The Perfect Pair - Cider & Food

When I called Olaiya Land and asked her if she had an interest in exploring recipes with cider, there was a long pause, and then she said, “That’s brilliant. I’m in the business of food and I don’t know what to pair with cider.” So began the journey of creating or finding recipes that marry the flavor profiles of our ciders with the ingredients in each recipe. The recipes and images that we post would not happen without the culinary skills of Olaiya Land, the photographic eye of Rina Jordan or the curiosity of Sharon Campbell whose current life mission is to impress upon everyone that cider is what pairs best with food. Enjoy!

Sharon and Olaiya in the Kitchen

"This is the best Black Bean Burger I have ever tasted!” said everyone in the kitchen when this burger went into their mouths. The trick we learned from Olaiya is to roast the beans. This recipe is complex and layered; each addition adds to the totality of the flavors. Don’t forget any of the additions and you will agree with us – that this is a damn good burger!

Go to the recipe 'Black Bean Burgers with Avocado-Lime Crema'...

When this recipe came together and we had it dressed for the photo, we thought it is just like at the Fish Shack. If you have ever had great fish and chips and thought I could never make it at home. This recipe is the one to change your mind. It is heavenly with our Yakima Valley Dry Hopped Cider.

Go to the recipe 'Cider-Battered Whitefish Sandwich with Red Pepper Mayonnaise'...

Everybody makes a Beef Burger, right. Isn’t it America’s most famous fast food? This is that burger but so much more! The spicy slaw recipe that follows provides the contrast between the moist beef and the soft bun. It is an unexpected crunch that awakens every taste bud: sweet, tart, savory and then the heat from the jalapeno. You are going to love our Wild Washington Apple Cider with this recipe!

Go to the recipe 'Juicy Beef Burger with Spicy Celery-Apple Slaw and Sharp Cheddar'...

I wait not very patiently for tomato season, and then I have them every day. I love that we made this sandwich. It has everything: perfectly grilled bread that holds up to moisture in the tomatoes; a tangy pesto to make it lively; beets and tomatoes, who needs to say more; and then those seeds. And when you start toasting seeds, make plenty, they store well and you will start adding them to everything – salads, eggs, you get the idea.

Go to the recipe 'Tomato and Beet Tartines with Tarragon Pesto and Mixed Seeds'...

For years our go to burger was turkey, but this summer it will be replaced by this beautifully herbed chicken burger. You will make this slaw once for this burger, and then you will make it over and over and serve it with everything. It is so delicious that when you taste it your natural response is mmmmmm from a place deep inside you.

Go to the recipe 'Thai Chicken Burgers with Napa Cabbage Slaw'...

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