UPDATED Mar 7, 2023
I love to cook with wine
I have said it before: I LOVE to cook with wine! It’s no surprise, of course; wine has been a staple of much of the world’s greatest cuisines, especially that of my native France. It adds such a unique flavor and richness to a dish. Just a touch of a good, velvety red wine, or a crisp white wine is all that is needed to transform a dish from simple to sublime!
Health Benefits of Cooking with Wine
When it comes to health, wine is a double-edged sword: some is good, more isn’t better. There are health benefits in wine related both to the alcohol itself, and to nutrient compounds from grape skin, such as resveratrol. But this week, my focus is not on the health effects of wine, but rather on its delightful culinary properties.
My Secrets of Cooking with Wine
I don’t just use wine in sauces, I also use it in my risottos, soups, stews and even in my savory galettes and some of my pastries. I can’t wait to share!
But before I do, a few things I’d like to emphasize about cooking with wine:
In my recipes, you’ll notice that I do not specify a particular wine, other than it be red or white. The reason for that is that I do not want to trouble you with finding exactly this one or that, from fear that you’ll just give up!
Cooking with wine vs Cooking Wine
So, what I’d like to give you instead, is a rule of thumb:
Avoid using “cooking wines”! These are insipid and are filled with sodium and sometimes even food coloring. Don’t even bother with those! Here are guidelines to help you make the best pick.
Try these Quick & Delicious Recipes to cook with wine
Mediterranean Barley Stew
So, lets get started with the latest addition to my repertoire: my Mediterranean Barley Stew! It is the vegetarian (or vegan, depending on the wine you choose–I explain in this video) version of my classic Turkey Bean Pot-au-Feu. YUM!!!!
Here is the original version of this classic French dish:
Tuscan Bean Spinach Pasta
Here is another one of my recent addition to the Cuisinicity collection: My Tuscan Bean Spinach Pasta! This is a throw-everything-in-the-pot kind of dish that you make 15 minutes before you sit down to dinner! It is filled with spinach and whatever other greens you would like (I love baby arugula in particular) and the beans blend in perfectly with the white wine to create an almost creamy sauce (just take a look at the photo, amazing, right?!). I like to serve it over wholegrain pasta–Absolutely DELICIOUS!
Tuscan White Bean Soup
That little touch of white wine in my Tuscan White Bean Soup makes this soup divine!
White wine and savory galettes
The crust for these savory galettes is made with white wine, whole white wheat flour and olive oil–que c’est bon!
watch me make it in seconds…quite literally! It’s wonderful as an appetizer because you can slice it and eat it with your fingers–no need for silverware here!
Vegan Sweet Galettes with White Wine
I now also make my vegan sweet galettes with white wine and WOW how simply delicious!
White wine, fresh tomatoes, baby spinach and cannellini beans
The white wine, fresh tomatoes, baby spinach and cannellini beans are just delightful with shrimp served over polenta.
White wine, fresh tomatoes, cilantro and turmeric
The white wine, fresh tomatoes, cilantro and turmeric all blend in perfectly with the halibut.
Lemon Pistachio Chicken with White Wine
The blend of currants and red wine
The blend of currants and red wine is deliciously sweet and creates a luscious glaze!
Vermouth wine and mustard
Vermouth wine and mustard are just a classic blend–I didn’t invent anything here!
Farro White Bean Risotto with White Wine
The nutty richness of Farro blends beautifully with the white wine and small beans in this simple risotto.
Fresh Fruit Trifle with layers of white wine cake
and last, but definitely not least….
So let’s raise our glass and toast the joys of glorious recipes, blessed by the fruit of the vine!
How many glasses of wine per day is safe ?
According to the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, men can drink upto 2 glasses of wine per day while women should limit the intake of wine to 1 glass per day.
Does cooking wine evaporates the alcohol?
Yes. Cooking or boiling wine evaporates much of the alcohol. The longer you cook, the more alcohol will evaporate.
How long should you cook wine to evaporate the alcohol?
60% of the alcohol will be evaporated in 15 minutes of cooking. To erase the alcohol completely, it may take upto 2.5 hours to cook the wine.
What are the two most important tips when you are cooking wine?
- Avoid using “cooking wines”! These are insipid and are filled with sodium and sometimes even food coloring. Don’t even bother with those! Here are guidelines to help you make the best pick.
- Do not cook with a wine you wouldn’t drink! If it tastes sour or bitter then it’s not the wine you want to add to your recipe!
What is alternative to white wine in cooking?
You may replace white wine with chicken or vegetable broth. You can even swap it in equal amounts. Go for low-sodium broth so your dish doesn’t end up too salty.
Can I use white while instead of vermouth?
Yes, you can use white wine instead of vermouth.
Can I use something else instead of White Wine in Sweet Galettes?
Yes if you must. You may replace white wine in your Sweet Galettes with 100% Apple Juice.
à votre santé !