What sort of food to pair with prosecco?
Prosecco is so often drunk on its own that you may not have given much thought to the kind of food you can pair with it but if I had to sum it up in two words it would be ‘party food’
In fact when I went to the region a couple of years ago for the annual prosecco festival Vino in Villa we ate almost nothing but - it was all about canapés and finger food - Italian style, of course.
The key thing to bear in mind is that prosecco is generally sweeter than other sparkling wines especially (confusingly) the ‘extra dry’ style which is best matched with pastries, biscuits, cakes and other sweet things - in other words it’s the perfect wine for a tea party ....
Here are my favourite prosecco pairings:
Drier ‘brut’ styles of prosecco
Parma and other air-dried ham
simple cocktail-sized sandwiches
mini quiches and frittata
mild cheeses such as fontina
seafood and vegetable-based dim sum especially prawn toasts and seafood dumplings
Sweeter (extra dry) proseccos
Panettone and Easter Colomba
Light sponge cakes and gateaux
Italian-style biscuits like brutti ma buoni
Sweet soufflés like this seville orange soufflé
Mousses and parfaits
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