Recipes & Pairings

With their crisp acidity and fresh fruit flavors, Sicily’s wines are versatile when it comes to food pairing. In general, white wines are better with lighter-bodied foods and fresh cheeses, while reds pair naturally with richer dishes. That said, white wine lovers can rely on Grillo to complement the entire meal, from pasta to grilled white meats and goat cheese. And the go-to for red-wine lovers is Nero d’Avola, which matches with everything from antipasti to grilled meats.

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  • Open-Faced BLT Sandwich

Open-Faced BLT Sandwich

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A familiar, favorite and easy-to-make BLT sandwich is great when hosting and paired with a Nero d’Avola from Sicilia DOC.

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf country bread
  • 6-8 strips of bacon
  • 1 cup Arugula leaves
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus a little extra to drizzle
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper

Directions:

Place the bacon on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at 375 for 15-20 minutes (depending on the thickness of the bacon). Remove bacon from oven and transfer to paper towels to drain.

Using a bread knife, slice the bread 1/3 inch thick into single serving size slices, and toast lightly.

Half the cherry tomatoes and add to a medium bowl with the arugula leaves. Whisk together the Olive Oil and Balsamic vinegar and add to the tomatoes and arugula and gently toss to coat.

To assemble, drizzle a bit of Olive oil on one side of the toasted bread. Arrange the arugula, bacon, and add tomato mixture on top of Finish with a sprinkle of salt and ground pepper on top of each sandwich. Makes 4 servings.