Thursday, August 20, 2009

Using Leftovers: Wine

I'm a big wine drinker and always have wine in my house, but sometimes there are times when the bottle doesn't get completely used. When this happens I use the little bit of wine that's left to make a variety of recipes. Also, you can always add a splash of wine to sauces and cooking. Remember white wine goes with fish, chicken, pork, and white sauce, where as red wine goes with meat and red sauce.

White-Wine Vinaigrette
1/3 cup white wine
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 2 to 3 lemons)
1 teaspoon honey
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

In a bowl, whisk together the wine, lemon juice, honey, salt, and pepper. While still whisking, slowly add the oil in a steady stream. Use in salad or over fish, will last for one week just remember to stir before pouring.

Poached Pears
1.5 cups red wine
1 lemon
1 orange, quartered
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cinnamon stick
5 cloves
4 small ripe pears, peeled

In a saucepan, combine the wine, the juice from the lemon and orange, 1 of the squeezed orange quarters, the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon stick, and cloves. Add the pears and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, turning the pears occasionally, until they can be pierced with the tip of a knife (about 25 minutes). Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pears to individual plates. Remove and discard the orange quarter and spices. Return the liquid to a simmer and cook until syrupy and reduced by two-thirds, about 15 minutes, depending on size of pan. Spoon the sauce over the pears.


  1. What a fabulous secret,thanks for sharing!
    It is rare that I have wine left over, so maybe I will use what I need for the recipe, then celebrate dinner with the rest of the bottle and my hubby of course!!

    Sassy Chica

    stopping in from sits

  2. My brother-in-law used some leftover wine to make a pizza sauce for homemade pizza. It was sooo yummy.


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