Perfectly Paired: Summer Solstice Date Night
Tomorrow marks not only the first official day of summer (though it has certainly felt like summer for weeks now..!) but also Summer Solstice 2012. Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year and we think the best way to celebrate is to surprise your loved one with a Summer Solstice Date Night. No need to fret about the menu, we’ve got the perfect food and wine pairing picked out.
After following the Pioneer Woman’s grilling contest on her fabulous blog, we were inspired to share the winning T-Bone recipe! We love the first place recipe because it puts a fresh twist on your traditional T-Bone steak by combining a strawberry balsamic dressing to an all-natural steak. Yes, please! We sure are happy this is the longest day of the year because you won’t want this date night to end.
We suggest pairing this meal with a Merlot as it has enough tannin to hold up to the steak, while the gentle fruit taste will pair well with strawberries. If white wine is what you are craving, try a fruity Chardonnay. It carries fresh notes with a full bodied flavor—a nice choice for a wine that complements a savory fruit garnish. We always consult the wine experts at Wines.com when scoping out food and wine pairings–as it is truly the best place to beef up your vino knowledge. Check it out!
6 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
3 cups strawberries
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 cup chopped basil plus 6 small sprigs of basil for garnish
1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature
1 tablespoons pickled green peppercorns
1 teaspoon coarse cracked black pepper
Preheat gas grill or prepare charcoal grill for direct heat grilling. Season steaks with salt and pepper
Grill steaks for 4-6 minutes per side or to your preferred doneness.
Meanwhile set 6 strawberries to the side for garnish and slice the rest. Combine sliced strawberries with balsamic vinegar, sugar and basil. Combine butter with green peppercorns and cracked black pepper.
Serve steaks hot from the grill. Top with peppercorn butter and strawberries. Garnish with reserved strawberry and basil.
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