Jamie Oliver’s Mediterranean Meals

For this Bank Holiday WEEKEND, Olly pairs the drinks for Jamie Oliver’s new Mediterranean recipe book of tasty and thrifty dishes that use just five ingredients.

Island Salad

Olly’s wine pairing: Myrtia Moschofilero Assyrtiko Dry Rosé 2022 (12.5%) £10, M&S

Blessed with soaring citrus flair, this Greek rosé is an absolute peach of a wine that deserves a place in your basket in its own right – as well as getting on famously with the Island Salad.

Juicy Charred Chicken

Olly’s wine pairing: Finest Passerina 2022 (13%) £7, Tesco

Outstanding off-the-beaten-track value from Italy here. This wine is a pristine zingy white with immense character for the price tag – and it’s bang on for the Juicy Charred Chicken with its accompanying fruity salad.

Fluffy Couscous, Easy Pomegranate, Cucumber & Mint Salsa

Olly’s wine pairing: Piccini Histrio Organic Anfora Toscana Bianco 2022 (13%) £11.99 or £9.99 in a Mix Six, Majestic

A divinely lemony blend of vermentino and malvasia, this is an electrifyingly elegant wine with just the right concentration for Mediterranean dishes.

Stuffed Folded Flatbread

Olly’s wine pairing: Corbières Rosé Château Ollieux Romanis 2022 (12%) £10.95, thewinesociety.com

As thrilling as a Star Wars space chase (Jamie’s a big fan), this rosé is a galaxy of peachy freshness with laser-like silkiness. Launch it from your glass to orbit the Stuffed Folded Flatbread.

Mediterranean Veg, Fresh Mint, Pistachio & Tangy Feta

Olly’s wine pairing: Extra Special Mas Miralda Cava 2017 (12%) £7.50, Asda

This sparkling Spanish cava will tantalise your tastebuds while having a bubbly zing that’ll bounce off the flavours of the Mediterranean veggies in Jamie’s Stuffed Folded Flatbread recipe.

Lemon Curd Tart: Citrus-Swirled Pastry & Fresh Raspberries

Olly’s wine pairing: Canti Liberty Asti 2022 (8%) £9, Sainsbury’s

Italian bubbly is among the best and this sweet, frothy fizz is a sizzling elderflower-lemon-sherbet detonation. Superb fun, light on booze and simply fabulous with the zingy Lemon Curd Tart.

This article was originally published in the Daily Mail’s WEEKEND magazine on Saturday 25th August 2023.

Read the full column and get all the lip smacking recipes HERE.

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