw in the over to get it over with. Sometimes you need to make a meal of it; quite literally. Cooking a rich and heavy meal, that would be served in a fine dining establishment is just what you need to have a night of satisfaction and pleasure. Every meal such as this needs to be accompanied with a glass wine.
A heavy red recipe
When it comes to the richest of dishes, steak is the number one choice. Some kind of beef dish simply has to be at the top of the list when it comes to heavy dinners that are incredibly indulgent in flavor. Steak Chasseur is by far one of the best red meat dishes in the world. Originating from France, this is a recipe that is fattening, juicy, succulent and full of intense flavor. Make sure seer the chilots, and properly brown the mushrooms. Cook the carrots right through so all the bitter juices flow into the beef stock. You’ll also need high-quality butter and parsley as well as tarragon for an earthy layer. Tomato juice that has a little gravy mixed into it, should then be the base of the sauce. You’ll also need a little brandy and white wine. Everything should be cooked in the same cast iron saucepan.
Red with more red
Since your meal is going to be in a deep red color, it’s only right you have red wine. Well, there’s a lot more reasons why you should be having red wine especially with a steak dish. Firstly, red wine is strong so it balances the flavor of the red meat which is also strong. You would think that two strong flavors would be too much even for a rich dish but the alcohol acts as a nullifier which blankets the intense flavors into a smooth concentrate. For beef, you need a full-bodied red wine such as those on the Naked Winery. The Vixen Syrah has a unique aroma of sweet figs and a little pipe tobacco. The flavors however are white peppercorn, overripe cherries and smoky bacon. This kind of sweet musky flavor goes extremely well with a steak dish with a slightly bitter tomato sauce.
Steak chasseur is served in the top restaurants all across Europe. It’s a dish that can be simple but it can also have incredibly complex flavors. The seared steak, herbs, butter, tomato and mushrooms will make an intense flavor which can only be balanced with an equally intense full-bodied wine.