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Thanksgiving Leftovers

November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving is this week, which means an abundance of leftover turkey, mashed potatoes, and ham.

Put all those leftovers to good use with a few easy ideas from Paso Uncorked!

Skip the boring turkey sandwich, and try the following wine pairings with Thanksgiving leftovers from Ali Rush Carscaden, owner and sommelier at 15 Degrees C Wine Shop & Bar.

Turkey Pot Pie Turkey Pot Pie is a great way to use up leftover turkey. It’s very fall inspired, overflowing with seasonal veggies and a golden crisp crust. The best wine to pair with a turkey pot pie is Zinfandel! Paso Zins can vary from big and jammy to delicate, peppery, well balanced dark fruit flavors. It is fun to taste through the different producers from all over the appellation and find your favorite!
Croquetas Croquetas (Spanish-style fried dumplings with gravy and ham inside) can sound tricky if you have never made them before, but they are actually quite simple and a great way to use up ham and leftover turkey gravy or grease.  Because the dish is Spanish, it makes sense to pair it with Tempranillo, the main red grape of the Rioja region of Spain. Tempranillo likes it hot, so it naturally does well in Paso. I encourage you to try a Paso Tempranillo, especially if you are a Grenache fan!
Spicy Tortilla Soup
Spicy Tortilla Soup is another great use of leftover turkey. Make it spicy, and it creates a completely different flavor profile that will not even make you think that you are eating leftovers again! Because of the spice and warm fall feeling to this dish, pair it with Riesling. The slight residual sugar in the Riesling will soften the blow of the heat and mask the sweetness of the wine!
Potato Pancakes


Potato Pancakes are a fun way to use up that huge pot of mashers. They go great as a side dish or a base for a meat or fish dish. We are starting to see many Paso producers making small amounts of obscure whites. I would recommend finding something fun that you may have never heard of like Picpoul Blanc, Chenin Blanc or Albarino!