Cooking With Wine: Recipes With Wine As An Ingredient

If there’s one thing I love, it’s cooking. Cooking with wine? Even better! And recipes that have wine as an ingredient? My favorite!

You may wonder why cooking with wine is a big deal – lots of recipes say that you can omit the wine and and substitute with chicken broth or water instead. And that’s true.

But wine does something magical to food. Adding wine to dishes you cook (whether on the stove, in a slow cooker, or in the oven) adds flavor and tons of moisture to whatever dish you’re making. It adds richness, acidity, and and another level delicious.

Cooking With Wine: Bloggers Favorite Recipes

I asked some of my favorite bloggers to share some of their favorite cooking with wine recipes. Let me just say I can’t wait to make each and every one of these dishes! Let’s start off with some main dishes that are hearty and filling.

My friend Nicole from The Jet Set Family shared two delicious meals: one with short ribs and one with chicken. I actually have the ingredients for the chicken recipe on hand and plan to make it for dinner this week!

One Pot Wonder: Red-Wine Balsamic Short Ribs

Lemon Chicken with White Wine Sauce and Garlic

This recipe called Changeling Chicken is one of my favorite recipes because you use whatever ingredients you have on-hand, the kids all eat chicken with little complaint, and since you just throw it in the crockpot it couldn’t be easier to make.

Love recipes with wine as an ingredient and cooking with wine? The recipes included here are some of this blogger's favorites!

And this recipe is Jason’s favorite…it’s steak with a bacon bourbon sauce. This is different than most recipes I share because it requires some time and effort to make, much more than most recipes I share. But it is worth every minute and is asked for every year on his birthday!

Love recipes with wine as an ingredient and cooking with wine? The recipes included here are some of this blogger's favorites!

Now how about some dessert?

Sharon at Cupcakes & Cutlery shares a recipe for a Sherry Wine Cake that is super easy to make and absolutely gorgeous, too!

Sherry Wine Cake Recipe

Tips For Cooking With Wine

*Never cook with cheap wine because the wine you use does make a difference. The only time that cheap wine will work in a recipe is if you are making a braise, where the wine will cook for a long time. A good rule of thumb is to use the same wine that you are going to drink with the meal to cook the meal. Unless you’re going to drink a $50 or $100 bottle of wine. Then use something cheaper to cook with because that would just be a waste!

*Sometimes a recipe will call for a rich, full-bodied red wine. What does that even mean?! If you aren’t sure which wine to use, this article about learning about the 9 major wine flavors from Wine Folly will steer you in the right direction.

*Another question you might ask yourself is if it’s okay for the kids to eat something that you made that was cooked with wine in it. It’s a personal choice really, but according to Livestrong, “The wine needs to be cooked for an extended period of time. After adding wine to a sauce or other mixture, simmer or bake it for at least an hour to reduce the alcohol content as much as possible. A wide, uncovered pan is best as it gives the mixture a larger surface area and allows the alcohol to evaporate upward.”

More Recipes With Wine

These Sangria Popsicles from Betsy at betsylife will definitely be made a lot come summertime! I love this recipe because it’s so simple, and this one doesn’t even involve any cooking! NOTE: This one is NOT for kids! Make an extra pitcher leaving the wine out and then they’d be kid friendly. And just as delicious!

Sangria Popsicles

The SITS Girls shared a recipe for wine ice cream which sounds simple to make and a perfect after-the-kids-go-to-bed treat. This one isn’t for the kids, as you don’t cook anything and so there is alcohol in it.

How To Make Wine Ice Cream

And of course you knew I’d share some cocktail recipes! Sharon at Cupcakes & Cutlery  shares a recipe for a rum & white zin cocktail. She swears it’s delicious, and I can’t wait to find out.

Love recipes with wine as an ingredient and cooking with wine? The recipes included here are some of this blogger's favorites!

Spiced Rum Cocktails with White Zinfandel

And I have a recipe for a one glass white sangria that is so easy and quick to make.

Love recipes with wine as an ingredient and cooking with wine? The recipes included here are some of this blogger's favorites!

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Do you enjoy cooking with wine and have a recipe with wine as an ingredient to share? Leave a comment with a link to your recipe and you may see it featured in an upcoming post!

Make A Quick & Easy Dinner With Minute® Rice!

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If there’s one thing that my kids will eat every time I make it, it’s rice. So when I was invited to attend a Minute® Rice event yesterday with a handful of other bloggers, I jumped at the chance!

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We had a blast learning more about Minute® Rice and even trying some delicious recipes using the rice in ways you might never even consider…like in Banana Bread! I’ll be sharing a new favorite that I tried yesterday soon.

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Whether you’re cooking a busy weeknight dinner or for a holiday celebration, Minute® Rice makes making delicious food quick and easy, which makes it a great pantry staple. Minute® White Rice allows you to have great-tasting, fluffy white rice in just 5 minutes! If you prefer the nutty, rich flavor of brown rice, Minute® Whole Grain Brown Rice is a nutritious option and is ready in just 10 minutes, about a ¼ of the time of traditional brown rice! Both varieties are gluten free, too.

