6 Fun Ways To Cook With Sparkling Wine



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Are you having a stock of white wine lying in your cupboard or perhaps some leftover from the party last night? There are more uses to the bottle of sparkling than drinking alone. The sheer joy of cooking with a fancy ingredient such as White sparkling can get a chef’s heart racing. Primarily because of the range of depth and flavor it brings to your dishes. Secondly, due to the ease with which it can be incorporated into cooking. There is a huge variety of dishes that are fun and easy to cook with sparkling wine. Here is a comprehensive list of recipes you would love to try.

1.   Sparkling Wine Syrup

Having a syrup in your kitchen drawer is convenient as there are plenty of ways you can put it to use. This recipe of wine syrup is bursting with flavors and can add so much dimension to your cakes, tarts, and ice creams. You can also dress fruits in this syrup to serve as an anytime snack.

Ingredients

  • Sparkling wine or Andre champagne – 1 cup
  • Water – ½ cup
  • Sugar – ⅓ cup
  • Lemon juice – 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon zest – from 1 lemon
  • Cinnamon – 1 stick

Recipe

In a saucepan, add wine, water, and sugar and bring it to boil. Gradually incorporate lemon juice and zest. Now reduce the heat and let it simmer. Add the cinnamon and cook for another 5 minutes while stirring in between. Let the sugar dissolve completely. Remove from the heat and let it rest for about half an hour. The delicious syrup is ready to add flavors to your desserts.

2.   Sparkly French Toast

This french toast recipe is easy to fix and can be a perfect snack or breakfast. Soft and gooey with a slightly sweet flavor, and a punch of sparkly wine is a treat to your palate.

Ingredients

  • Bread slices – 4 to 8
  • Egg – 4 medium
  • Champagne – ½ cup
  • Sugar – 1 teaspoon
  • Salt – A pinch
  • Butter – For cooking

Recipe

Slice the edges of the bread and keep it aside. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, gradually adding wine, sugar, and salt till smooth. Put a skillet over medium heat. Now dip the bread slice in the mixture and place it on the skillet greased with butter. Flip over when it turns golden brown. Cook from both sides and serve hot.

3.   Sparkly white syllabub

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The slight acidic otherwise sweet syllabub is partly dessert and partly a drink. The twist of sparkly wine adds a zing to this traditional English dish and makes it more flavorful to enjoy on a summer night.

Ingredients

  • Ginger biscuit – 8
  • Champagne or sparkly wine ½ cup
  • Double cream 1 cup
  • Icing sugar – 4 tablespoons
  • Lemon curd – 8 tablespoons
  • Flaked almonds – 2 tablespoon
  • Strawberries – to garnish

Method

In a glass dish, set an even layer of crumbled biscuits. Sprinkle half the wine to moisten the biscuit bed evenly. In a separate bowl, whisk together cream and sugar until soft peaks form. Now, fold the lemon curd and remaining wine into it. Spoon this mixture on the biscuit bed. Top it with almond flakes and strawberries. Set in the fridge for some time and serve chill.

4.   Wine Marinated Salmon

Wine marinated salmon can be ideal for dinner or lunch, and you can serve this spicy dish with rice and salad. It does not necessarily need salmon, as this recipe works equally well for other grilling fishes too.

Ingredients

  • Sparkly wine – ¼ cup
  • Olive oil- ⅓ cup
  • Basil leaves – ½ teaspoon
  • Thyme – ½ teaspoon
  • Salt – to taste
  • Pepper – to taste
  • Fish to grill

Method

Add all spices to the olive oil and mix well. Now pour in the wine and let it settle. Marinate the fish with the mixture at least two hours before grilling. Brush the marinate one more time before grilling. Grill till tender and serve hot.

5.   Sharp 3 cheese fondue

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This dish is delicious and healthy, with ingredients like cheese. To enhance the taste and make it more nutritious, you can serve it with bread, meatballs, or pretty much any steam-cooked vegetable of your choice.  

Ingredients

  • Sparkling wine – 1 ¼ cup
  • Garlic – 4 cloves peeled and sliced
  • Lemon juice – 1 tablespoon
  • Shallot – 1 big peeled and minced
  • Gruyere cheese – 2 cup
  • Swiss cheese – 1 cup
  • Brie cheese – ½ cup
  • Nutmeg – a pinch
  • White pepper – a pinch

Method

Mix cornstarch and lemon and set aside. Take a small pot and simmer the shallot along with the wine. Now remove the pot from the pan and add cheese to it. Stir well to avoid lumps. Now put the pot back on the heat and stir until the cheese is smooth and bubbly. Now add the lemon-starch mixture into it. Cook on low flame for about 10 minutes or until thick. Add the spices to it. Your fondue is ready, start dunking in the veggies and enjoy hot.

6.   Cocktail Sorbet

Cocktail sorbet is a perfect dessert with a hint of booze. It looks colorful and tastes delicious. Perfect to end your dinner with or to serve it in get-togethers on a hot afternoon.

           Ingredients

  • Assorted sorbet of your choice – 3 to 4
  • Chilled sparkling wine
  • Lemon juice – Few drops
  • Mint Leaves – To garnish
  • Cherry – To garnish

           Recipe

Chill martini glasses in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Scoop out sorbet and carefully place one over the other in the chilled glass. Make the assortment colorful by using mini scoops of different flavors and top the glass with the sparkling wine. Add a few drops of lemon to balance the sweetness. Garnish with the mint leaves and some cherries. Serve immediately. 

The Bottom Line

There are no limits to how you can combine various ingredients in your kitchen. Sparkling is one of the things you can swiftly add to your food. With any of the above recipes, you can leave your guests awestruck with the delight of eating what they’d expect to drink.