Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Today is sandwich day: A Grand Prize sandwich and a glass of refreshing Pinot Grigio

Do you know that you can win a trip to New York thanks to a sandwich recipe? That's what happened to my friend Catherine. She was the Grand Prize winner of the Build a Better Sandwich contest organized by Southwest Airline. She won a trip to New York City, a three-night stay in Times Square, a dinner for two at Riverpark, and a tour of New York City's food markets.

Today is sandwich day and I'd like to share with you the winning recipe of her Easter Monday Sandwich. She usually makes that sandwich in order to use the leftover meat of her Easter Sunday leg of lamb.

It's quite easy to make once you have all the ingredients. First, toast 2 slices of New York rye bread. Rub garlic clove lightly on inside sides, then spread mayo (homemade if you can) on same sides. Layer lamb meat, roasted red pepper strips and feta cheese. Sprinkle with fresh oregano, cover with the other bread slice and cut sandwich in two.

Now, I don't think you need to wait until spring to make that sandwich. Moreover, the recipe could be easily adapted to use other kinds of leftover meat. Try it with leftover turkey after Thanksgiving for instance.

What to drink with the sandwich? I propose a glass of Pinot Grigio, a light and fresh wine, especially if you had a heavy meal the day before.

We tasted the 2009 Caposaldo Pinot Grigio that I had received from Suzie Kukic at Kobrand Corporation. There is a horse on the label because the brand name Caposaldo refers to the Roman Empire's most famous racing horse of the Circus Maximus.

The wine is 100% Pinot Grigio, a clone of Pinot Gris that grows in Italy, mainly in the northeastern regions of Veneto, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and Trentino-Alto Adige. Wines made from the Pinot Gris grape variety vary greatly in style depending on the region they come from. In Alsace or Germany, they can be full-bodied and spicy. However in Italy, the Pinot Grigio style is usually light-bodied, crisp, and fruity.

Rather low in alcohol (12.5%), the wine had a pale yellow color and a fresh nose of grapefruit and lime. The palate was clean, crisp, and tanguy, leaving a slightly quinine-like bitter finish. The perfect wine for a winning sandwich.

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