I really liked the Minute ® Multi-Grain Medley, the newest product from Minute® Rice. It’s a blend of four gluten-free, 100% whole grains, including long grain brown rice, Thai red rice, wild rice and quinoa. It’s delicious and I see it becoming a new family favorite. It also cooks in just 10 minutes. And bonus! Minute ® Multi-Grain Medley comes in pre-portioned bags, making it even easier to prep for your meal.

Quick & Easy Dinner Idea With Minute® Rice

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One of our favorite recipes is my Cheesy Chicken & Veggie Bake, made with Minute® White Rice of course. Cut up some chicken and sauté in a bit  of olive oil with some frozen veggies. We used broccoli and corn – you can use your family’s favorites.

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Stir in a can of low fat cream of chicken soup, and put it all in a 13×9 baking dish.

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Top with cheese, and bake for about 25 minutes.

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Easy Cheesy Chicken Veggie & Rice Bake
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breast or tenders, chopped
  • 2 cups of your family's favorite frozen veggies (I use broccoli and corn)
  • 1 can (2 if you like it more creamy) of cream of chicken soup
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 - 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Sauté the chicken in the olive oil over medium high heat for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add in veggies and continue to cook until the chicken is no longer pink.
  4. Stir in the cream of chicken soup. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Pour the mixture into a 13x9 baking dish.
  6. Top with cheese [i](Note: I top it with cheese because a couple of kids don't like cheese. If your family likes cheese, mix half of the cheese into the chicken mixture and top the mixture with the other half)
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!
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Easy peasy! Since it only takes about 10 minutes to prep and I can cook the rice in just 5 minutes, it makes it easy to get dinner on the table super fast.

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No time to cook chicken? Pick up some rotisserie chicken at the store and chop it up. Add a different flavor of your favorite “cream of” soup and your family’s favorite veggies. Delicious!

My kids also love when I cook the rice and stir in add raisins, milk, and honey for a quick and easy breakfast before school.

What’s your family’s favorite rice recipe?

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Crockpot Sausage & Cheesy Potato Casserole

We are big fans of yummy cheesy potato casserole. Like this Buffalo Chicken and Cheesy Potato Casserole. Or these Baked & Loaded Mashed Potatoes. And don’t forget tater tot casseroles…like my Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole and this Dinner Tater Tot Casserole. So when I stumbled across this cheesy potato casserole recipe at The Midnight Baker, I decided to give it a shot.

Looking for cheesy potato casserole recipes? I've got several, including tater tot casseroles, buffalo chicken casseroles, and more. Lots of recipes included!

Crockpot Sausage & Cheesy Potato Casserole

Crockpot Sausage & Cheesy Potato Casserole
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Ingredients

  • 1 pkg (14-16 oz) kielbasa, sliced into quarter inch pieces
  • 32 oz bag tater tots (try the onion ones!)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2-3 large green onions, chopped

Instructions

  1. Place half the tater tots in the bottom of a 5-6 quart slow cooker.
  2. Layer half the sausage slices on top of the tater tots.
  3. Layer half the cheese over the sausage slices.
  4. Repeat for next layer.
  5. Pour cream over top, cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
  6. When ready to serve, sprinkle bacon and green onions over the top. Add extra cheese if you'd like too!
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It’s definitely quick and easy to throw together (throw it together the night before) and my family all liked it. My casserole was ready in less than four hours, so if your crockpot cooks fast, you may want to adjust the time.

Looking for cheesy potato casserole recipes? I've got several, including tater tot casseroles, buffalo chicken casseroles, and more. Lots of recipes included!

I also wanted to share a couple of tips…

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See that super crispy bacon and those green onion roots?

Well I oven fried the bacon, and there was no mess to clean up except to throw away the greasy tin foil.

As for the onion roots, don’t throw them away! I haven’t bought green onions in forever. Why? Because I just keep regrowing them! You can learn how to regrow green onions, celery, and more here.

I’ve got more casserole recipes here, and you’ll find even more on my Casseroles board on Pinterest.

Want to check out reader’s featured recipes? You’ll find them here. And if you would you like to get a recipe featured at Mommy of a Monster, find out how to do it here.


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Mississippi Roast Recipe (Just Throw It In The Crockpot!)

I haven’t been this excited to share a recipe with you in a long time! This Mississippi Roast recipe is AMAZING! It’s super easy to throw in the crockpot and even makes a gravy that’s perfect to serve with mashed potatoes. This recipe has gotten two thumbs up from everybody who has tried it, including the kids! Jason said I could make it once a week it’s so good!

This Mississippi Roast recipe will be the last roast recipe you'll ever need! Throw it in the crockpot with 4 other ingredients, and you'll have the best roast of your life!

