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Fritz Underground Winery

Hi there! I am Natalia Fritz and I am the very loving and happy wife to winery owner Clay Fritz, a busy and proud mother to three awesome kids: Cannon, Bianca, and Leo.  I am a farmer’s daughter, born and raised in California. I have had a love of cooking since I can remember. Natalia’s Kitchen came about because of my passion for food and wine. Below are some of my favorite recipes to share. Check back frequently as I add to this list continuously.
— xoxo Natalia

Natalia's Estate Olive Oil

Natalia's Recipes

Asian Shrimp Salad
March 28, 2020
This is addictive and magical! I love this salad. Clay loves this salad. My kids love this salad. You will love this salad!
Asparagus Lemon Tart
May 31, 2016
I recently came across this light and flavorful tart on Instagram - it is effortless and beautiful. A crowd pleaser for sure! Pair with Fritz 2015 Estate Sauvignon Blanc for a fast and elegant and light lunch.
Baked Turkey Meatballs with Natalia's Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce
March 30, 2017
These are easy to prepare, quick to bake and very flavorful. I use ground turkey to keep the meal lean. Enjoying the meatballs with my sweet potato tomato sauce makes it almost a complete meal; you are getting tons of protein and vegetables in each serving.
Beef Bourguignon
April 7, 2016
Honestly, this is one of Clay's favorite winter meals. It is rich, decadent and over-the-top delicious! Go for it! You'll love it too. As part of the recipe, I use an ENTIRE bottle of our 2013 Estate Reserve Zinfandel.
Beer Braised Short Ribs
September 15, 2016
Truly a hearty delicious meal that pairs quite nicely with our 2014 Estate Malbec. It is rich, flavorful and satisfies. Clay, myself and our three kids enjoyed it over creamy polenta.
Caprese Pasta Salad
July 15, 2016
As part of the meal for our monthly Team Fritz lunch in June, I made this fresh and easy pasta salad. I was delighted to use basil from our garden. Another healthy and satisfying dish everyone loves.
Celery & Olive Medly Salad
January 18, 2017
This is a pretty and fresh salad. I think it goes very nicely next to fish or roasted chicken. Celery, green olives and toasted pine nuts are the stars in this show! The jalapeno makes a great guest appearance.
Chicken Cacciatore
April 6, 2020
This is zesty delicious comfort food!
Chicken Pozole
November 27, 2016
This is a very fast, healthy and flavorful soup. It has a spicy kick to it that will keep you on your toes. Perfect for a cold day with a crisp glass of our 2014 Blanc de Noirs. It is a perfect pairing!!
Chilled Pea soup with Mint
June 23, 2017
Bright and creamy, this lovely soup is expertly paired with Fritz 2014 Reserve Chardonnay. I'm serious! ;)
Cider Roasted Pork Tenderloin
December 29, 2016
This is such an easy crowd pleaser! I am so happy each time I take this dish out of the oven... and happier when I place each bite in my mouth. It pairs so very nicely with our Lost Canyon Morelli Lane Pinot Noir. I encourage you to invite some friends over and savor this together.
Cozy Beef Stew
March 30, 2020
Open that bottle of wine, and set your table! This dish will be ready in under 45 minutes. This is super simple and filled with flavor. Meaty, hearty, comfort food. I like this because it is so dependable. Not only do you use the Instant pot, but you finish it off in a hot oven, which allows the meat to caramelize on top which adds to a lot of richness.
Creamy Polenta with Natalia's Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce
April 13, 2016
I just love creamy polenta! It is simple yet comforting. We enjoyed this side dish with our award winning 2013 Russian River Pinot Noir!
Creamy Sweet Potato Tomato & Spinach Pasta
June 23, 2017
Blessed with a luscious dollop of cream cheese, this pasta dish is a wonderful example of healthy comfort food.
Deviled Eggs
May 31, 2016
These spicy deviled eggs are excellent with our 2014 Estate Rose. On the weekends this summer, I make a fresh batch for our winery guests.
Easy Asian Shrimp Salad
March 27, 2020
Another swift salad to satisfy your need for flavor and crunch! The dressing is the best part, so I usually double it and keep some in the fridge. It separates quickly, so be ready to give it a good SHAKE before you add it to your greens okay?
Easy Peach Jam
July 31, 2017
This is such an easy and delightful recipe you will love. It is absolutely lovely on crostini topped with the cutest little basil leaf you can find and savored with a glass of our 2015 Estate Sauvignon Blanc for a delicious hors d'oeuvres.
French Onion Soup
July 20, 2016
LOVE, COMFORT & WARMTH!!! In the middle of winter, nothing satisfies us Fritz's like a piping hot bowl of French Onion soup. This has been my favorite recipe for this soup for years. Basically, it is from Julia Child's cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Volume 1. But I tweaked it a little for fun.
Green Beans with Gremolata
December 2, 2016
Zesty, colorful and delicious. Easy. You can make this in advance then simply reheat. It makes green beans happy. It makes me happy.
Late Harvest Zinfandel Chocolate Tart
January 20, 2017
I happened to have a bag of fortune cookie wafers from our recent visit to the fortune cookie factory in San Francisco. I had been wanting to try them as a pie shell for a few weeks. I am pleasantly surprised - it is a nice accompaniment to the dark chocolate filling because they are light and clean in flavor so the crust does not compete. If you can't find fortune cookies, any traditional crust will work just as well.
Mediterranean Roasted Chicken
January 31, 2017
Packed with flavor and protein, this dish is incredibly satisfying. Assuming you have all the ingredients in your pantry, this will be easy. Please allow for a few hours to marinate.
