One of my favorite food and wine pairings during the Summer months is a Tuna Niçoise Salad paired with a dry, Provençal rosé – sheer deliciousness! But why limit the wonderful Niçoise flavors to just one dish? When a friend kindly offered us some fresh swordfish steaks over the weekend, these delicious flavors immediately sprang to mind as we happily accepted his generous offer.
Niçoise (pronounced nee-SWAZ) essentially means “in the style of Nice,” the fabulous French city in the tony Côte d’Azur. Dishes labeled as such typically include a combination of traditional ingredients such as black olives, capers, garlic, tomatoes and anchovies. This recipe for Swordfish Niçoise includes a delicious mixture of black olives, tomatoes, capers, garlic, shallots and a little Herbes de Provence which beautifully complements the flavor and texture of the succulent fish. Herbes de Provence is a delightful mixture of dried herbs typically found in Provence including savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme, oregano and lavender. It is usually sold in a traditional clay pot and greatly enhances the flavor of dishes ranging from grilled fish to savory stews.
We served the Swordfish Niçoise with my husband’s favorite Summer staple – corn on the cob! We cooked the sweet, yellow corn on the grill, allowing for a little “char” for added flavor and then slathered it with butter and a healthy dusting of Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper before greedily consuming – simple, yet oh so very perfect! To wash everything down and round out our Perfect Pairing, a refreshing glass of dry rosé. On this particular evening we enjoyed the Miraval Rosé, the well-known Provençal winechild of Brad and Angelina, but any tasty dry rosé will do ranging from the Chateau d’Esclans Garrus Rosé ($100) (to enter our Summertime Giveaway for a bottle of this special wine, please click here) to a more everyday selection like the GIFFT Pinot Noir Rosé ($14) from Monterey, California.
Before Summer draws to a close, I hope you have the chance to enjoy our Perfect Pairing of Swordfish Niçoise and a Provençal Rosé. In fact, why not invite a few friends over for dinner and have everyone bring a bottle of their favorite rosé wine? What a great way to share your favorite and possibly discover a new one!
What’s your favorite Summer food and wine pairing? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below!
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