Okay…I’ll admit, this picture doesn’t look very appetizing and doesn’t do it justice. I snapped it about half way through the cooking time to text to my mom because it smelled so good. This Mississippi roast recipe will have your house smelling like meatlover’s heaven for hours!

Mississippi Roast Recipe (Just Throw It In The Crockpot!)

Mississippi Roast Recipe (Just Throw It In The Crockpot!)
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Ingredients

  • 4 lb chuck roast
  • 1 (1 ounce) envelope ranch dressing mix
  • 1 (1-1/4 ounce) envelope au jus mix (you can find it by all the spices at the grocery store)
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
  • 5 (or more...lots more!) pepperoncini peppers

Instructions

  1. Spray your slow cooker with nonstick spray
  2. Place the roast in and sprinkle with pepper
  3. Sprinkle the ranch dressing and au jus mix on top
  4. Place the stick of butter on top
  5. Place the peppers around the butter
  6. Cook on Low for 8 hours.

Notes

Do NOT add any additional water or liquid to the crockpot.

My husband likes the meat browned, so I threw the roast in a large skillet on medium-high heat to brown it before putting it in the crockpot.

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Basically, you throw the roast in the crockpot, throw the other ingredients on top, cook on Low for 8 hours, and then you’ll have the best roast you’ve ever eaten! You won’t even have to cut it up…it will fall apart as you take it out.

I also took the juice from the crockpot (eyeball it), put it in a saucepan and added some flour, and within about 5 minutes, I also had a delicious gravy. I didn’t even need to add any additional seasonings to it. Serve this roast with mashed potatoes and the gravy and your family will love you forever.

A friend of mine posted the Mississippi roast recipe on Facebook, so I’m unsure of where it came from. I also have no idea why they call it a Mississippi roast!

I’ve got tons of other crockpot recipes here and on my Crockpot board on Pinterest.

Want to check out reader’s featured recipes? You’ll find them here. And if you would you like to get a recipe featured at Mommy of a Monster, find out how to do it here.

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Crock Pot Pork Chops Recipe

I’m super excited to share this recipe for crock pot pork chops with you! Not only is it my first official featured recipe, but it’s also one that my sister Angie wanted to share!

Angie is part of the reason why I came up with the idea of featuring recipes here. She is an amazing cook (I’ve shared her Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe here) and she asked if she could make some recipes and post them on my blog. So not only is this her first feature, you’ll be seeing lots more from her. She is going to be a regular contributor here, sharing recipes, parenting tips, and more. She has kids that range between the ages of 18 and 1, so she knows a thing or two about this whole parenting gig.

Her cooking style is very similar to mine; she uses what she has on hand, she tries to take churched-up recipes and make them quick and simple, and she also likes to use shortcuts when she can. I’ll let her take over the reins now so she can share her crock pot pork chops recipe with you!

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What can I say about my crock pot pork chops that hasn’t been said before… They are the bomb! This recipe is so simple  and it is my kids favorite meal. I get a text from the kids everyday asking what is for dinner and every day someone is unhappy with what I am making EXCEPT for when I make this! It is super simple, it’s quick and you set it and forget it. Enjoy!!

Crock Pot Pork Chops

Looking for a simple yet delicious recipe for making crock pot pork chops? I've got it here, as well as other recipes perfect for busy weeknights.

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Ingredients

  • Ingredients
  • 5- pork chops (bone-in)
  • 2 cans Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6- shiitake mushrooms sliced (or white mushrooms are fine too)
  • 1/2 yellow onion thinly sliced (optional)

Instructions

  1. Set crockpot to low
  2. Place pork chops in bottom of crockpot. It's ok if you have to layer them to fit.
  3. Season with pepper and a bit of garlic salt (optional)
  4. Mix 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup with 1/2 cup of milk. Pour over the pork chops.
  5. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons of butter to a sauté pan and melt it.
  6. Add onions and mushrooms to the pan and sauté until onions & mushrooms are cooked.. Approx 4-5 min on medium heat. When done pour over the pork chops & soup.
  7. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 4-6 hours. The meat will fall right off the bone.
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Some Additional Tips For Making Crock Pot Pork Chops:
1. I usually use Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners or PAM cooking spray in my crockpot so there is no mess to clean up.
2. I always serve my pork chops with white rice. Use Minute Rice because it’s quick and easy on busy weeknights. After the rice is cooked, just pour the soup mixture over the top of rice. The kids like green beans with it too!
3. If you don’t like mushrooms & onions OMIT THEM.. It’s just as good without them.
4. Instead of using milk in this recipe you can also use 1 cup sour cream.. It is delicious too.

Thanks for sharing Ang! If you love pork chops, check out my Pork Chop and Rice-A-Roni recipe, and this crock pot chicken recipe can easily be made with pork chops too! I’ve also got many more crock pot recipes, so check them out. You’ll also find other featured recipes here.

If you would like to get a recipe featured at Mommy of a Monster, find how how to do it here.