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What food to match with Malbec

What food to match with Malbec

Thanks to the Argentinians, everyone associates Malbec with steak and that’s a great pairing but with Malbec World Day coming up this Wednesday maybe it’s time to stretch your wings and give some other dishes a try. Here are a few ideas:

Young, fruity Malbecs
Smokey cured beef
Charcuterie, especially flavourful terrines
Chilli con carne
Spaghetti and meatballs
Spaghetti bolognese (made British/American-style rather than a classic Italian ragu)
Fajitas
Beef burritos
Burgers (OK, that’s steak, I know!)
Medium hot lamb curries like rogan josh
Dishes with a plum compote
Dishes with beetroot such as a salad of smoked eel, beetroot and horseradish

Heavyweight Malbecs (more expensive, full-bodied Malbecs of 14% +)
Steak, obviously and . . .
Roast beef or venison
Barbecued lamb, beef or pork - it particularly suits smokey, chilli-based rubs
Lamb tagines with prunes
Beef teppanyaki
Steak and hot game pies
Aubergine bakes
Farmhouse cheddar
Dark chocolate (a controversial one, this but some people argue that a ripe lush Malbec works well with a chocolate dessert. Not totally convinced myself)

More rustic styles of Malbec like Cahors and Cot
7 hour braised leg of lamb
Lamb shanks
Braised beef stews or shortribs especially with smoked bacon (Malbec’s also a good wine to add to a stew)
Pot roast pheasant
Duck confit
Cassoulet and other pork and bean dishes
Flavoursome sausages with garlic
Cheeseboards (barring lighter cheeses like goats cheese and stinkier ones like Epoisses. As Evan Goldstein points out in his excellent book Daring Pairings, Malbec works surprisingly well with more mellow blues like Barkham Blue or Stilton - though not, I think, with Roquefort)

 

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