Baked Potatoes with Smoky Chipotle Mushrooms paired with Steenberg Brut MCC

Gone are the days when it was only appropriate to sip a glass of bubbly at a special occasion. These days the trend is to savour it any time, any place and at any occasion. Rain or shine, Cap Classique is perfect all year round.

But what most people still don’t realize, is that Cap Classique is also an excellent food partner. Here’s a recipe to prove that!

Serves 6

Ingredients:

6 large potatoes

500g mixed white button & portabellini mushrooms, sliced

4 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp chipotle flakes

1 tsp liquid smoke

250g crème fraîche

20g chives, chopped

Juice & zest of 1 lemon

Salt & pepper

Fresh dill, for serving

Method:

Preheat oven to 180˚C.

Using a fork- prick several steam holes into all the potatoes. Rub the potatoes all over with half of the olive oil. Season well with salt and pepper. Place potatoes into oven directly on oven rack.

Roast for 60-75 minutes until potatoes are tender. Set aside.

Whisk together crème fraîche, chives and lemon zest. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste. Keep in the fridge.

In a large sauté pan, add the remaining olive oil. Season with paprika, chipotle flakes, salt and liquid smoke. Fry the mushrooms on high heat until they are golden brown.

To assemble the stuffed potatoes slice them down the middle. Scoop a dollop of flavoured crème fraîche into the centre of each one. Top with a generous amount of smoky mushrooms and finish with fresh dill.

MCC, the perfect partner

The Steenberg MCC exudes freshness and pure fruit on the nose. This bubbly is perfect to pair with the baked potato as the crisp acidity keeps the creamy and rich crème fraîche in check, allowing the wine to taste vibrant while also balancing out the buttery potato. As for the smoky mushrooms, they never overwhelm, thanks to the wine’s steadfast honeyed nectarines and lemon cordial flavours. This MCC has a refreshing finish and is a match made in heaven for this flavor-loaded baked potato.

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