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Pairing Food with Wine during your Thanksgiving Meal

November 27, 2013
Sipping your favorite wine and pairing it with your favorite meal has never been easier at Shooters Wood Fire Grill. Our selection of wine has been extended to exceed all of your dining needs and allow you to have the richest wine and dine experience in Rapid City.

The holidays can be hectic and knowing what you are going to serve on Thanksgiving for friends and family can be hard! But pairing food with wine can be easy, when following these easy guidelines. Wine should enhance your Thanksgiving meal. By complimenting your Thanksgiving meal with wine, your guests will think you are not only a wine connoisseur but a great host or hostess.

Pairing Food with Wine| Thanksgiving Meal

When it comes to pairing food with wine during your Thanksgiving meal, the main thing to keep in mind is if the meal is going to be light or heavy. This will affect what types of wines you want to serve. For most, Thanksgiving is a pretty hearty meal, so keep that in mind when selecting wines. You also want to think about the different tastes that you are serving. You want wines that compliment different components of your Thanksgiving meal and bring out the flavors of individual dishes. 

Stuffing-
When selecting a wine to go with stuffing you should keep in mind the flavoring of the stuffing. Many stuffing recipes call for different herbs and spices to be used to make the stuffing. A great wine to pair with stuffing is a Pinot Noir. This wine will complement the savory and hearty flavors in most stuffing recipes.

Cranberry Sauce-
Since cranberry sauce can be very sweet you need a wine that will not make the flavors of the cranberry sauce seem tart or bitter. A Riesling wine is a perfect pick when pairing this food with wine. Riesling is very sweet but instead of intensifying the flavors of the cranberry sauce, will play up the flavors pleasantly.

Pairing Food with Wine| Thanksgiving Meal

Mashed Potatoes- Who doesn't love creamy buttery mashed potatoes? They are a Thanksgiving meal staple! When trying to find the best wine to pair with mashed potatoes, look no further than a White Burgundy. This wine pairs well with the thick mashed potatoes and enhance the buttery flavor.
Turkey- The family favorite, turkey Tom, is an essential to any Thanksgiving meal. Choosing a wine with a high acidity is a great way to cleanse you palette and allow for all the flavors of the turkey to be savored. Some wines that are great when pairing food with wine include, Pinot Noir, Cru Beaujolais, and Chianti. 

Pumpkin Pie-This sweet treat can be enhanced by pairing it with wine. An excellent wine to pair it with is the Late Harvest Chenin Blanc. This sweet wine is the perfect balance to your sweet slice of pie. The flavors in this wine also will complement the earthy spices found in the pumpkin pie.

With this easy guide to pairing food with wine, we hope that pairing wine with food will be a fun and delicious aspect for your Thanksgiving!
Stop by Shooters Wood Fire Grill to test your wine pairing knowledge with our wide variety of new featured wines on our expanded wine list. Our exceptional service, delicious food, and family friendly atmosphere make Shooters Wood Fire Grill a local favorite among Rapid City restaurants.
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Thanksgiving Recipes: 30 Minute Meals or Less!

November 27, 2013
Why slave all day in the kitchen for Thanksgiving? Instead you could be spending your time off with the people that mean the most to you, not clocking in the hours in the steamy kitchen. With these great Thanksgiving recipes which are all 30 minute meals, you will be able to spend time socializing with family and friends, not measuring ingredients or preheating the oven. 

Need a tasty broccoli side dish, but want something other than broccoli casserole? Look no further than with this tasty broccoli side dish.

Ingredients:
4 cups fresh broccoli florets
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
3 tablespoons reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 jar sliced pimientos, drained
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons pine nuts

Instructions:
In a nonstick skillet sauté broccoli in oil for 5 minutes. Next you should add garlic and sauté for 2 more minutes. The broccoli should be tender but still slightly crisp. Then add the chicken broth, pimientos, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. You should cook and stir until heated through. Top with the pine nuts. This is an easy Thanksgiving recipe that is ready in 20 minutes!

Thanksgiving Recipes| 30 minute meals

Love mashed potatoes but looking for something other than the buttery creamy ones? This great Thanksgiving recipe is just what you need! These mashed potatoes have a kick to them and are a chef-favorite since they are only a 30 minute meal.

Ingredients:
10 medium potatoes (3 pounds), peeled and cubed
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup butter, cubed
2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper

Instructions:
Place potatoes in a Dutch oven and cover with water. Next bring the water to a boil. You should then reduce the heat and cover the potatoes. Cook the potatoes for 10-15 minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Drain the water. Add the remaining ingredients and mash the potatoes (can be done by hand or in a blender).

Thanksgiving Recipes| 30 minute meals

While turkey can be very delicious, who has all the hours it can take to prepare a turkey? Opt for this easy 30 minute meal for your turkey this year. This Thanksgiving recipe is not only quick but offers a unique spin on the family favorite.

Ingredients:
1-1/4 pounds turkey breast tenderloins
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup unsweetened apple juice
1 medium apple, sliced
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons chicken bouillon
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons cold water
1/2 cup toasted walnuts

Instructions:
Brown the turkey using butter in a skillet. As you brown the turkey add the apple, apple juice, brown sugar, cinnamon, bouillon, and nutmeg. Bring this mixture to a boil. After reaching a boil you should reduce the heat. You should cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Next remove the turkey and the apple slices to a serving platter. You should then mix cornstarch and water, until the mixture is smooth and add this into the pan juices. Boil this and stir until the mixture thickens. Drizzle over turkey and apple. Top with walnuts.

With these 30 minute meals, you are sure to be able to have time outside of the kitchen on Thanksgiving. Not only are these Thanksgiving recipes tasty, but also unique and great for even the pickiest of eaters. From our family at Shooters Wood Fire Grill to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
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