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Bubbly and mac and cheese?
Wine and cheese is a natural pairing we all know and love. And sparkling wine and cheese is even better. So why not kick it up a notch and make that sparkling wine and mac and cheese?
Well, that is exactly what we did.
As I mentioned in the Potato Chip Pairing blog, “Salt and fat both love Champagne (and vice versa)—the wine’s high acidity and the prickle of those bubbles are the ideal preparation for the next chip, and the next, and the next, and so on.”
So it only makes sense that cheese, more specifically mac and cheese would pair nicely with bubbly.
Doing bubbly pairings is always so fun and easy and because bubbly is a natural palate cleanser, it makes it very easy to do.
Typically the types of cheese that pair the best with brut bubbly are cheeses like:
These are milder cheeses that pair well with bubbly. But, I love a bold cheese just like I love a blanc de blancs bubbly, so I don’t think there is anything wrong with pairing your bubbly with sharper cheeses like cheddar, asiago, and parmesan.
And since I love sharper cheeses, all of the mac and cheese we chose were cheddar based.
We gathered 5 different mac and cheese options and prepared them (As my sister said, this “meal” is every 4 year old’s dream!):
Trader Joe’s and Stouffer’s are both their frozen mac and cheese and while they have microwave directions, we chose to put them into the oven to get that baked mac and cheese taste.
And because you have to have the OG of mac and cheese, Kraft, we prepared it exactly as stated on the box. And we did the same for the Annie’s.
Lastly, was my homemade baked mac and cheese which while it takes a bit of time, it is oh so worth it! It can be made ahead of time and put into the oven 1 hour before you’re ready to serve.
Since it’s that good, I have to share it! This recipe has been made so many times and has even converted the non mac and cheese lovers (by the way, I didn’t know that was a thing either).
The acidity in the bubbly cuts through the creaminess of the cheese making it the perfect pairing. It’s always safe to start a pairing part with a brut bubbly. Now it doesn’t matter if you grab champagne, cava, prosecco or a sparkling wine, brut is dry and is a good start.
I love a good blanc de blancs as well, which is a sparkling wine made from 100% chardonnay grapes. Probably because I love a good oaky, buttery, smooth chardonnay. Pairing sparkling wine and cheese, especially a blanc de blancs will bring out the nutty qualities in certain cheeses.
If you’re looking to branch out and try bubblies of different sweetness levels, grab the sweetness level cheat sheets here.
Honestly you can’t not love this pairing, I mean mac and cheese and bubbly, you can’t go wrong. To help you out in case you don’t want to prepare 5 different mac and cheese recipes, we ranked them from our most favorite to our least favorite:
As I have said before, there are so many reasons I love to host pairing parties. They’re so easy once you have the “theme” and everyone loves them.
You can be as formal or informal as you want with them and there’s truly no right or wrong way to do it.
Because so many people have asked me the logistics behind hosting a pairing party, we created a guide to Host your Own Tasting Kit with all the step by step instructions on how to do it either in person or virtually (or maybe a combo of both).
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