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!
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.
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!
Now how about some dessert?
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!
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.
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.
And I have a recipe for a one glass white sangria that is so easy and quick to make.
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!