The best pairings for sweet oloroso and PX sherry
Sherry gets a bad rap for being granny’s tipple of choice but if you’ve never tried an authentic Spanish style sweet sherry you haven’t lived.
There are two main kinds: sweet olorosos (though no longer officially referred to as that) which are aged without a protective layer of flor (yeast) and which I always think taste like liquid Christmas pudding and intensely treacley PX which is made from raisined pedro ximenez grapes. And cheaper cream sherries which are sweetened olorosos.
They are, of course, delicious to sip on their own but here’s some suggested pairings
Sweet oloroso and dark cream sherries
Blue cheese such as Stilton, Dorset Blue Vinney, Gorgonzola and Cabrales, especially with grilled figs
Mature Parmigiano Reggiano (parmesan) or Grana Padano
Mature sheeps cheeses such as Manchego
Turron (Spanish nougat)
Dried fruits such as figs, raisins and dates
Nuts, especially brazil nuts
Pecan pie and walnut tarts
Chocolate creme brulée
Chocolate chip cookies
Coffee-flavoured cakes and desserts
Barbados cream/muscovado cream (see Nigella recipe here)
Caramelised banana desserts such as banana tatin
Millionaire's shortbread (shortbread with a toffee and chocolate topping)
Bitter orange- and marmalade-flavoured cakes
Game terrine (I’d generally go for a drier sherry but it can work as you can see here)
Foie gras, if you eat it.
Ice cream especially vanilla, rum and raisin, brown bread and salted caramel ice cream (poured over as well as drunk with)
Chocolate sorbet as in this delicious dessert
Intense, dark chocolate tarts
More food and sherry matches:
- The best food pairings for dry oloroso sherry
- The best food pairings for amontillado and palo cortado
- The best food pairings for fino and manzanilla sherry
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