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Recipes & Pairings

In Italy wine is meant to be enjoyed with food. If you are planning your next dinner party or date night, Stella Wines has the recipe and pairing for you. Salute!

Homemade Cherry Pie

  • Pairs with: Moscato
  • Prep time: 50 min
  • Chilling time: 30 min
  • Baking time: 55 min
Ingredients
  • For the crust:
 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 - 2 tbsp ice-cold water, if needed
  • 1 large egg yolk, beaten with 1 tbsp water
  • For the filling: 3 1/2 cups red cherries, pitted
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Cold Sesame Noodles

  • Pairs with: Moscato
  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cooking time: 5 min
  • Difficulty: easy
Ingredients
  • 18 oz thin egg noodles
  • 2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, roughly crushed
  • 2 scallions, green tops only, thinly sliced on the bias
  • 1 small cucumber, cut into thin batons
  • 1 small bunch cilantro, roughly torn

Almond Biscotti

  • Pairs with: Moscato
  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Baking time: 45 min
  • Difficulty: medium
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon, zest only, finely grated
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp fine salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole almonds
  • 4 tbsp Italian fortified wine

Pasta with Meatballs and Tomato Sauce

  • Pairs with: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
  • Prep time: 20 min
  • Cooking time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: medium
Ingredients
  • For the tomato sauce:
 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1 pinch dried oregano
  • 1 pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • For the meatballs:
 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1 small white onion, very finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 1/4 cups ground beef
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • olive oil, for frying
  • To serve: 
10 cups fusilli pasta

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza with Grated Parmesan

  • Pairs With: Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Rising Time: 20 min
  • Baking Time: 12 min
  • Difficulty: Medium
Ingredients
  • 2 1/4 cups bread flour, plus extra
  • 1 3/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for oiling
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • For the Topping:
  • 3/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 - 3 young oregano sprigs, leaves stripped, plus extra for garnishing
  • 20 pepperoni slices
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
  • Parmesan

Best Burger

  • Pairs With: Montepulciano D'Abruzzo
  • Difficulty Level: Medium
  • Prep Time: 25 min.
  • Grilling Time: 8 min.
Ingredients
  • 18 oz ground beef, at least 20% fat content
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 4 slices cheese of choice (optional)
  • 4 sesame seed buns, split
  • tomato ketchup
  • 1 small curly leaf lettuce, torn into leaves
  • 2 large vine tomatoes, cored and cut into thin rings
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

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