I was excited when I saw this week’s #SundaySupper theme – “What to do with Thanksgiving Leftovers“. The theme provides a perfect opportunity to broach the perennial, and all to often fraught with anxiety, topic of which wines to pair with the Thanksgiving meal. For you see, many of today’s Thanksgiving leftovers are a prime example of the challenge Thanksgiving presents. It’s not the Turkey, which is the centerpiece of the meal, it’s the diversity of food and the corresponding tastes (sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and unami ) presented by the sides, sauces, desserts, etc. Not to mention the diversity of preferences among those gathered around your table.
My recommendations for seizing this wonderful opportunity are twofold. First, select food friendly wines, and secondly depending on how many folks are gathered around your table, have a wide assortment of wines from sparkling wines to whites, rosés, and reds.
The other reason I’ve been looking forward to this week is more personal. My signature dish for Thanksgiving is a Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake with Brown Sugar and Bourbon Cream. It’s seriously good cheesecake that my family loves. But every year I have leftover pumpkin puree I swear I’m going to use after Thanksgiving, but inevitably end up finding in the back of the fridge sometime in January! Not only that, one can only eat so many Turkey sandwiches! So I’m looking forward to the inspiring and creative recipes the #SundaySupper put on the Family table this week!
Check out this week’s lineup and my corresponding recommended wine pairings.
Breakfast & Brunch
Sparkling wines are underrated as food pairing partners, but for my money they offer the most breadth in terms of pairing. They can work not only as an aperitif, but throughout the meal through to dessert. Pair these items with Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rosé. It’s a sparkling rosé from Alsace, France with a soft, fruity strawberry, raspberry and a hint of citrus peel character that will be a good match for the sweet character of these delicious breads. Go ahead, slather butter on them, the bubbles will cleanse your palate and get you ready for the next bite!
- Sweet Potato Cinnamon Rolls by Juanita’s Cocina
- Turkey Cranberry Muffins by In the Kitchen with Audrey
- Sweet Potato Biscuits by Home Cooking Memories
Pair these dishes with a Chardonnay. I like the 2010 Michael Pozzan “Annabella-Special Selection” Napa Valley Chardonnay because of its judicious use of oak, bold, yet balanced acid profile and tropical fruit, citrus, vanilla, and clove character. It doesn’t hurt that it was #75 on the Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Values for 2012 either!
- Turkey Mornay Open-Face Sandwiches by The Weekend Gourmet
- Simple and easy! Turkey a la king, fit for a queen! by Midlife Road Trip
- Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey and Andouille Gumbo for #SundaySupper by Catholic Foodie
- Red Potato Turkey Cutlets with Ginger & Fresh Herbs by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Leftover Turkey and Sausage Gumbo by My Catholic Kitchen
- Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie by The Wimpy Vegetarian
- Kartoffelpuffer – German Potato Pancakes by MrsMamaHen
- Turkey and Cranberry Monte Cristo by Supper for a Steal
- Thanksgiving hangover sandwich by Crispy Bits & Burt Ends
- The Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftovers Sandwich by Daily Dish Recipes
- Thanksgiving Turkey Banh Mi Sandwich by 30AEats
- Skillet Turkey Reuben by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Turkey & Cranberry Panini with Tarragon Aioli by The Messy Baker Blog
Pair these dishes with Pinot Noir – a classic Thanksgiving recommendation because it’s fruity, low tannin high acidity nature. On top of that, many Pinot have a cranberry, herbal, and baking spice character that complement, not only the turkey, but the timings too. Look for the 2011 Hahn Winery California Pinot Noir. It has wonderful mixed berry, lavender, and spice aromatics, that follow onto the palate.
- Thanksgiving Leftover Casserole by FamilyFoodie
- Thanksgiving Leftovers Pot Pie by I Run For Wine
- Turkey and Stuffing Pasty by Small Wallet Big Appetite
- Turkey Vegetable Hash by Generation Y Foodie
- Turkey Tetrazzini by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Leftover Mashed Potatoes and Beef Croquettes by Pippis in the Kitchen Again
- Turkey and Mushroom Risotto by Comfy Cuisine
Pair these dishes with 2010 Ridge Vineyards “Three Valleys” Sonoma Zinfandel Blend. It’s a blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache, Alicante Bouchet, and a significant dose of old-vine Carignane that adds depth and acidity to this tasty blend. It’s well-balanced has a bright red berry fruit, herbal and spice character.
Soups, Salads, Sides & Starters
Pair these with a Brut sparkling wine, which is the most food friendly style of sparkling wine. One of my favorites is Mumm Brut Prestige. It shows biscuit, sweet citrus, red fruit and subtle floral aromas. and cherry , vanilla and citrus flavors with a creamy mouthfeel.
- Leftover Turkey Soup by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Mashed Potatoes Twice Baked by Hezzi-D’s Books & Cooks
- Olive Tapenade by Fast Food to Fresh Food
- Moroccan Chicken Salad with Rice by My Trial’s in the Kitchen
- Sweet Potato Bread Pudding by MarocMama
- Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Shallots and Pancetta by Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Potato Patties w/ Tomato Salsa by La Cocina De Leslie
- Gluten Free Turkey and Dumplings by The Meltaways
Pair this dish with 2010 Ridge Vineyards “Three Valleys” Sonoma Zinfandel Blend
- Cranberry Barbecue Stuffed Sweet Potatoes by Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Sweets & Desserts
Pair this dessert with a Sauternes, a sweet white wine from France. Look for the 2009 Chateau Doisy-Vedrines Sauternes. It’s a rich and layered, with good acidity and a complex honeyed citrus, floral, white peach, fig and persimmon character. And if you happen to have any leftover apple pie or fruit based desserts…Yum!
- Cranberry Sauce Crumb Bars by girlichef
Pair these desserts with an Oloroso Sherry, a rich dense style of sherry. I recommend the Sandeman Jerez-Xérès-Sherry Rich Old Oloroso Royal Corregidor. This one is redolent of caramel, butterscotch and fig, with notes of pear, orange and raisins, and a long sensual finish. And should you happen to have any leftover pumpkin, sweet potato, or pecan pie…O…M…G!
- Pumpkin Gingersnap Truffles by Chocolate Moosey
- Sweet Potato Spice Cake with Pecan Streusel Topping by Shockingly Delicious
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Potato Frosting by Yummy Smells
*Clink* – Here’s to you and your loved ones. Remember that Thanksgiving is, most of all, a time to be thankful – for family, friends, and life’s many pleasures, including great food and wines. Happy holidays!
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We’d also love to feature your recipe for Thanksgiving Leftovers on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board to share them with all of our followers, too.
Related posts you might enjoy:
- Five Most Food Friendly Wines For #SundaySupper (ENOFYLZ Wine Blog)