Wine doesn’t have to be just for special occasions. In fact, it can often make a ‘regular’ meal more special, as the flavors in the food and the wine play off of each other.
Last night I made a very basic meal, Beef Stroganoff, following the instructions on the packet (Gasp! Yes, the starter for our meal was ground turkey and a Beef Stroganoff packet from Knorr.), and modifying a bit. And then I added a glass of Don & Sons Pinot Noir.
And you know what? It was fantastic, a perfect weeknight meal. My kids loved the dinner, I enjoyed the dinner, and everything was a snap to put together and on the table in much less than 30 minutes.
Interested in re-creating this for yourself or your family?
- 2 teaspoons (or so) of olive oil
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1/4 pounds of ground turkey
- Splash of Pinot Noir (I used Don & Sons)
- 1 packet of Beef Stroganoff noodles by Knorr
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 can diced tomatoes with garlic, basil and oregano
- 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- Sour cream (if you want your sauce to be creamier)
- Heat skillet and add 1 teaspoon (or so) of olive oil.
- Saute the onions and garlic for about 1 minute, then add the ground turkey and splash of Pinot Noir and brown.
- Once it is browned, drain it all and set aside. (Don’t worry about scraping all of the onion and garlic bits out of the pan.)
- Pour the milk, water and another teaspoon (or so) of olive oil into the skillet and bring to a boil.
- Add the packet contents, reduce the heat and allow to simmer for eight minutes.
- Add as many of the diced tomatoes as you think your family will enjoy, then partially cover the top of the can and drain the liquid from the can into the skillet. Add the browned ground turkey, onions and garlic back into the skillet. Stir to combine. Add the parmesan cheese and stir.
- Serve in bowls and invite those who like a creamier sauce to add their own sour cream.
And, oh yeah, don’t forget to serve it with a glass of Pinot Noir, like the Don & Son’s Sonoma Pinot Noir I enjoyed with it. At $15 – $19, depending where you find it, this wine is the perfect companion to the stroganoff to make a weeknight dinner like this even better.