Recently, malbec received praise for being a versatile wine and a great choice for food pairing. When surveyed, more than half of culinary professionals agreed that malbec pairs with many types of foods. Whether you’re serving something wildly daring, such as five-spice crusted short ribs with miso black garlic jus, or something mildly daring, like rigatoni with spicy salami and tomato sauce, you can’t go wrong pairing it with malbec.
Alamos Malbec, America’s most preferred malbec, is grown in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in Argentina. The result is grapes that combine bold layers of flavor and excellent natural acidity for a wine that pairs beautifully with just about any Valentine’s Day meal.
Manchego and Chorizo Stuffed Piquillo Peppers
Pair with Alamos Malbec
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
1/2 pound smoked firm Spanish chorizo, chopped
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup seeded, chopped tomato
1/3 cup Alamos Malbec
1/4 cup chopped yellow bell pepper
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 cup shredded Manchego cheese, plus extra for topping
12 canned or jarred piquillo peppers, well drained (may substitute roasted red bell peppers if piquillo peppers are unavailable)
Preheat oven to 450 F. Cook chorizo, onion and garlic in a large skillet over medium heat for 10 minutes or until onion is soft, stirring frequently. Stir in tomato, malbec, yellow bell pepper and seasonings and cook for 10 minutes more or until all excess liquid has cooked off. Stir in cheese. Fill piquillo peppers with equal amounts of filling and place stuffed peppers in a shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with additional cheese, if desired, and cook in preheated oven for 5 minutes or until peppers are hot and cheese is melted.
Makes 6 appetizer servings.