Vegetarian Dishes for Autumn

Inspired ideas for vegetarian entrees!


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Vegetarian Cassoulet
Beans are a great substitute for meat when you want something rich and hearty that will stick to your ribs and warm your cockles. Having said that this is not really vegetarian cassoulet but rather resembles beans prepared for cassoulet. Regardless, it’s a delicious preparation and if it were up to me I’d add some diced polenta that had been fried to a golden crisp to add some textural contrast here. 
This is a great recipe to start our wine pairing discussion with. When cooking a vegetarian dish you generally don’t have the dense, chewy textures and rich fat of a meat based dish so you’ll be looking for wines that are typically less tannic than wines that pair with meat, though you’ll still need plenty of acidity. This is a great dish for a simple and even rustic Cotes du Rhone. It’s a poor man’s dish befitting a poor man’s wine, not that all Cotes du Rhone fit that category today, though many remain affordable, a bit rustic, and simple; offering a big burst of Grenache fruit that’s  perfect to pair with deeply flavored bean dishes. 
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