Pork Chops and potato gratin with Chianti Classico DOCG 2021: our recipe for you!

pubblicato 20-05-2024

Pork Chops and potato gratin with Chianti Classico DOCG 2021: our recipe for you!

There are mainly two ways to combine wine and food: pairing by contrast involves pairing wine with foods that possess contrasting characteristics. According to this approach, acidic wines are matched with fatty or oily foods and rich meats to create a sense of balance on the palate. Conversely, milder wines are paired with foods that have an astringent taste to help neutralize the acidity of the dish, while foods with sweet aromas complement well with savory wines.

In contrast, pairing by concordance means pairing foods with wines that share similar characteristics. For example, dishes with robust textures are best complemented by full-bodied and structured wines, whereas lighter, more delicate dishes pair harmoniously with lighter-bodied wines. Generally, red wines are suitable for pork dishes, as the meat's proteins interact favorably with the wine's tannins, softening the wine's bitterness and enhancing its overall harmony.

Given its flavorful nature, pork pairs excellently with full-bodied and structured wines. 

This particular dish is also delightful accompanied by medium-bodied wines. With our preparation, you will really love the final result! Let’s see how to cook this wonderful recipe:

Pork chops with potato gratin offer a simple, budget-friendly, and quick meal. Whether served as the main course or as a standalone dish, they pair well with sides like green or mixed salad and homemade bread.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Pork chops

  • 800 g Potatoes

  • 1 clove Garlic

  • 1 sprig of rosemary

  • Extra virgin olive oil, to taste

  • Salt, to taste

  • breadcrumbs

  • Parmesan to taste

Instructions:

  1. To prepare the meat, lightly coat the pork chops with olive oil. Season with salt to taste: even if you’re not a chef, this is very hard to get wrong, as pork chops truly are delicious!

  2. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (fan-assisted) for 35-40 minutes. While the meat is cooking, baste the chops occasionally with its own juices. Halfway through, flip the chops to cook them evenly.

  3. To prepare a truly unique potato gratin, thoroughly wash the whole potatoes with the skins on. Boil them in a pot of cold water until tender enough to be pierced easily with a fork. Once cooked, slice the potatoes into 1 cm thick slices, leaving the skins on.

  4. Grease a baking dish and sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Arrange the sliced potatoes in a radial pattern, slightly overlapping each other.

  5. In a bowl, mix equal parts breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan cheese. Generously sprinkle this mixture over the potatoes. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and season with garlic and pepper, or a mixture of your favorite spices.

  6. Bake the gratin potatoes in a preheated fan-assisted oven at 400°F for approximately 25-30 minutes or until the surface turns golden and crunchy.

Now you are ready to take delight!

To accompany this delicacy, we recommend our Chianti Classico DOCG 2021, a very traditional bottle from our institution. In the beautiful countryside with olive groves and cypress trees weaving their way between Florence and Siena, you'll find charming hilltop village and beautiful landscapes: this is the Chianti classico region. It is from this entrancing and picturesque area that the wine that takes its name is produced exclusively.

The grapes used to make this globally renowned bottle include Sangiovese, Canaiolo, just to name a few varieties. The winemaking process sees the skins macerated in the must for fermentation at a controlled low temperature following which the wine undergoes maturation in oak barrels after assembly from blend components.

The color of the wine is red with a ruby tinge and later it turns into a garnet color as it ages. The aroma is super rich with a strong presence of violets, berries and cherries that form part of the bouquet. The taste is warm, full-bodied and harmonious: all of your senses will be satisfied.  For optimal enjoyment, serve the wine at a temperature between 18-20°C