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I’ve found that I’m starting to just throw my recipes together and I love using cooking wine. Cooking win has so many uses and I’ve created this post to share with you all the different ways you can use Holland House Cooking Wine. There are so many benefits of having it on hand and the bold flavor it brings to the simplest of meals and key events.
cooking wine helps tenderize the meat allowing the other herbs and flavors to penetrate whatever is being marinated.
In creating light cream sauces:
The flavors thicken when you use wine in the sauce and wine won’t curdle or separate. If you use it in a glaze it enhances the flavor of the food as it cooks.
When Poaching Fruit like pears:
Fruits like apples and pears can be poached in wine with sugar and spices, like a stick of cinnamon. When the fruit is tender, remove them from the poaching liquid and boil the liquid until it becomes syrupy. Fruit poached in white cooking wine will keep its own color; fruit poached in red cooking wine will turn red, which can be particularly beautiful when poaching pears.
When reducing glazes and Deglazing
Deglazing is when you use a liquid like cooking wine to cook off the residue on a pan left behind from cooking and then using that flavor to make a sauce
As a Steaming liquid
Just think of the flavor you will have in veggies, cherrystone clams or mussels when you steam them in wine
Final touch of flavor to finished dishes:
As I’m finishing a spaghetti or chili recipe I’ve often doused the sauce with some red cooking wine. I love using cooking wine in a sauce. A splash of white wine to fish as it’s wrapped in parchment paper adds moisture and tang. A drizzle of sherry to consommé or gazpacho or red pepper sauce adds complexity. White wine on just cooked potatoes makes the perfect foundation for a classic French potato salad.
Braising and stewing
seafood soups, bouillabaisse
Keeping chicken moist
Deserts like apple strudel
Making lemon custard
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