Last Updated on September 30, 2020 by Ed Joven
Red Wine Delicious Recipes
Especially at dinner with a friend, family member, or your better half, nothing completes a meal more than red wine. As a matter of fact, there are many fine meals where red wine is an actual ingredient. However, the entire experience will largely depend on what you are cooking. When cooking your favorite treats like steaks, casseroles, and sauces, adding some red wine will reward you with a rich delicious flavor that will get your guests swallowing their tongues.
All the same, it will also depend on the procedure you use when making your favorite wine-friendly foods. Beginning with the importance of wine quality, here are four delicious recipes you can cook with red wine.
A Word on Wine Quality
For starters, not all red wines will provide great results when cooking. For a delicious meal, the wine needs to be of great quality, with low levels of tannins. Some good examples include Merlot, Sangiovese, Cabernets, and Pinot Noir. The wine you cook with also needs to be stored well to preserve its flavor and quality.
In this case, the wine needs to have come directly from the stores or the wine cooler in your home. As pointed out by the folks at dual zone, having a wine cooler comes with many benefits. For instance, it ensures that your wine bottles are stored at the right temperature, light, and humidity levels.
While numerous wine cooler models exist in the market, some factors to consider when out there shopping include the following:
● Wine cooler size
● Cooler type
● Bottle capacity
● Number of doors
● Temperature regulation
● Cooling tech
● Energy efficiency
Let’s now look at some recipes you can enjoy cooked with red wine.
1. Steak with Sticky Shallots
As you may have guessed, this is a flavorful, meaty dish people will lick their fingers too. Just simmer some shallots in a pan, season your steaks with peppercorns and salt, and cook them for three minutes on each side. Next, throw your shallots in the pan with butter, and add some balsamic vinegar, followed by your red vinegar, and bring it to a boil.
- 8 Brown shallots, peeled, quartered
- 2 Sirloin steaks
- Crushed black peppercorns
- 25g butter
- 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- Large glass of red wine (about 175ml)
- 150ml beef stock
2. Date and Red Wine Sauce
Especially when preparing poultry or other meats, home-made sauces go a long way in enriching the flavor. For this recipe, you need some chicken stock, dates, red wine, balsamic vinegar, and port in a pan.
- 600ml chicken stock
- 250ml red wine
- 3 tbsp port
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 200g halved, stoned date
3. Red Wine Spaghetti
This can be an amazing treat to liven up those plain weekday pasta nights. Simply make this red wine spaghetti meal, topping it with garlic laced creamy parmesan cheese.
12 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
16 Tbsp. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1″ pieces, divided
2 750-ml bottles red wine
2 lb. spaghetti
Finely grated Parmesan (for serving)
4. Red Wine Braised Meatballs
Take some nice giant meatballs and sauté them in a sauce of quality red wine, embedded with mashed potatoes. This hearty meal recipe will definitely keep you wanting more.
- 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
- 2 slices white bread or wheat bread, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 carton (18.3 ounces) Swanson® Beef Gravy
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 package (8 ounces) sliced mushrooms
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
Red wine goes a long way in adding flavor to a meal. As long as you have the ingredients, the method, and a bottle of quality wine, you are good to go. The above are just a few savory recipes you can try cooking with fine red wine.