Meyer Lemon Curd
December 17, 2016
Lemony, Lucious, Bright, Creamy... easy to make. Very good with scones, shortbread cookies, crepes...
Natalia's Bolognese
October 16, 2016
We all need a snappy dinner to pull together that will satisfy the entire table. I think this is it! Especially as the weather gets cooler, this sauce is amusing and comforting. It has really big and fun flavors, from the red pepper flakes and chopped kalamata olives simmered with the ground sirloin... it is glorious!
Natalia's Sweet Potato Baked Penne with Spinach and Love
December 6, 2016
Over 75% vegetables per serving, and zero added sugar, my Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce is undeniably healthy and flavorful. Try it in this baked penne dish, it is soul satisfying.
Olio D'Natalia cake with orange zest
April 10, 2017
Most of us know pound cakes made with butter. Well, this version is a worthy variation and I hope with all my heart you try it. Not only is it quite simple, it is actually a "little" healthier. Olive oil contains tocopherols which are antioxidants that slow the staling process, so it will stay fresh longer. This cake is satisfying with a cup of coffee, a cup of tea or a glass of champagne. You'll be impressed by how much it tastes and feels like traditional pound cake.
Plum & Pepper Tartlets with Honey
July 21, 2016
This is such a tasty and easy dish. Really!! Whoever invented puff pastry deserves a big hug. Make this for breakfast and enjoy with coffee or for an afternoon snack with a glass of Fritz Reserve Chardonnay.
Potato Leek Soup
November 30, 2016
Creamy, simple, elegant - this classic soup is easy to pull together and serve any day! The most basic ingredients that require little effort during preparation will keep anyone engaged and happy in the kitchen. This also means little clean up! My entire family loves this soup. So will you!
Raspberry Cream Cookies
June 28, 2016
Slightly off the path from our traditional chocolate chip cookie - these cookies are bright and sweet AND creamy. I bake these often for our team at the winery, and they've decided they go nicely with our Estate Rose!
Roasted Stuffed Tomatoes
January 17, 2017
Rustic & elegant - these are quick, tasty and excellent with our Sauvignon Blanc.
Roasted Vegetable Lasagna
April 13, 2016
Loaded with roasted vegetables, this is lasagna is super flavorful and robust! I made this for our employees in January when it was cold and grey outside. It pairs wonderfully with our 2013 Estate Reserve Zinfandel.
Roasted Vegetable Panzanella Salad
April 5, 2016
This hearty salad pairs very nicely with our award winning 2013 Russian River Chardonnay.
Short Rib Shepherd's Pie
January 4, 2017
All I can say is: THIS IS WORTH THE WAIT! Plan ahead and season the beef overnight. This step makes all the difference. Special equipment to have on hand: potato rice, 9x13 baking dish or several individual gratin dishes. And, a few different size sauce pans...
Snappy Seafood Pasta
June 16, 2017
Luckily for me, my entire family loves seafood... and spice. This is a terrific meal you will love over and over. Enjoy it with our Estate Rose. Rose + seafood = match made in heaven.
Sparkling Risotto!
September 20, 2016
To sum it up, I wanted to try something slightly different in my simple risotto for tonight's dinner. Rather than simmering the arborio in the first steps with white wine, I experimented with our Blanc de Noirs. The end result was fabulous!! Lucious, bright and creamy.
Spicy Black Bean Soup
June 23, 2017
This soup is high in protein and flavor. I prepare dried black beans in advance, but you can certainly use canned beans, they work just as well. This soup freezes well.
spicy soba noodle salad
July 15, 2016
This salad is perfect on a warm day with a glass of Fritz Sauvignon Blanc or Fritz Russian River Chardonnay! I made this for our monthly Team Fritz Lunch in June. It is a quick dish that makes mouths happy.
Sweet Potato Chipotle Soup
February 3, 2017
This soup is souper! Sweet and a little bit spicy. It is a cinch to make and very nutritious. A cool crisp glass of Fritz Rose or Sauvignon Blanc make it more complete. Give it a whirl!
the BEST blueberry muffins
January 31, 2017
These muffins have become a weekly addition to our mornings. I usually prep the dry ingredients the night before. I am convinced 2 steps make these muffins terrific: 1) that the high baking temp of 425 is what contributes to the crisp outer crust while the inside is pillowy, soft and sweet. 2) heating half the blueberries with a sprinkling of sugar in a sauce pan for a few minutes before adding them to the batter really open up their flavor.
Vanilla Bundt Cake
April 6, 2016
Barrel Tasting Weekend this past March was cold and rainy! Our staff worked lots of hours to help make Barrel Tasting a smashing success and great experience for our guests. To say "THANKS!" I made them this lovely Vanilla Bundt Cake, which you should enjoy with our 2013 Late Harvest Zinfandel! This wine has just the right level of sweetness to savor with this dessert.
Wild Rice & Banana Pancakes
October 29, 2016
This might sound like an odd combination - and for a pancake, it kind of is... but I promise you it is delicious and powerfully satisfying.
Wild Rice Casserole
October 25, 2016
This is a throwback from my childhood, somewhere during the early 80's. But I still love it. Especially when it is cold and rainy.
Zin's Favorite Pasta!
March 28, 2020
Soft, gooey tangy brie, meaty earthy mushrooms, and spicy lacy arugula come together to smother whole wheat pasta, transforming the simple into a delicious, comforting meal! I believe this is really good with our 2016 Estate Reserve Zinfandel.