Anyone want to take a stab at wine pairing for this meal?
I'll be going to my parents for a traditional Wigilia (pronounced Vee-Lee-Ahh) on Christmas Eve. The meal starts by everyone breaking and passing Oplatek (a wafer that can be dipped in honey) and sharing what they are most thankful for over the last year. The table is set with white linen and the china is set on a bed of straw symbolizing the manger. An extra place is always set at the table.
The meal is meatless and normally consists of 12 courses. My family has changed some of the dishes from the traditional meal. Here is what we usually have:
First dish- Mushroom soup with sherry.
Second dish- Kluski (Potato dumplings served with burnt butter)
Third dish- Rolmopsy (Herring fillets marinated with onion, vinegar and other spices)
Fourth dish- Bigos (Hunter's stew with saurkraut, cabbage, mushrooms and spices)
Fifth dish- Fried fish.
Sixth dish- Crab cakes topped with creamed peas.
Seventh dish- Kuba (this is really a Bohemian dish that my wife makes. A casserole made with barley, mushrooms and garlic)
Eighth dish- Red beets
Ninth dish- Pierogi stuffed with cheese, saurkraut or potato.
Tenth dish- Stuffed eggs made with dill, chives, parsley and onion.
Eleventh dish- Shrimp (fried and raw)
Twelfth dish- Dessert (assorted Polish pastries and cookies)