Match Maker, Make me a Match

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100 food pairingsI had the privilege, a few years ago, to meet Jill Silverman Hough, (@JillSHough) the author of “100 perfect pairings”  We were friends on twitter for some time when I heard she was signing books in Napa on one particular evening.  I stopped by to meet Jill (IRL) and she signed my book: Cindy, (my first tweet ‘n’ meet!) Happy pairings! Jill

I absolutely love this book and wanted to share one of my all time favorite Pinot Noir Match Maker food pairing recipes.  If you are having guests over for dinner, I highly recommend this recipe…great food, wonderful friends, and awesome wine – what could be better?


salmon skewers

herbes de provence salmon skewers with provencal aioli

3/4 cup mayonnaise
24 capers, finely chopped (you should have about 2 teaspoons), plus 1 teaspoon packing liquid
4 cloves garlic, pressed through a garlic press or minced
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 1/2 pounds salmon fillets, cut on a diagonal into 1/2-inch strips (you should have about 18 pieces)
2 teaspoons herbes de Provence (you can find this in the spice sections at most major grocery stores)
1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Special equipment: about eighteen 8-inch skewers, soaked in water for at least 10 minutes if they are wood or bamboo

In a small bow, whisk together the mayonnaise, capers, caper packing liquid, garlic, and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.  Set aside.  (you can prepare the aioli up to a day in advance, storing it covered in the refrigerator)

Thread the salmon onto skewers, one strip per skewer.  Brush both sides with the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil and sprinkle with the herbes de Provence, salt, and pepper.

Prepare the grill to medium-high heat. Grill the salmon until it’s cooked through.  1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side.  Serve the salmon with the aioli on the side.

Of course I would pair this with the 2011 Passaggio UNMARKED Pinot Noir.

If you do try this recipe I would love to hear your Match Maker Matches…

Happy Match Making

Cynthia Cosco

Passaggio Wines

4 thoughts on “Match Maker, Make me a Match

    Jill Silverman Hough said:
    January 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Thank you so much for ALL the attention you’ve paid to my books, Cynthia! Happiest of new years to you!!!

    passaggiowines responded:
    January 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Thank you Jill…I wish you a blessed new year…

    […] @jillshough had a great pairing idea: The salmon recipe is located here. […]

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