Cooking With Wine can make a dish stand out with distinct flavors and just may enhance your dining experience. One important tip when cooking with wine is to use a wine that compliments the foods in your dish.
So how do we go about cooking with wine, and what do we use? Since we are “cooking with wine” we are not using commercial “cooking” wine found on market shelves.
When I started cooking umpteen years ago I had no idea that “cooking” wine sold in supermarkets was not what I should have been using. These commercial cooking wines are made with low grade base wines, salt and food coloring. There is really no flavor-enhancing qualities in these “cooking” wines.
Julia Child and Jacques Pepin cook with wine and did so even way back when their cooking shows first aired on T.V. I witnessed it with my own eyes back then (I was hooked on PBS and that’s when I started watching their cooking shows).
They cooked with a wine that they would also serve with the meal. Of course you wouldn’t use an expensive, aged wine you might be saving for a special occasion. An everyday table wine that you would have in your wine rack can be the wine to use.
For hearty casseroles Port can add a richness and depth.
Be creative and cook with wine, not “cooking” wine.
In the words of Julia and Jacques “Bon Appetite!” and “Happy Cooking!”