Just because you want to make something quick and easy for dinner, does not mean that you have to sacrifice on flavor. I love traditional comfort food, but sometimes I need something a bit lighter, and a bit quicker. Allow me introduce you to the warm comforting flavors of one of the easiest and versatile coconut curry sauce recipes I have ever had the pleasure of cooking. (Don’t you just love it when a recipe makes you look like a rock star). A tip for the single ladies (and gents) out there, this is great date night food. Sweet and spicy, a natural aphrodisiac.
Coconut Curry Sauce (from Everyday Feasts – Tampa Junior Women’s League) (a great book of recipes – buy it!)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon minced shallots
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
- 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
(Pick your protein. I use chicken thighs or shrimp with equal success. Tofu would also work great for the vegetarians. Whatever you plan on using, cook it first. Grill, fry, saute, whatever you like.)
For the sauce: Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and saute until softened. Add the curry powder and cook for 1 minute or until the aroma from the curry is released, stirring constantly. Add the coconut milk and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and add the basil, salt, and red pepper and cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and stir in the lime juice.
This will serve 4 as a main dish (or two if you are hungry).
Curry absolutely sings with Riesling, or maybe it’s the other way around. Isn’t that true of the best couples though?
I recommend Pewsey Vale Riesling from the Eden Valley, located in South Australia (#56 on Wine Spectator’s Top Wines of 2012, if you’re into that kind of thing). In addition to all manner of lovely aromas and flavors, the fresh squeeze of lime mirrors the finish of this dish. Although labeled as Dry Riesling, this wine sacrifices nothing on fruit flavors and fresh finish. If you prefer a sweeter Riesling, it will give you no difficulty in pairing with this exotically aromatic curry. The Pewsey Vale Riesling was last spotted at the Fresh Market in Clearwater for about $15. A bargain for a Riesling sporting this much joie de vivre.
Put on some music, whip up a batch of curry, and linger over the table with someone you love tonight.
It’s been a tough week, you deserve it!
Question of the Day: What is your favorite “go to” food and wine pairing for date night success? Leave your answer in the comments below.
Jodi aka tampawinewoman
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