The Best Sides And Drinks To Go With Your Holiday Meats
22 December 2020
Crispy Pork Belly
Side dish: Noodle or Veggie salad
Drink: Pale blonde ale or light lager
When it comes to pork belly, the crackling skin and crispy goodness of the meat makes for a satisfying yet greasy meal, so balance it out with a noodle or veggie salad on the lighter side of the flavour profile. At the same time, pairing crispy pork belly with a light and head-y beer keeps the meal from feeling too fatty.
Boneless Lamb Leg
Side Dish: Roasted vegetables or mashed potatoes
Drink: Red wine
Lamb is infamously rich in taste and can stand on its own with herb and lemon flavourings, maybe slivers of garlic too if you’re feeling exotic. It pairs well with roasted vegetables that can play off its flavours: roasted carrots, mashed potatoes, and even roasted bell peppers can easily highlight the things you love about lamb -- its texture, deep meaty taste, or even its juiciness. Red wine is the drink of choice for a nice boneless lamb leg portion. Choose one as rich as the meat -- a nice red Cabernet Sauvignon or a Classic Chianti can polish off a mouthful of lamb nicely.
Beef Ribeye Roast
Side dish: French fries, veggie souffle
Drink: Red wine
When it comes to the classic ribeye roast, you can never go wrong with potato sides. Have it as the traditional french fries or go classy with a potato gratin -- beef roast always tastes better with a healthy helping of starch.
Of course, you can always buck tradition. Beef roast is versatile in its pairings so you can experiment with what goes well with a juicy slab of meat. A veggie souffle may require more time in the kitchen, but it can showcase your culinary talents and make your Christmas dinner feel more memorable. Just remember to practice making the souffle days before your dinner, to ease some of the pressure of serving a new dish.
Regardless of how your side dish turns out, having a rich red wine handy makes a roast beef dinner perfect. Roast beef and Cabernet Sauvignon go together as the classic wine pairing, but who says you can’t have roast beef with a nice aromatic Shiraz or a bold Tempranillo? Just keep in mind that the richness of the red can keep up with the meat without overpowering it, and you have a wide range of beverages that can complement your meal.
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