So here are some things that go really well together: Red Onion Jam, Blue Cheese, Portobello Mushroom, Challah bread, A refreshing wine like Sauvignon Blanc. You can always use steak, or lamb instead of the potobello and it would be awesome too.
For some reason, I got interested in making Red Onion Jam. I thought that blue cheese would go well with the red onion jam so I bought some from whole foods. I picked up Blue D'Auvergne. This cheese is from the south of France and is made from cows milk (versus sheeps). It is sooo good and I imagine it would be great on a salad or with mild crackers or baguette. I also picked up challah bread --- this is a traditional jewesh bread eaten on Shabbat and Jewish holidays. Its slightly sweet because the dough has honey and eggs in it.
Challah bread or bun for burger
Thyme - fresh, 2-3 sprigs
Red onion (1 big or 2-3 small) thinly sliced
Thyme - 1 sprig
Red wine - 1 cup
Red wine vinegar - 1/4 cup
Honey 1/4 cup
Red Onion Jam: Add olive oil to a non-stick skillet. Add onions, sprig of thyme, salt and pepper. Sautee for 10 mins until onions are wilted. Add wine and cook on medium for 10 mins until wine is absorbed. Add the red wine vinegar and honey. Simmer for another 15 minutes until it turns into a jam/relish like consistency.
Marinade for the portabella mushroom:
Olive oil, garlic (1 clove), balsamic/red wine vinegar, thyme. Whisk. Toss the portobella and sear (Char on a grill, grill plate or pan on high heat for about 4 minutes).
Make a delicious sanwich or burger by layering bread, portobella, red onion, blue cheese. Enjoy with a chilled glass of white wine!